Archive for March 2012

‘Bully’ Movie: The Must-See Film for Middle Schoolers, Teens and Adults

‘Bully’ Movie: The Must-See Film for Middle Schoolers, Teens and Adults
Bully, the first feature documentary film to reveal what a full school year of bullying feels like to victims and their loved ones, is opening in select theaters on March 30. Directed by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, the movie provides an opportunity for kids, parents and educators to have a common springboard for discussions. ... Read more »

Portrait of an Adoption on NPR

Portrait of an Adoption on NPR
Today I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel for NPR.  The topic was “New Directions for the Family Tree,” described by NPR as: Family relationships are becoming more complicated as they expand to include surrogate parents, donor siblings, or birth parents. Guest host Jacki Lyden is joined by three parents who all have... Read more »

Donna's Good Things Raises $70,000 for St. Baldrick's

Sheila (Mary Tyler Mom) and Carrie (Portrait of an Adoption) outside Candlelite.  Notice the sign!  Two mom bloggers sharing a hug.
So many people have wanted to do something about pediatric cancer ever since reading Donna’s Cancer Story, and we finally got a chance!  On Sunday, March 25th, the Donna’s Good Things team congregated at Candlelite in Chicago to shave heads, raise money, remember Donna and have a good time. Nicole Knepper, of Moms Who Drink... Read more »
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Girl Scout Cookies and Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Make a Perfect Saturday

Sometimes in this Internet-driven world, I feel as if I spend too much time reading articles about how to raise healthy kids and too little time acting on all the great advice that is available. This weekend, with March masquerading as June here in Chicago, I packed up my computer and stored it in the... Read more »

Guest Post by Tracy: Two Moms Plus Four Kids Equals Love

Guest Post by Tracy: Two Moms Plus Four Kids Equals Love
Guest Post By Tracy: I’m sitting here waiting for my pain-in-the-butt 3-year-old to finally fall asleep.  He’s thankfully still a prisoner in his crib, but boy, can this kid yell loud enough to wake the long gone if you leave the room before he’s completely down! He’s smart.  He knows his loudness is our Achilles’... Read more »

Daddy, What Are Those Lions Doing???

Daddy, What Are Those Lions Doing???
I knew we were getting closer to having the big talk.  After all, Katie is eight years old, and who only knows what she hears on the playground at school. “If at any time, Katie shows an interest in talking about sex, we have to have The Talk with her,” I told my husband, “or... Read more »
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Taunting: "Please Don't Call Me Piggy; It Hurts My Feelings"

During dinner last week, K orchestrated a conversation so that she could tell us about something that was on her mind. “Let’s go around the table and tell something about our day,” she suggested. “Great idea,” Andrew said.  “Do you want to go first?” “Yes,” K replied. At that moment, C asked for more “agua”... Read more »

Why I Found My Bank Statement in the Freezer

Why I Found My Bank Statement in the Freezer
When I opened the freezer door to get a veggie burger and found my bank statement frozen to the ice cube tray, I first had a moment of panic. I’m losing my mind.  I couldn’t find that statement, because for some reason I decided to file it in the freezer, and I have no memory... Read more »