I was Not Prepared for Motherhood

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I’m 11 days into motherhood, and I wasn’t prepared. Not the way I thought I was. I prepared for birthing my son, prepared our home, and prepared his items, but I didn’t prepare myself emotionally. I was not prepared for how my heart would grow so quickly and feel as though it would burst from […]

Discrimination Towards Mothers

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Becoming a mother is one of the wildest personal development courses I have ever taken, and I bet many other moms would agree. From finding out you are expecting to the research of doctors, birth plans, nutrition, exercise. You are then telling friends and family, communicating with your partner, planning for child care, finances, and […]

Celebrating Hanukkah with Kids

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Being Jewish is part of who I am. My Jewishness has not always looked the same, but it was and is always there. Since having children, I have felt more connected to the Jewish community and felt drawn to observing more holidays and traditions. I’ve also felt compelled to share these with others. Our traditions […]

The Every Other Weekend Dad – The Perspective You Don’t See

My husband is technically considered an “every other weekend dad.” We have a baby at home full time together, but he has two kids from a previous marriage, making him the “every other weekend dad.” We’ve all heard the term; it means a lot of different things to people. To the mother, it’s the weekend […]

I Don’t Know How to Help You

I don’t know how to help you. I don’t know how to make you stop worrying. I don’t know how to make school easier for you. I don’t know how your sister doesn’t need to study, but all studying in the world doesn’t matter for you. I don’t know how to make it better when […]

December Family Events 2020

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December is here, holidays are in the air, and the countdown to 2021 is in full swing! As we enter the final month of 2020, we hope you find this guide of local events helpful in adding a little extra cheer to you and yours. With in-person, virtual, and socially distanced events available, there is [...]

Unexpectedly Thankful in 2020

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2020 has been a year for all of us! However, there are always amazing things to be thankful for. The Insiders came together to list what they were thankful for this year. What would you say you are thankful for in 2020? "I am thankful for simply still having multiple reasons to feel thankful and [...]

Giving Thanks for the Adult Friendships We’ve Built Along the Way

As I’ve gotten older and my list of responsibilities and priorities evolves and grows, I can’t help but find myself reflecting on bygone years. I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about how challenging most of us found high school to be. How our transformative years seemed so daunting and impossible, and how we […]

6 Fun Things To Do After Thanksgiving Dinner

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This year many of us will not be having a traditional Thanksgiving gathering, or we may be meeting in much smaller circles. However you celebrate this year, we believe that what you do after Thanksgiving dinner is just as important as the meal itself, especially if you are hosting. Mindy Mussell Banks and I share […]

My Symptoms are Valid

Tired? Is it just mom’s life, or could your hormones be to blame? As moms, we are often guilty of putting our family’s needs over our own. We are often exhausted and touched out, especially if you are breastfeeding. It comes with the title “mom.” Or does it? How do you know when it’s just […]

I’m 11 days into motherhood, and I wasn’t prepared. Not the way I thought I was. I prepared for birthing my son, prepared our home, and prepared his items, but I didn’t prepare myself emotionally. I was not prepared for how...
Becoming a mother is one of the wildest personal development courses I have ever taken, and I bet many other moms would agree. From finding out you are expecting to the research of doctors, birth plans, nutrition, exercise. You are...
Being Jewish is part of who I am. My Jewishness has not always looked the same, but it was and is always there. Since having children, I have felt more connected to the Jewish community and felt drawn to observing...
My husband is technically considered an “every other weekend dad.” We have a baby at home full time together, but he has two kids from a previous marriage, making him the “every other weekend dad.” We’ve all heard the term;...
I don’t know how to help you. I don’t know how to make you stop worrying. I don’t know how to make school easier for you. I don’t know how your sister doesn’t need to study, but all studying in...
December is here, holidays are in the air, and the countdown to 2021 is in full swing! As we enter the final month of 2020, we hope you find this guide of local events helpful in adding a little...
2020 has been a year for all of us! However, there are always amazing things to be thankful for. The Insiders came together to list what they were thankful for this year. What would you say you are thankful for...
As I've gotten older and my list of responsibilities and priorities evolves and grows, I can't help but find myself reflecting on bygone years. I've spent a lot of time lately thinking about how challenging most of us found high...
This year many of us will not be having a traditional Thanksgiving gathering, or we may be meeting in much smaller circles. However you celebrate this year, we believe that what you do after Thanksgiving dinner is just as...

My Symptoms are Valid

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Tired? Is it just mom's life, or could your hormones be to blame? As moms, we are often guilty of putting our family's needs over our own. We are often exhausted and touched out, especially if you are breastfeeding. It...

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2020: Guide to Summer Camps in Sarasota & Manatee

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*Please be sure to contact each camp to ensure accurate camp information* When “school’s out for summer” we know finding summer camps in Sarasota &...