Category: Parenting

Alinea Baby? Not In This Establishment

The fine dining world is in a tizzy about the fussy baby that was tweeted about at Alinea last Saturday. The debate rages on about the appropriateness of bringing a small child (or any children for that matter) to a setting that does not cater to their needs. “Yes I should be able to bring... Read more »

Horrible Choices Children Make May Not Be The Parent's Fault

In the past month, the following incidents have made headlines: Another school shooting and suicide. A young man effectively walking away from a multiple victim DUI vehicular homicide. A young man allegedly arranging the murder for hire of his mother. A young woman allegedly participating in a robbery where she became the fatality. A young... Read more »

Now I Know Why Moms Drink And Swear

Raising children can be hard work and endless self sacrifice. Which is exactly why I don’t do it. Nonetheless, understand two things about me:  The first is that I know what you parents are doing is hard work—I truly (somewhat) get it.  The second is that despite my understanding of how challenging it is to... Read more »

When Does A Spanking Go Too Far: Lessons Learned

I’m relieved to report that I have seen and spoken with the children next door and as far as I can tell they seem to be alright and in good spirits. I’ve been monitoring the situation—the best that I can from across the breezeway—and I haven’t heard anything remotely resembling what I heard on the... Read more »

When Does A Spanking Go Too Far: DCFS Is Called

Let me just get this out there:   I have zero faith in DCFS. I have heard horror stories about the Department of Children and Family Services.  Most of them from close friends that have been in the system. Stories of overworked, stressed out and jaded caseworkers letting the welfare of children fall through the... Read more »

When Does A Spanking Go Too Far: Why I Didn't Call The Police

My original post very much hit a nerve with close personal friends, with my fellow Chicago Now bloggers and also with the general public. People reached out to me to tell their stories of abuse.  Others privately told me I was doing the right thing.  Strangers who know nothing of my personal character, much less... Read more »

The Girl In The Window

One of my little neighbors has taken quite an interest in me. She always opens up the window to say hello.  She always waves and tells me how much she likes my flowers. I once caught her sitting eating a bowl of cereal in her darkened dining room staring across the breezeway into my darkened... Read more »

When Does A Spanking Go Too Far?

One of my young neighbor received a spanking on Wednesday. Her screams jarred me out of the drudgery of washing my dishes, but it was the sound of the belt on her skin that made me pay attention. I could hear what was going on because the temperatures were so mild that day, my dining... Read more »

Is This What Should Have Happened To The Wilding Teens On Michigan Avenue?

Please be advised that the video below is graphic in nature and may not be suitable for all audiences. The young women above were disciplined by their father for allegedly taping and distributing “twerking” videos on Facebook. I know few fathers that would encourage their daughters to behave in such a manner.  I know even... Read more »

Prom Dresses: Schools Have To Enforce Standards Because Parents Won't

With all due respect to my blogging sister Jenna over at High Gloss and Sauce,  someone  should be policing prom fashion because clearly some parents have fallen down on the job. And if that someone happens to be a principal, dance chaperone or other duly appointed  adult it doesn’t make them skeezy; it makes them... Read more »