Tots2Tweens is excited to introduce our mom for this Monday: Denise Stern
Denise is from Fairfax Station, Virginia
What are your hometown “must-do’s”: Fountainhead Park – great hiking and mountain biking and Clifton Cafe in Clifton – homemade crepes in the historic town of Clifton! So unexpected and delicious!
Meet the family: Married for 13 years with 1 son (age 9) and twin daughters (age 8). Our dog is a chunky-headed chocolate lab named Rolo.
Passions and Interests: Like most parents, I am really passionate about my children’s education and trying to find ways to keep learning fun for them. I’m also passionate about advocacy for new mothers, parents and babies. I hope to one day make postpartum in-home visits a national standard in the US, like they are on most other countries.
Anything “controversial” about you? That I own an overnight care service and advocate for postpartum support for new mothers! Everyone will *say* they are all for support of new mothers out loud, but believe me, the mommy-judging is alive and well on Facebook and message boards. Some people cannot stand the fact that we offer baby nurse services because in their minds, it’s something for “lazy” parents. They don’t understand that some moms are hurting or in need of a helping hand.
Biggest Pet Peeve: Parents that don’t RSVP to a child’s birthday party, or RSVP the day of the party! I know we’re all busy but we shouldn’t be too busy to respond to a little kid’s birthday party. (We agree with this one!)
Best advice you’ve ever received: My mom told me to enjoy the journey when I was in high school. I used to be so focused on results that I forgot to find the fun and joy in the everyday.
Other than “mom” – what work do you do? I am the President of Let Mommy Sleep, the DC area’s Baby Nurse service.
Favorite Kid Friendly Restaurant: Spartan’s in Fairfax! It’s a diner-style restaurant where the kids can get pizza, gyro’s or any of their favorite foods. The staff is always quick and genuinely friendly. It also feels good to support a family owned small business.
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About Dani Gurrie
Dani Gurrie is the founder of Tots2Tweens, a wife to Ashley and mom to Cooper and Brodie. She spends most of her days trying to find the ultimate kids-related thing that mom's will love...just to share it with her world.