Mamarama: Outside The Sandbox — Searching for Preschool Options in Jersey City

By • May 1st, 2014 • Category: Blog, Mamarama

Ten years ago the Garden Preschool Board members sat around a little table in tiny wooden chairs discussing our future. Our co-president had a grim announcement to make. “I just don’t know if we’re going to be open next fall,” she said. “We have almost NO applicants for next school year.” I remember thinking, HOW […]

Mamarama: Riverside Pediatric Group Opens in Paulus Hook

By • Feb 3rd, 2014 • Category: Blog, Mamarama

In November of 2013, Riverside Medical Group opened its 20th location in the waterfront area of Jersey City. JCI sat with internal family medicine doctor Jessica Taubman and pediatrician Omar Baker to dish about staying healthy this winter – for adults and for children.

Mamarama: Postpartum Mood Disorders and New Jersey

By • Oct 11th, 2013 • Category: Featured, Mamarama, News

Last week, 34-year-old first time mom, Miriam Carey was shot to death following a dangerous car chase in Washington D.C. Carey’s mother suggested that her daughter’s irrational and aggressive behavior was a result of untreated postpartum depression. Though this diagnosis is difficult to substantiate, it also cannot be entirely ruled out, as Carey was said to become emotionally unstable in the months following her August 2012 birth.

Mamarama: Kids & Mourning

By • Jul 31st, 2013 • Category: Featured, Mamarama

Every parent, at some point or another, must figure out how to navigate discussions about death and mourning. It might be over a family pet, a beloved friend, a relative — death is never an easy topic to broach with kids – or even adults, for that matter.

Mamarama: Online Stranger Danger

By • Apr 25th, 2013 • Category: Arts, Featured, Mamarama

Last week a mom from a suburban New York community told me that amongst her friends, there is an accepted “rule” that you are not allowed to take photos of anyone else’s kid but your OWN. This is to prevent the possibility of sharing those images on Facebook or any other site where the parent does not have control over who can view those pictures.

Home Birth: The Latest Trend in Jersey City?

By • Feb 15th, 2013 • Category: Featured, Mamarama

As a childbirth educator I frequently speak to pregnant couples around town – whether they are my clients or not. One of the first things I ask is, “Where are you giving birth?” and the answer I’ve been hearing more and more often is: “At home.

Mamarama: The Year Halloween Was Cancelled…

By • Nov 9th, 2012 • Category: Blog, Mamarama

I want to preface this blog by saying that Jersey City is one amazing place to live. We have a community ethic and concern that stretches far beyond one’s immediate environment and embraces every diverse corner of this city. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy our friends and neighbors met with ruined homes, cars, and […]

Mamarama: Message Causes Manic Panic

By • Oct 12th, 2012 • Category: Blog, Mamarama

Last week the following message appeared on the widely-read HobokenMoms Yahoo Group: “Alert!!! White van no plates! Tried taking child from mom! Near rite aid on shipyard! Guy was with a mask n gun! About 5’8 black sweater with hoody and blue sweats white sneakers!!! Please dont let kids wander around!” In case you’re not familiar with it, the […]

Snooki and JWoww Get Schooled in Childbirth — by Mamarama — in Season Finale

By • Sep 18th, 2012 • Category: Blog, Mamarama, News

The season comes to a rather anti-climactic end as Snooki and JWoww decide to move out of their Jersey City firehouse digs. Nicole says she wants to concentrate more on her pregnancy and future with fiancé Jionni, and Jenni is more or less obliged to follow her lead. In this much-awaited season finale, Snooki decides […]

Snooki & JWoww Episodes 10 & 11 Recap: From Couples Hell to Boring Babies

By • Sep 7th, 2012 • Category: Blog, Mamarama, News

“Couples Hell” is an understatement when it comes to the full-on verbal brawls that our Jersey Girls get into with their mates. Without detailing the blow-by-blow of their sparring, let’s just say the issues are provoked by a basic lack of trust toward the boys (one of the cornerstones of a good relationship, I may […]