Posts in category "Strong-willed kids"

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For The Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 3

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For The Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 3
Click here to read Part 1 Click here to read Part 2 In the hospital, the last thing Henry could remember about the accident was taking a turn too wide and having to make a choice: stay left and hit the hay bales or cut right into a pack of riders. He wasn’t wearing leathers... Read more »

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For A Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 2

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells of Passion For A Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 2
…Continued from Part 1 …Click here to read Part 3 “Christine Wolf! Christine Wolf! Christine Wolf!” “Yeah? That’s me!” I’m standing on an incline looking down at the crowd below. Did I seriously miss Henry coming down the hill? He probably wants to get into the rental car to get the lunch we packed. Jesus.... Read more »

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells Of Passion For The Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 1

A Love Letter To Longboarding: Swells Of Passion For The Sport That Nearly Killed My Son. Part 1
This blog post was written for ChicagoNow’s June 25th Blogapalooza Hour with the prompt, “Write a love letter, but it can’t be to a person.” Click here for all the love letters from this month’s CN Blogapalooza Hour. Dear Longboarding, This isn’t an easy letter to write, especially since I’ve judged you so harshly for... Read more »
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Gun Play In Preschool: Addressing Violence With Young Children

Gun Play In Preschool: Addressing Violence With Young Children
This column, about gun play in preschool, first appeared in Evanston, Illinois on Patch.com, November 25, 2013. If you read only one paragraph in this column, please read the last one and share it with anyone you know who hopes to put a stop to gun violence. On November 17th, I received this Facebook message... Read more »

Whispers In The Wind. Real Quotes Heard By Real Moms.

Whispers In The Wind. Real Quotes Heard By Real Moms.
Trust me. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to. June 10, 2013 From the 13-year-old daughter: “Remember that time you brought that Rice Krispie Treat cake into my class when I was 11? You were such a cool mom back then.” From the online banking service (via email): “Your account is overdrawn.”... Read more »

My Stand Against Racism and the N-Word

My Stand Against Racism and the N-Word
Today, I’ll join my youngest child’s elementary school in Evanston for the annual Stand Against Racism sponsored by the YWCA. We’ll walk to Ridge Avenue, a highway-like, four-lane strip running through our town, standing together with groups from throughout our community, raising awareness that racism still exists. If they pass out nametags during the event,... Read more »
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My love/hate relationship with driving my kids.

I never thought I’d feel this exhausted — and I’m pretty sure it has to do with driving my kids everywhere. These days, most of my hours are found behind the wheel, shuttling one or more of my three kids — oftentimes with their friends. I love the chance to listen to their conversations, their... Read more »

Born This Way: Raising A Strong-Willed Child From Day One

This is NOT my strong-willed daughter, though she might as well be. You’ve heard that kids often act worst for their families, saving all their venom for the ones they love most, right? Well, according to that theory, my daughter loves me more than anyone who’s ever been loved in the history of love, multiplied... Read more »