Emily Swegert

Emily was born in Cincinnati but transplanted to rural Michigan as a toddler with her parents. She moved back while in high school and has been here since. She met her husband, Eric, while completing her undergrad in education at Miami University. Two master's degrees, a house, and a dog later, they decided to expand their family. Their daughter Piper was born in April 2017. Emily spent 18 months as a stay-at-home-mom before taking a GIANT leap and becoming a doula. Shortly thereafter, she was approached by the owner of a local agency about taking over the business. She now works from home running Tender Beginnings while sharing adventures with her daughter.

First Play Date in Six Months {Life During a Pandemic)

My family and I have been seriously quarantined during this time due to my high-risk status and my work with newborns. We haven’t had physical contact with anyone outside our household in SIX MONTHS....

I Get Britney {My Quarantine Shaved Head}

My quarantine has been an interesting time for me. I have spent a lot of it organizing my stuff, my life, and my daily routine. I have developed a wonderful self-care program that helps...

Mary Poppins is My New Feminist Hero

I recently rewatched the iconic Disney classic Mary Poppins with my daughter. My memories of the film mostly revolved around the songs (Chim-Chimenny, anyone?) and animated section. Viewing the movie as an adult, I...

Why Quarantine Has Been the Best Thing for Me

Before all the COVID fears and quarantine, I was busy. I mean, BUSY. I ran a successful business, was full-time caring for my 3-year-old, and ran my household. We were on the go nearly...

Birthday in the Time of Quarantine

My little girl turns 3 at the beginning of April. We had a moderate party planned at a local indoor party place, with a dinosaur theme and fun party favors.  Now, with everyone in quarantine,...

No, She’s Not an Only Child

I get asked by well-meaning (let’s be serious, prying) strangers and family members regularly if we’re having another, or if our daughter is going to be an only child.  But here’s the thing: She isn’t...

Why I Don’t Do Resolutions 

It’s that time of year again, the time when gyms are full, meals are greener, and everyone is talking about their New Year’s Resolutions.  Well, most people.  I choose not to participate. Did you know that...

Thank You to My Ex (Best Friend)

You were the one that got me through my bad breakup; the one that pushed me to be myself. You encouraged me, laughed with me, and stood your ground with me.  You were the one...

Why Sleep Training Made Everything Easier

We just finished two back-to-back weekends of camping with our 29-month-old, during which time I realized the real value of all the months of work I put into sleep training and shaping her good...

To the Wild Child

My dear wild child, I see you. When others roll their eyes or make comments about “discipline,” I see you. I see your heart, your spirit, and I know that it comes from your strength. I...