Posts tagged "Parenting"

Social media makes me feel like a mother again

Social media makes me feel like a mother again
Today I am proud to share a guest post by my mom, Jaloo Zelonis. I graduated from high school, went to college, got a job, got married and raised a family long before the Internet became available or social media became popular. For most of my adult life, I was geographically separated from my mother,... Read more »

Video: "A Working Mom's Confession" from Listen to Your Mother

Video: "A Working Mom's Confession" from Listen to Your Mother
I had the privilege of being in the 2014 Chicago cast of Listen to Your Mother. It was an incredible one performance only show, but those of you who weren’t there can now have the second best thing. Videos from this year’s LTYM shows are now available on the Listen to Your Mother YouTube channel.... Read more »

Work-life balance is an over-simplification

Work-life balance is an over-simplification
When people talk about work-life balance they are usually talking about how much time a woman spends working on her career versus spending time with her family. One imagines a two-sided scale with family on one side and job on the other. If you don’t have enough time for one side you move it from... Read more »
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Do you post pictures of your children online?

Some parents actively post pictures of their children online on blogs, social media, and other websites. Other parents limit online sharing of their children’s photos to limited groups and only post pictures publicly if you can’t see the child’s face. There are even some parents who never post their children’s pictures online even to share them... Read more »

20 incredibly short bedtime stories for kids

When my son started asking me to make up bedtime stories I was thrilled. I’m a creative person. This would be fun. I told him bedtime stories with original characters, complete plots, and practical morals. Then my son started asking for five or more bedtime stories each night. That was a little more improvisational storytelling... Read more »

Listen to Your Mother: The beauty of backstage

Listen to Your Mother is an annual event that in 2014 extended to 32 cities. The Listen to Your Mother shows have the same common goal: “giving motherhood a microphone” by giving a chance for anyone who is a mother, has a mother, or knows a mother to read an essay about motherhood in front... Read more »
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Letter to a new mom: The secrets of motherhood

ChicagoNow bloggers are joining forces today in support of new moms as they celebrate their first Mother’s Day. Dear new mom, Happy Mother’s Day! Of course, within the Maternal Sisterhood we like to think of every day as Mother’s Day. Over the next weeks and months I will be sending periodic letters indoctrinating you with... Read more »

To the parents at my daughter's gymnastics class: Why are you there?

To the parents at my daughter’s gymnastics class: Why are you there? Our kids are three. Three! That means we have graduated from parent and tot gymnastics to drop off gymnastics. Drop off gymnastics class, a.k.a. you are expected to drop off your kid and go until class ends. Why are you staying? Be free.... Read more »

A mom apologizes to her son for a lame birthday party

Son, come here. I want to apologize for throwing you such a lame birthday party. You deserve better. You are five. A whole hand! You should have a unique and magical party, but I gave you this. I am so ashamed. Look at this Pinterest board I made. I spent months pinning things for your... Read more »
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10,000 steps to becoming a better mom

I got a fitness tracker a few weeks ago. I chose the Jawbone UP24, but it has similar functionality to other fitness trackers including Fitbit and Nike Fuel Band. Primarily it tracks steps and monitors sleep. What I didn’t anticipate was that my fitness tracker would make me a better mother. I was particularly interested in... Read more »