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State of Momhood


According to a new report by the Marketing to Moms Coalition, the State of the American Mom shows a shift in perception among working moms vs. stay at home moms. Surprisingly, more working mothers say they attend their child’s school and extracurricular events than mothers who do not work outside the home.

Also of note: African American mothers are the highest cell phone users in the group — relying on technology to talk to their children more frequently during the day.

The bottom line: we moms are a powerful consumer group.

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Friday, November 30th, 2007 at 11:05 am |

School Plays


Raise your hand if you agree….today’s school plays (at least in Westchester that “high-achieving” area) is all about kids who take acting lessons getting the lead parts in the school play — we’re talking the middle school level while kids (like mine!!) are relegated (every year!) to chorus or other non-speaking parts. My daughter is now quitting — just the same kids over and over getting the top parts. Why do we need Broadway style productions at the middle school level? I, for one, still appreciate the cuteness of a REAL school play!

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Monday, November 19th, 2007 at 2:07 pm |



Everyone in my family is sick –always happens this time of year when it’s one temperature outside but a whole other climate inside. The other day it was warmer outside than in my office, where, most of us were tying wearing our coats. Today it’s hot as … well, you know where.

Same with my kids’ school — it’s hot (or cold) inside; then cold (or hot) outside. And so: hello cold and flu season. At least it’s the weekend (yeah!) so we can all regroup.

More scintillating blog-fodder to come….promise! Where are you, Steve C.?

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Friday, November 16th, 2007 at 5:30 pm |


Beauty = Higher Paying Job?


We all know life isn’t fair. So accept that before you read on.

How you look equates to how you may be treated at the office.

According to a study by Yale psychologist Marianne LaFrance women with medium-length hair was equated with communicating “intelligence” at the workplace. Hair which was too long and sexy made women look less smart and professional. Ditto for hair which was too short and boyish.

In another study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, researchers found that there’s a “pretty premium” – with beautiful people tending to earn 5% more an hour than “their less comely colleagues.” Plus, another study also showed that the wage differential for obesity seems to be limited to “white women.” Of this group, those considered “obese” in terms of their body mass index (BMI) in both 1981 and 1988 earned 17% less than women within their recommended BMI range!

As if we women didn’t have enough to think about!

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Friday, November 2nd, 2007 at 11:25 am |

Candy for a cause


I love Halloween. I love seeing the kids in their costumes and the creativity of little minds. But here’s the one thing I hate: all the leftover candy. Which is why I love the idea two Harrison doctors had: to collect candy and send it overseas to troops in Iraq who can share it with children in the region. Just drop it by Drs. Ken Magid and Henry Rapp’s office: 163 Halstead Avenue in Harrison or call 914-835-0542 for directions.

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Thursday, November 1st, 2007 at 11:02 am |
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Talking to Kids about Sex


I don’t know about you, but everytime I try to have “the big talk” with my girls about SEX, they roll their eyes and tell me “they know.” After all, they  have Health in school. But what do they REALLY know? Have you ever, for once, called your child’s Health teacher to find out what they’re teaching? All you have to do is turn on the TV or the radio: our kids today are bombarded with sexual images — many of which only help to breed misconceptions.

Which is why we at Rockland Magazine are so excited to host Debra Haffner, author of Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens at the Nyack Center on November 8th at 7 p.m. Admission is free, though if you want free childcare, you should register at Real Life. Real Talk. our partner in the event. (Not to mention we have GREAT goodie bags!)  It promises to be an interesting and informative evening. Hope to see you there!

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 at 9:47 am |


Kids and the Internet


I don’t know about you..but I barely have time to put my makeup on then sit down and diligently read every video game or game console my girls bring home (they are more web/internet savvy than I am). Which can be dangerous. Especially with the upcoming holiday season, and the array of gifts they’re sure to get?

I wrote about protecting kids from internet dangers in the latest issue of InTown: Westchester. And, since researching my story, I also found out about ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) The front of virtually every game box displays an ESRB rating symbol ranging from EC (Early Childhood 3+) to AO (Adults Only 18+).  On the back, you’ll also find content descriptors which helps busy moms like us discern what age the game may be best suited for and what types of content may be of parental concern.

This is a big topic, and one that I’m trying hard — despite my deadline crazed, stressful life — to take more time to understand.

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 at 11:36 am |
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Fighting with your Hubby


How do you fight with your spouse? Arguing is an inevitable part of married life. And according to a recent sudy, the way you fight can affect your health. Lucky for me, I’m outspoken and honest (though I’m careful to couch my words) because apparently, those that keep their feelings bottled up are more likely to get sick over time. Men, on the other hand, are not affected by staying quiet. Needless to say, this doesn’t mean you should start throwing dishes at your husband and raising your voice, but you do need to communicate.

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Thursday, October 25th, 2007 at 11:14 am |
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The New Mommy Track


Anyone see the recent issue of U.S. News & World Report that says more moms are finding smart ways to blend work and family? I kindof “borrowed” mine from my doctor’s office (one reason I haven’t been blogging: forgive me — hurt my back and been a bit under the weather).

But I digress. The good news: is that women today are rejecting the “supermom” image from the 80s as well as the “soccer mom” stereotype of the 90s and today are more likely to negotiate flexible schedules at work and demand more participating from their partners at home. Nearly 26 percent of working women with children under 18 work flexible schedules, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compared with 14 percent in 1991. Most of us, when pressed, would rather have the “part-time ideal,” but if you can’t get that, it’s good to know that we’re all in the same boat (I say this after my boss has been SUPER nice since I hurt my back: thanks ML!).

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Thursday, October 18th, 2007 at 4:33 pm |




This clever YouTube video says it all.

Posted by Jeanne Muchnick on Monday, October 8th, 2007 at 12:22 pm |


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Jeanne MuchnickJeanne Muchnick is a multi-tasking mama who's been writing about her two girls ever since they were born. She's the former Editor of Baby Magazine turned InTown Senior Editor whose parenting stories have also appeared in a variety of national consumer magazines including Woman's Day, Healthy Kids, Parents, Parenting, Pregnancy, FamilyFun and more. She lives in Larchmont, NY with her two girls: Corey, 14 and Sydney, 11, her husband, Mark and her flat coated retriever, Chip.
Mary Lynn
MitchamMary Lynn Mitcham, the editor-in-chief of InTown Westchester, is new to the mom scene. Her son, Owen, was born on the Fourth of July, 2006. Needless to say, she's still trying to figure out how to get herself - and her son - dressed and fed and still make it on time to work. Before she joined InTown and motherhood, she worked as a senior editor at Travel Holiday magazine and has freelanced for several publications including Parenting, Adoptive Families, Bridal Guide, Boating, Men's Fitness, and more. She lives in Westchester with her new baby and her husband, Adam.
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