About

A blog about childhood and growing up

This is a blog about family. Why childhood for the whole family? Because no matter what age or stage-of-life we find ourselves in, childhood is a critical part of how we become who we are, and how we learn to live and experience the world. When we understand childhood, we understand ourselves; when we consider the perspective of the child, we remain open to learning how to live in this world, for as long as we live. So, these essays are not only about how to raise children to be adults, but also about how adults can be more like a child – more eager, more hopeful, more innocent, and more full of wonder.

Anghelika Elliott Maddalena

is a teacher of children and adults. She loves children, loves life, and is one of those people that can both do it and teach it. Anghelika is currently directing two parent-participation preschools in Silicon Valley; one in San Carlos, and one in Los Altos. She serves on the state board for the California Council of Parent Participation Preschools. She has served early-childhood communities reaching back to 1990, when she took a job in a preschool classroom on a whim, not entirely sure what she thought of children at the time. She grew to understand that a healthy childhood is the beginning of who we grow into as people, and all her attention is on making childhood meaningful for families and their communities. She has led, designed, developed, pastored, and served children’s programs of all sizes, all the while being the kind of grown-up that children instinctively love. Email Anghelika.

David Maddalena

is married to Anghelika, and has learned much from her about how to love children well. David is a writer, psychotherapist (LMFT #109063), pastor, educator, artist and web developer. He has taught young people and adults around the world, and currently works with kids and adults of all ages along the San Francisco Peninsula. Email David.