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Social Mom introduction: Maria Mora

As a fourth generation resident of St. Petersburg, I’m passionate about the Tampa Bay area. I drive by local schools and recall the fact that my grandparents attended them. I recognize the church where my parents got married. My fondest childhood memories are tied to local landmarks. Now that I’m a mom, one of my favorite things to do is introduce my children to the aspects of the Tampa Bay area I love so much.

St. Petersburg and Tampa are changing all the time, and both cities have developed so much since I was a child. In the 80’s and early 90’s, we didn’t have an incredible playground alongside Albert Whitted Airport. The central avenue corridor wasn’t as vibrant with shopping and entertainment destinations. The downtown Tampa waterfront wasn’t a place to take your kids. The Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t play in a beautiful family-friendly arena. Public pools didn’t have awesome slides and there were no spraygrounds to be found.

I’m no longer an expert on being a kid in Tampa Bay, and I love that. It gives me the opportunity to explore and rediscover my home town. I hope you’ll join me as I share my adventures in St. Petersburg and Tampa as a Social Mom at Tampa Bay Parenting. We’re going to find some great things to do and zero in on local events and destinations you can’t experience anywhere else in the world.

A little about me

After growing up in St. Petersburg, I spent several years going to school and working in Gainesville. I lived in Sarasota briefly, and have enjoyed being back home in St. Pete since 2007. Most of my family and extended family lives here in the area, making it even more of an ideal place to raise kids.

I’m a single mom of two boys who are 5 and 7. Their dad lives nearby, and we enjoy a peaceful co-parenting relationship. The public school system can be rocky at times, but I’m happy to say that our experience with Pinellas County Schools have been wonderful so far. I look forward to my younger son starting kindergarten at his big brother’s school in the fall. Because my older son has some development and health issues, we’ve spent a lot of time at All Children’s Hospital. To me, access to this wonderful facility is one of the great benefits of living in St. Petersburg. We’re always meeting patients and parents who drive several hours to get to All Children’s, and I’m grateful it’s only a few minutes down the road.

Ever since having kids, I’ve been very active on social media. I’ve made friends all over the world who have helped me navigate parenting challenges like sensory issues, severe allergies and divorce. Plus, it’s nice to know someone out there will always understand how much pee ends up on your bathroom floor when you have two boys.

My background is in English and digital marketing. I transitioned from the traditional workplace to freelancing at home about five years ago. It gives me the opportunity to have a flexible schedule, and as a single mom that’s majorly sanity-saving. On the other hand, it can get a little lonely being at home by myself all day. That’s why I’m committed to spending more time in the local community in 2014.

Let’s have an amazing year in Tampa Bay.

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