We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amanda, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Having taught in the college setting for the past ten years, primarily working with current and future educators and caregivers, I wanted to bring my knowledge and expertise to parents. As I walked through the toddler years, I began to realize how important it is to bring practical, hands-on information to those who also have little ones. My goal with The Prof Mom is to help parents navigate the ever-changing landscape of raising kids in an informed and tangible way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
With my professional background in early childhood education and my degrees in child development and education, I have built a strong foundation. I like to think that this foundation gives me great “book smarts” when it comes to raising kids. Combining my 15 years working with children, families, and educators along with my own experience as a parent, I’ve connected that book knowledge to practical “street smarts.” This is where The Prof Mom was born. I wanted to connect these two to bring research-based information into everyday parenting situations. I love helping parents navigate everyday challenges, like how to manage another toddler meltdown or why their sweet little one has suddenly started spouting of lies (and what to do about it!).
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I was born and raised in Escondido, so I’d most likely stay true to these roots and visit some of my favorite hometown spots. Since we’ve got little ones in tow, we would definitely make a trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. To enjoy the beautiful sunshine, we’d take a hike at Lake Hodges or Daley Ranch. If we’re looking for a happy hour spot, we’d hit up Stone Brewing or have a glass of wine at Orfila Vineyards and Winery. I’m sure we’d enjoy plenty of Mexican food from some of the amazing shops in town. At some point, we would have to branch out for a trip to the beach. My favorite is and always will be Moonlight Beach, and it wouldn’t hurt if we made a quick stop by Pannikin to get a slice of chocolate cake to-go.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Over the last several years, my spouse has consistently encouraged me to branch out as a parent educator. I am so thankful that he believes in my skillset and supports my efforts to help other parents and families. When I was in the throes of submitting my manuscript for my first book, Growing Pains, he stepped in to handle all the areas that I couldn’t juggle. I think we make a good team, and I’m so happy he gave me that push and support to pursue my passion.
Photos by Salomé