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.
one-two punch with two kids

The One-Two Punch

Recently, I gave birth to my second baby. I didn't expect that going from one to two kids would be easy. Throughout my pregnancy, I was adequately warned by lots of people I trust. "With...

Parenting as Social Justice: Raising Little Feminists

I am trying to raise little feminists. Last week I had a conversation with my son that went like this:  D: Why is my name and Baby Sister's name and Daddy's name all the same?"...
character development

Character Development Through Literature: Planting Seeds of Empathy and Kindness

Reading to my kids is a huge part of my parenting. Books lead to great conversations and are a much better investment of my time, money, and space than toys. Our house is chock full...

My Hardest Ever New Year’s Resolution

I have made the same basic New Year's resolution every year since college. It’s to make this year the best year of my life. I have never given much thought to resolutions because my...

Parenting as Social Justice: Don’t Call my Son a Ladykiller

Not to toot my own horn, but...I make beautiful children. It's a well known fact. Of course I think my kids are extra cute because they’re mine, but I know that they are also...

Lazy Mama Manual – Babywearing Basics

If there's one item I couldn't have lived without in the last couple of years, it's a baby carrier. Being able to wear my babies has been an absolute joy and necessity for me....
home birth

Lazy Mama Manual: Why My Next Baby Will Be Born at Home

When I was pregnant with my son, I wanted a home birth. I had a few friends who had their babies at home before me, and their experiences were by and large always better...
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...
parenting as social justice: because he had a dream

Parenting as Social Justice: Because He Had a Dream

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can...

The Dos and Don’ts of Modeling Dialogue

Last month, I was thinking about writing an essay on establishing dialogue and discourse with kids at various age groups.  Well, that one will have to wait because right now what I really need to...