Why I Let My Kids Do Extreme Sports And Other Dangerous Things

Why I Let My Kids Do Extreme Sports And Other Dangerous Things
On May 15, 2015, the New York Times published John Lackman’s piece titled “Is It Wrong To Let Children Do Extreme Sports?”, a piece in which I’d have given anything to add my thoughts. As the mother of a former downhill longboarder, I wrote and published a 3-part series of posts in 2014 following my son’s accident and... Read more »

An Embarrassing Post From A Mother Of Teens: U Deserve More Recognition 4 All The Things U Do Right

We’re issued the warnings while our kids are still in diapers: ”Just wait until the teen years.” “Bigger kids, bigger problems.” “Fasten your seatbelt; it’ll be a roller coaster.” My oldest son and daughter are now full-fledged teens, and my youngest child, their brother, turns 13 next year. Two high schoolers and one in middle school.... Read more »

7 Things I Know About Writing

7 Things I Know About Writing
I just met a lovely woman who says she’s considering starting a blog. She’s not sure exactly what she wants to write about, but she knows she wants a place to sort of “put” her thoughts on all sorts of things. “But,” she said, “who’d even want to read it?” While I reminded her there... Read more »
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Finding Your Voice As A Writer

Throughout my life, I’ve been told to “keep writing” because I have a strong voice. But for the longest time, I didn’t know what that meant. Does a strong voice mean “bossy”? (My immediate family members are nodding yes right now.) Does a strong voice mean “direct”? (My friends and colleagues will surely say I’ve... Read more »

Confessions Of A Mom: That Time I Went To The Sybaris Pool Suites As A Teen

Confessions Of A Mom: That Time I Went To The Sybaris Pool Suites As A Teen
I promised myself 2015 would be the year I “exercise fearless sharing”, so when I read ChicagoNow blogger Brett Baker’s hilarious post about The Sybaris Pool Suites, it brought back memories of my own experience at The Sybaris and how unforgivably ridiculous it was. I reached out to Brett to share my story, and here,... Read more »

One Of My Favorite Childhood Memories

One Of My Favorite Childhood Memories
It’s impossible to pick my favorite childhood memory, but one very special time takes me back to the summer of 1974, when I was 6 years old. The drive from River Forest to Oak Park was just 9 minutes, but it always felt like forever, especially when Mom listened to WGN talk radio and Beth... Read more »
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Clean Up After Yourselves! One Mom's Perspective On Feeling Invisible.

Clean Up After Yourselves! One Mom's Perspective On Feeling Invisible.
11/21/14 My dear Invisible Mamas, you’ve inspired a movement. Thanks to your viral response to this post, we’re sharing the pain and preventing house fires everywhere. Like the Invisible Mamas Facebook page to share your own most invisible moments through stories, photos, videos and podcasts. Original Post from 11/19/14 (Disclaimer for the haters: Yes, it... Read more »

Bad Dog! How My Counter Surfing Puppy Almost Blew Up The House

Bad Dog! How My Counter Surfing Puppy Almost Blew Up The House
Do not be fooled by this face, because this dog almost killed my family this morning around 2am. As my husband snored and I tried to sleep, I heard a faint noise coming from downstairs –  a rapid-fire CLICK CLICK CLICK. Hmmmm….must be one of the dogs getting up to get a drink. …CLICK CLICK... Read more »

How To Crawl Out Of A Slump When You Feel Like Crap

How To Crawl Out Of A Slump When You Feel Like Crap
I know how you’re feeling because I’ve been there before. Many, many times. You’re in a slump, but not the kind you see any way out of. Everything feels gray and difficult. It’s okay. Just say it. It does. And it SUCKS. Worst of all, it seems like no one else has a problem coping.... Read more »
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Apollos Hester, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Other Crazy-Happy People

Apollos Hester, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Other Crazy-Happy People
Can Apollos Hester turn on the enthusiasm or WHAT? No one — since Cuba Gooding Jr.in 1997 — has shown such an infectious a level of enthusiasm. Ever. Here’s a look at some more of the craziest, happiest people from the web. Thanks for stopping by! Subscribe here for more Riding The Waves
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    So hey, how's it going? I cover life's ups and downs, but I'm really drawn to the tough, emotional stuff. My perspective covers 23 years of marriage and 17 years of parenting, and while I'm always willing to voice an opinion, it often contradicts my innate desire to please everyone at all times. Such is this crazy life, so I guess all I can do is just write about how I've (usually) kept my head above water. Thanks for dropping by. You know you totally rock, right?

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