Tag: Parenting

Is "Green Eggs and Ham" a story about harassment?

Is "Green Eggs and Ham" a story about harassment?
A few nights ago when I asked my daughter to pick a book she chose Green Eggs and Ham. We snuggled up in her bed, and she started to read. To be honest, I sometimes zone out a bit when she reads, particularly when it’s a book that I’ve read so many times before, so... Read more »

A super easy DIY Shopkins advent calendar

My son really wanted the Star Wars LEGO advent calendar this year. I caved because I’m a sucker for holiday stuff, but that meant I also needed a toy-based advent calendar for my daughter. I figured that would be easy because she loves Shopkins and Shopkins are the perfect size for an advent calendar! Surprisingly... Read more »

How conferences and training events can better support moms (and dads)

How conferences and training events can better support moms (and dads)
Going to conferences and training events can be vital for sharpening your skills and maintaining a strong professional network. Unfortunately, many mothers avoid conferences and multi-day training courses because of parenting-related challenges. When I asked about this on Facebook I was flooded with women (and a few men) sharing reasons they didn’t attend professional events,... Read more »
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What I want my kids to know about the Pride parade

What I want my kids to know about the Pride parade
We took our kids’ to their first Pride parade yesterday. Our reason for waiting until this year (when our kids are 6 and 8) had nothing to do with being concerned with exposing them to the LGBTQ scene. We were simply concerned with logistics. Concerned that we would be wedged into a crowd in the... Read more »

End of school anxiety for my 6-year-old

My daughter came into my bedroom this morning. I don’t know the exact time, but definitely before 5:30. Normally if she came into my room at that time I would tell her to go back to her room. To go to bed or play quietly. But it was clear something was wrong. It wasn’t a... Read more »

Here's to the ladies who pump

A piece in The New York Times about the premier of Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut included this quote from new mom Tamblyn, “I’m going to sneak out in the middle of the movie tonight to go pump.” As I read that I nodded in solidarity. Years after retiring my own breast pump I still feel a... Read more »
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Hak4Kidz: 4 Reasons to take your kid to a hacking conference

Hak4Kidz: 4 Reasons to take your kid to a hacking conference
Hak4Kidz NFP is a hacking convention for children and young adults. The Chicago Hak4Kidz 2017 event is on June 3rd and registration is open now. I’ll be attending with my son, and we are both very excited to go. But, wait! you may say. I’ve seen movies! I’ve seen stock photos of guys in hoodies!... Read more »

Listen to Your Mother Show is ending but not going away

Ann Imig starting “giving motherhood a microphone” with the first Listen to Your Mother Show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010. Since then the show has been performed in 54 cities. Despite the name, the people who read personal stories at Listen to Your Mother shows are not necessarily mothers, but all the stories reflect on mothers... Read more »

Everyone else in my house has been sick

It started with my boy. Nothing too disgusting. A high fever and achiness. When his fever remained high even while taking medication we consulted the pediatrician. The doctor said my son just needed to let the fever run its course. He also warned that this thing my boy had was going around and was highly contagious.... Read more »
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The Christmas tradition I'm giving up this year

The Christmas tradition I'm giving up this year
For the past two years I have adorned the doorway to our living room with 24 red and green envelopes. Inside each envelope was a slip of paper. Most listed a surprise activity: make cookies, visit Santa, make ornaments, decorate the Christmas tree, read a holiday story. A couple were just jokes (strategically placed on... Read more »