Posts tagged "Kids"

Disney on Ice review: Disney just doesn't get it, do they?

Disney on Ice review: Disney just doesn't get it, do they?
We had nothing going on this weekend, so we decided to buy tickets to Disney on Ice. Our kids will never be at a more Disney on Ice age than they are right now; plus it has been so warm and balmy out this winter, we figured it would be nice to feel a chill... Read more »

How Do Parents Not Go Crazy?

Sometimes it all seems so fragile, and so random. Today Baby Cookies fell down the stairs. I had just put her shoes on and had run down to the first floor to attend to the barking dog, when I heard the distinct sound of tumbling behind me. I whirled around to see my girl falling... Read more »

What To Do With Your Kids' Old Books

What To Do With Your Kids' Old Books
A few months ago, I went through my kids’ playroom and tried to get rid of as many old toys as possible. I was ruthless with the puzzles and the teething toys and the rattles and the stuffed animals that had long ago become passé. I dumped a bunch race car tracks that we never... Read more »
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Kindergarten Baby, Stick Your Head in Gravy and Other Advice for My Son on His First Day of School

Kindergarten Baby, Stick Your Head in Gravy and Other Advice for My Son on His First Day of School
Dear Son, I’d love to tell you these things in person, but I know that they’d be met with a scowl and a promise to do the exact opposite of whatever I’ve suggested. You are my child after all. So instead, I’m writing you a private letter on my blog for all the world to... Read more »

How 'Toy Story' is Destroying a Generation of American Children

How 'Toy Story' is Destroying a Generation of American Children
My son doesn’t want to go to college and it’s all Andy’s fault. So far, Boy Child’s only real contact with the amorphous concept of “college” has been Toy Story 3. Ergo, now he thinks college is a scary place where you have to leave your family and your toys and everybody’s sad. He now... Read more »

Free Performances in Chicago: Dance in the Parks

If you are looking for something to do with your family this summer that is fun, cultural, and (HEY-o) FREE, look no further than Dance in the Parks. Katie McCann, a college friend of mine (Go, Dawgs!) founded Dance in the Parks when she moved to Chicago a few years ago and realized how inaccessible... Read more »
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I Really Like My Daughter

I don’t normally write about the small people who live in my house, but my mom tells me that people like it. “People” being “my mom.” When my son was about 15-months-old, I started taking him to Gymboree classes and it was a huge eye opener. I had only known him, really, inside the context... Read more »

Least Favorite Children's Book

Least Favorite Children's Book
As a parent, you find yourself reading the same books over and over again. And I mostly don’t mind, but there’s always that one book on the shelf that you just dread. For my mom, it was a Golden Book called Wilma’s Busy Day, in which Wilma Flintstone tries desperately to take a bath. It... Read more »

Writing...With Children: Time Crunch

Hi, friends. I know I’ve been a little lax in my blogging lately and my brand new “Three Weeks Into January” resolution is to start blogging each and every day, even if what I blog about is not TV related. So, I’ve mentioned this before: my secret novel-writing shame. I’ve been working on a few... Read more »
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To My Daughter on Her First Birthday

Dear Baby Cookies, This is not one of those letters espousing general rules for living your life like, “Don’t listen to your friends.  Date that nerdy tuba player if you want to.  Someday you’ll be rich and fabulous and they’ll be knocked up at 19 and divorced by 24.”  Maybe someday I’ll write you one... Read more »