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Jennifer Gardella
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Jennifer Gardella, Ph.D. is a single mom raising three amazing daughters in Mercer County New Jersey. Jennifer is a social media consultant providing monthly support to a select group of clients and speaks often to groups on the power of social media, blogging and branding yourself as an expert. Please contact Jennifer through her website.She is owner and founder of Your Social Media Hour, an online resource dedicated to helping small business navigate LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. Jennifer is also an adunct professor at Rutgers University teaching statistics and education classes.

Jennifer completed her undergraduate work at Fordham University and holds both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University where she was employed as a fundraising professional. Once her first daughter was born she spent 8 years as a stay-at-home mom, where she took on the role of professional volunteer. In addition to her visits to playgroups and playgrounds, she started three scout troops, ran PTO fundraisers and events, and spent 6 years on the Board of the Lawrence Township Education Foundation ( including a term as President.

In her spare time you can find Jen enjoying every ounce of being a mom, hanging out with close friends, connecting on social media, reading, meditating and staying sane by visiting the gym. This summer she is embarking on the next adventure in her life, Operation Brady Bunch, as she blends families with her special someone.

Using her blog, NJ Divorce Mom, and now My Steps in Time, Jennifer finds her voice sharing her experiences as single mom managing the lives of her three amazing children, communicating with her ex-husband/co-parent, and her experiences in the dating world being 40+.

You can find her on Twitter: @niffer91 and she is an active member of the Google Plus community.

Entries by Jennifer Gardella

The View From Her Chair

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 4:22 PM

I sit at the kitchen table holding hands with two children, one on each side. Seated directly across from me is their father, the man I love. As we pray giving thanks for our day, their little hands in mine, it hits me, much like a piano hitting the pavement...

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Mistress No More

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 8:26 AM

We all know the meet the man of your dreams but realize he is attached to another woman. I'm really not sure how I allowed myself to get mixed up in such a situation. I knew my place was to remain hidden from her. So there I was, sneaking...

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Push the Green Button

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Early on in my post-divorce life, I realized that there were a few changes to the dating game since I last played. The addition of technology had complicated the process of meeting someone. I was overwhelmed by dating websites, communicating via email, searching (not stalking of course) on Facebook, and...

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Taming Your Inner Crazy

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 11:13 PM

As a follow-up to my last post , ladies we all know that feeling when the crazy starts to surface. Your man does something (or doesn't) real (or imagined) and your temper starts rising. Rather than remaining calm, you fly off the handle and a fight ensues. Afterwards,...

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Ladies, Calm Down...

(14) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 10:14 AM

It is time to address a problem; our gender has a bad rep. Many 40+ divorced men in the dating world think that we, 40+ divorced women in the dating world are crazy, and they have the evidence to back it up. During my time dating online, every...

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Lessons Learned Dating Online: Beware of the Backpack

(24) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 6:57 PM

He was a top 10 match for me on Plenty of Fish so I took a peek. Masters Degree, good looking, two beautiful children, a job in NYC, and lived close by. We had common interests and both wanted a committed relationship. We chatted on the site then...

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Peace Be With You, and Also With You

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:35 AM

The end of a romantic relationship can be painful and full of deep complex and negative emotions. Anger, disappointment, and shock fuel drama that can manifest in many unhealthy forms including screaming matches, nasty emails and text messages. This type of behavior is destructive and can eat away at the...

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Online Dating: Kmart or Crack?

(4) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 3:09 PM

My friends have cleared me to date, "get out there" has been stated, texted, messaged, and posted by my inner circle. I've been in two serious post-divorce relationships and just ended a little something. But, where the heck is a divorced single mom going to meet the perfect guy? I...

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My Shawshank Tunnel

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 3:01 PM

Gold seal, signed papers, judge's gavel -- no matter how your divorced is finalized, the official ends marks the start of your post divorce life. For many, this time resembles the crawl through the infamous Shawshank Tunnel.

You may know the scene from the movie: Andy...

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Your Divorce Welcome Wagon

(12) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 8:10 PM

January is reportedly divorce month, as lawyers notice a sharp increase in divorce filings at the start of the year. Many people grin and bear it throughout the holidays; the goal was to reach 2013 and start the divorce process first thing in January. If...

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The Tradition Lies With Me

(27) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 6:15 PM

Before Thanksgiving, many people were posting and blogging lists of what they were thankful for and how they were counting their blessings in life. While thankful for all that I have, I was actually filled with a bit of Thanksgiving angst.

I love traditions: the annual picture with Santa...

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