Posts tagged "parenting"

When it comes to parenting, the little things matter

When it comes to parenting, the little things matter
My high school daughter had a soccer game in Antioch – about an hour away. I told her last night that there was no way I was going to be able to go. Her dad was out of town, and her sisters and brother had soccer, track and swim practice. I ALWAYS try to make... Read more »

Dear children: thank you for the gifts

Dear children: thank you for the gifts
Dear Children: As I laid the guilt trip down for your dad when he said he needed to be out of town this whole week, I secretly knew you would all be so incredibly helpful that I was just milking the situation.  It was so much more than I could have asked for, so I... Read more »

Remember why you wanted to have children

Remember why you wanted to have children
Do you remember talking with your partner and fantasizing about what it would be like when you had kids? We can dress them in amazing clothes.  We can throw fabulous birthday parties.  They’ll be best friends with their cousins.  Our offspring will be amazing athletes/actors/musicians – we’ll go to all their events together.  Just imagine... Read more »
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Do you have a favorite?

Do you have a favorite?
As I was driving with one of my children (which is pretty much all the time and also when we have our deepest conversations), we got into a discussion about the black sheep in a family.  It was a term she had never heard before.  After defining, I asked if she thought there was a... Read more »

7th Grade Sucks

Now that I’ve gone through a lot of stages with my kids at least once, I think I can officially claim that 7th grade sucks.  I realize I still have driving, dating and college left for major milestones, and know they are going to come with their own challenges, but from where I’m at right... Read more »

You're Wearing That?!?!

You're Wearing That?!?!
I’m usually the one spouting off my advice and views on raising kids, but I need a little help here.  Anyone that has gone through the drama of raising a teen and had them turn out fairly normal, please give me some support. I understand that when you’re raising a teen or pre-teen, you should... Read more »
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Three types of parents: Which one are you?

Three types of parents:  Which one are you?
While sitting through a 10 hour swim meet, a friend and I talked about a recent lecture she experienced regarding the three types of involved parents.  It caused me to look at myself, and try to force myself into the one that sounded the most attractive.  The Parent that lives THROUGH their child:  These parents are... Read more »

Parenting: When to bail them out and when to let them suffer

My 14 year old is now going on her 8th phone.  Somehow they just break, or someone else lost them.  She has earned every one – however I do think we’ve been a little light on the punishment side.  Obviously the natural answer is – DON’T GET HER ANY MORE. Here’s the problem.  We get... Read more »

Parenting: What's too strict?

According to my children, my husband and I have the reputation of being the strictest parents in the Chicagoland area, but I’m thinking there are a few more of us out there.  I do have to admit we say no more than yes, and investigate activities/outings much more intensely than the average, but I’m of... Read more »
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Worst jobs ever: Happy Labor Day!

Workers are paid to 'stimulate' various barnyard animals to extract sperm.  At least I hope there aren't people that enjoy this job
If you think about it, parenting is a pretty disgusting job.  You’re always touching something that requires you to scrub your hands for hours.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve giggled at my husband performing a gagging reflex over something that was projected from one of the kids.  I’m amazed that the second... Read more »