Amy is a Hudson Valley native and educator working in New York City schools. She has two little kids and one little dog. Before moving to her current home in Ossining, Amy attended college on Long Island and then spent most of her 20s in Brooklyn and Queens. New York is truly home for her, and she’s thrilled to be living closer to her hometown of Garrison and her extended family. As a mom, Amy believes in empowered parenting, and she’s passionate about raising her kids to be partners in the fight for social justice. When she’s not working or trying to figure out nap time, Amy loves hiking, yoga, swimming, and relaxing with her family.
baby led weaning

Lazy Mama Manual: Baby Led Weaning

Confession time - lots of my practical parenting decisions are driven primarily by a need to simplify my life as much as possible. I feel no need to martyr myself to motherhood. Breastfeeding? Easier...
teacher skills

4 Teacher Skills For Parents

The number of decisions we have to make as parents is astounding. For me, it's not the big ones that seem to weigh on me like a ton of bricks. Whether to breastfeed, which...

One, Two, Threenager

Long before you become a parent, you learn about the "terrible twos." The tantrums and volatility of toddlerhood earn our two-year-olds this "terrible" nomenclature. But in my experience, there's nothing terrible about two. That...

Behind the Mom – Why You Need Your Old Friends After You Have Kids

Someone asked me recently what I love most about being a mom. It's such a hard question because, with a toddler and a newborn, there are so many things that bring me joy. My...
women's history

Women’s History Month Books to Smash the Patriarchy at Every Age

The books featured in this list go beyond Susan B. Anthony (though she is featured in the second selection!) and Amelia Earhart. Women have always shaped history, even when their stories are seldom told....
planned pregnancy

The Power of Planning Parenthood

I have a son and a daughter, but I've been pregnant three times. I didn't miscarry a baby, I terminated a pregnancy. In my early 20s, I got pregnant accidentally, and I exercised my...
Pop Spanish

Pop Spanish – Preschool Language Immersion

My family and I chose our neighborhood because we wanted our children to grow up and go to school in a diverse environment. My district offers a high-quality dual-language program, but unfortunately, my son...
minimalist Christmas

Maintaining a Minimalist Christmas

For many people, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, if you're a parent (and even if you're not) it can come with a great deal of stress, anxiety, and running...
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Veggie-Centric Side Dishes to Serve This Thanksgiving

For my plate, Turkey Day doesn’t revolve around the turkey. I like turkey, don’t get me wrong. But the sides served on Thanksgiving are what I really like to gorge on. Sweet potato casserole...

Establishing a Positive Parent-Teacher Partnership

  My son started Pre-K this year in our local public school. We are fortunate to live in a district that offers full-time, nearly universal Pre-K for four-year-olds. I am very grateful that my son...