According to the dictionary, the word MOM is defined as “a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth” – BUT let’s face it, we all know the word means SO much more! Most moms are the nanny, the cook, the housekeeper, the chauffeur, the secretary, the teacher, & the psychologist all rolled into one!
So today, Long Island Mamas is proud to kick off a new feature we’re calling “Meet a Mom“; it’s a chance for us to introduce our readers to some great, local Long Island moms (just like themselves!), while giving another mom a “virtual” high-five, as to say YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB…something many of us don’t often hear enough.
Mom of three kids, ages 7, 8, & 11, Stephanie was formally the Director of Annuity Marketing at a broker/dealer in NYC. When she had her oldest daughter, she took time off to be a stay at home mom. She wrote in her spare time and a few years ago, began to submit articles about health related issues to magazines. Her articles were namely about Food Allergies, which is a subject that hits close to home, as her youngest daughter is allergic to multiple foods.
Stephanie is the author of Nutley, the Nut-Free Squirrel; geared to kids ages 4-8, Nutley is a whimsical tale about a squirrel with a nut allergy. It’s silly and upbeat and started out as a bedtime story for Stephanie’s youngest daughter, but when she finally wrote it down and re-read it, she realized that she had a great opportunity; finally, a book about food allergies that will be positive and teach acceptance and understanding. Not only is Nutley inspired by Stephanie’s daughter with food allergies, all of the characters (except for the dog allergic to bones) are based on actual people.
In addition, Stephanie realized that Nutley was a great fundraising opportunity. She really felt strongly that she didn’t want to personally cash in on her family, and millions of other families misfortune. She decided at that point to make Nutley a fundraiser and donate 100% of the proceeds to FARE, an organization dedicated to food allergy research and education.
Stephanie says that she hopes that kids, parents, and teachers realize that “education is key”. She feels that if you form a community and have a support system, any problem (not just food allergies) become easier to deal with. She wants Nutley to teach about compassion and hopes that by reading this book all children will feel more comfortable in their own skin and embrace what makes them unique.
Nutley isn’t Stephanie’s only project. Her new book: Chocolate Shoes with Licorice Laces (available on August 5th) is a funny story about a boy who finds himself accidentally wearing shoes made of chocolate and how through creativity, he solves his tasty problem. A portion of the proceeds from Chocolate Shoes will go to Soles4Souls.
Long Island Mamas is proud to have Stephanie Sorkin as a fellow Long Island Mom!
Be sure to follow her on Twitter (@stephsorkin) & be sure to check out our Facebook page where Stephanie is donating two copies each of her books, from Mascot Books: Nutley & Chocolate Shoes with Licorice Laces in order to help other Long Island moms prevent the summer slide with their kids!
In week’s to come, “Meet a Mom” will feature other authors, business owners, and moms who are dealing with personal illness, BUT there’s ALWAYS room for more! So, if you know a mom that deserves to be featured here, LET US KNOW ABOUT HER! Tweet us (@L_I_Mamas) / send us a message on Facebook /comment on this post / OR email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Kim Como
Photo credit: Pixabay.com & Stephanie Sorkin