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.

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...
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Easy Weeknight Dinners for Fall

School has started, and I’m doing all I can to keep the pace of our days as slow and laid back as possible. It’s very easy to succumb to chaos this time of year....

Lazy Mama Manual – Cultivating Creativity Through Boredom

Boredom is part of life. In my experience, boredom is a major catalyst for creativity and ingenuity in small children. We’ve all had those Christmas mornings or birthdays when our kids tear through a...

Lazy Mama Manual – How to Pick an Awesome Sunscreen

I take pride in the fact that “lazy mama” is basically my middle name. So sunscreen isn’t my favorite subject because, let’s be real: it’s annoying. I can barely muster the wherewithal to put...

Ode to The Matriarchy

I've never much connected with the idea of a family tree because "tree diagrams" look nothing like trees apart from the existence of branches. Instead, and especially in the springtime, I like to think...
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The 8 Best Breastfeeding Products for New Moms

Nursing my babies is, without a doubt, one of my favorite things about motherhood. I adore the bonding experience. I also take great pride in knowing that not only did I make these kids...
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Parenting as Social Justice: The Words We Choose

There are very few things that I'm sure of when it comes to this parenting thing. One thing I know for sure is that words matter. And I don't just mean that the sticks and...
Celebrating diversity through literature.

Parenting as Social Justice: Celebrating Diversity Through Literature

I've thought a lot about using literature to develop my kids' sense of history, acceptance, and emotional intelligence. In our library, we celebrate diversity through literature. Representation matters. I'm so grateful that this is a...
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Parenting as Social Justice: Difference, Privilege & Identity

I teach my kids to love everyone. We don't see color in our house. My child is too young and innocent to discuss issues of inequity and injustice. I've heard it over and over and over again,...
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Lazy Mama Manual – The Case for {very} Early Potty Training

When I was pregnant with my daughter, my son was getting to that age when I wanted to get rid of the diapers. His communication was excellent, and he could tell me clearly when...