Jessica Schmeckpeper

I was born in Denver but I have grown up in Arizona almost my whole life. I live in Gilbert with my beautiful son Paul who is 4, my one year old son Finn, my silly pit bull Armani, and my amazing husband Ryan. We have been married 4 years but have known each other since middle school. He truly is my best friend and better half. I went to Arizona State University for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in education. I was an elementary school teacher for 10 years in Mesa Public Schools and currently teach in the Kyrene School District in fifth grade. I love to play dodgeball. Yep, dodgeball. It started out as just a fun recreational league but have started to train and travel tournaments around the country.
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Parenting Amnesia: Second Baby Syndrome

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Busy Baby Mat: Product Review

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Helping Your Child Get Closure for the 2019-2020 School Year

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The Sting of Parent Preference: When Your Kid Prefers Dad

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Moms Helping Moms: Childcare During School Closures

We have all seen it. We have all read it. Some Arizona schools are closing or extending spring break. These closures are piggy backing off most springs breaks and extending them by another week...

Proud Parent of a Transgender Child {Mother to Mother Interview}

The following interview was written by a local mom about a local mom. North Phoenix Moms supports all families in our community and we hope those that need to hear this message find it....

DOC Band Baby Helmets

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I am Not Lucky to Have a Good Husband, I Deserve Him

As I was driving to my hair appointment the other day my mind began to wander as it does in my rare lonely car rides. My mind swiped through some of the many reasons...

Tips for Moving with Young Kids

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Celebrating Religious Holidays When You Aren’t Religious

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Don’t Neglect Your Postpartum Care

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Honest Advice from a Teacher for the New School Year

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Why Breastfeeding Didn’t Work For Me

Giving birth and bringing a new baby into this world is considered a magical and heartwarming experience. On the other hand, it’s also one of the most mentally and physically draining experiences you can...
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