The Paulson-McEwen Family ∙ "We are each other's favorites."

The Paulson-McEwen Family ∙ "We are each other's favorites."

BirdRock Baby- Dina Paulson-McEwen

The Paulson-McEwen Family

Princeton, NJ

What is your favorite family tradition?

On (most) Friday nights, we gather together to welcome the Sabbath. We light the Shabbat candles, say our blessing over and drink the "wine" (flavored seltzer water, so we can all drink from the Kiddush cup!), and say our blessing over and eat our challah (sometimes crackers). We all have a role in bringing Shabbat together-Zachary puts the candles in the candle holders and the Kiddush cup on the Kiddush plate (the one Mitch and I used in our wedding), Mitch buys a delicious challah from a local bakery, and I bring the items to the table for Zachary to set up.

Tell us about your favorite family story.

I think my favorite family story might be when we visited my uncle's cacao farm outside of Guayaquil, Ecuador this past October. Zachary was five months old. The whole tour was beautiful and educational; there was one part of the tour where we tasted the nearly raw cacao (think, the most intense, high percentage dark chocolate you have ever tasted).

What is your family's motto?

We are each other's favorites

Is there anything else you'd like us to know about your family story?

We stand with our nation's migrants, immigrants, and undocumented neighbors, friends, and communities. You, your children, and your families are important. You deserve to be cared for, listened to, treated with dignity, and to find safety and feel relief when you arrive in the U.S. seeking a better life for yourselves. #WelcomeNeighbor #FamiliesBelongTogether #NoKidsInCages #DontLookAway

Share Your Parenting Wisdom

What's your number one tip for new parents?

If you are there for it, you will tap into an energy deep inside. You have everything your baby needs.

What has been the most surprising thing you've learned as a parent?

It might be how intensely connected the eye contact between me and my son can be. I don't know if surprising is the right word, but the clarity and unwavering focus his eyes meet mine with is unlike anything I have experienced before him. The trust is very naked.

Tell us about your funniest parenting story (we all have them!)

Something really funny is, when my shoes or his toys or books are missing, they are likely to be in the hamper. Zachary loves organizing and putting things away, and he is figuring out the difference between a garbage/recycling pail and a general objects container. Sometimes, after he goes down for his morning nap and I clean up after morning playtime, I find myself sifting through the hamper and pulling out all these things.

You can find the Paulson-McEwen Family on Instagram at @dinapaulsonmcewen.