Mother’s Day: Somebody Mopped the Floor

I woke up with the same sore throat I’ve had since Thursday. To be fair, it felt better than tiny incense sticks pricking me at each swallow. The boys were watching cartoons while Lyndon set up the table with Wonder Bagels, balloons, and twin Sesame Street wrapped packages. Both dresses – both beautiful. Pink and […]

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Jersey City Parents Come Together for Public School Improvements

In the spirit of community engagement, parents around the city are preparing to step up their engagement regarding their children’s neighborhood schools. Tomorrow night (and again on 5/13), Gina Verdibello, (former school board candidate and local education activist) is hosting informal parent meetings focused on improving the Jersey City Public Schools at the Hank Gallo […]

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Gallery: Earth Day at Liberty State Park

We rode our bikes to Liberty State Park’s Earth Day event even though it might rain. (It did.) We saw the festival from pretty far away because there were five GIANT bounce houses in a row, plus a kite exhibit. Unfortunately it started to rain pretty hard immediately after we locked our bikes up, so we […]

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Team Wilderness: Bringing Jersey City Teens into the Woods

For some reason (for lots of reasons) this city has absorbed us and we can’t move past it. We can’t help it. We love it here. But I hate the lack of green, the abundance of concrete, and the absence of an environment that lends itself to backpacking, campfires, and Poohsticks. And I guess I’m […]

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Spring Break: Organizing the Ordinary – Auntie Emily Camp

My sister is the mother of all mothers. (She’s also an award winning fourth grade teacher – she’s got a leg up on us.) She came up with this concept during Spring Break when she had five kids under her watch (two of ’em were mine). It’s pretty simple. Mommy~Auntie Emily Camp is basically a […]

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Take Them Out to the Ball Game: Opening Day at Frontier Field

I’ll be honest – I wasn’t thrilled to join in on the Opening Day festivities. I don’t care about baseball. It’s a long game and it doesn’t hold my attention. But after today, I’m thinking maybe my perspective was all wrong. Maybe baseball games aren’t actually about the ball and the bat and the intermittent […]

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Update: Sgt. Anthony Park’s New Playground Plans

*The following text is from the Sgt. Anthony Park Spring Newsletter received on 4/9.* It was overwhelmingly decided that the new playground for the Sgt. Anthony Park should be the “Kompan” structure as it has the most features, covered play, and widest range of activities for children of all ages. People also liked the inclusion […]

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Is 5 the Magical Age?

As so many of my readers already know, little kids create a really tough day to day. (Can I get a witness?) My boys are 15 months apart, and #TwoUnderTwo was incredibly difficult for me. It’s actually why I started this blog. I wanted a reason to type the words “Doing It Right” into the […]

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Staten Island Children’s Museum

We went to a birthday party at the Staten Island Children’s Museum today. Long story short: Put this place on your list. Here’s what you need to know: The museum on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center. It’s a beautiful enclave of architecture and gardens. It’s about a 40 minute drive from Jersey City Heights. […]

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The First Year, The First Child

“We need help,” he blurted into the phone, “Tonight works. If you can.” Sometimes I do private consultations with parents who need help understanding their options regarding child care. When I arrive at their home, I am greeted by one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen, her dashing husband, a spirited (and tiny) […]

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