About

HI THERE, I”M HANNAH!

The founder behind Thrive in Family Life. Wife to a wonderful man who loves the outdoors as much as me, stay-at-home mom to two little lads, and the main paperwork keeper of the house.

I was just like you, overwhelmed by how to begin Montessori in my home with a baby.
There isn’t an easy checklist of “Things To Do” when you decide to start using Montessori principles.

I searched good ol’ Pinterest and Google for help to get things set-up at home so we could thrive and enjoy our family life. I was sent here, there, and everywhere and spent hours trying to find what I was looking for.

It got old fast, and the more mobile my older little lad got, the less time I had to keep searching for the information i was looking for. That is when I decided I wanted to help others and make ONE place that anyone could come to find information on Montessori in the first year, the baby year.

Are you starting Montessori with your baby?

When do I start using Montessori with a baby?

How do I set-up everything ?

Who is Maria Montessori?

Am I forgetting anything important?

If ANY of these resonate with you,
you are in the right place!

That is exactly what Thrive in Family Life is all about, ONE place to go and find the resources your looking for.

Learning how to set-up Montessori baby room

Preparing Montessori activities for your baby

Resources to help you plan and prepare for the ages & stages

So, WELCOME !

It is my passion to help others like you begin their family journey of Montessori life at home with a baby. I also want to help you truly thrive in your family life by nurturing relationships and getting the most out of your family time.

10 Little Bit’s About Me

1 | I am the 3rd generation of mother in my family to set-up family life in a different country from where I grew up. Which comes with many challenges of learning the “norm” for childhood when you have kid’s of your own. My grandmother raised 3 kids in England, my mother raised me in the USA, and now I am raising my young family in Australia.

2 | When I was growing up I had my heart set on becoming a dolphin specialist as a career. I learned all the different species and read any book that had dolphins in them, fiction or non-fiction.

I didn’t end up too far off, I studied and became a wildlife biologist. Somehow, I have nearly always lived in deserts for the past 20 years.

3 | Board games are my favorite group activity (pair it with some tasty cocktails and it’ll be a good night). My close friends through my early adult life and I were never found at the clubs or the bars, instead we would have board game nights playing Cranium, Speed Scrabble, Reverse Charades, Settlers of Catan, and more.

4 | I am an optimist at heart and for many years have lived by the quote ” If there’s a will, there’s a way.”

5 | My mother is my role model. As a widow and single-mom she was still able to make my childhood awesome and make time to teach me many things. We traveled, camped, built things together, played board games, and she always reminded me to be humble and befriend all sorts of people.

6 | I like to try and capture as many “moments” as I can on camera of others. I find it funny how many of my friends profile pictures are or have been photos I have taken with my usually outdated phone. I try to capture people truly enjoying life and having a smile.

Though, give me a proper camera and I am rubbish at photography, Haha!

7 | Bar 717 Summer Camp is my spirit place and was where I worked for a few summers. I even took a semester off University to work into the winter one year. No cell signal. No internet. Just real people working hard and enjoying life. Hard work, Kindness, and Friendship are what makes for a fulfilling life.

If you ever want to know where I would suggest for a summer camp for your child or to work, Bar 717 will truly change you. People return for generations, there is just something truly special about that little neck of the woods.

8 | Camping is my favorite family activity away from home. My hubby and I love to 4WD and explore the beauty of the outdoors. Before we got married we took a month long trip up to Cape York and enjoyed stopping at many small towns along the way.

9 | I am an avid hand written letter writer. Despite the chaos of modern life, I do my best to still send handwritten letters to family and friends a few times a year. There is something special about receiving handwritten mail and I try do that for others to give them a smile.

Especially for the elders in my family who don’t use modern technology. They often get forgotten and truly enjoy getting handwritten correspondence.

10 | Photobooks are my thing, and something I find are truly important for family. I remember looking at my childhood photos all the time growing up. They are a key component for staying connected and knowing where you came from. We also never know how long we have with someone in our lives. My photos with my father and my grandparents are extremely cherished.

So I have done my best in this modern era to make sure to print photo’s out for my family. We all have many, many photos on our phones, but they are not easily accessible to our kids or others. There is something more special about sitting down together and looking at actual photos in an album.

I am glad you have stopped to get to know the voice behind Thrive in Family Life. I look forward to hearing about your experiences of beginning your Montessori journey!

Family Photos Courtesy of Roslyn Clare Photography