I am a recovering cyberchondriac

I am a recovering cyberchondriac
I am a recovering cyberchondriac.  Every time my husband or daughters’ complain of not feeling well, I rush to the internet to google their symptoms.   Simple rashes turn into lupus.  Tired and extreme thirst has to be diabetes.   A pain in the right side is automatically a ruptured appendix.  A headache is a brain tumor.   Last week, my... Read more »

Seven ways Chicago parents can help CPS kids

Seven ways Chicago parents can help CPS kids
I am glad I don’t have to wear Barbara Byrd Bennett’s shoes.  Mayor Rahm won’t help her find enough money and yet she’s responsible for repairing our city’s broken hearts–the CPS kids. Over 50 Chicago Public School closings forcing thousands of students to relocate to other buildings, leaving a laundry list of potential problems ranging from safety concerns to... Read more »

Nine powerful parenting strategies from the REAL Dean of Parents

Nine powerful parenting strategies from the                              REAL Dean of Parents
The Dean of Parents is passionate about empowering all parents with tips, strategies and resources to set their kids up for academic and social success and, well—get their shit together.  If my code name offends you, thanks for the power.  I do not proclaim to know everything about parenting.   There are days when I question... Read more »
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A setback is only a setup for a comeback!

A setback is only a setup for a comeback!
I want this story to motivate you.  Read it to your kids.  We can all use a bit of motivation. “Sports is human life in microcosm.”  -Howard Cosell Now that I’m a parent, I have discovered that sports provide meaningful lessons we can extend into every aspect of our lives.   You have to practice to get the results.  ... Read more »

My disappointment with Tyler Perry's Temptation movie

My disappointment with Tyler Perry's Temptation movie
I usually post blogs about parenting.   But yesterday, I went to see Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of  A Marriage Counselor.    I left irritated.  I wasn’t irritated that the lady behind me spilled her gallon-sized soda on my chair.  I was irritated because I couldn’t find the right “one-word” to describe this movie. Is the... Read more »

Eight strategies to improve your kid’s real swag factor.

Eight strategies to improve your kid’s real swag factor.
Our kids do not have swag because we aren’t using the right discipline strategies.  The word “swag” brings to mind images of cool clothes, the latest cell phone, the popular clique, and a certain air of confidence.  Parents in the business of overindulging their kids with the latest North Face jacket, Ugg boots, Jordan gym... Read more »
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I follow my daughter on Instagram and she's mortified.

I follow my daughter on Instagram and she's mortified.
If you are not familiar with Instagram, either you live in a cave or you do not have tweens in your life.  According to the official Instagram website,” it’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your photos with friends and family.”  How cool is that?  It’s a harmless alternative for tweens other than joining Facebook,... Read more »

Don't close schools. Punish parents.

Don't close schools. Punish parents.
You think the strike is over.  Well the war is just getting started.  Chicago Public Schools will face a $1 billion budget deficit next year and the first item on the chopping block will be school closures. The schools with the lowest reading and math scores combined with students making little to no progress, over... Read more »

Our kids need help getting organized

Our kids need help getting organized
Yesterday,  at approximately 7:57 am, I received this text  from my 4th grade daughter: “I left all my homework at home!!!!!!!”   I counted 7 exclamation points. It was difficult fighting the urge to run home to get her  homework as I pictured the faucet of tears running down her adorable little face.  But I chose... Read more »
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My kid would never

“Mommy, Michelle told me that I need to quit acting like a little bitch!” Damn.  Now, why couldn’t I simply ask my kid if she kicked Michelle’s ass?  “Well, I know Michelle’s mother,” I thought. “I can simply share this little offense with Michelle’s mom and it will be resolved.” Wrong. I quickly discovered that Michelle’s mother... Read more »
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