Mommy Mayor

January 9, 2021

Like so many of you I’ve watched the events of the last week in horror. I have not watched them in shock, I have long thought that violence would erupt during this transfer of power. I have seen the signs – the increasing violence, the rise in the acceptance of hate, racism, antisemitism and ...

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2019 was an awful year. Yep I said it – 2019 was an awful year. The first half was filled with work related stress and the office nonsense that we probably have all started to miss and in the vast universe of things I hope one day I can see as trivial. In May, my father, who has outlived his ...

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Everyone is worried about the holidays and while I’m sad I can’t see my extended family I am also looking forward to this year because it is like the holidays of my childhood. Having moved 3 hours away from all of our family when I was entering first grade and my parents quickly realized that ...

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Last week I had the perfect summary of life for a working mom during COVID. Last Wednesday, was a rarity – I had the day off while kids and husband had to work. In pre-COVID days this was the holy grail, a day that I could spend getting a massage, binging watching something amazingly stupid on ...

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Election night was heartbreaking for many even before we know the end result of the Presidential Election – and make no mistake I still believe there is room for a Democratic victory. But it was heartbreaking for those who didn’t want to see how truly divided our nation is, who didn’t want to ...

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There is so much to say and yet so many times a day I find myself dumbfounded to speechlessness.  My children ask logical questions for which I can find no polite or productive answer. There is no good answer for why hate seems to have seeped into so much of our dialogue every day. There is no ...

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To school or not to school I started and stopped this column so many times over the last month. It changed as the information and options changed. And then like so many parents out there I was so overwhelmed that I just had to take a break. A break from thinking about it (ok I tried to but that ...

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There has been a lot of talk about all the things we’ve missed during this quarantine and there are things that I am sad we have missed, things my daughters cry about but I’ll be honest I am having a hard time focusing on what we’ve lost because there is so much opportunity for hope and for ...

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So, you may have noticed I missed a week, which is odd because I had something written, not this but something. My excuse is this – COVID has warped my sense of time, I go to make my Thursday call on Tuesday then on Friday I wonder how I missed Thursday. Holidays have the potential to go unnoticed ...

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There are both too many things to say and nothing to say. I am horrified and yet unsurprised, I am heartbroken for my friends who fear for their children, who have to have “the talk” with their young sons. I am longing for a leader who will work to weave the country back together rather than rip us ...

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Skills I thought I’d never need again (or ever) Or how I put my skills to work in this new world   Every post-apocalypse movie has this weird combination of technology and pioneer sensibilities. I’ve always thought that odd – if there were droids watching over them, why were they cooking ...

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Here’s a snapshot of my own mothering in the age of corona: Today I’ve got a webinar pulled up on my laptop,  my phone is dinging as answers to my questions about property tax grace periods roll in, there’s at least one call of “I’m hungry” from the next room and I’m cutting up construction ...

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Earlier this week,  New York canceled its Democratic primary in an effort to keep people “safe,” in doing so they are failing to keep democracy safe. At a time when our residents are sheltering in place, when our healthcare system is being pushed to its breaking point, when our economy is paused ...

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I’ve watched anxiously as Pennsylvania and New York City schools announced the end of the in-classroom instruction for the school year. In the case of New York those orders will pulled back by the Governor.  Here in New Jersey I was happy to see a wait and see approach giving us time to understand ...

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Everyone wants to go back to normal. I don’t -  I’m ready to make a new normal that looks a lot less like the life we’ve all been living a bit more like what we have today (without the social distancing and the economic devastation). I think about a story I saw shared on social media the other ...

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Six years ago I started this journey that I called Mommy Mayor. I was embarking on my third year on council, my first term as Mayor and I did so with a toddler and infant in hand. I started Mommy Mayor as an opportunity to highlight all that woman can do, to bring awareness to the successes and ...

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