We survived Disneyland (with a little help from the Disability Access Service card)

We survived Disneyland (with a little help from the Disability Access Service card)
I guess third time’s the charm in HJ’s case. HJ has been to Disneyland two times before. The first time she was 2.5 years old. She went on “It’s a Small World” and fell asleep. We stood in line to meet Tinker Bell and then she refused to take a picture with her. Fortunately, I... Read more »

2015, the year I continued to say yes

My husband tells me that I have a hard time saying no to anything. I don’t disagree. As he’s pointed out numerous times, I’m sure saying no to a few commitments, invitations, activities, social engagements, etc… would have made our lives in 2015 a lot calmer and to be honest, a lot less stressful. But... Read more »

Shopping for a winter jacket when your child has sensory processing issues

This is a post I started over a year ago about transitioning into the colder weather and getting our daughter who has sensory processing issues to wear a winter jacket.  Every time around this year when the weather starts cooling down rapidly, I start to get panic attacks about what my daughter is going to... Read more »
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Life lessons from my four-year-old

Lately my four-year-old has decided to take it upon herself to express her opinions on a variety of topics including parenting, guilt, and whether or not we should have more kids, among other things. Here are a few unsolicited nuggets of wisdom from my youngest. On unnecessary guilt and realizing you told your child too much... Read more »

Middle of the night musings on sleep and life

I’ve been meaning to write this post for the past two nights, except that I kept falling asleep before 9 pm. I’ll be the first to acknowledge I have the worst sleep habits of anyone, including regularly falling asleep in my contacts or with my glasses pressed against the pillow (my parents used to make... Read more »

10 ways to cope when life falls apart

Without going into a whole lot of “woe is me” details, suffice it to say that these past few weeks have felt like a life falling apart kind of time. And you know you really have problems when even your dry cleaner starts giving you pep talks. The other night after not being able to... Read more »
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The best thing about tomorrow

The best thing about tomorrow, to me, is that it’s not today. Tomorrow means unlimited potential, a fresh start, forgetting your mistakes, and another chance to do things better. At the end of last year, I forced my family to create vision boards for 2015. Though all of them thought it was a little bit... Read more »

The best storytelling venues in Chicago

It’s a long time away until the next Listen to Your Mother in 2016, so in the meantime, if you are itching to hear a few good stories or tell one of your own this summer, here is a list of some of the best storytelling venues around the Chicago area. The Moth Chicago StorySLAM... Read more »

5 life lessons kids learn from traveling

View image | gettyimages.com If there’s one thing I want to pass on to my kids that I learned from my parents, it’s the love of traveling. We took a big family vacation at least once a year when we were growing up. Mostly I give the credit to my dad because he knew the... Read more »
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Honoring the great women in our lives this Mother's Day

Honoring the great women in our lives this Mother's Day
I come from a family of girls raised by strong women. Both my grandmothers had that inner strength that allowed them to survive through difficult circumstances, whether that meant escaping from North Korea to South Korea during the Korean War, or immigrating to the U.S. and making a whole new life for themselves and their... Read more »