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Robyn Brown SurdelWhen I started this site in 1996, it was a way to get out of the house without leaving the house...know what I mean? With a 3-year-old and a baby on the way, I needed an outlet. I was working at home as a contract recruiter when a dear friend asked me to do some internet marketing for his new business. He installed a computer and taught me how to find information. (Thanks Rich!)

As I learned my new job, I also began to play on the web! I found it a valuable resource but became very frustrated with some of the web sites in particular, parenting information sites. You had to register, wait for a password to use chatrooms, and I got lost looking for information and to top it all off, much of the time it was an advertisement! It was on one of those occasions that my cousin and mentor, Charles P. Dolan, Jr. suggested I start my own site. With his web design help, I started writing. (You're the best, Charles!!) Provider Of Web Media Services

At first, I started writing about my own parenting experience. But as the pages began to flow, people began e-mailing me with questions and requests for more information. I suddenly was getting 300 visitors a month and was I delighted! I decided that my own experience was good, but professionals should be consulted as well. I spoke with my son's pediatrician, my own lactation consultant and others. And so our nest was built, one twig at a time! Today we see tens of thousands of visitors a month!

It's amazing to me how things grew and grew, (like my own children), the site expanded to cover their ages. Now, my oldest is 14. So, in order to learn more, I started a local television series. Robyn's Nest, The Parenting Network, that not only covers young children, but is now spilling over into elementary, middle and high school ages. It's been a wonderful and thrilling experience! I am so privileged to meet fascinating people whose work in the advocacy of children is not only of value to parents in Connecticut and Massachusetts, but families everywhere.

Our wonderful experts truly care about parents and children. They all have dedicated their careers and lives to helping families in their areas of expertise. It is a great honor to work with such devoted people!

Dr. Randi A. Sperling, Pediatrician
Dr. Robert F. Reynolds, Psychologist
Dr. Monica Cipes, Pediatric Dentist
Christine A. Antonio, RN, BSN, BS in Ed., MPH
Ann Lanza, Registered Dietician
Amy C. Molina RN,C.
Sally Houtman, M.S.
ECHN's Family Development Center

Jeanette Edgren Brown, Preschool Teacher
Maryalice Stone, MS, CCC-SLP
Dr. Cheryl Beck, Researcher and Professor UCONN School of Nursing

While much of the site is researched and written by me, there are a number of wonderful organizations who have contributed. I'd like to gratefully recognize the following:

The March of Dimes
The Lyme Disease Foundation
Bolton Veternary Hospital
The American Academy of Pediatrics
The Centers for Disease Control
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists
The Consumer Product Safety Commission
The CT SIDS Center
You Can Work from Anywhere.Com
Healthy Start/HUSKY Program
Connecticut Educational Services
Hygeia Foundation
The Bonnie Babies Foundation
Club Nutrition, LLC.
Connecticut Therapy Associates

But most of all, I would like to thank my children, Joey and Nicky for their patience and support when Mommy is on the computer, for teaching me about life through the eyes of children, and without whom, none of this would be possible. They are my precious gifts.

Robyn Brown Surdel, President
Robyn's Nest~The Parenting Network

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