Jenny Berk

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Jenny is a crass and pushy (read = sweet) native New Yorker who has always had a penchant for New England, after attending Brandeis for 4 years, but especially so after meeting her husband Barry, who also happened to live in Boston. After marrying, and creating 3 awesome daughters - ages, 11, 8 and 6 - she and her husband moved to Needham and love it there! Jenny is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach, Mindful Eating Instructor and Wellness blogger. She loves writing about how Mom's can navigate and prioritize their health and positive body image after having children. When she's not trying to figure out how the heck to parent a tween, She can be found blogging at the Huffington Post, (healthy living section) and on her site www.jennyedencoaching.com. Heck yes! - mindfulness, kettlebells, body acceptance, yoga, traveling the word and eating decadent and unctuous (vegetarian) food. No way, man! - arthritis at 40, allergies to anything, animal cruelty, waiting in line.
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Forging New Family Traditions in the Age of COVID

Believe me, you are not going to find me saying that COVID-19 has a blessing in disguise or that the last year has in any way been anything but heartbreaking and extremely challenging. COVID has...
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Teaching Kids (and Ourselves) About Ambiguous Loss

In a recent article about how we are all coping in the pandemic, the author brought up the concept of ambiguous loss. This is often defined as a loss that is complicated and with...
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The Summer Mom Became a Camp Counselor

I admit it. I am seriously bummed that my girls' overnight camp got canceled because of COVID. For, while I've missed them dearly when they've gone to camp before, it is also the only...
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6 Self-Care and Immunity Boosters for Families

I can say unequivocally that this is one of the more challenging times for families. With homeschooling, social distancing, and the uncertainty of when this new normal will abate and we can reconnect, travel,...
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What’s Harder: Raising a Toddler or a Teenager?

I remember walking into a Starbucks, clumsily wearing my 3-week-old baby in my baby Bjorn. I was so exhausted and irritable from weeks of no sleep, and I had one mission and one only....
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Raising STEAM Girls

I LOVE that it comes so easily to my kids. And they don’t define themselves by their mathlete status and love of science, either. It’s just part of who they are. I love that they just assume and expect girls will and should be just as good at STEAM subjects as a boy.
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Self-Care Strategies for Stressed-Out Moms

Whenever I'm in a funk, I head for the forest. Forest bathing, or what the Japanese call shinrin yoku is the practice of simply being among the trees. Benefits include increased immunity, lowered stress hormones, lower blood pressure, and increased energy and vitality. But, most importantly, it changes the scenery, which sometimes is the best self-care of all. When my babies were little, just going outside changed the mood so quickly, with new smells and sights and stimulation. I could ward off a tantrum even on the streets of Cambridge.
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5 Reasons Your Kids Are Still Hungry an Hour After Dinner

There is often this odd hour or two after dinner, where it's too late to start some sort of messy project but too early to start the bathtime and bedtime routines. It’s often an inflection point for the parents at that time as well, after they've devoted so much blood, sweat, and tears during the day. You may not actually be up for a third round of Candy Land or cards. But, food is the great equalizer — it gives us something to do, too, so it makes sense this might happen.
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6 Boston-Area Spring Hikes for Families

Now, we hike often as a family. Family hikes are a fabulous way to communicate with our kids about important things in an emotionally safe way. But most importantly, hiking has been a way for us to bond and have fun and be physically active together in the midst of the daily distractions and chaos and carpools.
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Speaking Your Child’s “Love Language”

I know this sounds silly. Because Gary Chapman's bestselling book, 'The Five Love Languages,' has been around for nearly 25 years. But I never knew what the love languages were until very recently when I stumbled upon an online 'love language' quiz. It was a major game changer.
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Meal Planning Mama

For me, meal planning and prep have been an evolving process. As my family has grown and expanded and their palates and proclivities have varied, I’ve had to get creative about what I prepare for them.
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Take YOURSELF Out on a Date :: 20 Creative Date Ideas for 1

I deserve to take myself out on a date once in a while, and so do you! Here are 20 creative date ideas to maximize your fun or relaxation, depending on your goals.