Pittsburgh Mom Meet-n-Greet - Meet Dana

Written by Heather Starr Fiedler. Posted in Guest Blog

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Welcome to our newest PittsburghMom.com feature...the Meet-n-Greet!  We all know how nice it is to meet other moms and we hope that by introducing you all to some local moms we'll be able to share conversation and even build some new friendships.  Please welcome our Moms that have graciously agreed to "meet" you all. Feel free to comment and introduce yourself and "chat" with Dana.  If you'd like to join the party or suggest a friend, just send an email to Heather at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  And without further ado, let's meet Dana!

Name: Dana C. Hackley

Children ages/gender: Hudson (m) 4 years; Cole (m) 2 years

Location: Pittsburgh – South Hills

Do you work outside the home? If so, doing what? Or what did you do before having kids?
Work for NASA and adjunct teaching a few journalism courses at local universities; Full-time doctoral student at IUP

Where are you from originally?
Born in Augusta, GA, grew up in Winston Salem, NC

Do you have any hobbies or passions?

A foodie that also enjoys knitting, drawing, photography, college basketball

What’s unique about you or your parenting?
I just try to put myself in my child’s place and understand they may not be able to fully explain themselves or their actions. While I’m the parent and fully discipline, I also try to respect them as individuals and where they’re coming from.

What is your favorite meal to cook that the whole family loves? (recipe would be great)
Hm, cooking is not my forte. But I do love making desserts with my kids. We recently made cake pops using this recipe (http://www.littlemissmomma.com/2010/07/cake-pop-recipe.html) and got molds from Michaels to use the leftover chocolate to make little cute candies. The candies were so easy for my 4 year-old to do and they took about 30 seconds to harden and form, which is just about his attention span. He was proud to take them to school and give to all his friends.
For those who are more into fruit instead of chocolate, we enjoyed making these Backyardigan peach and pears. (http://www.nickjr.com/recipes/tyrone-peach-snack.jhtml)

What is your favorite children’s book?

My son loved Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
Also, because we’re Jewish I love getting monthly free books from the PJ Library (www.pjlibrary.org) sent to my children through the mail. I wish I had signed up sooner.   Oh, another favorit book... If you Give a Cat A Cupcake

What is the best piece of parenting advice you received or give to others?
My father’s a pediatrician and he once said to me, “Women in third world countries have babies and care for children all the time. It’s silly to sweat the small stuff.”

What’s your favorite place locally to take your family?
The Dor-Stop. Sundays you’ll find us there having the best pancakes ever.

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