Archive for September 2012

The Unexpected Parenting Journey, Year Four

The Unexpected Parenting Journey, Year Four
My kids are young – two and almost four. In the grand scheme of parenting, my toe is just barely in the water… which seems weird since my non-parental days are just a hallucination in a dessert of sleepless nights. (Because despite what the books say, not all kids will eventually sleep through the night.... Read more »

She Works Hard For Her Money

She Works Hard For Her Money
Has anyone noticed that at some point in time, women – specifically those who have borne children – started drawing lines in the sand? On one side of the line were the good mothers, on the other side, the bad. Not only were we drawing the lines ourselves, we were all too quick to throw... Read more »

High School Milestone or Biggest Parenting Mistake Ever?

High School Milestone or Biggest Parenting Mistake Ever?
Last Friday, high school freshman Cassie came home from school, placed her backpack on the floor and nonchalantly said, “So, Mama, do you remember that group of sophomore girls that I’ve been having lunch with? Well . . . Every Monday, they go to McDonald’s after school and hang out. They invited me to go... Read more »
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Don't Sleep with the Schwan's Man and Other Things I've Learned Living in the 'Burbs

Don't Sleep with the Schwan's Man and Other Things I've Learned Living in the 'Burbs
After reading the numerous stories regarding the CPS strike and general frustration with the Chicago Public Schools,  it occurred to me that some current city dwellers might be contemplating packing up and heading to the land of minivans, lawn movers and cookie cutter abodes. Before you trade in your urban-cool digs, there are a few... Read more »

Camping is for Girls

Camping is for Girls
A few months ago a friend and I were sitting on my couch brainstorming what type of bachelorette party our mutual friend would enjoy most. Our friend is an artistic type, so we were brainstorming all of the most creative things to possibly do. “What about a camping trip?” my girlfriend suggested, “With a lazy... Read more »

I've Got the Over-Wrought Advertising Blues

I've Got the Over-Wrought Advertising Blues
Dunkin’ Donuts created an ad campaign a few years ago with the catchphrase, “America Runs on Dunkin’”. It works, doesn’t it? It’s short, sweet and gets the point across. I, however, disagree with it. America really runs on advertising. Over the past few years, I have taken note of how retailers and restaurants have to make... Read more »
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My Review of Generic and Brand Name Diapers

My Review of Generic and Brand Name Diapers
For the past 15 months, I’ve been wrapping my baby’s bum in paper diapers. I chose to go the disposable diaper route, to be honest, because I didn’t have the patience to do cloth diapers. When it comes to pee and poop, I want the business to be done and not carry it with me.... Read more »

Even Good Kids Make Bad Choices

Even Good Kids Make Bad Choices
I always imagined that as a mother I would develop some kind of bad kid radar that would go off inside my head every time one of those kids came near my child, like a faint buzzing sound or the click of handcuffs. While I never really did develop the bad kid radar – I... Read more »