Donia is a stay-at-home Egyptian archaeologist who majored in Egyptology. Egyptology had always been her passion since childhood. But family is her biggest passion. She lives in Mount Kisco with her husband Ayman, their daughters Dania (2005) and Mirette (2012), their cats Tiger and Drogo, and their German Shepherd Max. She is also a stepmom to two girls Nada (1991) and Malak (1995). When she is not busy taking care of her big family, she enjoys anything Sci-Fi and fantasy, watching cooking and baking competition shows, playing the drums, playing tennis with her husband, video games, and DIY projects. According to her girls, she particularly enjoys event and travel planning for her family and always goes all-out and prepares too much for an event. She is excited to join Westchester County Mom to share her experience as an expat and mom.
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Living with Bipolar II Disorder

Mental health awareness is so important as a mother. Before I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder, I was misdiagnosed with major depression for years. It wasn’t until my doctor asked me if I ever...
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The Default Parent

When you become parents, you are expected to share your children’s responsibilities equally. You both take turns taking your children to their school events. You both drive them to their play dates. You are...
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The Converted Grinch

When we first moved to the United States, we discovered that there were so many new holidays to celebrate. We were not big on holidays, I can’t say we ever celebrated more than just...
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Parenting ADHD

ADHD can present itself very differently in children. It was obvious to me from very early on that my younger child had ADHD. Everything pointed in that direction. From being hyperactive, and not just an...
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Can I Have a Hug?

Can I have a hug? Life gets very hectic, especially when school starts. I may get overwhelmed with the school schedule and the extracurricular activities after school. The constant rushing and hustling begins early in...
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I’m a Show Biz Mom: Here’s What I Learned

A year ago, my younger daughter wanted to be “on TV.” I’d say it’s always been her desire since she was about four years old. I didn’t give much attention to it, “Who doesn’t...
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My Daughter Is Leaving for College and I Don’t Feel a Loss

My daughter is leaving for college, and I’m not panicking as I thought. She is so stressed out and upset that she is leaving and asks me, “Why am I the only one upset...
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It’s Not You, It’s My Social Anxiety

Over the past year or so, I've grappled with anxiety, especially social anxiety. It started when I was teaching my older daughter to drive. At first, it was the anxiety of her beginning to...
A mother with her two young sons.

The Youngest Child Syndrome

When did my youngest become a preteen? Weren’t they only six years old the other day? They are graduating from elementary school this year, and I could swear we were doing the kindergarten tour...
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How I Failed to Teach My Kids Their Mother Tongue

Is your family bilingual? Do you speak two languages or more at home? Then I hope my parenting failure is your gain. The one thing I regret every single day is not teaching my...