Triangle Parents & Experts Share Their Thoughts
Parenting is a joy, a struggle, a sometimes nerve-wracking and exhausting journey filled with laughter, tears and special moments. Where would we be without friends who share their stories and listen to ours? Life in the Triangle with kids offers a multitude of possibilities. Whether you're looking for fun places to visit with your tot or ways to get exercise with kids outdoors, you'll find answers here. Our bloggers will make you laugh and remember your own stories. And they invite you to share them in every blog.
Odile Fredericks is mom to two and Carolina Parent's web editor. Look in Daily Post for family fun in the Triangle, especially freebies, as well as opinions and news that matters to local parents. She welcomes your comments. Check our home page on Thursdays to see her weekend fun planner.
Beth Shugg is editor at Carolina Parent magazine and mom to two boys and one girl who keep her on the go. She loves to read and play with iPhone apps in her spare time, and will share "Books, Bytes and Bits" of information with you each month in her blog posts that expand on what we cover in our magazine.
Our Fit Family blog highlights the 2014 Fit Family Challenge, which takes place April 15-June 9, 2014. This healthy family lifestyle program for our parent community, sponsored by Coca-Cola, offers fitness classes, expert advice and nutrition information. During the challenge, famlies set goals, keep track of healthy habits online and log weekly minutes of activity to win prizes. Read this blog for healthy tips, recipes and exercises your family will love.
College Transitions is a team of college planning experts committed to guiding families through the college admissions process. As counselors and published higher education researchers, we aim to bring perspective (and some sanity) to college planning, and we strive to provide students with the support they need to enroll and succeed at a college that is right for them. Please visit our website—www.collegetransitions.com—to learn more.
Leah Friedman is a mother of two and a professional organizer, who owns Raleigh Green Gables. She works with clients to help them clear the space to be in deeper relationships with themselves, their loves and their lives. And, yes, she lives what she preaches at home with a clean playroom, a clothes closet organized by color and an empty attic.
Courtney Haswell is the blogger behind the website, Family Gone Healthy, which follows her family's journey to cutting out processed food and eating clean. She is a biomedical engineer by day and has two young daughters, ages 1 and 4. She lives in Morrisville and enjoys zumba and bicycling.
Jennifer Durbin is a working mother of two and author of the Tips forThe Clueless Chick book series. Through her books and www.CluelessChick.com Jennifer brings you all of the tips and tricks you need to uncomplicate everything from planning a party to planning for a new baby. Jennifer received her MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School, has a successful career in IT and runs a popular event design business in Raleigh.
Valerie DeLoach is a mom of two amazing kids who married a dad with two equally amazing kids. She blogs about her experiences in a blended family while sometimes reminiscing about lessons learned in her former life as a single mom. She is currently working on a book on successful co-parenting. Visit her blog at ournewpartyofsix.com.
Heba Salama is a Family Lifestyle & Wedding Photographer in Chapel Hill. She also was one of the winners on Season 6 of NBC's Biggest Loser alongside her husband, Ed Brantley. She is excited to be sharing her journey from infertility through her first year of motherhood candidly. Heba and Ed reside in Chapel Hill, with their first baby, a Beagle, Sammy.
Mental Health Matters! is written by clinical staff at the The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood in Cary, the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agency providing children's mental health services in the Triangle. The Center is devoted to promoting the healthy emotional development of young children through its preschool and kindergarten programs, mental health services, and outreach programs including Lucy's Book Club.
Southern MOMentum is a collaboration of sleep-deprived, Gen X gals who started out as friends and became grounded together in a wonderfully, challenging journey called motherhood ... some Southern by birth and others, transplants, who fell in love with front porch swings and sweet tea. Each mom contributes her unique blend of witty, realistic approaches by encouraging moms to put away their SuperMom cape and enjoy the journey of motherhood!
Heathy Living is written by practitioners at UNC Family Medicine Center (FMC), who understand how important your pregnancy, birth experience and the first years of your child's life are to you and to your family. FMC's Maternal and Child Health Program offers evidence-based and family-friendly prenatal care, personalized care during labor and delivery, and early childhood pediatric care.
Caitlin Dunlevy is a new mom, certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, and nutrition specialist. Since moving to North Carolina in 2012, she has started her own business called Tuff Mother, and she also works at the YMCA in downtown Raleigh. Her passion lies in helping others live a healthier lifestyle. Caitlin and her husband, daughter and dog reside in Raleigh.
Carolina Parent celebrated the warm weather season of lazy days, vacation getaways, new friends and discoveries with our "My Summer Stories" campaign. We invited readers to tell us a great summer memory for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Congratulations to our winner, Lori Long for her post, "A Walk on the Beach." The contest has ended, but you can still read the submissions here.