Maria F

Maria F
Maria F. is a high school English teacher who naturally finds herself reflecting upon the beautiful struggles that accompany the routine and randomness of each day as a working mommy. She relies upon humor and some sort of chocolate treat as survival tactics, at home, at work, and, of course, in her beloved dream car, a minivan. She and her husband live in Norwalk with their three kids, Abbie (born 2012), Charlie (born 2014), and Phoebe (born 2018). Maria F. loves exploring all that Fairfield County has to offer, and as a native New Yorker, she will continue her search for a true good slice of pizza...

Magnifying Our Sight, Brightening Our Light

Inspired by Amanda Gorman A few years ago, I searched for new poems to share with my high school students to kick off National Poetry Month. I wanted to find someone who was close to...
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Safe and Sleek: Why the Volvo XC90 is a Perfect Ride

Moms rarely put themselves first. Every decision they make is based on what is best for their child/ren. Protecting said child/ren drives the majority of those decisions. What if moms could sit back and pamper...

One Sunrise At a Time

March 6, 2020: I was standing in an airline terminal watching the sun rise over Queens, NY. Throngs of people surrounded me. Women dressed in bachelorette party gear. Student athletes with their last names...
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Mama, Look in the Mirror

Mama, I’d like you to do me a favor today. All it needs to take is a single minute. 60 seconds, that’s it. Whenever you choose to do it, I’d like you to be alone. A minute...
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The Friendships We Foster on Facebook

To the moms I've re-friended from my childhood, thank you.  We became friends long before Facebook existed. We met sometime in elementary school and naturally gravitated toward each other. We traded stickers, caught ladybugs, read...
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Contributor Team Share Out: 2020 in Six Words

At Fairfield County Mom, we always strive to connect to our readers. We hope our words are a source of comfort, advice, validation, and hope. This year, in particular, words have become so much...
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I’m Not Sad

My baby, who will always be my baby, turned two a few months ago. She’s not actually a baby. And I’m not the least bit sad. I’ve started talking about moving her from her crib...
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Heroes Like RBG Don’t Really Die

It was a standard Friday night. I had just left my youngest daughter's room and secured a comfy spot on my son's bed (more accurately, a sleepover fort for him and his sister, my...
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Dear Students

Dear students I taught in person until Friday, March 13, 2020, I’m sorry for some of the things I said those last few days we were together in my classroom. I’m sorry for making light...
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Now is Our Most Teachable Moment

During my second year of teaching, during what was meant to be a fun game of vocabulary review with students running up to the board to write the correct word, I was thrust into...