Category: Parent

The Lincoln Restaurant is closed

The Lincoln Restaurant is closed
The iconic Lincoln Restaurant in North Center is closing its doors for good today. The diner was a throwback to a different era and I will miss seeing the giant Abe Lincoln head sign as I pass by on north Lincoln Avenue, you know, if someone eventually gets around to taking it down. I first... Read more »

My sons are Mathletes: Guess who's laughing now?

My sons are Mathletes: Guess who's laughing now?
My sons are math geeks and I couldn’t be more proud. They are mathletes. Math Team nerds. Geeks. They call themselves geeks. They call each other geeks. I can call them math geeks. But don’t you dare. More often than not, when people ask about my boys, they’ll say, “What sports are they into?” and... Read more »

Christmas is Coming

Christmas is Coming
My oldest son, when he hears the phrase, “Christmas is coming,” says it’s like the equivalent of hearing a Neanderthal dragging his un-manicured talons in vicious circles across a pre-historic chalkboard, you know, if there were chalkboards in pre-history. But, have I mentioned in the last fifteen minutes that all three of my children have... Read more »
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A City Mom does not do advice, so don't read this

A City Mom does not do advice, so don't read this
“Give advice to a person, place or thing.” Oh, God no. Anything but that. Tonight for the first time in history, all the bloggers at ChicagoNow have been given a topic and a deadline. Above is the topic. One hour from now is the deadline. (Insert profanity here.) A City Mom does not do advice.... Read more »

Summer Brain Drain: It can happen to your kids, too

Summer Brain Drain: It can happen to your kids, too
Summer Brain drain is a very real and worrisome phenomenon. And I hear it can happen to my kids, too. This is terrible news. Because while I look forward to the lazy languid days of summer, I really dislike the idea of brain drainage. It will mean just one more mess for mom to clean... Read more »

A barbershop is no place for tears: Al's closes its doors for good

A barbershop is no place for tears: Al's closes its doors for good
Al’s Barbershop on Grace Street has closed its doors and I am heartbroken. Al’s was one of my favorite places in this city, and not just because it was mostly always quiet there. Al Soehn and his barbershop represent everything that’s right about Chicago and its neighborhoods. A good man running a good business, beloved... Read more »
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Any Road Will Take You There

Any Road Will Take You There
With Father’s Day still on our minds, I want to call attention to a new memoir written by my friend and fellow Chicago Writers Association member, David Berner, entitled, Any Road Will Take You There. (And I know this would have been so much better for all involved had I written and posted it before... Read more »

Five more things only Mom can do

Turn a dirty sock right side out. 

Because who doesn't love sticking their hand inside dirty, sweaty, smelly socks? Over and over and over again.
Last month I wrote a blog about the  Ten Things Only Mom Can Do. Little did I know, there were five more things lurking, waiting in the shadows, for me. And me alone. Thank you for reading! Please join A City Mom on Facebook here and/or following me on Twitter @acitymom.  Did you enjoy A City Mom? Here’s... Read more »

All I want for Mother's Day: All my children with me

Tonight, on Mother’s Day Eve, which is a new holiday that I just made up, I find myself fantasizing about how I want tomorrow to go. I want to sleep in. Late. I want breakfast in bed, as per tradition (Pop-Tarts with the wrappers off!) and I want to, for twenty-four solid hours, not CLEAN... Read more »
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Five types of advice I don't think I have to put up with

Parenting advice from non-parents: It’s like that book, I was a Really Good Mom Before I had Kids. That’s right. You were. And if you were a mom or dad now you would know it’s best to abide by Parenting Rule Number One: No judgement.
Several years ago, I took one of my New Age woo-hoo classes, and as part of our homework we were assigned the task of not giving advice to anyone for two weeks. I had never really noticed how often I’d tried to pipe in with advice or recommendations, even when I probably had no business... Read more »