Posts in category "kids"

The first time I said goodbye to my daughter

When I had my daughter, like all new parents, I had heard all of the anecdotes and advice from anyone and everyone who was willing to give it. What to expect at certain stages. Nursing versus formula. Baby Einstein. How soon to apply for pre-schools (seriously). And the big one at the time; how hard... Read more »

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Hopefully, not shaming anyone's plans

The most popular question you will ask or be asked in the coming week is, What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Whether it’s coming from a place of office small talk or genuine interest, this will be major topic of conversation, or in some cases, dread and avoidance. That’s right, some of your friends, acquaintances... Read more »

The art of being grateful

I don’t know about you, but the art of being grateful is NOT something I’m good at. As we’re in the midst of the 30 days of gratitude project and grateful November, I can’t help but think about this constantly. We hear the related cliches all the time: Our glass is half full, you can’t... Read more »

I now know what I want to be when I grow up

It’s amazing how our aspirations and goals go through SO many shifts and changes over the years. For me, whether it’s been wanting to be a famous rock star, or rich, or a super successful entrepreneur, or the best spouse and parent I could be, there’s always been some goal to chase after that I... Read more »

The peer pressure of competitive parenting

When you have kids, there’s nothing you want to succeed at more than being a good parent. Everything else takes a back seat, particularly in the early years. Like the cliché goes, parenting changes everything; your whole perspective on life and your priorities. But like everything else that’s important to you, you can lose sight... Read more »

Top 10 Halloween costumes for trick or treating in crappy Chicago weather

Top 10 Halloween costumes for trick or treating in crappy Chicago weather
Ah, Halloween in Chicago. We just never know what kind of weather we’re going to get, do we? It could be 75 and sunny, with mild breezes going into Halloween night, then turn raw, windy, and nasty, with rain flying sideways. In that case, if you’re like me, you’re tired of trying to stretch the... Read more »

Parents act ungrateful, too

One of the biggest complaints we parents make about our children is how ungrateful they can be. Kids don’t appreciate what we do for them, they’re spoiled, they take everything for granted, they demand too much, and most of all, they don’t realize how easy they have it compared to how we had it when... Read more »

Parents, do you keep guns in your home?

Do you keep guns in your home? This was the question a fellow parent asked me the other day, in anticipation of an upcoming sleepover. I was struck not so much by the question, as I was by this particular parent’s obvious discomfort and embarrassment by feeling the need to ask, anticipating my potential reaction.... Read more »

3 true signs of success, and they're not what you think

So what do we often think of as the true signs of success? Making a huge salary, owning a lavish home, driving a fancy car, occupying the corner office, ascending to the top of your profession? Maybe marrying a movie star/tech mogul/trust fund baby, having 2.5 kids? Winning the lottery and never having to work... Read more »

On being a bad mom

Lately, I’ve been lucky to spend a decent amount of time with my mom friends. Those times that we moms get the chance to hang out with other moms, having that elusive glass of wine along with grown up conversation. So what do these conversations ultimately revolve around? Our war stories, the times we screwed... Read more »