Kerry Schicker

Boy mom. Household CEO. Corporate leader. Outdoor lover. Social seeker. Sun worshipper. Curious traveler. Champagne enthusiast. These words describe me, Kerry Schicker, and contributor for Jacksonville Mom. I first approached founders Vicky and Megan after a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I had a very unpleasant experience with my OB at the time and I needed to get it off my chest so I wrote an anonymous blog that resonated with some of our readers. I have since written dozens of blogs mostly about motherhood. I have a passion for writing. My 20-year career has grown through some form of writing including TV news reporting and producing, magazine publishing, public relations, advertising, marketing, blogging and my current day job doing HR and employee communications for a Fortune 300 FinTech company. I am thankful that Jacksonville has such a supportive community for moms like me, and I can't imagine raising my two boys anywhere else.
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Here’s What Happened When We Sent Our Son to Sleepaway Camp

I didn’t know what to expect when I dropped my 11-year-old off at his first sleepaway camp. He, his cousin, and four soccer teammates spent a week away with zero communication back home. Not...

When Hide-And-Seek Turns Potentially Dangerous

Sadly, I just read an article about an 8-year-old who died after getting stuck between a washing machine and a dryer while playing hide-and-seek. It really made me pause since we recently had a...

Cruising in a Post-COVID World: What to Expect

My family and I just returned from a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. It was the first time on a cruise for my kids, 4 and 11, and I was terrified of all the...
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Help! My Toddler Stays Up Way Too Late

My friends make fun of me because I go to bed around 9 p.m. every night. Well, sort of. I may doze off, but my 3-year-old is still awake and startles me by his...
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Why Do Things Always Go Wrong When My Husband Is Out of Town?

It never fails. My husband packs his bags for work and gets on his merry way. He arrives safely and everyone back home (my two kids and me) are settling into daddy being gone...
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I Knew Nothing About Eye Patching: Tips for Newbies

I first noticed it in photographs. My 3-year-old’s left eye would appear turned in while the other eye looked straight on. Then other people started noticing and it started to happen more frequently where...

Bribing Your Kids Doesn’t Have To Be Bad (It Works For My Family)

Bribing to some people is seen as a dirty parenting tactic. Also known as promising your child something in return for stopping a tantrum, sharing a toy, following orders, cleaning a room, or in...
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Sometimes You Just Have to Get Away from It All

My husband travels off and on for six months a year. When he gets home from his work trips, I’m normally pretty spent. I work full time and have 3- and 10-year-old boys. By...
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My Quest for Better Eyelashes (Without Breaking the Bank)

I don’t spend a lot of time (or money) on my makeup — honestly, maybe 5–10 minutes tops and that includes washing my face. I do work full-time, and when I was going into...
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True Life: I’m Obsessed With Buying and Selling on Facebook Marketplace

I've been a bargain shopper all my life. I get buyer’s remorse when I buy anything over $10. It’s true. I will let it sit on the dresser for days before I decide to...

How Heavy Is Your Child’s Backpack? 8 Tips to Lighten the Load

School is almost in session again, and this year, my son will be heading into class with a lighter backpack. I know, this isn’t something I ever thought about before either. But, at the...

What I Wish I Would Have Known: Tips to Make Moving Easy

It’s no secret that the housing market is hot right now. We sold our house in one day and bought a house that never even hit the market thanks to some friends in our...