I am so excited to be a member of the LI Parent Source Panel for many reasons, but mostly because I love being a mom to my 3 children and I love sharing whatever it is I love, learn or discover with others. When I first became a mom, I was surprised by the learning curve, and I appreciated whenever other parents shared their wisdom, whether I chose to act on that information or not. I still feel that way as a somewhat “seasoned” mother — the more information the better.
Because it’s important for you to know who you get your information from, I will tell you a little bit about myself. I am a true Long Islander, born and raised in Dix Hills, NY, the youngest of 5, and the only girl. Throughout life, I’ve tried it all, and mastered little. Between the ages of 13 and 28, I held more jobs than 3 people in any lifetime. I’ve been a telemarketer, a perfume sprayer, a yogurt server, a retail associate, and an executive assistant. I worked at NBC, ABC and Court TV. I went to Syracuse University for two years, graduated from New York University, and later became a lawyer who worked mostly in PI rather than my desired IP. I’ve led a very full life, and I have an amazing memory that allows me to recall every detail (good and bad) of it.
I am, and have always tried to be, a very relaxed parent. As babies, my children had very flexible, almost non-existent schedules. I think that my child who watched “too much” television learned way more than my child who showed no interest in it. I believe that it’s okay for the 5 second rule to be 10 seconds and that it has the ability to strengthen an immune system. I don’t wipe my child’s face after every messy bite, and I think that a child who is allowed to consume soda and cookies will, in life, drink a lot less soda and eat fewer cookies than a child who is not. I think that breast milk is a wonderful thing, but that formula has its benefits too. My kids’ bedtimes vary depending on how good the snuggling is, and it’s not unusual to see my son in his Peter Pan costume in the middle of May.
I am opinionated and judgmental, until I get to know the person or situation I am opining on or judging. I am aware that not everyone agrees with me on any given point and always welcome and appreciate hearing the other side. Most of all, I am looking forward to being a member of the Parent Panel and sharing some of what I learn and experience on a daily basis with you. I hope that what I write is helpful and valuable to you, and that it helps level out some of that learning curve for you.