Posts tagged "Parenting"

Parent Shaming and the National Hearing and Vision Screening Test

Parent Shaming and the National Hearing and Vision Screening Test
I paid twenty dollars this month to have my daughter’s eyes and ears checked at school. Apparently it’s mandatory? At this point I just write checks without question. Her hearing checked out fine, which is confusing because she never hears me when I ask her to pick up her toys. As far as the vision... Read more »

Dear universe, your girl stuff is garbage

Dear universe, your girl stuff is garbage
I took the kids to McDonald’s for dinner yesterday. They know I’m not a big fan, so it’s always super exciting when I deign to take them there. “Mom must really love us if she’s willing to buy us Happy Meals.” It’s what advertisers have been hinting at since the era of Mad Men. We... Read more »

Which classic TV shows do you watch with your kids?

Which classic TV shows do you watch with your kids?
I was on WGN Radio this weekend with Dave Plier. You can listen to our conversation here. It was 2:30 in the morning. Go easy on me. One thing we discussed was binge watching TV shows in the summer. He and his wife are catching up on “adult” shows, like Orange is the New Black... Read more »
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It's Opposite Day...or is it?

My six-year-old blew my mind on Saturday night. We were out at dinner when he said, “Mom, tell me you don’t like me.” “No,” I said. “I love you. You are one of the best people I know. Whoever doesn’t like you is a darn fool.” “But it’s Opposite Day.” “Well, in that case, you’re... Read more »

How to give your kids a '50s summer

How to give your kids a '50s summer
I witnessed something yesterday that warmed the cockles of my cold, dead heart. I took the kids to a park out in the suburbs, doesn’t matter which one. The park was big and rambling and had a large pond right in the center of it. We’d been to this park several times; but during our... Read more »

Someone needs to tell pregnant moms "NO"

Someone needs to tell pregnant moms "NO"
When a lady is with child, the common wisdom is that we should coddle her, indulge her every whim. I’m here to debunk that destructive thinking. Pregnant women have too many yes men. What they need are a couple “No, ma’ams.” Case in point: When I was pregnant with my second child, I was convinced... Read more »
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Yes, I'm buying wine at 8AM

I got a little bit of the side eye this morning at Trader Joe’s. I went there to get an orange and a sandwich, as you do. But while my daughter and I were standing at the counter drinking our free sample of lemonade, I noticed a cheapy-cheap bottle of wine on the sale rack... Read more »

Letter to a New Mom: 6 Parenting Lessons I Learned Too Late

Letter to a New Mom: 6 Parenting Lessons I Learned Too Late
Hey-o! ChicagoNow bloggers are joining forces today in support of new moms as they celebrate their first Mother’s Day. At this point in my life, I’m the smug mother of two CHILDREN, not babies, not toddlers. They are proper KIDS. And because we are now safely out of the baby zone, I am in the... 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 »
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How To Not Potty Train Your Kid

How To Not Potty Train Your Kid
I’m going to play the part of the smug mommy blogger today, because I have uncovered the secret to getting your children to wee-wee and woo-woo on the toilet. And the secret is this: Don’t potty train them. Don’t make charts. Don’t buy stickers. Don’t promise M&Ms or trips to Disney World. Just point out... Read more »