This is an ode to private mediation, particularly its positive impact on children. Over my ten years of being happily divorced and of counseling families based on my own experience, I have referred at least a dozen couples to private mediation instead of traditional divorce lawyers.
Jayne Freeman, aka Mamarama, has been working with area parents for over ten years. She is a certified childbirth educator, certified breastfeeding counselor and certified in postpartum doula support. She offers perinatal services for new and expecting parents. For more information go to www.mamarama.tv
Boundaries: When Relatives Push to Visit New Baby
In an effort to protect their newborns from Covid-19, many new parents are keeping their own parents farther away, hurting feelings and sowing discord.
It’s Time to Stop “Formula Shaming”
Doula and educator Jayne Freeman calls for an end to formula shaming while acknowledging the pros and cons of formula feeding and breastfeeding.
New Moms: Top Ten Things I Wish I’d Known
In honor of Mother’s Day, I asked local moms what they wish they could have told themselves as new parents with the luxury of experience, confidence and wisdom behind them.
Pregnancy and Parenting in the Time of COVID
In Jersey City, parents are accustomed to utilizing our beautiful parks, playgrounds, interactive music and yoga classes; we have it all here, but much of that is on hold for the moment.
Price Gougers Beware: Big Fines Await You
As if the current climate during the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t distressing enough, being overcharged for essentials adds a distinct insult to injury for Jersey City residents. In a few local stores, items like isopropyl alcohol, hand sanitizer and disinfectant cleaners are suddenly three to four times their usual price, as reported by consumers in the area. This is a practice widely considered to be unethical and exploitative.
Prime Gallery Mounts Exhibition Drawing Attention to Local Gun Violence
Describing her passion for the exhibition, Kosdan said: “I felt it was important to highlight this tragic event and loss of lives. This is my home, and it really affected me. I have this space. Why not utilize it to make a statement, and let artists make a statement, too, by evoking peace and love.”
Green Villain: #LightOverDarkness
Green Villain, a creative platform that uses public art to drive community engagement throughout Jersey City, has partnered with Rabbi and artist Yitzchok Moully, a New Jersey-based artist, and with Rabbi Shmully Levitin of Chabad Young Professionals of Hoboken & Jersey City to produce an interactive public art project located outside the Buy Rite Liquors store at 575 Manilla Ave, Jersey City, NJ.
Anne Novado: New Queen of the Art Scene
The same could be said of Novado Gallery’s local impact. Like other Jersey City gallerists, Novado (along with business partner Steve Pearlman) wanted to create a dedicated space for art shows as opposed to a café or hair salon that also happened to exhibit art. Business owners and real estate developers often persuade artists to hang works in their spaces for “exposure,” adding much-needed decor to their ventures for free, This bartering was exactly what Anne didn’t want to see. After all, “does a lawyer set up a booth for free advice just for exposure?” she asks.
Art Review: Deep Space Gallery, 77 Cornelison Ave.
Deep Space Gallery remains off the beaten-track in Jersey City in an unfrequented section of Bergen-Lafayette used more as a short-cut for frantic morning traffic than as a route for strolling art purveyors. Still, each opening reception packs the house with an eclectic group of patrons who come for the social scene as much as the dynamic artwork.