Emailing With My Girlfriends

Michelle Dickstein is a Midwest transplant from the East Coast with her husband. Michelle has her Masters of Public Health and works full-time outside of the home. Michelle writes about her adventures in life as the mother of three adorable and curly-headed young daughters, two of which are identical twins. In addition she writes for Northeast Ohio Parent magazine, blogs (Emailing with My Girlfriends and Kveller) and has made appearances on CBS 19 and Fox 8 news as a lifestyle and parenting "expert" (whatever that means)! Michelle is co-authoring a book, “We Do Not Negotiate with Terrorists: Parenting Just Got Real. Positive Parenting Strategies that Work.”

An Extra-Curricular Update and Finding Flower in an Ohio Winter

It’s almost spring and I’m itching to see flower buds on plants and experience warmer weather to occupy our time with outside picnics and trips to local playgrounds. Winters tend to feel longer... Read more

Children's Museum of Cleveland Wins over Moms, Dads and Kids

The new Children's Museum of Cleveland (CMC) recently reopened in a new location and all I can say is “Wow, it’s awesome.” First, I am a sucker for historic mansions (where the museum is now loc... Read more

Why I Love Consigning and Shopping at Rhea Lana

Hear ye! Hear ye! MAJOR NEWS! Mark your calendar for March 11-15. Why? It’s the Rhea Lana Spring 2018 Event Raise your hand if kid stuff has taken over your house!  (You cannot see it, but... Read more

BrittFit: My Fun Way to Stay Healthy with My Kids During the Holiday Season

Photo credit: Heather Pelko PhotographyOh the weather outside is frightful… and I do not feel like taking walks when my fingers and toes are freezing and my nose is running more than my feet.  So w... Read more

My “Sliding Doors” Day

Do you remember the 1998 Gwyneth Paltrow movie, Sliding Doors? In it, Gwyneth dons another, fun to listen to but we all know it’s fake, British accent and we watch two versions of her life play out ... Read more

The Power of a Girl and a Horse – Finding Passion and Acquiescing to Becoming a 'Soccer Mom'

I have been more than vocal about my personal disdain for over-scheduling my kids. I talked about it tongue in cheek in the context of being a lazy mom who doesn’t want to stress about shuttling my ... Read more

My oldest kid is starting kindergarten and I’m kind of freaking out

I am feeling a bit emotional right now because my oldest is starting kindergarten this month.  A part of me feels panicked.  This starts a whole new era of “formal schooling” and it comes with a... Read more

I Have a Will to Handle My Parent Anxiety

Feeling anxious as a parent is typical and almost expected. If you’re not worried about something it’s like you’re not a caring parent. Here is a small sample of the worries which have crosse... Read more

Mother’s Day Edition: Motherhood expectations vs. reality

Motherhood is different for everyone, yet very similar in a lot of ways. In recognition of this Mother’s Day, I asked some friends and family members their thoughts on motherhood, before and after t... Read more

How to Schedule Time with Friends When You Are a Super Busy Parent

In the April 2017 Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine issue, I wrote Top 5 Tips to Get More Family Time in Your Schedule...and Some “Me Time,” too.It’s often thought, once you become a mom, you need ... Read more

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