About Us

Family Picture: why we created Craftingood family business small business

 

I‘m Rachel, Founder and CEO of Craftingood. I am a Mom, Mama, and Maaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhmmmmm to 3 kiddos 5 years old & under so I understand how difficult it is to battle intensive modern parenting and busy schedules to raise compassionate kids. 
My other roles include Speech-Language Pathologist, Institute of Integrative Nutrition Graduate & Community Organizer. I am a reformed "Yes"person, coffee drinker, experience collector, nature lover, book gobbler, traveler, forever student and Indian food addict. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I learned that my toddlers were not "assholes" but fertile ground ready to develop compassion & empathy. So, I started Craftingood as a way to help them keep their curiosity for their world in tact after a move from the city (Chicago) to the burbs(of Charlotte, NC) & teach them how to spread kindness using their creativity.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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One of the problems with this plan was that I was the one behaving like an "asshole". I felt resentment from the sacrificial and intensive style of modern motherhood & completely burned out. Not to mentionI was trying to surface after drowning in postpartum depression and anxiety with my first kid. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We know that kids learn by what we do, not what we say -but my words & actions were not aligned. I taught them about celebrating differences & caring for our community(👍), then got super triggered & indulged in my temper, slamming doors & shouting (👎). This cognitive dissonance had me in a fit of frustration and made me feel like a fraud (say that 5 times fast).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Then 2020. Employed as a frontline Speech-Language Pathologist in a hospital at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic while my working husband was home with 3 preschoolers, was enough to throw me into a meltdown. But, in desperation and fed-up-it-ness, turned to prioritizing my wellbeing and self-care. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Since then, I have set a daily self-care practice that nourishes me & allows me to embody the traits I wish to teach my kids despite the demands from our modern culture. Its the most fulfilling & effective parenting tool I have ever used.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I’m on a mission to empower families & guilty, burned out, sacrificial moms like me, to use creativity & self-compassion as their most powerful tool for raising kind kids, close families, connected communities and a changed world!⠀All while having lots of F*U*N*!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This is why I am here & why Craftingood is here. I'm so grateful you are here too. 
Please make yourself comfortable and let me know if you need anything at all:)
Rachel