Category: parenting

The Summer of Our Kindergartenmoon

When I say I’ve been busy lately, it takes on entirely new meaning. I mean, this Summer I had a list. I had a list of all the places I wanted to take my kids, all the things I wanted to do and see, all the experiences I wanted to have with them before I... Read more »

Winks and Waves: Mothering Little Big Kids

There’s a distance that seems to be widening as they grow a bit older – 5 and a half to be precise. Like I’m watching from afar, not quite so close. They are doing exactly what they should be doing – what we want them to do – they are growing up. When I watch... Read more »

Astounding Things

I’ve been accused on more than one occasion of using the word astounding too often. That my reaction to things is over the top. That I don’t need to react as strongly as I do to seemingly everyday things and occurrences. But I beg to differ. I hope I am always this blown away by... Read more »
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Can We Just Skip Mother's Day

I miss my mom.  She lives far away these days and while technology and airplanes make life more manageable for those we miss, I miss her every day. I miss being able to just go over there and hang out with her. I took it for granted when she was close by for so long... Read more »

Life with 5 Year Olds: Shark Teeth and Kindergarten Registration

It had been on my calendar for roughly two months.  The “Kindergarten Tea” at our Chicago Public Elementary School where these two five year olds will enter come this fall and there is even a facebook page for the Class of 2027 and I AM NOT READY. But I am ready. And more importantly, they’re... Read more »

In Sickness and In Health

IT HAS BEEN A MONTH. Our boy started feeling lousy and also somehow hurt his wrist. A few days later, his fever was spiking and at the urging of our neighbor and trusted confidant for all things kids, we went to urgent care. We had them both swabbed and sure enough, TWIN STREP THROAT. Twins... Read more »
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Guns and the Definition of Insanity

I was texting with a mom recently about a play-date we are arranging and it never ever escapes me that I have this conversation now pretty regularly with other parents if we are visiting or they are visiting our home. This is not our parents playdate. Hell, our parents didn’t even know what a playdate was,... Read more »

I LOVE A SNOW DAY

We got the call that Chicago Public Schools was cancelling school pretty early on. It was my first time as a CPS parent to get one of these calls (I still can’t believe I am a parent of children going to school) and I was pretty thrilled with that in itself. Plus a tweet! Due... Read more »

Sesame Street Forever

There are few things as timeless as Sesame Street. Few things we can say, “We grew up watching this and now we get to watch it with you too” some 44 years later with our 5 year olds. The Old School Sesame Street shows are a trip. You think you have forgotten certain things about... Read more »
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A Pep Talk for the Fear-Filled

I am all up in my feelings today about something I’m doing tonight. It’s the first time I’m doing this thing that has been in the works for months and I’m nervous, fear-filled, insecure, excited, honored, hopeful, inspired, and well, a little nauseous. I want to back out. I want to cancel. My default is... Read more »