Stephanie Shipman

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Stephanie and her husband moved to the DC area from St. Pete, Florida (but hail from the Midwest) with their French Bulldog Reggie in 2018 for her husband's job. A few weeks after arriving, she discovered she was pregnant. Carson was born later that year, and with no family around, had to create her own village of mom friends. The family of four live in Mclean, Virginia. A former journalist who was recently laid off from the client success industry, she is now a stay-at-home mom and enjoys activities with both Carson and Reggie, including walks around the neighborhood and visiting dog-friendly parks and monuments in the DMV area.
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Tips for Planning a DC Staycation

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Have you considered a DC staycation? I'm sure many of you can relate to this: my husband and I were in desperate need of a change of scenery. But compared to what seemed like...

Outdoor Color Match Games For Summer (And Some Indoor Options for Rainy Days)

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Summer is here! Time to soak up the sunshine and play outside. If you're looking for outside play that is relatively educational, and you have young children learning their colors, try these color match...

How My Dog Made Me Doubt My Parenting Abilities

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Thoughts of a first-time mom As a first-time mom, there is always anxiety that creeps in. The constant paranoia: am I doing enough? Is this right? Will my kid need therapy later? Several of these insecurities...

“Forced” into Being a Stay-At-Home Mom

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You could say I was "forced" into being a stay-at-home mom, but I wouldn't change a thing. I've been laid off twice now, and I've become a full-time, stay-at-home mom. The first time was...

What To Do If You’re Laid Off While Pregnant

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Two months before I was due to give birth in 2018, I was laid off from my company. It is tough to get laid off to begin with, but add the stress of having...

Zoom Fatigue: What it’s Like With Kids’ Therapies

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I know that with every baby, toddler, and childhood stage, there will be a challenge. I was prepared to deal with potential challenges, I just wasn't anticipating a pandemic to coincide with dealing with...

This Pandemic Poses Challenges for Every Family

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It is very hard not to look at someone else's seemingly perfect life and be jealous, and that's never been more true in this pandemic. It's been a challenge for every family, even the...