Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in the area?
Although you may not hear it in my accent, I am originally from Staten Island. After college, I lived in Florham Park for several years before moving to Summit. My family and I have been in Summit for 17 years.
My daughter, Kendal, is 16 years old and learning to drive! My son, Hadyn, is 14 years old and gearing up for high school next year!
Are you involved in a business venture or corporate world? Please Share!
I am a Parent Coach, which is a certified professional who can work by your side to create unique parenting strategies and techniques that align with your core values. my company Real Life Parent Coaching is about finding long term solutions that work for YOU and YOUR family!
When did you decide you wanted to be a Parent Coach?
The experiences I’ve had as a special education teacher, an ABA therapist and an Early Intervention Developmental Specialist, as well as being a parent myself, have all led me to becoming a Parent Coach. Whether I was working with students in my classroom or with students in their homes, I found that working with the parents was always a large and important aspect of my job! Teaching children was rewarding, but supporting parents to connect with their children so they could transfer learned skills into the home was necessary and life-changing for the families! When I learned about The PCI program and how it would properly train me to work with parents, I knew Parent Coaching was for me!
Did you always know you wanted to guide families in parenting?
As a special education teacher, I knew I wanted to make a difference by helping children. I quickly learned a way to help children was by supporting their parents. Parents are the experts of their family and the ones who truly impact their children! I find it so rewarding when a client texts me with excitement that one small change has made a tremendous impact on their family life!
If you could give one tip to fellow Mom Entrepreneurs what would it be?
Allow yourself some grace! Starting a business is not easy, especially when you’re a mom with other responsibilities. Take some time to get your values and priorities in check so that you are clear where your focus should be.This will allow you to make the most of your time and feel more aligned to what’s really important in your life.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I was a Drum Major for my high school marching band and a music major in college for a number of years before switching to study special education! I played the flute and piccolo during those years and regret ‘taking a break’ when I started teaching full time. Maybe I’ll pick it up again someday!
Ok 10 Fun LOCAL favorites – ready, go!
1 – Favorite thing to do with your kids? We love going to the beach together.
2 – Favorite coffee spot? Boonton Coffee Shop – so cute!
3 – Favorite lunch place? Green Village Deli – Have you had their Chinese Chicken Salad?!
4 – Favorite farm to go fruit picking? Alstede Farms
5 – Favorite date night restaurant? Stirling Hotel in Stirling
6 – Favorite boutique? Quartet in Chatham, NJ
7 – Favorite spot to grab a drink? Stirling Tavern or Dublin Pub – both in Morristown!
8 – Who has the best bagels in town? It’s hard to find gluten free bagels, but we like Swiss Chalet in Morristown since they have some GF options for my family!
9 – Best slice of pizza in town? SQR in Summit has amazing GF pizza!
10 – Favorite spot for a cookie or cupcake? Crowley Cupcakes in Madison
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