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Jessica Balay

Jessica is a mom of one, an RN, and the publisher of York Macaroni Kid, in PA.

How many children do you have and what age groups? One daughter who is 15 months old.

What’s your favorite parenting tip? Don’t compare your child to anyone else’s. They are all so different and wonderful in their own special way.

What has surprised you most about parenting? I knew that I would love being a mom, but I never imagined that being a parent could bring me this much love and joy!

How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? My husband and I show her that Mommy and Daddy eat healthy food so hopefully she’ll learn by example. She loves fruits so that isn’t a problem, but the veggies we’re still working on. We just keep offering them but I may have to break out my Deceptively Delicious cookbook!

How do you work exercise into your family’s life? We don’t do it nearly enough but we do try to go for walks, and hikes. I also do a Zumba class which is a lot of fun! I do chase my daughter around all day so that should count for something!

How do you recharge your batteries? Believe it or not, publishing York Macaroni Kid is very enjoyable for me,it’s part work and part hobby. I enjoy being on the computer and I love finding all of the events in the area and being able to share them with the families in the York area. I also get together with a group of friends for dinner each month. It’s nice to have some “me” time every now and then.

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