Tracy owns Safe Spaces, a consulting and training firm that focuses on building resilient families, communities and organizations (www.sfspcs.com). She is also an Authorized Facilitator and Certified Instructor with Darkness to Light, www.d2l.org, a child sexual abuse prevention organization. Tracy has taught pre kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade and has served as a Site Administrator for an elementary school. Currently, she is a Teacher-in-Residence with Prezi and also a college and career advisor for Students Rising Above. Tracy grew up in northeast Ohio, and has lived in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Northern Virginia and has worked in the arts, in education and child abuse prevention. Her husband's job brought them to the Bay Area and there's no looking back! Tracy is mom to a 16-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son. Self-care includes getting to know her new community, having lunch with friends, pedicures, reading, cooking, crafting, and just being with her family.

When Every Inch of Space Counts, Even in the Garage

When it comes to your home, space and storage are a must for your family. You can maximize that space even in your garage. Fleximounts offer several storage solutions for your garage. Perhaps you want...

30 Social Media Acronyms Kids Are Using. Do You Know Them?

Let's be real - social media is not going anywhere and neither is the need for acronyms that our kids are using; on social media or in text messaging. Although as I write this,...

Mom – Daughter Time Rediscovering San Francisco (and Our Relationship)

We have lived in the Bay Area for three years now and there is always something new to discover. There are also the favorite San Francisco "tourist" spots to rediscover. My 16 year old...

Speaking Up Against Sexual Assault

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efJetrJq5kU Editor's Note: This interview and the content in the post may be triggering. If you find you are in need of resources and someone to talk to, please reach out to the Sexual Assault...

Remote Learning 101

Believe it or not, remote learning is not new. Schools have had to institute remote learning during recovery periods for natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires and also during other traumatic events...

Cardiff Vacations: Vacation in Your State

My family of 4 (including a 14 and 16 year old) recently stayed at Cardiff Vacations in Cardiff, California. We were in desperate need of a getaway after the "year of the pandemic" and...

An Interview with Erin Merryn; Mom, Wife, Author and Advocate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb3ovKjOOr0 Cats get a bad rap and people usually have a love/hate relationship with them. However, if you are a cat in the Merryn family home, well then it is all about the love! First there...

New Ways of Learning in a Post-Pandemic Education Landscape

I think it is fair to say that our education system as we knew it is no longer good enough. Many researchers and educators have been saying this for years, but it has taken...

Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Distance Learning?

Every time the topic of remote learning comes up, I brace myself. I am never 100% sure what is going to surface. It's either; my kids hate it, they miss their friends, they are...

International Women’s Day

International Women's Day is celebrated every March 8. According to the International Women's Day website: International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The...
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