Posts in category "Parenting"

The college selection process: what I've learned

The college selection process: what I've learned
There aren’t that many aspects of parenting in which I can say I’ve achieved expert status, but I might be getting close in the college selection process.  This year I had three kids in college (senior, junior, freshman), and my youngest daughter (high school junior) is beginning the process now.  I won’t tell you what... Read more »

Crummy parenting jobs: A retrospective on Labor Day

Crummy parenting jobs: A retrospective on Labor Day
I love being a mom, and I think I have grown to love the role even more as my kids have gotten older.  But it hasn’t been roses throughout; there were some crummy parenting jobs along the way.  Some of the ones that might seem more obvious (stomach flus, potty training, etc.) don’t even make my... Read more »

Losing a child but staying connected to him through music: Justine's story

On March 28, 2013, I was in Arizona with my youngest daughter enjoying her spring break.  My husband and my son, a junior in high school, had stayed behind as my son’s varsity volleyball team was hosting a big tournament.  While poolside, I got a call from my husband: one of my son’s teammates, Kaelan,... Read more »
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Was I a subpar mom because I didn't nurse my babies?

Was I a subpar mom because I didn't nurse my babies?
There has been a hot story out of Chicago the past couple days: a woman got kicked out of a trade show at McCormick Place because she had her 10-day old baby with her.  The rules, which she was aware of before she made the trip from Minnesota, were that children under 16 were not... Read more »

Happy Donna Day to You!

Happy Donna Day to You!
A couple years ago, a fellow ChicagoNow blogger posted a series called “Donna’s Cancer Story.” In it, she chronicled the 31 month struggle that her 4-year old daughter ultimately lost against cancer. Each day for a month, Mary Tyler Mom shared another month of her daughter Donna’s fight. Each day at work, I read that... Read more »

What if Eminem was your dad?

What if Eminem was your dad?
Earlier this week, I began listening to the new Eminem album, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2.”  I like Eminem, despite the hard edges; I think he’s very talented and I’m mature enough (a.k.a. old) to not be overly offended by the language and content of his songs.  So I wasn’t necessarily surprised by the harshness... Read more »
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It's too late for Miley's parents to save her

It's too late for Miley's parents to save her
Miley Cyrus has been making headlines recently for her outrageous antics. She’s twerking! She’s in a pool with no swimsuit and smeary makeup! She’s making rude gestures with a foam finger! WHERE ARE HER PARENTS IN ALL THIS??? Where indeed. I think there is a decent chance they aren’t all that thrilled with the decisions... Read more »

I love my kids...too much?

I love my kids. What a dumb statement.  I challenge you to find a parent who doesn’t love their kids. I like my kids. Ah, now that’s another thing entirely.  I never expected to actually like hanging out with my kids at their current ages (four kids, ages 20 down to almost 15).  Who would... Read more »

Songs about mothers: A parenting chronology

Songs about mothers: A parenting chronology
A few days ago, a reader sent me a song that he had written for his late mother.  Very sweet, I thought.  I wondered if this was a common practice?  I don’t often (ever?) detect songs written by popular artists about their mothers, but perhaps they were hidden deep within the bowels of an early... Read more »
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Steve Martin is a new father at 67: Is he insane?

Steve Martin is a new father at 67: Is he insane?
Each week I anticipate what new music will present itself to me. For the cost of my monthly Spotify subscription, I can indulge my musical attention deficit disorder, bouncing from one thing to another without a second thought.  Here are a few things I sampled this week: • Will.i.am – I gave it a day or... Read more »