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Dana

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Dana is a working mom of two active boys, ages 4 and 8. She was born in Tel Aviv and raised in Atlanta. She works as the PR/Marketing Director for the Israel Ministry of Tourism (Southern Region), where she promotes tourism to Israel.  With a background in journalism, she spent 12 years chasing deadlines as a news and documentary producer, writer, international news desk editor, and web editor.  After the birth of her first child, it became obvious she was not going to be the next Katie Couric or Christiane Amanpour. She was still dedicated, but the only thing gained from the grueling weekend and overnight shifts was a case of gastritis. She remembers being "so busy" she could not step away for lunch/dinner/breakfast and would have to shove the food down while hovering over her computer. The disgusting crumbs piling up in the keyboard were hers. As luck would have it, another round of layoffs was near and she seized the opportunity (having survived a few layoffs before). Several months into her severance she was fortunate to find a job in PR and Communications, promoting a subject that felt like a natural fit.   The most important lesson she's learned since becoming a mom is: NEVER say never. "I will NEVER shop at Costco, drive a car with a carpool number, become a 'soccer' mom, live near my parents in a house in the suburbs."  She now does all those things and more she never thought she would with the utmost feeling of gratitude. 
Grappling With the Tween Boy Years

Grappling With the Tween Boy Years

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My oldest son is approaching age 12, which means he's becoming a tween boy. He is growing closer to a height where he's able to look me directly in the eye and as wondrous...
6 Reasons to Love the New Cinderella Adaptation

6 Reasons to Love the New Cinderella Adaptation

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Every once in a while, a family-friendly film comes out that makes us so happy to have children. It gives us a reason to watch the film or series over and over, and continue...
Sleepaway Camp: Amazing for Kid, Hard on Mom

Sleepaway Camp: Amazing for Kid, Hard on Mom

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My eldest son recently returned home from an 11-day sleepaway camp in the North Georgia mountains. He returned a bit taller, his voice was a bit raspier, and a bit more sure of himself. Meanwhile,...
One of the Reasons I miss Having Very Young Kids May Surprise You...

One of the Reasons I miss Having Very Young Kids May Surprise You…

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My youngest just started Kindergarten, embarking on a new chapter in his childhood. I've had to come to terms with the fact that my children are getting older...fast...and there are so many things I...
With All Our Modern Luxuries, Parenting is Harder than it was 20 Years Ago

With All Our Modern Luxuries, Parenting is Harder than it was 20 Years Ago

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I was recently at a friend's daughter's birthday party, a family friend of theirs made a remark that stuck with me. She was a fit grandmother in her 60's. "You moms have it much...
7 Reasons I Love Being a Parent to Young Children in My 40's

7 Reasons I Love Being a Parent to Young Children in My 40’s

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I'll never forget my 40th birthday. My husband and I celebrated at an Egyptian restaurant,  our table spilling over with 30 of our closest friends. We smoked the hookah, feasted on fresh pita, dips...
Following an "Abnormal" Mammogram and Biopsy.... the Wait was the Worst Part

Following an “Abnormal” Mammogram and Biopsy…. the Wait was the Worst Part

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Several weeks ago I went in for a routine mammogram. It had been around 2-3 years since my last one. I am relatively healthy and have even been tested negative for the BRCA1 gene which...

We Only have 18 Summers with Our Kids; How that Advice Kind of Ruined...

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When a friend posted a story on her Facebook page "We Only Have 18 Summers With Our Kids," it really got to me.  It was the onset of summer. I was feeling beaten down by...

Why this Working Mom Feels Guilty…..the Reason May Surprise You

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Before I became a mom, I always knew I would continue to work and had no intention of becoming a full-time homemaker. Not that staying at home isn't an underrated job - it's probably the...

Mom Confession #5403: I’m Addicted to Online Shopping

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My name is Dana and I'm addicted to shopping online. You can say it happened overnight, most likely after I had my second child. I quickly realized there would be no leisurely stroll through the...