Surfing on the CTA

Surfing on the CTA
I can remember the first time vividly. The blue beneath our feet looked harmless enough, light ripples in the sunlight—not a hint of warning about the turbulence to come. When the steamy, translucent gates parted, we waded in slowly, gradually ascending the heights until we reached a point of statis. Terra firma. Level ground. The... Read more »

Magic Powers and Mash-Ups: Finding Wonder Through the Eyes of Your Kids

I always believed I’d have a girl. A little mini-me in pigtails and polka dots, fancy shoes and frilly tutus. We’d bond over all things girlie: hair brushing, nail painting, craft making, cookie baking. But I’d also teach her that sweetness can be strong. She’d learn how to smack a tennis ball, when to speak... Read more »

Moms, are you "worth it"?

Moms, are you "worth it"?
“Worth it.” It’s one of my favorite mantras. One that I whisper to myself as I justify pulling the trigger on a shiny new pair of shoes. Or egging my friends on when they debate eating their healthy, packed lunch or going out for a splurge. I say it half jokingly, and half-serious—because even though... Read more »
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"Pin, Meet Balloon": Telling my son about 9/11

"Pin, Meet Balloon": Telling my son about 9/11
Ahhh, the innocence of youth. Having young children is a constant reminder that the world is full of light and goodness. Their eyes are filled with wonder at every new experience. Their hearts, for the most part, are pure (except perhaps when they succumb to the occasional primal urge to snatch a friend’s toy or... Read more »

the lost art of focus

the lost art of focus
In our fast-paced, 24/7 world, multitasking is a highly coveted skill. On resumes, we proudly boast of our ability to juggle multiple tasks at once. In daily life, we marvel at our mastery in manuevering across multiple devices. We congratulate ourselves for being multitasking machines–able to do more stuff in less time. Faster. Better. More…but... Read more »

"MOM!"...yep that's me.

"MOM!"...yep that's me.
If it seems like I’ve fallen off the grid, you’re right. No time to call. Or write. Or even breathe (or so it seems when I’m whirling around like a dervish trying to keep up). You see, I’ve been a little busy…answering to the infinite calls. “MOOOOOMMM!” Dinner. Laundry. Skinned knees. Referee. Music concerts. Teacher... Read more »
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Should You Compare Your Kids?

Should You Compare Your Kids?
It’s a cardinal rule of parenting that I’m convinced every couple with more than one child has broken: Thou shall not compare your kids. Try as you might to cherish each one for his or her unique gifts and talents, it’s simply inevitable. You go along for years with a single object of your undying... Read more »

On MLK Day, Don't Forget "The Dream"

On MLK Day, Don't Forget "The Dream"
With the bliss of the holidays behind us, January in Chicago is pretty darn bleak. Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the skies are generally grey and the buzz kill of returning to work after lazy days off, stuffing our faces and soaking in the warmth of family time, brings seasonal affective disorder (aptly named SAD)... Read more »

My Beloved Bipolar Xmas Tree

My Beloved Bipolar Xmas Tree
For most of us, the holidays are a time when we cling to traditions. We dust off cookie recipes passed down through generations. We pop in our favorite Christmas CDs (since we embarrassingly haven’t transferred the holiday playlist to the old iPod). We tune in to the tried and true TV classics from Rudolph and... Read more »
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City v. Suburbs: Which Side of the Picket Fence Do You Fall On?

City v. Suburbs: Which Side of the Picket Fence Do You Fall On?
Saturday morning in the suburbs was an eye-opener to me. We were spending the weekend at my brother and sister-in-laws and, sitting in the kitchen, still in PJ’s and sipping coffee while paging through the latest US Weekly, I became aware of an amazing phenomenon. It was about 7:35 am and the doorbell rang. “Seems... Read more »