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Teresa H. Berger

Meet a MetroKids Mom

MetroKids Magazine wants to get to know our readers and is excited to introduce a new feature in our magazine that spotlights a mom living in our area. We ask her to tell what she likes best about where she lives, share some parenting insights and more.

Meet Teresa, our March Mom:

Family at a glance:

Married to my college sweetheart, Peter. Mother to one 5½-year-old little girl and two dogs — a Chihuahua and Jack Russell/Italian greyhound mix.

 

Any advice for raising a kindergartener?

Over the last several months I’ve watched my kindergartener blossom socially and educationally. I credit much of her success in kindergarten to not only mine and my husband’s commitment to be good, hands-on parents, but also to her preschool. Sending a child to preschool is definitely a personal choice, but I believe it can help immensely with the transition from school just a few hours a day to 6+ hours each day and the social skills required to be in a classroom of 20+ children.

Rainy Day Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Teresa shares this cookie recipe from her book. Whip up these cookies on a rainy day — or any day — for a delicious sweet treat.

1 cup butter
¾ cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1½ cups all-purpose flour
2-3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (optional— omit if anyone at home has a peanut allergy or if you are sharing with friends/classmates)
½ cup flaxseed (good source of vitamin B, protein and zinc)
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add eggs and mix thoroughly. Combine the baking soda, salt, flour, peanut butter and flax seed and stir into creamed mixture. Add oats and chocolate chips and stir until well blended. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Makes about 24.

Why her family looks forward to spring:

Definitely more time outside to kick the ball, ride bikes and walk the dogs. Also for planning and preparing our vegetable garden!

On family connections through creativity:

My daughter and I worked together to create, write and publish a book of recipes and activities for families with young children. Mom’s Recipe & Activity Guide: For a Life Filled with Memories & Simple Pleasures was inspired by my late mom, who always brought fun and creativity to our lives. I also wanted to raise awareness and funding for the National LeioMyoSarcoma Foundation. LMS is the cancer that took my mother in her early 50s. A portion of all proceeds is donated to the NLMSF.

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