Posts in category "Parenting"

Thanksgiving, Reconfigured

I have just a few, vague Thanksgiving memories from my youth… like tracing my hand on construction paper for those crafty, grade school turkey projects… and waking up, mid-morning in high school, to the delicious smells of stuffing and roast turkey. But it was only during my college years that I truly came to appreciate the holiday and install some lasting... Read more »

How To Take A Tiny Little Rest

How To Take A Tiny Little Rest
The little boy walking down the sidewalk tonight couldn’t have been more than two or three, all pudgy and rosy and wobbly on his feet. His right hand was held by an older woman’s, while his left hand rested on his own sweet little belly, which was covered by a bright orange shirt that read... Read more »

A Birthday Message For My Mom

Happy Birthday, Mom. Despite your strength and beauty, you’ve always been the lady who — I know, I know — doesn’t want the spotlight…or to have your picture plastered here for all the world to see and share. So, I’m not “outing” you. No names. No photos. Mom, I know this post may embarrass you.... Read more »
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How Street Soccer Benefits And Boosts Our Communities

How Street Soccer Benefits And Boosts Our Communities
So, I’ve been noticing these self-contained, 4-sided, street soccer fields all over town, but I wanted to know who’s been doing all the heavy lifting…and why. Where’d these things even come from, and what’s behind this street soccer movement? Then, these two events were announced in my town: 1. A family-friendly 4-on-4 Soccer Festival on... Read more »

Illinois finally has a budget, Gov Rauner. Time to pick up your pen, sign this PANDAS / PANS bill into law, and help kids with brain inflammation get the medical care they deserve.

[From the press release I just wrote, urging Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to sign House Bill 2721 into law] ILLINOIS TO BECOME 1st STATE REQUIRING INSURERS COVER TREATMENT FOR CHILDHOOD POST-INFECTIOUS DISORDERS PANDAS/PANS CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JULY 7, 2017 Families with sick children are eagerly awaiting Governor Bruce Rauner to sign House Bill 2721 into... Read more »

I Wasn't Speaking To My Alcoholic Dad When He Died

I Wasn't Speaking To My Alcoholic Dad When He Died
In 2010, I learned about my biological father’s death after another family member read his name in the funeral section of an online church bulletin. At the time, I was a 42-year-old mother of three, and I hadn’t spoken to my father in 19 years. This had been my choice. My father was an alcoholic.... Read more »
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Childhood anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts & obsessive behaviors. Mental illness or untreated infection? PANDAS and PANS, explained.

Childhood anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts & obsessive behaviors. Mental illness or untreated infection? PANDAS and PANS, explained.
(This letter first appeared in article form on my LinkedIn page on 3/17/17. I composed and posted the piece only after consulting with — and receiving direct input and approval from — parents, physicians, legislators, medical advocates and international researchers from the National Institutes of Mental Health). An Open Letter To Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner... Read more »

I am not a doctor. I just need the ones who listen.

I am not a doctor. I just need the ones who listen.
I am not a doctor, nor do I purport to offer any medical advice whatsoever. But as a mother and an advocate for Pandas/Pans Advocacy & Support, this post grew from a place of epic concern. Had you told me my 100th blog post would… 1) discuss a House Bill up for review in the... Read more »

Some Cold Ass Truth About My White Privilege

Some Cold Ass Truth About My White Privilege
My ass is cold. The bees are swarming. Not a restroom in sight. And it’s only halftime. It’s the first game we’ve played against Deerfield, and we’re already getting crushed. Scanning the bleachers, there must be, what…Forty? Fifty of us? We are parents, grandparents, and dragged-along siblings, watching two middle school soccer teams on the Evanston Township High School football field. “C’mon, boys!”... Read more »
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White Privilege And Systemic Racism In Suburban America

White Privilege And Systemic Racism In Suburban America
As organizers at New Trier High School defend a day-long diversity seminar, planned for February 28th, parents and alumnae like Francesca Gazzolo, Gracee Wallach, Mia Neumann and Cookie Belknap Fernandez openly address the school’s lack of diversity. Here’s a comparison of New Trier versus its longtime rival and neighbor to the south, Evanston Township High... Read more »
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