Posts in category "Strong-willed kids"

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 »

New Trier Grads, Amidst Fierce Opposition, See Race As Nonpartisan Issue, Advocate For Discussion

New Trier Grads, Amidst Fierce Opposition, See Race As Nonpartisan Issue, Advocate For Discussion
As administrators and organizers at New Trier High School face fierce opposition toward its upcoming February 28th all-day seminar, Understanding Today’s Struggle for Racial Civil Rights, one vocal opposition group in particular, referring to itself as Parents of New Trier, created this website with the tagline, “Because New Trier’s All School Seminar Day is Biased,... Read more »

A Private, Mom-to-Mom Convo About Online Predators, Bullying And The Abyss Of Social Media

A Private, Mom-to-Mom Convo About Online Predators, Bullying And The Abyss Of Social Media
Maren’s younger daughter, then age 13, was communicating online with an individual in his 30s, claiming to be a teenager. Maren discovered this when she walked into the house one afternoon and found her daughter Skyping with the man. “What happened when you walked in?” I asked. I hardly knew this mom, but she’d reached out to me to share... Read more »
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Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 3)

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Race To Mackinac Video In The Making (Part 3)
FIRE While Chris Froeter worked to edit the memories he’d captured on video during CHIEF’s 4th Race to Mackinac, a fire destroyed his family’s Evanston, Illinois, home, along with nearly all the Froeters’ possessions. The date was Friday, March 20th, 2015. SKIP TO PART 1 OF THIS SERIES (EARTH) SKIP TO PART 2 OF THIS... 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 »

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 »
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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
Dear Longboarding, This isn’t an easy letter to write, especially since I’ve judged you so harshly for so long. What I’ve come to realize is that I hadn’t fully appreciated you until you almost killed Henry last weekend. I need to get this off my chest though, so just keep reading, even through the hard... 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 »
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