Why I refuse to put my 5-year old in full makeup for her dance recital

Dear dance recital people, Thank you very much for emailing me the costume, hair and makeup requirements for my 5-year old’s dance recital. However I am still struggling with the request to put my little 5-year old girl in full makeup, including “mascara, eye liner, blush and RED lipstick” especially for an Intro Tap and... Read more »

Thrown for The Loop: Another classic rock station bites the dust

Where have all my classic rock stations gone? First back in November it was the pop and classic rock station 104.3 K-Hits which underwent a format change and became the new 104.3 JAMS. That wasn’t so horrible and I’ve even embraced Chicago’s new number one station for throwbacks. But this week everyone was thrown for... Read more »

Melatonin gummies and other nanny horror stories

Seeing this story today about the three Kiddie Junction daycare workers in Des Plaines who allegedly gave melatonin gummies to the 2-year olds in their care at nap time conjured up some memories. They weren’t good ones. I have utilized both nannies and daycare centers to care for my children and stories like this surface... Read more »
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What the hell has happened to Kindergarten?

My daughter is about midway through Kindergarten and all I can say is wow. And not in a good way. Granted as older parents in our mid to late 40s, the oldest parents in the class actually, our view of Kindergarten may be a bit skewed. I started Kindergarten in the fall of 1979 and it... Read more »

Thanks to this new law, in Illinois your child can now enter Kindergarten at age 4

Did you know the Accelerated Placement Act (Public Act 100-0421) was signed into law on August 25, 2017? It takes effect on July 1, 2018 in advance of the new school year which starts as early as mid-August for many Illinois school districts.  In short, according to the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, “This Accelerated Placement... Read more »

Let's talk about the new 104.3 JAMS

Friday was a sort of Earth shattering day in the Chicago FM radio community. While I was shuttling my kids around after school, I turned to what I thought was 104.3 K-Hits only to discover 104.3 K-Hits was now 104.3 JAMS. Sure enough, on Friday Entercom closed on its purchase of stations from CBS Radio... Read more »
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Why every parent needs to watch the Whitney Houston documentary "Can I Be Me"

If you asked me what I was doing at this moment exactly 30 years ago, chances are I would be in my parents’ family room, MTV blaring with me trying to sing – emphasis on trying – Whitney Houston’s #1 hit “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” which was on heavier than heavy... Read more »

Not sure what to say after a friend loses a parent? Break the silence with one of these sympathy cards.

Card #1, page 1. Perfect for those afraid of saying the wrong thing.
As many of you know, my mother passed away two months ago and I’ve been on the receiving end of quite the spectrum of expression, ranging from an outpouring of sympathy via cards and meals – I even still have a couple in my freezer – to absolute silence. The silence is isolating but not... Read more »

Am I the only mom who can't stomach the violence in Game of Thrones?

Unless you live in a cave you know that last night was the premiere of Season 7 of Game of Thrones. My husband is hooked and he joyfully joined over 16 million other GOT addicts who were finally able to get their fix last night after over a year of withdrawal. I felt like no matter... Read more »
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United Airlines isn't as horrible as what you read in the news

It’s almost becoming cliche to say the friendly skies of United Airlines seem not-so-friendly lately. It all started with the passengers flying as pass riders who were kicked off for wearing leggings which apparently is outside of United’s employee attire policy. Of course that video of the doctor being dragged off a United Express flight by... Read more »