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Growing Resilient: What Your Child Needs to Get Through Tough Times

Growing Resilient: What Your Child Needs to Get Through Tough Times

Resilience is the ability to overcome serious stress or difficulty, and bounce back stronger than ever. With increasing pressures academically, athletically and socially on kids these days, being resilient is critical. In this series, Connecticut Children’s pediatric experts share keys to resilience, and how to help your child be resilient. 

Melissa Joan Hart – Lifetime as Queen of Christmas

Melissa Joan Hart – Lifetime as Queen of Christmas

Anyone else all about made-for-TV holiday movies that are all over Lifetime and Hallmark channels this time of year? Us too! Then you know that Melissa Joan Hart is one of the veritable Queens of Lifetime’s festive films. This season, as part of a new multi-film, two-year deal with the network, the Sabrina the Teenage Witch star directs her fourth Lifetime film, Santa’s Bootcamp. Her youngest son Tucker (10) is also part of the cast (in addition she is Mom to Mason, 16 and Braydon, 14 with husband, Mark). We spoke to Melissa about her favorite holiday traditions, why she thinks these films are more addictive than frosted Christmas cookies, and that time Jason Priestley showed up to her ugly sweater party.

3 Healthy Holiday Season Eating Tips to Try!

3 Healthy Holiday Season Eating Tips to Try!

In a season where we are making magic, hosting, decorating and organizing, we can’t forget to take care of ourselves, moms.  That means feeding ourselves as well as we do our families. Food, after all, is fuel for this busy holiday season. We asked The Local Moms Network contributor Stefani Sassos, Registered Dietician and Deputy Nutrition Director for the Good Housekeeping Institute for her favorite healthy eating hacks during celebration season.

Meet Kim!

Meet Kim!

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, and this time of year, we wanted to highlight Kimberly Greenberg, mom of three girls, who is the epitome of what determination, passion, and a mom’s ability to do hard things looks like. A financial advisor for over 15 years, Kim and her husbands’ lives changed forever when their first daughter, Parker, was born with an incredibly rare genetic syndrome – HIST1H1E. Discovered by geneticists only after Parker was born in 2016, Kim has dedicated her life’s work to helping other families who have children with special needs navigate the financial challenges with which they are faced. Kim has also dedicated her life toward raising money to support research on this rare syndrome, and her friends, family and the Westport community have raised over $200K so far toward “Parker’s Cure.” Some fun facts about Kim – she was a Division 1 college squash player, goes out in Westport more than she did in the city, and is a menace at the net in tennis; watch out! She loves the beach, dreams of a trip to Paris, and enjoyed nothing more than seeing Parker’s face light up on the roller coasters at Disney world this year! Thank you Kim for the amazing work you are doing for all the kids and families out there; Westport is lucky to have you!

Meet Astronaut Kellie Gerardi!

Meet Astronaut Kellie Gerardi!

Meet Kellie Gerardi, an aerospace and defense professional, a mom, and a bioastronautics researcher who will be flying to space on a dedicated science mission with Virgin Galactic! She also is the author of children’s picture book series, Luna Muna. While most of us can’t exactly relate to being an astronaut, Kellie shares relatable parenting content on TikTok, where she has amassed more than half a million followers. We spoke to Kellie about her amazing career, family life in Florida, with her husband and daughter, and more.

Meet Jen Berniker!

Meet Jen Berniker!

If moving to the suburbs or extra time at home these last few years piqued your interest in home decor and design, Jen Berniker is someone you should know! After having kids, Jen struggled with what came next, having worked in TV for many years and still craving a creative outlet. After many part-time and freelance jobs, she recently created Designport (a platform for everyone from DIYers to seasoned designers to connect and share helpful advice on design), and has found a way to combine her storytelling and people-connecting skills with her love of photography, writing, and architecture & design. She also loves the added bonus of getting to visit so many people’s homes! Outside of work, she is an adrenaline junkie – loves skiing, climbing, dark chocolate, and all forms of travel. Jen loved the quiet family time COVID gave their family, but getting to connect with and share so many people’s stories with her newest endeavor has been a gift, and she is excited to share It with all of us!

Halloween Safety: What Parents Should Know in 2022!

Halloween Safety: What Parents Should Know in 2022!

Every year around Halloween, parents start trying to balance keeping kids safe and letting them have fun—and a little freedom. This year, in particular, we’re hearing a lot of questions about Fentanyl and whether parents should really be worried about drugs in trick or treat bags. We asked Dr. Katherine Noble of Sound Beach Pediatrics in Greenwich, CT, our top questions about Halloween safety.

Meet Audrey…another survivor story!

Meet Audrey…another survivor story!

Like so many other local “breast cancer warriors”, Audrey Symes was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year after a routine mammogram and sonogram, both of which her OBGYN conducts regularly. Though she somewhat privately ventured along her journey of surgery, radiation, chemo and more, she recently shared her story, providing a tremendous source of support and strength to others, and finding herself amazed by the support she and her family received along the way. With an 8 year old daughter, and cancer being somewhat of a “part-time” job, life has changed, but Audrey has found ways to stay active, loves reading and the “You’re Dead to Me” podcast on BBC, and truly sees her oncology team as her real life heroes. Audrey’s story is a reminder to stay on top of our health, and that anything is possible.

Meet Kaile Zagger, Westport mom making groundbreaking change in the infant health space

Meet Kaile Zagger, Westport mom making groundbreaking change in the infant health space

Did you know that 9 out of 10 babies in the US are born without a critical strain of bacteria (EVC001) that improves immunity, cognition and metabolomic health? Today we are speaking with Kaile Zagger, Westport mom and CEO of Infinant Health, a company working to replenish this bacteria in newborns, setting them on a trajectory for improved lifelong health! After years spent working on groundbreaking late-stage breast cancer research, she is now focused on revolutionizing the infant health space, and has been hailed by her peers as a “Warrior for women and children.” We are so lucky to call her ours!

How to Get Amazing Holiday Photos!

How to Get Amazing Holiday Photos!

Holiday photos are one of the great end of year traditions. Sending out festive cards and updating framed photographs in your home is always lovely and nostalgic. The process itself, however, can get a little tricky (very tricky if you happen to have one or more babies or toddlers, ha!). To help us make our family photos as perfect (and painless) as possible, we asked Rachel Wasserman, Lead Photographer at Shoott, to give us her tried-and-true advice on the topic.

Meet Courtney Prussin!

Meet Courtney Prussin!

If you are looking for inspiration in any capacity right now, look no further! Meet Courtney Prussin, mom to Camryn and two adorable dogs, who went to her first mammogram after turning 40 and was shockingly diagnosed with Stage 0 DCIS (the earliest form of breast cancer). This led her down a path to a double mastectomy and many weeks and months of managing and living with a cancer diagnosis. She shares her immense gratitude toward the village of friends and family that has surrounded her on her journey, and how she stumbled upon Pink Aid, an incredible organization which has enabled her to help others battling cancer who don’t have the resources many of us do, and life on the other side. Most recently, Courtney walked the runway at Pink Aid’s Pinkchella event as a “warrior” with her daughter and husband, a proud and strong mom and woman who reminds us that if you stay on top of your health, anything is possible!

Meet Today Show’s Dylan Dreyer!

Meet Today Show’s Dylan Dreyer!

Meteorologist Dylan Dreyer is a familiar face on morning television, as an anchor on the TODAY show’s 3rdHour, as well as a regular fill-in for Al Roker and Carson Daly on the first part of the program. Recently, after welcoming her third son in September 2021, she decided to leave Weekend TODAY, to spent weekends with her family — a choice many working moms can relate to. We spoke to her about life as a working mom, and the hard choices we all have to make!

Meet Sarah!

Meet Sarah!

Meet Sarah! New-ish to Westport – and mom of two – Sarah is a 15+ year veteran in the pilates, yoga, aerial and coaching industry having led teacher trainings, owned studios and performed aerial with artists like Lady Gaga and Lil Kim. She works with clients locally in her private studio and virtually worldwide. She recently restructured her offerings from the health industry’s standard of hourly sessions to leading 30 day Personalized Transformational Programs that focus on curating your dream lifestyle through movement and mindset work. After recovering from her own addiction, Sarah is as focused as ever on finding things that bring her – and her clients – joy – and is the biggest cheerleader imaginable, despite being a natural introvert! Sarah loves all things Bravo, wishes she could sing, and has a weakness for peanut butter! Sarah’s methods of transforming people’s bodies, minds and lives is truly unique (trust us!!), and she has a gift we are so lucky she has decided to share!

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