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I Am SO Not The Mom I Thought I'd Be

I Am SO Not The Mom I Thought I'd Be
I am so not the mom I thought I’d be. Not. Even. Close. I’ve longed for motherhood my entire life — wondering, dreaming, hoping and praying — and at 29, my prayers were answered. Today, eighteen years later, I am Mom to three incredible teenagers. Yet, as Mother’s Day approaches during a time of profound, personal... Read more »

A Mother. A Daughter. And A Dance With Depression.

A Mother. A Daughter. And A Dance With Depression.
In this series, I plan to post as frequently and as honestly as possible about my own journey with depression — and to share my efforts to support my teenage daughter (with her permission) as she battles the same disease. November 22, 2015 Exactly one week ago today, I flew to Vermont with my husband... Read more »

Sending Kids To Kindergarten: A Veteran Mom On Surviving Separation Heartbreak

Sending Kids To Kindergarten: A Veteran Mom On Surviving Separation Heartbreak
If you read nothing else in this post about the separation heartbreak of sending your child to kindergarten, just remember to breathe deep and go long. Sure, the other stuff’s important: Make sure they get lots of sleep and plenty of protein. Get to know the teacher, the classmates, the classmates’ parents, the school social worker.... Read more »
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How Do I Find My Passion? Advice On Finding It And Keeping It Strong

How Do I Find My Passion? Advice On Finding It And Keeping It Strong
When I set out to write a children’s novel seven years ago at the age of 40, I didn’t know a thing about the craft. I’d kept journals in my youth and written more than my fair share of thank you notes and emails and logs of vacations to help recall details, but my desire... Read more »

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 2)

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 2)
WIND CHIEF’s First Race To Mackinac After a whirlwind summer purchasing and prepping our new boat, I stood on the docks on July 16th, 2011, preparing to say goodbye to my husband, my 13-year-old son and the 6 other crewmembers racing in our new boat’s first Race To Mackinac as CHIEF. The crew was provisioned... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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