Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper

Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper
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Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper lives in Fairfield, CT with her husband and three children, ages 10, 7, and 4. She is the author of several novels that encourage tween and teen girls to listen to their inner voice, from saving the family fishing business in ON THE LINE, to following a passion for crafting in SALTED CARAMEL DREAMS, and exposing a friend’s hurtful social media platform in POPULATTI. She is currently working on a new children's book series and a new novel on motherhood. She also shares her own motherhood experiences on her Instagram @jnbwrite. When not writing, you can find Jackie and her family enjoying Fairfield’s beautiful coastline where they love fishing, swimming and sailing.
A mother putting her daughter to bed.

We Changed Bedtime to Save Our Sanity, So Why Do I Miss the Old...

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As recently as one month ago, the most common words our kids uttered between 8 and 9 p.m. were “one more.” One more snack, one more story. One more snuggle, one more glass of...
Drawings on a backyard grave.

Is Heaven in Our Backyard?

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It was a cold winter day when we found Eleanor, one of our two goldfish, hovering toward the bottom of our tank. The discovery was both shocking and expected. Eleanor had been sick on...
A mother and daughter on Election Day.

Success Isn’t Measured in Votes

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One of my first jobs out of college was working as an account executive for a marketing agency in Washington, DC. The job was everything I thought I wanted – a position that kept...
Sailing into forty.

Sailing Into Forty

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Last October, I turned 39. The day fell in the middle of a long weekend, so we loaded up our car with duffle bags of sweaters and shorts, bathing suits and fishing rods, and...
A mom walking her daughter to school.

Hurray for Pre-K!

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During a preschool pickup in late May, my usually bubbly daughter emerged tear-stained and red. “What happened?” I asked as she ran into my arms, her small body melting into my own. Her teacher took me...
Siblings eating Popsicles.

Reflections From the Frontlines of Camp Mom

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To all my friends I haven’t spoken with in two months, I’m sorry. For all the coffee dates I’ve missed, believe me; I wish I could have made them. It’s not my intention to...
Flamingos displayed in a front lawn.

Our Unsolved Mystery: The Tale of the Flamingo

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If you have any information on this mystery, please write to us by commenting below. It all started the Saturday before Mother’s Day. The weather was gray, the clouds thick and low and taunting, the...
A tween laying on the couch.

Has Tween Culture Done More Harm Than Good?

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This month, my oldest turns ten. An entire decade old. It’s a big milestone for both of us, and we’ve been doing a lot of talking about growing up. With age comes responsibility, I...
A mother reading to her daughter in bed.

Our Family’s YouTube Detox: Reading the Classics

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It was a brilliant Saturday morning, the sun shining, the air warm—just the type of day my kids loved for playing outside. Yet instead of racing out the door, my kids were clumped together...
Siblings laying on the floor with a dog.

If I Could Bottle Up Age Four

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If I could bottle up age four, pictures of rainbows would always cover my walls. The letter “m” in mom would be big and shaky, the “o” not quite closed. There would forever be...