Yes, I've been hugging my kids more. But I also need to be the parent I've always been.
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Marinka is a wife and mother of two living in Manhattan's West Village. On her personal site, Motherhood in NYC, she blogs about her life in New York City, her kids and family, current events, and the art and science of blogging. She's also a regular contributor to the humorous advice blog, The Mouthy Housewives. On Babble, Marinka writes for KidScoop about raising kids in the city, parenting a teenage daughter and son, controversial parenting issues and current news stories.
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