Archive for February 2014

For Donna, Sammy, Kaelan, and Other Children Lost Too Soon to Childhood Cancer

I don’t know my fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Mary Tyler Mom, but I do know that childhood cancer takes the lives of too many beautiful children like her beloved Donna Day. Reading the 31 installments of Donna’s Cancer Story left me with an ache I can’t describe. Donna’s mom wrote, “It’s hard to grasp and capture... Read more »

A Confused Woman Reviews The Lego Movie

“It’s confusing and I only kind of liked it,” was my 7-year-old granddaughter’s initial response to The Lego Movie. I have to agree. The song was cute and the plot, with its two levels of meaning, entertained me on an adult level. It was clever, but it did not grab my heart. In fact, as... Read more »

Why I Hate the Newest New Math

I’ll confess I’m no math whiz. I dropped out of helping my kids with math homework before middle school. I attribute the fact that I need a calculator to do most anything math-related to being a product of “new math” when I attended high school. Tom Lehrer nailed it in his hilarious parody (worth a... Read more »
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Worse Than Frozen Recess – Cruel and Unusual Punishment

As this “winter of our discontent” rages on with heaps of snow alternating with plunging temps, school children in my community continue to suffer. My post Meltdown Over Frozen Recess apparently underestimated the problem. Teachers’ nerves may be frayed over countless indoor recess days, but they are the adults in the room. If they can’t... Read more »

Step by Step – A Preschool’s Inclusion Journey

Having a handicap accessible ramp when we created Cherry Preschool literally opened the door for children with physical disabilities, which is what we envisioned at first. During the summer before our grand opening in 1992, however, a parent asked if she could enroll her son who was diagnosed with autism. All she wanted was for... Read more »

Becoming a Grandmother Through Adoption - My Final Valentine to my Grandkids

I could probably write a book called What To Expect When You Become a Grandmother through Adoption, but for now I’ll stick to 4 main points: It is a tough, unpredictable process. Seeing your kids go through the stress, sadness, and pain when it doesn’t work out is hard. The happiness when it finally happens... Read more »
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Birth Stories 5 & 6 - Valentines from a Grandmother to her Grandkids

This is the third of four valentine posts dedicated to the children of my children who made me a grandmother and brought me so much joy. Just as each of them is unique, how they came into my life is a unique story. Over the span of almost 11 years, my job description evolved from being the... Read more »

Birth Stories 3 & 4 - Valentines from a Grandmother to her Grandkids

This is the second of four valentine posts dedicated to the children of my children who made me a grandmother and brought me so much joy. Just as each of them is unique, how they came into my life is a unique story. Over the span of almost 11 years, my job description evolved from being the... Read more »

8 Birth Stories - Valentines to the Children Who Made Me a Grandmother

I just went to Boston to meet my new grandson. He’s the 8th, and most likely the last, of my grandchildren. I feel so blessed to have them, as there is no purer love in the world. Just as each of them is unique, how they came into my life is a unique story. Over... Read more »
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All Work and No Play...

It’s been over 25 years since Robert Fulghum published Everything I Wanted to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I have to wonder where today’s young children learn the important things he listed back then? Why has open ended, spontaneous, unstructured play just for the sake of having fun, become such a problem? In my February Newsletter on... Read more »