About Me

Sydnei Kaplan, The Heaven Phone Author

Welcome, Friends! I’m Sydnei, a mom who’s here to support you on your parenting – and personal – journey. Many years ago when I was a new mom and feeling unsure, I was so grateful to find encouragement and advice from other moms on an internet parenting site. It’s my hope that I can pay it forward and do the same for other moms. Check out the topics that matter to you, and please share your questions and comments.

A little More about Me

Being a mom is more than a title or job for me, it’s my calling. It’s part of my soul and I know this because nothing else has ignited so much love and purpose and joy and growth in me. I have ALWAYS loved kids. Even though I got my MBA and pursued a marketing career for almost a decade, something happened while I was pregnant with my first child…I became filled with a sense of awe and love and meaning. It was kind of like an awakening. I just knew that being a mom was a huge part of the reason I was put here. I channel that energy to other little ones, too, in my work as a preschool assistant.


David is my husband and we have been married since August 1991. We met at our first job out of college and the journey began. During my pregnancy with Ben, David decided to leave his job at the Coca-Cola Company and start his own business. This brave and brilliant decision allowed him to work from home and also allowed us to move back to the Chicago area (near all our family). Working from home has meant that he has been able to share in even more of our kids’ lives. Since then his school foodservice marketing business has grown tremendously and Alliance K12 Nutrition Innovations helps shape and launch breakthrough new products and build best in class K-12 businesses.


My daughter Mia was born in 1998 and is our firstborn. It was during her infancy, while I was looking for advice and assurance on the many issues first-time moms worry about, that I realized the importance of support from other moms who “had been there”. Mia graduated from Deerfield High School in May, 2016 and took a gap year before starting at DePaul University in the fall of 2017. Mia has a passion for working with children ~ she graduated with her BS in Early Childhood Education in June of 2021 ~ and she has taught pre-k, kindergarten and 1st grade. Mia was an all-star cheerleader for 6 years, and she also enjoys dance, gymnastics and photography.


Ben entered our lives exactly 2 years and 9 months after Mia. He was mellow and sweet from the start., but in spite of that, most everything was easier the second time around. Ben likes video games, creating his own short graphic novels, playing chess and is dedicated about working out. He discovered the world of stage crew/tech theater in high school – and really has a talent for it! Lighting Design is his specialty. Ben is also a natural “counselor” to his friends – his caring nature, ability to truly listen and insightfulness make him easy to talk to, and may be why he is considering becoming a therapist. Ben graduated from Saint Louis University in May of 2023.