Posts tagged "parents"

A Funeral, An Estrangement & An Iced Tea

Plaster, chipped paint and dust particles that linger in overheated air before settling onto the plastic sheets covering every surface – for the past two weeks this has been my home, the first place that’s ever had my name on the title. I have to apologize to every person who has shared his or her... Read more »

Holidays & The Broken Family: When Thanksgiving Is Goodbye

Holidays & The Broken Family: When Thanksgiving Is Goodbye
The holiday: Thanksgiving. The year: 2002, three months after I had started dating the guy who would become my husband. I had taken the Amtrak train from NYC to DC for what I’d hoped would be a peaceful day with my mother, brother, and his family. But, as always, I was apprehensive. For our entire relationship, things rarely... Read more »

Dear Friends: Please Don’t Shit on My Facebook Wall

I love to debate. Seriously. Ask hubby, who will tell you that I can argue about anything. And, happily, winning isn’t the endgame for me, no matter what the topic. Show me where you’re coming from, and I will listen. I will ask good questions, and I might even – holy cannoli – change my... Read more »
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"Boys Will Be Boys" is a Load of Crap

"Boys Will Be Boys" is a Load of Crap
I’ve been to three kids’ events recently and the same thing has happened at each: the boys have been totally out of control. I’ll give you an example: at a birthday party, I watched in shock as a six-year-old boy happily shoved, punched, slammed, and pulverized the children around him while his mom chatted breezily... Read more »

My Baby Girl is Leaving... For Kindergarten

My Baby Girl is Leaving... For Kindergarten
Boy, does time fly. It seems like just yesterday my daughter was a wee little girl, happily frolicking with her friends on the swings at Astor Park. Now, in what seems like the blink of an eye, she’s about to go off and start a new and independent phase of her life, one in which... Read more »

Thanks, Zuck, For Giving Me Back My Family

Thanks, Zuck, For Giving Me Back My Family
One of my favorite pastimes, I’ve recently learned, is trash-talking Mark Zuckerberg, whom I like to call Markie Zee. Maybe it’s because he seems a little arrogant or because I’m completely addicted to his time-suck of a website. Or it could even be that I’m jealous that he’s a kajillionaire and that his startup is... Read more »
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Did Sandusky's and Sanchez's Wives Know About the Abuse? I Say Yes.

Did Sandusky's and Sanchez's Wives Know About the Abuse?  I Say Yes.
Another alleged victim took the stand today in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial in Pennsylvania. And five days ago, a video surfaced showing Anthony Sanchez, a California water agency official, striking his stepson during a game of catch in his backyard. For parents, these stories send a dagger of fear through our hearts and... Read more »

Should She Leave an Unhappy Marriage? Moms Weigh In.

Should She Leave an Unhappy Marriage?  Moms Weigh In.
I’m constantly surprised by readers’ reactions to the real-life stories we share on Families in the Loop, and this week was no exception. The hot topic this time was whether a mom in an unhappy marriage should leave her husband. He is the sole breadwinner of the family and has already proved that he’ll make... Read more »

Rebel Yell: Why Traditional College is for the Birds

Rebel Yell: Why Traditional College is for the Birds
Picture this: a reasonably intelligent girl growing up in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. Even among her working class neighbors, most of whom do not have college degrees, she and her family are considered poor, with piles of garbage outside their dilapidated house and the requisite broken-down car in a dirt driveway teeming with... Read more »
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Heel, Chicago Dog Owners... We're Taking Back the Sidewalk

Heel, Chicago Dog Owners... We're Taking Back the Sidewalk
Another day, another walk to school with my daughter, and yet another near miss with a dog that sees my child as a fabulous new chew toy. I love dogs. I truly do.  When my grandma passed away years ago, it was the family dog more than any other breathing creature who provided the solace,... Read more »