3 things my kids have taught me

Comparatively speaking, I’m barely off the starting line of parenthood. I’m watching a few of my friends lap me as their children become adults, but for the most part, my friends and I are caught in the constant hustle of just trying to keep up with these little ones. The days seem like a blur,... Read more »

There are still those days...

There are still those days...
There are still those days when you feel like an epic failure as a parent. With one child solidly out of toddlerhood, and the second working his hardest to emulate his older brother, I sometimes think myself in the clear of tantrum city and irrational requests. Naturally, I’m wrong about this assumption. And, even after... Read more »

KittenFeed challenges President's Thin Skin

KittenFeed challenges President's Thin Skin
Man, I don’t post for awhile, and now I’m going to write about a website that allows you to bat around the president’s head with kitten paws. Yup, yup I am. The wonderful thing about writing for ChicagoNow is that our community manager (wise and mighty) encourages us to write about anything under the sun.... Read more »
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Small Chicago Suburb Supports Muslim Neighbors

Small Chicago Suburb Supports Muslim Neighbors
On Saturday I took my family to our local mosque. We are (non-practicing) Catholics. We live in a small town where all but TWO precincts held a winning vote for Trump. Within our family, we don’t necessarily always hold the same political views or attitude towards practicing religion. We are, in ourselves, occasionally divided. What... Read more »

The Fall of Postpartum Progress: Who will help the warrior moms?

The Fall of Postpartum Progress: Who will help the warrior moms?
Earlier this week, in a sort of rug-from-right-underneath you move, Postpartum Progress announced that it would shut down completely. I’ve sat on the news a bit, scanning comments and googling articles (I’ve not found many) to see what I could find about the collapse of the national nonprofit that served as a pillar in the... Read more »

Shit To Do With My Kids in Chicago: Timber Ridge Water Park

For those of you keeping count, this is adventure #4, which is bananas because I literally bring my kids somewhere ALL THE TIME. We’ve been to children’s museums, jumpy places, and the library more times than I can count. We were also holding down the park scene during that warm spell we had. I blame... Read more »
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5 things that happen when I don't do yoga

5 things that happen when I don't do yoga
I started doing yoga a few years ago because I was trapped in my house. No I was not trapped in the literal sense; I was able to physically leave my house whenever I wanted, but with two little kids in tow, I stayed put a lot. Thankfully, they liked to nap in the afternoon,... Read more »

Shit To Do With My Kids in Chicago: Local Libraries

Look, local libraries are the shit. Where else can you find a million puzzles, books, games, arts and crafts and comfy reading nooks FOR FREE? Our library offers scheduled story times, holiday activities, drop in arts and crafts, and more. Seriously, the place is always bumpin’. We take full advantage of our good fortune and... Read more »

To My Children: Do Not Be Afraid of the World...

To my children, present and future: I love you so much that I could die. But listen here: I refuse to let you be afraid of the world. You are the most special snowflake, and that’s never an insult because snowflakes are beautiful and can always band together to shut down entire states, and you... Read more »
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I went to the Chicago Women's March and all I got was kindness, respect and a renewed faith in democracy

I’ve gotten to do some pretty awesome things in my life. I’ve traveled to lovely places, learned powerful ideas, married the love of my life, and even grew a person or two. Participating today at the Chicago Women’s March is very high up on my list of incredible life events. I shared this event with... Read more »