Category: Parenting

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 »

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 »

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 »
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The Woulda Coulda Shoulda Day

The Woulda Coulda Shoulda Day
This morning, I was supposed to wake up at 5:30 and go for a run – but I decided to snuggle on the couch with the puppy and watch Morning Joe. While I was distracted with neutralizing the Keurig coffee pod anarchy in my kitchen, I forgot to brew a cup for my daughter before... Read more »

These Are the Days of Swingset Destruction

These Are the Days of Swingset Destruction
Creak. Thud! Creak. Thud! Creeeaaak. THUD! So it had been a while since any of our kids had hopped on the swings in our backyard’s Swiss Army knife-like swing set (It’s a swing set!  It’s a clubhouse!  It’s a sandbox! It’s a picnic table!). While sitting out on the patio in a Leinenkugel-Summer-Shandy-induced July haze,... Read more »

Parenting: An Eye-Opening Experience

Parenting: An Eye-Opening Experience
This past weekend my hubby and I had houseguests! Three curly-haired blondes and their amazing parents, to be exact. All weekend our home was filled with squeals of laughter and our dog finally had the undivided attention she feels she deserves. Watching a 4 year old little girl say “DROP IT” and point to the ground was... Read more »
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Summer Challenge for Kids and Adults

Summer Challenge for Kids and Adults
While the September 22, 2012 autumnal equinox is still weeks away, the deluge of Back to School advertisements signal the contrary to those of us with school-aged children. Whether we like it or not, our summer ends when the new school year begins. As the self-appointed Queen of Schedules and Goddess of Routine, alas, I... Read more »

The Donating and Sharing of Breast Milk

The Donating and Sharing of Breast Milk
During my son’s 7-week stay in the NICU, I was pumping more than he was feeding. I was pumping about 6 times a day. I would make about 3oz per pump while he would only be eating about 1oz per feeding. The hospital couldn’t store much. Needless to say, my freezer started to fill up... Read more »

Aurora, Colorado Shooting Calls for Parenting Changes

Aurora, Colorado Shooting Calls for Parenting Changes
I woke up with the rest of our nation to the devastating news about the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado. Each television station flashing the ever-changing stats of a heartbreaking disaster. – 12 dead – 38 wounded – 6 year old killed – 3 month old baby wounded Television anchors carelessly filling the gaps... Read more »
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Kids and Pets: A Cautionary Tail

Kids and Pets: A Cautionary Tail
I’ll admit it – I grew up in a zoo. We had dogs, birds, fish, hamsters, a cat, a snake and a box turtle. And it seemed like at some point,they all reproduced. I swore that my house would be different. I told everyone when I grew up and got my own house, I wasn’t... Read more »