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I was working full-time in marketing when I became pregnant with twins. It was our first experience as a family having to navigate the world of paid childcare. After a lot of research, interviews and extensive mom guilt, we...
If you haven’t already met Jennifer Chapman in person, you’ve probably seen her name. Maybe you’ve worked with her on a board at Leadership Jacksonville, sat with her on a committee for the Junior League of Jacksonville, or volunteered...
Into the phone booth: mom self. Out of the phone booth: work self. Actually, with these days of social distancing, remote working, and homeschooling, it's really more like into the pantry/lock self in bathroom/hide in the closet — and...
I stayed home with my first child. She was a fall baby, so by the time summer began, she was sitting up on her own and could fit into a cute bathing suit. That summer as a first-time mama,...
In case you didn't know it, you're strong. SUPER strong. You lift babies out of cribs, off the ground, out of car seats, wrestle them for a diaper change, carry bigger kids when they're too tired to walk, squat down to...
"Wow, you're Supermom!" You know you've heard that phrase — muttered under someone's breath, as a direct and outright compliment, in a begrudging admiration — at some point or another throughout your motherhood journey. Because we know all about Supermom. Supermom changes...
If you had asked me two years ago if I wanted another kid, I would have told you what I still tell everyone, my husband and I are candidates for ONE child. Yet here we are. New mom of...
Every New Year, many working mamas start off with a goal to achieve “work-life balance.” Your intention behind work-life balance goes something like this: “I want to spend this much time with my family, and this much time with work...
As a kid, when I wasn’t letting myself into our house after school, I was either at my mom’s or dad’s work. At my dad’s office (an Army helicopter hangar), I learned dirty jokes and learned about the different...
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 the time we get home...
Shirley Fiano is a Florida native, born and raised in Jacksonville. She graduated from Sandalwood High School and married her husband, Tony, a Marine Corps veteran originally from Massachusetts. Together, they had three children: Cassy, TJ, and Frankie. Cassy...
Most days, I pick my children up from school and daycare, and we are home by about 4 p.m. There's plenty of time for my big kids to play on the swing set, throw the basketball around with the neighbors...

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