fran

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Fran was born, raised, married, and still lives in Mount Kisco, NY. She has four kids, including a teenage daughter and two precious grandsons, whom she babysits a couple of days a week. She also works part-time as an accounting clerk, helps run her husband’s excavation business, and lastly aspires to finish writing her book one day. Despite her crazy, busy schedule, she cooks almost every night for her big family and tries her best to keep up with the dishes! She truly believes spontaneity is the spice of life, and sometimes the very unexpected happens, but it’s usually all for the best. Enjoy her many tales of raising kids over 20 years; what an amazing journey!
A working mom holding a baby.

Part-Time Working Mom: Is It Really a Good Choice?

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You live, and you learn. And now that my kids are grown, I can look back and clearly see the mistakes I made over the years while raising them. In the moment, it’s tough to...
A woman walking her dog.

A Little Peace Please!

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Spring is fast approaching, and I am still having a hard time accepting and embracing the promise of a new and better year. In 2022, there’s no fresh slate to start with but rather...
Two women looking at photographs and a photo album.

I Remember Like it Was Yesterday

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Memories. They define our lives, make each of us unique, and they tell our story whenever we choose to hear it. I am fascinated by the way our minds work. My long-term memory seems to...
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SAME

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SAME. This short, tiny word is probably the most comforting to hear at certain times in our lives, especially when going through difficult moments. There’s nothing like hearing someone else is facing the same...
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First Days for the Next 13 Years

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You saw it coming. You imagined it. You felt it with nervous but somewhat euphoric anticipation. And instantly, it’s here, your child’s momentous first day of kindergarten. This feeling will go on for the...
2-year-old

The Wonders of a 2-Year-Old

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Most of us by now have hit the reset button in our lives in an almost post-pandemic world, maybe even unintentionally. In my case, I stopped working part-time, and my daughter started a new full-time...
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Night Owl or Early Riser?

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It’s always been the same for me, from my earliest memory as a child. I always detested waking up in the morning. I did my best to not engage in full conversations with anyone...
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Powering Through Without the Power

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The ability to power through is an internal switch that flips when you become a mom (along with the maternal instinct). But the word “power” implies strength and stamina. All of which have been...
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Nature vs. Nurture

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I have raised three millennials, who are now well-adjusted, generally happy, and successful young adults, or so I'd like to think. And presently, I'm lucky enough to be raising a 16-year-old generation Z member....
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Chasing My Hour Alone

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Today I scrapped my third blog post attempt at writing about my kids and my family life and began chasing my hour alone. Today I was interested in just one thing, being alone…for just a...