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Kerry Schicker

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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
Florida Caverns State Park

On the Road: Jax to Florida Caverns State Park

I was scrolling through Facebook over spring break and saw one of my friends checked in at the Florida Caverns State Park — and I found myself looking through every single photo. I’ve lived...
moving

One Mom’s Tips for Moving During a Pandemic

We weren’t really sure what to expect when we decided to put our house on the market. After all, we are in the middle of a pandemic and some people are in different financial...

This Mama Loves Regular Naps — But Are They Good for You?

Why is it that some kids despise — and sometimes even refuse — naps? Do they feel like they’re missing out on playtime? Are they afraid no one will ever get them out of...
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On the Road: Jax to the Tampa Bay Area

The Tampa Bay area — consisting of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater — is about a four-hour jaunt from Jacksonville. Born and raised in St. Petersburg and a graduate from the University of South...