Erin

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Erin is the mother of one sweet, rambunctious toddler and wife to a talented chef. Professionally, she is a former special educator and preschool teacher, and is currently a cognitive neuroscience researcher and Ph.D candidate in Cognitive Science in Education with specializations in neuroscience, cognitive development, and neurodiversity/autism. She holds masters degrees in cognitive science, and neuroscience in education, from Teachers College, Columbia University, and undergraduate degrees in special education (with an additional concentration in elementary education and a minor in English) and early childhood education. As the wife of a chef, food is a huge part of her family culture, and she enjoy both cooking and baking. Some of her other hobbies include hiking, traveling, jogging, meditation, animal rescue, playing piano and guitar, crafting, reading, and of course, writing. You can follow her parenting journey and pick up tips on great kids activities here on Westchester Moms Blog, as well as her website (www.themindfullyscientificmama.com), Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts.
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Why 2020 Was a Good Year for My Food Allergy Family

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Social distancing has a lot of downsides. From not seeing family to trying to work from home, missed social opportunities for my toddler, to having to take time off from working on my Ph.D....
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Making New Holiday Traditions This Year? Try These!

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2020 has been a difficult year, and for my family, the holidays will be tough as well. Our extended family lives far away, and we won’t see them in person this season. Instead of...
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Choosing Gratitude and Joy This Holiday Season

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I don’t need to tell you that 2020 has been a difficult year. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are just as ready to end the unpredictable chaos and monotony of social...
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Halloween Should Be Scary Fun. for My Family, It Can Be Plain Scary

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Halloween is a time when many kids (and adults!) like to engage in scares for fun. Haunted houses, spooky costumes, scary movies, and being terrified is part of the seasonal festivities for many. But...
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Halloween CAN Still Happen

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Okay, so it is only September. But for people like me, Halloween preparations start well in advance of October 31st. If I could start decorating in the summer, I probably would. Yes, I am...
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Swim Lessons in the Time of COVID With Goldfish Swim School, Yorktown Heights

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I consider myself to be a cautious person. In more normal times, I tend to overanalyze the risks associated with any given activity. Since COVID began, my cautious streak has continued. I’ve gone into...
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The Intersection of Food Allergies and Privilege

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I’ve written about food allergies for Westchester County Mom (here and here), as well as a food allergy-related nonprofit and posting a lot about them on my personal blog. Needless to say, food allergy...
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My Summer is Not Canceled

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  Every summer, my family takes a trip up to Peaks Island, just off the coast of Portland, Maine. We took a year off when my child was born, but otherwise, we have been going...
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The Night Lip Gloss Could Have Taken My Child’s Life

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Content Warning: This article discusses a detailed account of anaphylaxis. Disclaimer: This article does not constitute medical advice. Always consult your doctor about food allergies or other medical concerns. My child has food allergies. What comes...

I Meditate With My Toddler (Really!)

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That title contains two things that sound like polar-opposites; meditation and toddlers. One is centering, calm, and often quiet. The other is loud, messy, and could be described as a Tasmanian devil. I’ll let...