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Mondays are for Moms: Raising a family in Buffalo

Posted at 5:07 AM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 07:17:34-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Mondays are for Moms -- to talk about their struggles, their "mommy guilt," and how they balance their busy lives. 7ABC reporter Rebecca Thornburg sat down with four Western New York moms to have this important conversation. We want you to also weigh in. You can join the conversation on our Facebook page, is there any great advice you received or any other point you think that would help other moms? Let us know by clicking here, we would love to hear from you.

This week we are asking a question, why is Buffalo a great place to raise a family?

These are the moms you are hearing from:

Adryan Parks
Adryan is a stay at home mom to her 16-month old son living in Williamsville with her husband Doug. It wasn't Adryan's plan to be a stay-at-home mom, but after moving to Buffalo two years ago, she and her husband couldn't find adequate childcare for their family and she decided staying at home was their best option. She started her family here and says she loves going out with her son and seeing familiar moms at other places. She loves the sense of community and all of the activities for kids.

Carrie Rinehart
Carrie lives in Forestville N.Y. with her three kids ages 10, eight and five and her wife Amber. The Rinehart family grew all at once when Carrie and Amber adopted all three children on the same day. Carrie is a PR Specialist for Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES and a small business owner at Rusterior in Forestville, N.Y. Carrie says she thinks Buffalo is magical, even though she lives in Cattaraugus County, her family travels all over Buffalo because of all the fun family events that happen. She loves how affordable the city is and all of the free family events that are here.

Lissa Rausch
Lissa and her husband Mike have four girls ages eight, six, and twins who are three in North Buffalo. She has been a stay-at-home mom, she worked part-time, she worked from home and now she works full-time as a writer at Delaware North. She says she loves her neighborhood in North Buffalo. They are right next to their school, her kids have their friends and it's a very comfortable spot for them.

Dana Marciniak
Dana lives with her two boys ages 10 and eight in North Buffalo with her husband Joe. Her oldest son is living with Autism. She started her own PR business, 85 West Communications and works from home. Dana says she is so happy there are so many options for her family with a child with special needs. She says no matter where she goes her son can enjoy himself with the family.

Thank you for tuning in each week. If you think there are other stories to tell about parenting email rebecca.thornburg@wkbw.com.