Have you ever noticed that the vast majority of child-rearing advice is reserved for babies and toddlers? What's a parent to do after that? We believe that some of the most thought-provoking parenting challenges are just beginning when children are yearning for greater independence. During their pre-teen years, children are becoming more and more aware of other influences, like peers and the media. As parents, we need to be prepared to help shepard our children through the changes we can all expect in the tween years.
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Suzanna has always been fascinated by the evolution of an idea into a successful business. With the hope of having her own business, Suzanna studied fashion at Parsons School of Design. Suzanna continued to gain experience by working with the children's wear manufacturer Mamiye Brothers. While there, Suzanna worked with small teams to develop and launch a variety of new clothing lines. After an interesting but intense run in the fashion business, Suzanna decided to switch gears and become a mother. As Suzanna's children grew, she realized that a reliable and consolidated resource for parents of pre-teens was missing in the marketplace. Suzanna shared her idea with her friend and now business partner, Judy King-Murray, and TweenParent.com was born.
Whether Suzanna is spending time with her kids, biking the perimeter of Manhattan, or hunkering down behind her computer, she is grateful to be able to enjoy balancing life as a mother while working to expand her understanding of the challenges facing tweens in todays world.
Judy brings to TweenParent a background in marketing and business management. She earned an undergraduate degree from SUNY Albany and an MBA from New York University. After beginning her career in agency work, Judy spent 15 wonderful years with the American Express Company. She especially appreciated the company's willingness to allow her to develop a variety of skills and experiences across many business units and functions, from new business development to operations to client management.
With the birth of her daughter and support of her husband, Judy is grateful to have been able to take the opportunity to immerse herself in full-time motherhood. With forays into consulting and volunteer endeavors, Judy now juggles the additional role of entrepreneur. Like many, she hopes to strike a balance between hands-on motherhood and a satisfying career. One of Judy's favorite quotes summarizes her outlook on life... "From quiet homes and first beginning, out to the undiscovered ends, there's nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends." (Hilaire Belloc, "Dedicatory Ode" Sonnets and Verse, 1923).