Wellington Mom: Hello, Wellington!

I think as good a place to start as any is with an introduction.

So, hello. I’m Kristina. I have a 3-year-old son, Casey. I’m married. My mother lives with us. Our house is in Wellington, Florida, that beautiful village you might also call home.

That time I pet a rhino while covering Lion Country Safari’s reopening following Hurricane Irma in 2017.

I’m a former journalist who spent several years covering this area for The Palm Beach Post. My journalism career offered me some pretty incredible experiences: I attended and covered the 2016 Republican and Democratic national conventions; the 2017 inauguration of President Trump, and the Women’s March the following day in Washington, D.C.; the 2017 shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport; President Trump’s many early visits to his Mar-a-Lago Club and the effects on Palm Beach County; and the coronavirus pandemic.

While I’m proud of all every article I’ve ever written, I have a special place in my heart for the stories I wrote that touched on family life. I was given the opportunity to write about pregnancy and infant loss and how families cope. This was incredibly important to me, and remains incredibly important to me, because I have experienced pregnancy loss firsthand: Casey was my seventh pregnancy, and the first I carried to term. I also wrote about the growing need for foster families, and the growing trend of social media mom-fluencers.

When I left The Palm Beach Post in December 2020, I thought I was saying goodbye to the sources and friends I developed over the years. But I grew up here in Wellington. I still live here. I have a unique connection to this place. Over the past few months, I’ve given increasing thought to starting this blog. What would I write? What would I say? Who would talk to me?

To my surprise — but to the surprise of no one else, because everyone I’ve told has said, “Of course” — the people who talked to me when I was at The Post still talk to me now. That unique perspective that made me a good reporter when I covered the village for the local news is still there — and I think I might be able to use it to help benefit my fellow parents.

Wellington is full of young families, with more moving in every day. Here, I’ll write about things to do, new businesses and restaurants, growth and development, the goings-on of our local governments, date night ideas, what it’s like to work from home with a child with special needs and more.

Yeah, pretty narrow scope there, right?

Here’s the thing: This is all stuff you, fellow parents, want to know. How do I know that? Because I’m a parent, and these are issues that are important to me.

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