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Revolutions and Evolutions at Families in the Loop

Revolutions and Evolutions at Families in the Loop
Wow, 2012 is off to a roaring start.  It must be because Families in the Loop’s January theme is “New Year’s Revolution.”  What great timing, because major transitions are afoot all over Families in the Loop’s little universe. The first exciting revolution starts with this blog.  I don’t know about you, but I had such... Read more »

Mom's Not-Entirely-Forgotten Field of Dreams

Mom's Not-Entirely-Forgotten Field of Dreams
I’ve decided that I hate the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Oh, I’m sorry.  I’m a mom.  I’m not supposed to say the word “hate.”  I’ve decided that I strongly dislike the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My homeroom teacher first asked me... Read more »

When There’s No “Me” in Team

When There’s No “Me” in Team
A strange thing happened this week. I entered my apartment building’s lobby and got into the elevator, alone.  It stopped on the third floor, where the laundry room is located, and a few people entered, heaving big baskets overflowing with clothes. “Do you have enough room?” one of them asks me. “Sure, we’re fine,” I reply.... Read more »
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Step Away from the Cutlery

Step Away from the Cutlery
“I feel neglected.” That’s what I said to hubby recently while firing up the stove to make an egg sandwich for my dinner.  He was about to head to the gym.  Yes, I agree, it was a particularly melodramatic and inflammatory comment.  But at that moment it seemed fitting after a particularly stressful and busy week.  If you had... Read more »

Mama Makes Birthday #5 a Mess

Mama Makes Birthday #5 a Mess
My daughter’s fifth birthday was this week and along with the joyous occasion came some serious mama guilt.  Why?  Two reasons: gifts and a concert. Hubby and I are not so big into gift giving.  We never have been.  So when the little one came along, she got sucked into our cheery little world, where holidays... Read more »

Chicago Suburbs: The Bermuda Triangle of Friendships

Chicago Suburbs: The Bermuda Triangle of Friendships
I love living in Chicago.  Congestion, concrete, the lady at Corner Bakery who curses out loud, to herself – love it, love it, and love her.  There’s something about urban life, with its unique combination of electricity, eccentricity, anonymity, and limitless possibilities that I, a former country bumpkin, thrive on. Don’t get me wrong.  I’m... Read more »
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Our Sit-Down with CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard

Our Sit-Down with CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard
Like most parents with young kids, our kids’ education is serious business.  That’s why we were excited to receive an invitation to meet face to face with the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Jean-Claude Brizard.  We had questions — about the extended school day, the confusing application process, and his goals for Chicago’s kids —... Read more »

It's My Potty and I'll "Go" If I Want To

It's My Potty and I'll "Go" If I Want To
It was supposed to be a typical afternoon of running errands with the tots in tow, and Target was my next and final stop.  I grabbed laundry detergent as well as a few other odds and ends and, before leaving, remembered to get pull-ups for my younger daughter, who will be three in January.  I headed... Read more »

Is Marriage Making Us Prude?

Is Marriage Making Us Prude?
Back in the BM&M era (Before Marriage & Motherhood), I was your typical gal.  Not too naughty, not too nice, mostly safe – but I had my share of sexual adventures. And part of the fun, I have to admit, was sharing those stories with my girlfriends afterwards. You think guys have the monopoly on locker... Read more »
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A Parent's (Cheeky) Guide to Chicago Parking Meters

A Parent's (Cheeky) Guide to Chicago Parking Meters
Gone are the simple days of finding a parking spot next to a meter, dropping in some quarters and heading on your merry way. Clearly, those who designed the new parking system did not have young kids. Here comes Families in the Loop to the rescue, with a few clever tips to keep you cool,... Read more »