Posts in category "Parenting"

Potty-Mouthed Princesses Use Shock To Overwhelm Substance

Potty-Mouthed Princesses Use Shock To Overwhelm Substance
Should young girls be exploited to point out exploitation? That was my initial question after watching a purposely shocking ad featuring young girls dropping f-bombs in the name of feminism. The ad, “Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs For Feminism” is for clothing company FCKH8 and has already been pulled from YouTube. While one could debate the... Read more »

Create Your Own Adventures With Young Kids

Create Your Own Adventures With Young Kids
What’s in your trunk? With four children ages 4 to 16 mine is packed. Besides the obvious items like sports gear, kleenex and wipes mine is tricked out with two miniature folding chairs and a blanket, swimsuits and goggles, a bag of toys, books and chachkies. A deck of cards in the glove compartment comes... Read more »

Support St. Baldrick's And Donna's Good Things

Support St. Baldrick's And Donna's Good Things
I came to know Sheila Quirke through her blog Mary Tyler Mom.  Sheila is a wonderful storyteller and a vocal member of our ChicagoNow community.   She is passionate, generous and genuine. She’s also a grieving Mom. Sheila writes primarily about cancer in tribute to her daughter Donna who died in 2009 at the age... Read more »
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Ralph Frese: Rolling On The River

Ralph Frese: Rolling On The River
I saved an obituary in my blog “idea book” from late last year.  Frank Frese  died last December at the age of 86.  Frese was a fourth generation blacksmith  who spent most of his life in Chicago.  A blacksmith?  In Chicago?  That alone is worth headlines. I find myself marveling at his picture (above) sitting over... Read more »

You Too Can Be President...Unless You're Fat

You Too Can Be President...Unless You're Fat
Is America ready for a fat president?  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has spent plenty of time this week talking about his weight.  He appeared on David Letterman’s show, poking fun at himself and Letterman’s obsession with Chris Christie fat jokes.  Today Christie responded angrily to comments by Dr. Connie Mariano, a former White House... Read more »

Thanksgiving 2012: Freedom And A Memorable Cab Ride

Thanksgiving 2012: Freedom And A Memorable Cab Ride
Thanksgiving offers us a chance to reflect.  Thanksgiving is a time to hope and think about the promise of America.  On a daily basis it’s easy to get caught up in life’s mundane tasks such as email, projects at home and the office or managing the kids time. I find myself looking back on an... Read more »
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Back To School, Or Why I Can't Wear Sweats And An Apron On My Head

Back To School, Or Why I Can't Wear Sweats And An Apron On My Head
4 kids, 3 new schools. My oldest daughter Nora pointed out that each of my kids starts a new school this fall. Next week, my twins are off to high school, my middle daughter starts kindergarten and my youngest starts preschool. Nora also observed that this is a “once in a lifetime” occurrence, unless, of course,... Read more »

Everybody In The Pool!

Everybody In The Pool!
Summer is in full swing, which means fall must be a week or so away.  Between summer school, camps, baseball and golf, it flies by. And of course swimming. I am the fearless leader of a swimming family.  I started swimming in junior high when my mother would take me to the local Y for her workouts.  I... Read more »

Mommy Wars: Another Bill of Goods Comes Due

Mommy Wars: Another Bill of Goods Comes Due
Can women have it all? I am drawn to the topic as: 1)  a child of the first generation of women to enter the workforce; and 2) the father of three girls. The latest entrant to the conversation is Anne-Marie Slaughter, an academic and former top official State Department, whose article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It... Read more »
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Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons
It was the teddy bear. On a long table in the funeral parlor, next to baseball hats, an Indian Guides vest, golf paraphernalia and dozens of pictures, the teddy bear left me choked up. I returned from a family vacation to say goodbye to Henry Osterkamp, a friend for over 35 years. His death was... Read more »