A Mom’s Journey into Inclusive Play, Advocacy and Partnership

Inclusive playground visit January 2017.

Advocacy has many meanings. When I think of that word, I imagine protests in the streets to build awareness or a fight to right a wrong with a certain issue. It’s a way we rise up to support people who are under served. It’s how we support a cause to achieve a common goal for the greater good.

Parents with children who have disabilities are the strongest advocates I know. Between medical appointments, school IEPs, state rights and down to daily interactions in the community, we advocate for inclusion, support and compassion. A simple trip to a playground can be a battle of sorts when it’s not designed for all.

Our small town started promoting a new park build with a 10,000 square foot playground in 2016. I was so busy between my kids’ school, the work schedule and life I didn’t think much of the call for community comments. Continue reading

5 Ways Stay-at-Home Dads Are Changing the World

Stay-home Dads RockWhen we lived in Silicon Valley, we did what a lot of what Silicon Valley parents do. We had the double income, two mortgages and two car payments. We also had two kids with two childcare bills. The American Dream, right?

We struggled. We were miserable and knew it wasn’t for us anymore. It was hard to let go because we were both born and raised in San Jose, before the term “Silicon Valley” became so popular. We wanted something different from the norm and California was too expensive to raise our kids on our terms. It took us a few years to decide to relocate. We relocated to Arizona before we had kids and then moved back to the Bay Area. After we had kids, we realized we couldn’t make it work there and the costs were a constant struggle. Continue reading

The Interviews: Working Mom and Grad School

Meet Diana, author of LadydeeLG. Diana lives in New York, is a full-time working mom and just completed grad school.  Whoa. A lot to handle for anyone.  Diana shared with us how she survived grad school with her husband’s help and still managed to keep sane with some me time.

Interview with LadydeeLGTell us about LadydeeLG.
LadydeeLG is my blog. I started writing in 2012, with the goal of sharing my journey of raising a multilingual child. Since my husband is French, we only speak to our son in Spanish and French. He now speaks English as well.

I soon realized that I wanted to share my experiences about being a working mom and writing soon became a way for me to become an advocate about issues I care about, such as paid family leave, healthy food for kids and Latino issues. So the blog has become a place where I share my experiences being a working mom with a multicultural family in NYC. Continue reading

Your Conference Survival Kit

Your Conference Survival KitDo you attend conferences and events as part of the job? I went to the Digital Summit in Scottsdale, AZ for the second year in a row. It’s a great event for digital marketers or any type of marketer.

I went for a day and drove to the event. Some of the people I met flew in from other states and had much longer travel time than I did.

One thing is for sure, I rarely head out to an event without these items.

 

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Lean In… You won’t fall over

Book Review: Lean In by Sheryl SandbergOn the heels of the Yahoo! work from home ban by Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In was met with a hefty amount of backlash. In just under a month, gender roles and flexibility in the workplace came to the forefront. Debates flared and blogger keyboards burned up!

My first reaction to the book title was similar to most. The reality of leaning in more could certainly mean I’d fall over and hard. Who wants to lean in when you are already maxed out, right? Not the intended meaning of the title though. I started reading with both excitement and an open mind. Continue reading

10 Tips to Get You Relaxed

I was searching through some of the archives and came across my sleep deprived blog posts. As working parents, we are in a shortage of sleep most of the time. I say parents because both me and the hubs struggle with the lack of sleep.

If you have little ones, you probably know the drill when one finally falls asleep, the other wakes up. It’s almost like they tag-team. Continue reading