Rachel Hochheiser Schwartz

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Rachel, a Maryland native, is Director of Conferences at an International non-profit organization. Living in Bethesda, she stays busy as a mom to three kids: Hannah (2010), Josh (2012) and Emma (2017). In her spare time, Rachel teaches Zumba, serves as a room parent and Girls on the Run coach, and sneaks in as much exercise as she can. Her guilty pleasures include watching TV, wine dates with friends, and frozen yogurt with sprinkles.
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5 Movie Theater Rental Options to Safely Take Kids to the Movies

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I love going to the movies. The smell of popcorn, the quiet darkness, a moment to be entertained. I also love taking my kids to the movies. Yes, I will admit, 90 minutes of...
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Travel Stories from A Vaccinated Life: First Flight Back

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I'm writing this post from an airplane. It is my first flight since February 2020. Pre-pandemic, I traveled all of the time for both work and fun. As I sit in my seat recapping...

Big Kids, Big Problems: Managing Anxiety in Children

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I am not one for clichés about childrearing. I find them dismissive of the parenting experience and they only give me guilt about the moments when I am not appreciating everything. However, there is...

Ten Months Later: My New Self in My Old Office

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Ten months to the day after I left my office for the last time pre-lockdown, I went back. I walked into the building a new person in a new world. The city was different...

The Anti-Resolution Guide to 2021 Resolutions

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January has arrived, which means that people everywhere are promising themselves that things will be different this year. They are planning to make huge changes to their lives based on what they think they...

Hanukkah 2020: The Festival of (Virtual) Lights

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Hanukkah is a holiday of miracles. It was a miracle that the Maccabees found oil in the Temple after its destruction. It was a miracle that a very small amount of oil lasted for...

High Holidays From Home: Creating a Meaningful Rosh Hashanah Experience for the Entire Family

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Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days in the Jewish calendar (the reason this holiday, along with Yom Kippur, are called the High Holidays or High Holy Days). Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish...

Keeping the Memory Alive of Grandparents Our Children Never Met

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The pain of losing a parent at any time is overwhelming. The pain of losing a parent too young is devastating. Part of that pain is our own—not having our loved one physically in...

You Can Do Hard Things: When the Global Pandemic Challenges Us

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I am a huge Peloton fan. Instructors often say, "you can do hard things." This mantra is commonly shared by instructors before leading the group up a steep hill on the bike or as...

Room Parent Update: Celebrating the End of the Virtual School Year

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Nine months ago I wrote an article with tips for being a room parent. I could never have guessed that I would end the year writing an addendum to that piece with ideas about...

The Guilt-Free Mother’s Day

We may not be able to go out for a nice brunch or host all of our extended family, but there are some advantages to Mother's Day during a shelter in place order. I...

Passover in a Pandemic: Resources to Celebrate in Unprecedented Times

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"Why is tonight different from all other nights?" This is one of the most iconic questions asked during a Passover seder (ritual meal). In celebration of being led out of Egypt from slavery to...

Sitcoms for Moms: Six Binge-Worthy TV Shows That Laugh at Motherhood

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I love watching TV. I find it relaxing and probably even more importantly, distracting. It makes my chores more fun and provides some good bonding/cuddle time with my family. It is also my only...

The Jewish March Madness: Purim {& Bonus Recipe}

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On the evening of March 9, 2020, you will hear people in costume yelling "Booooooo" in synagogues all over the Washington Metropolitan Region (and the world). No, it isn't a springtime Halloween or even...