I’m thrilled to be a part of the LIParentSource.com Parent Panel because there is nothing more fun than getting a second chance to enjoy the wonders of childhood through your child’s eyes. I look forward to sharing my thoughts about everything from baby products to weekend activities to parenting techniques and I encourage the exchange of ideas and differing opinions in this community as well. After all – no two children are exactly alike… and neither are their parents!
I am married to Cory who is truly my other half. Our son Ryan (4) is equal parts funny, sensitive, curious, sweet, goofy, smart and talkative. Our daughter Alexa (1) is cuddly, playful, independent, tough, helpful and clever.
I proudly hail from Philly and am a die-hard Phillies baseball fan. If you’re from NY, you probably can’t pronounce my name, so here’s a tutorial: Say “apple”. (Good.) Now put a “D” in front – “Dapple”. (Nice job!) Now go from “Dapple” to “Dani” with that same short “a” sound like “Dannon yogurt” or “Dad”. (SEE? I knew you could do it!)
I am caught between loving being at home and being done with being at home. I thrive on structure and being busy, yet I dream of having nothing to do. I don’t like how I feel when I get more than 4 hours of sleep but am addicted to naps. I care too much about what others think (I keep those who don’t like or understand me in my life against my better judgment) but will never apologize for being who I am or for my parenting decisions – I do what’s best for my family, even if it’s considered unpopular.
I try to stay in a constant state of being overwhelmed, which somehow keeps me productive. I blog about family life at PlayingMom.com and while everyone is sleeping, I make children’s hair accessories to sell at fairs and on MyPrincessories.com. I talk just as freely about my experience with postpartum depression and miscarriage as I do about my failure as a laundress, my experience as an only child and my desire for Alexa to be the girly-girl that I never was, even though it’s not up to me. I feel there is no greater responsibility than being in charge of a human life, and I try to live in a manner that will make my children proud.