Hi, my friend, I am Raluca Dobre a professional with 10-year experience in PR agencies and organizational communication, wife for 16 years and mom to three children for the past 10 years.
In December 2010, when my oldest son, Theodor, was 5 months old, he had two episodes of terrible crying that shook me deeply. For one whole hour, he cried despite every single attempt of mine to soothe him. That was the moment when I started researching, looking for solutions, asking for help. And I haven’t stopped from doing that to this day.During this time, I discovered many parenting ideas. Some of those ideas I ignored from the start because I did not resonate with them, others excited me greatly and made me fall in love with parenting.
Two such broad ideas are the alternative method of education Montessori and the parenting approach Hand in Hand.This site is my way of reaching out to people like you, people unafraid to ask themselves questions, parents seeking answers. My oldest posts on my blog are a few articles that I published in the “Pap tot” magazine. Just thought I’d put them out there for my kids when they grow up. These articles are to be found only in the Romanian version of this site.
The posts under the “Montessori at Home” category are living proof of my experiments of Montessori inspiration with my kids. Also due to my great passion for this revolutionary approach to education, in 2013 I created a Facebook group named ImiPlaceMontessori (translated in English as ILoveMontessori). This group was extremely successful, which proved to me that there are many Romanian speaking parents passionate about Montessori. In 5 years, the group reached the incredible number of almost 35,000 members.
In January 2019, together with a team of admins, we transformed the ImiPlaceMontessori group into a parenting group named OmSiParinte (translated as HumanAndParent). This new group reflects my new preoccupations, routines and questions and I support its existence with love and dedication, as always.
In March 2016, with help from a friend, I discovered the unparalleled parenting organization Hand in Hand. From the first moment I laid my eyes on an article about the tools that Hand in Hand proposes, I became deeply passionate. This American organization active for the past 25 years teaches and supports parents to connect with their child and handle the multitude of challenges that arise in families. To this day, I am thoroughly excited to learn, explore and master this non-mainstream approach of relating to kids.
When I discovered Hand in Hand, I also learned that the organization offers an Instructor program and I immediately knew that this is what I want for my self-development and for my family. I worked very hard and with much dedication, I was accepted in the program and in July 2019 I was certified as a Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor.
Currently, I am using on a daily basis what I have learned and practiced throughout these past years in my family with visible and longstanding effects. Me being me and wanting to always have a contribution to the well-being of the world, I started organizing classes, meetings and support groups in order to pass on the gift that I received from Hand in Hand.
Spreading the news about Hand in Hand and teaching parents about the tools has become my biggest and current project. I write about my feelings and experiences with this project in the articles under the category “Parenting”. I am doing that in the hope that other parents can discover this wonderful, simple approach to parenting, which brings immediate, positive changes to family lives.
At some of my friends’ request, I have translated and will continue to translate several articles of mine into English, so you, non-Romanian speaking friends of mine can read and share with me your impressions about my thoughts and life experiences.
I am thrilled that you are here and I hope you find joy and inspiration in anything that you may read on this site.