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NAME: Andrea Delbanco AGE: 43 JOB TITLE: Editor in Chief, TIME for Kids YEARS WORKING IN COMMUNICATIONS: 22 CHILDREN: 2 (11, 14)   PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: I started working at the New York Times one week after graduating from Brown University. I had the most amazing mentors there, and I learned so much about journalism, including […]

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October 2021 #CommsMom: Andrea Delbanco

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Though the pandemic was difficult for many of us humans, our pets couldn’t have been happier.     But now that most of the world is back to in-person work and school, our furry creatures can’t spend every waking hour with us. This is okay for some pets; my cat has been plotting to get […]

Dog photo by Simon Hurry for Unsplash

FAMILY

How to Help Your Family Pet With Separation Anxiety When You Go Back to Work and the Kids Go Back to School

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I used to love hiking. In fact, I studied abroad in New Zealand as a high school student and spent a month at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre while there. But, I got away from it after the first of my four knee surgeries more than 15 years ago. However, the pandemic–and a […]

FAMILY

Top 12 Products for a Family Hike

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“Friends and colleagues started coming to me asking for advice in media coverage, so I started to teach business owners how to gain media success.” NAME: Eva Shortt AGE: 38 JOB TITLE: Zahav PR agency owner YEARS WORKING IN COMMUNICATIONS: 6+ CHILDREN: 2 (ages 7 and 4)   PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: After I graduated with a […]

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September 2021 #CommsMom: Eva Shortt

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This weekend, it’s my dad’s birthday. His health has rapidly deteriorated since the beginning of the pandemic and my heart breaks every single day that I can’t be there to help my mom, dad, brother and sister-in-law.   Why can’t I be there? Well, I am a dual citizen–a Canadian living in the U.S.–and the […]

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What It’s Like as a Canadian-American During the COVID Border Closure

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NAME: Shaqueria Howard or “Tudy”   AGE: 25 JOB TITLE: Publicist/CEO  YEARS WORKING IN COMMUNICATIONS: 5+ CHILDREN: Indigo, 1   Shaqueria when 5 STAH MEDIA, LLC launched   TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Since graduating in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Florida A&M University, I have been working in PR for […]

Shaqueria Howard at work

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July 2021 #CommsMom: Shaqueria Howard

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Trigger warning: as noted in the title, this blog post is about my daughter’s open heart surgery and the roller coaster of emotions that comes when your child is critically ill. Please do not read beyond this point if it could potentially upset you or trigger your own experiences in a negative way. When my […]

These two pictures were taken exactly eight years apart, to the day. What a #heartwarrior!

FAMILY

Eight Years Post-Open Heart Surgery: Our Story

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If you read my previous post, you’ll recall my daughters and I did a mandatory 14-day quarantine when we went home to Canada to see my family. Overall, I did a pretty good job of preparing and packing (minus forgetting my older daughter’s laptop charger), but I thought I’d share a few things I wish […]

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What I Wish I Had Brought Into Quarantine

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If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I was born and raised in Canada. I’ve lived all over the U.S., but settled in Michigan in 2005, so I could be within an hour’s drive of my family across the border. In normal times, we’d see my parents every week or every other […]

Quarantining with kids

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Prepping For Quarantine in a Different Country

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If you’re an email subscriber of mine, you read this last week (and if you’re not subscribed, sign up here). You haven’t heard from me in a couple of months and there’s a good reason: I burned out. It’s actually somewhat ironic because I’ve spoken on international stages about organizational culture, employee engagement, well-being and, […]

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