Step away from the pink aisle
And discover how much FUN learning science, math, and technology can be. I’m Leslie, and I’m right there with you on this parenting journey.
I’m a working mom with a daughter (Pie) and son (Peas) that I love to pieces. Having one of each has been an amazing gift.
It has also left me with a lot of questions, like:
What’s up with the “girl” aisle?
Why are girls put in a pink, glittery box?
Why are all of the cool building toys marketed to boys?
As a kid, I LOVED math and science, and I wanted to share that love with both of my children. Girls and boys BOTH deserve well-rounded experiences and every opportunity to be prepared not only for school but for life.
The hunt for non-princessy activities began.
I instituted Saturday Science in the house. We stocked up on homeschool lessons, workbooks, and I dove into Pinterest. Some of what I found was inspiring, some didn’t quite hit the mark, and some was just plain overwhelming.
So I picked what I liked, I added to it when I wanted, and I discovered some ideas of my own.
It’s been so much for all of us, that I want to pass it all along to you.
At Ribbons & Robots, I’m creating fun books and activities that you can totally do at home (and sharing some of the favorites that I’ve found, too).
Simply must know more?
Here are a few more fun facts about me:
By day I am a psychologist. I work with adults now, but I was actually trained in child psychology.
I’ve presented my research on girls’ friendships and girls’ loneliness at major conferences, and I’ve had my research published in academic journals.
I’ve never taught children professionally, but I’ve always had a passion for teaching. And when I taught psychology courses at the college level, I received a few teaching awards 🙂
When I’m not devising science experiments or creating a new story, I’m writing for grown-ups who want more inner peace and love at leslieralph.com.
Before all of this, I was a musician. I studied clarinet performance at Vanderbilt University. Back then, the opera pit was my favorite place to be.
And before that? I wanted t be a figure skater. Debbie Thomas = my hero. And when I wasn’t on the ice, I was making up routines to my 80’s faves like Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, and Martika…on roller skates. It was most excellent.