Alison lives in Fairfield with her husband and three children (girl 2013, boy 2015, and boy 2021). She grew up in Westport, moved to NYC after college, and came back to CT in 2015. Alison is a social worker who specializes in parenting, families, and early childhood development, though she also spent years as a stay-at-home-mom. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, cooking, trying new foods/restaurants, reading novels, yoga, drinking iced coffee, and watching Real Housewives.
A mom looking in her toddlers eyes.

I Reached My Breaking Point (and the Mom Guilt Followed)

Teeth had been brushed, stories were read, and nightlights turned on. It was 8:00 on a Sunday night, and my husband was still at work (where he’d been all weekend). I was exhausted. The...
Two girls not wanting to share a toy.

No, I Won’t Force my Child to Share with Yours

We’ve all heard parents remind their children that “sharing is caring!” But have we ever stopped to think about what messages we’re sending our kids when we recite this mantra? I take my 1-year-old to...
Mom kissing a baby's forehead.

To My Third Baby, You Are Pure Indulgence

To my third baby, a story of how you came to be. First was your sister. After your father and I married, we couldn’t wait to have a baby. I needed your sister like I...
Someone giving a gift.

The Best Gifts for Your Host or Hostess

The holiday season is upon us, which means good food, good company, and attending lots of holiday get-togethers. Our calendar seems to get booked up this time of year between family parties, friend parties,...

Explore Fairfield County :: Westport

“Explore Fairfield County” is an informational series that provides a glimpse into the wonderful towns and cities in Fairfield County. Fairfield County is diverse in that it includes big cities, small suburbs, beaches, farms,...
A family eating a meal together.

Dinner Ideas from My Family to Yours

My husband and I love to share a good meal. And one of our favorite parts of becoming parents has always been sharing that love of food with our kids and enjoying good food...
A sign pointing to summer camp.

Sleepaway Camp: All The Feels

If you grew up in a Jewish, upper-middle-class household, you likely spent your summers at sleepaway camp. As a child, it never occurred to me that some kids stayed home all summer. If you...
A kindergarten boy.

When Should my Child Start Kindergarten? In CT It’s Hard to Know

The decision of whether to start your child in kindergarten when they are 4 or 5 is a difficult one for many parents in Connecticut, mainly because the January 1 cutoff date (for turning...
A woman kissing her grandmother.

To My Grandma: Because of You, I Believe in Magic

My most magnificent Grandma, as you enter the final phase of your life, be it weeks or months, or years, I hope you know the imprint you’ve made on this world and on my...
Older sister holding a newborn baby.

The Beauty of a Wider Age Gap

When my middle child was born, my oldest was two years old. She needed me at all hours of the day (and often at night). She couldn’t dress herself and she wasn’t quite potty...