Posts tagged "Kids"

Are we all suffering from information-induced anxiety?

Are we all suffering from information-induced anxiety?
I’m a big worrier. A few weeks ago, Facebook told me that anxiety is a sign of high intelligence, so I’m going to keep riding that high, thanks. All of this is so deep-seeded. I remember as a kid, one particular babysitter used to make me say the “Now I lay me down to sleep... Read more »

I can sympathize with the anti-vax movement

I can sympathize with the anti-vax movement
I remember the day my son got the MMR booster shot. He was fifteen-months-old; and before the appointment, I got on Facebook and opened up a discussion with a friend who has older kids. “Talk me down,” I said. “Tell me I’m doing the right thing. Tell me he’s not going to get the autism... Read more »

My babies want more babies

We went through this a while ago, when Cookies was about two. Her brother complained that we needed a new baby because ours was getting too big. I wonder what he thinks now that his baby sister is a 4-year-old who’s probably already getting scouted by the school basketball team. A “tiny giant,” she calls... Read more »
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My love-hate relationship with Timehop

My love-hate relationship with Timehop
Like many internet dwellers, I was sucked in by the lure of Timehop at the end of last year. If you don’t know what it is, Timehop is an app that “hops” back in “time” every day and tells you what brilliant thing you did on social media one, two, three, four, five years ago.... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »