Missing Children’s Awareness Day

Almost exactly four years ago, on a sunny June day in a beautiful Atlantic beach town, I thought my life was ending. My son, Raymond, who was just a few weeks from his third birthday, disappeared on a crowded boardwalk. We’d just gotten off the Jolly Trolley at the boardwalk — Raymond, his two older sisters, my husband and I. For less than a minute, my husband and I took our eyes off the kids while we discussed where we wanted to eat dinner. Less than a minute. How many times have you taken your eyes off your child in a public place for a few seconds? You dig through your purse at the grocery store. You text your spouse. You crane your neck, searching for the other mom you were supposed to meet for lunch.

Today’s Parent: Are Academic Demands and Over-scheduling Stressing Kids Out?

*This post is excerpted from an article I wrote for todaysparent.com. From standardized tests and heavy homework loads to after-school sports and tutors, elementary-aged children are taking on more responsibilities than ever before. Despite the popular notion that kids today are coddled, many experts believe they are actually under more stress than previous generations. Read … Continue reading Today’s Parent: Are Academic Demands and Over-scheduling Stressing Kids Out?

Crixeo: Should Science Edit out Genetic Disorders?

*This post is excerpted from an article that I wrote for Crixeo.  Scientists have successfully modified the DNA of a human embryo to erase a genetic and lethal heart condition. The experiment, published August 2 in the journal Nature, used a tool known as CRISPR, or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, and was the first to successfully “correct” a gene mutation in human embryos. Reactions to this news range from excitement to horror. Soon we could have the technology to help parents who carry genes for genetic disorders to conceive children free of those traits. But should we?

Today’s Parent: Can Contact Sports Like Hockey Really Cause Brain Disease in Kids?

*This post is excerpted from an article I wrote for Today's Parent. Ask a mom what she thinks about her kid playing contact sports like hockey or football and you’re likely to see some worry on her face, because of the risk of concussion. Perhaps you’ve read the recent media reports of scientific studies linking contact sports to a brain disease called CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. One such study published in January 2018 in the journal Brain found evidence of CTE in the brains of deceased athletes. Some media reports say that these results are evidence that repeated hits to the head can cause CTE, even in players who have never suffered a concussion.

Zywave: What Do Clients Look for in a Broker?

*This post is excerpted from an article I wrote for a copywriting client, as part of my freelance writing services.  Zywave partners who serve businesses may have noticed that the insurance landscape has changed over the past several years. Whether you sell benefits packages or commercial lines, your clients expect more from you. No longer are brokers simple salespeople, finding their clients a good price on insurance products. Sure, you still have your basic, core responsibilities. You help your clients manage costs. You assist with compliance. But these services won’t set your agency apart.

Zywave: Using the Consultative Sales Approach

*This post is excerpted from an article I wrote for a copywriting client, as part of my freelance writing services.  Zywave partners know that a good broker-client relationship is essential to establishing trust. The consultative sales approach can help you build that client-broker relationship right from the start. You can use that rapport to propel your business to bigger and better sales. Our partners successfully use this approach as part of their for P&C insurance marketing strategy.

Client Success Stories

As a freelance writer and content creator, I often produce success stories for my business clients. Here are a few examples: Winning New Business and Retaining Current Clients: The Buursma Agency *The following is excerpted from a success story I wrote for a client and originally published on zywave.com: The Buursma Agency is well-known in … Continue reading Client Success Stories

Melissa and Doug Giveaway!

Hey friends! As a freelance writer and content creator, I often write blog posts and contests for my clients. I'm blogging over on Mama Wonder today, and we're giving away this awesome Melissa&Doug prize package! Come join us and enter for your chance to win!   http://mamawonder.com/giveaways-melissa-doug-toys/

Going Big: Wait…How Did I Get Here Again?

If you met me today — if you saw the successful, suburban, mini-van driving mother of four I am now — I’m not sure you’d believe that I was once a juvenile delinquent. My mom friends that I’ve told about my past, either giggle and say, “I don’t believe you!” or they back away slowly, covering their kids’ ears and suddenly remembering a casserole they left in the oven. Come to think of it, there aren’t a lot of people in my current life who know about my, um, past. I guess this is my coming out moment. Hello. My name is Nicole, and I was once a hooligan.

Sister Love on Red Tricycle

I'm blogging on Red Tricycle today! Check it out! This really just happened. Emma and Sophia were playing in the basement when the swell of some sort of roar-scream hybrid came rushing up the stairs. Surely, someone had lost a toe or discovered a dead body in the bathroom. I went running to rescue my … Continue reading Sister Love on Red Tricycle

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