Kristen is the proud mom of two wonderful, smart and sassy daughters (born in 2007 and 2011). Raising her kids as a single mom is a challenge and an adventure and she loves every minute of it. Kristen loves bringing up her girls in the same area of Westchester that she grew up in, having only moved a few miles from her childhood home. A long time passion for working with children led Kristen to pursue a career in education and she has been an elementary school teacher in the Bronx for over a decade. Her teaching career has taught her that every day is a new experience and to "expect the unexpected." If she can find any spare time between teaching and motherhood, Kristen likes to read, binge watch horrible romantic comedies on TV, bake, and go on road trips with her girls.
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Back to School: Transition Tips From a Teacher

For teachers, parents, and students alike, those three words, back to school, can either be exciting or anxiety-producing. There's so much to do to get ready and such pressure to make the beginning of...
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Whatever Happened to the Basement Party?

Let's put the simple back into birthday parties.  I remember homemade cakes, party bags filled with plastic toys, magicians, and screaming friends in basements. Birthday parties have always been filled with fun and joy for...
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Kids’ Sports: Where Everyone Wins {Even if Your Team Loses}

Let me paint a little picture for you. It's a beautiful, unseasonably warm Saturday, and hundreds of girls are in brightly colored t-shirts, running up and down the fields. Moms and dads are in...

Unplugged! How Eliminating Screen Time Will Enhance Your Day

Turn that device off. Right now. Well, OK, after you read my story. We hear so much in the news about screen time, what it does to us, and what it is doing to...
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Your Kid’s Teacher Doesn’t Need A Crayon Monogram: Gifts Teachers Really Love

Do you know how to tell how long someone has been teaching? Look in their cabinet and see how many mugs they have. I get at least one every year. As a teacher, I...

I’ve Been Apple Picking…Now What?

I love the fall, especially apple picking. However, there are only so many Macs a girl can eat before the thought of one more apple makes your eyes cross. They say an apple a...
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Why I Left the Tablets Home

Not long ago, I took a little road trip with my kids. Nothing new there, as we are always on the go. Yet this trip was different. This trip was an experiment. One that...
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If You Don’t Have Anything Nice To Say…

Yesterday the mama bear in me came out. I had to keep myself restrained, but I really wanted to explode. My girls and I were at the park, which was practically empty due to...
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Why Isn’t Your Child the Same As You?

My family portrait may be a little unconventional. There are only three people in it; my two daughters and myself. My girls have beautiful, thick brown hair and skin the color of a caramel...
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Mom vs. Mom: Why Do Moms Judge Each Other?

Let me paint a picture for you. I'm holding a newborn. My apartment is dark, and I'm sitting in a red bucket chair. I'm trying desperately to breastfeed, and it's just not working. The...