Category: parenting

The American Child Care Dilemma

The American Child Care Dilemma
My daughter came home unexpectedly from work and discovered that the nanny, who was supposed to be watching her kids, was sound asleep. I remember the same thing happening to me when I learned that the sitter I had trusted to watch my child (now the mother in this story) for a few hours had neglected to check... Read more »

Celebrating Middle Child Day

Celebrating Middle Child Day
Sunday, August 12 is middle child day, a time to recognize those children sandwiched between the stereotype of the adored but pressured first child and the spoiled baby of the family. According to the myth I grew up with, the middle child suffered from a syndrome in which he was neglected, lacked drive or ambition,... Read more »

August

August
As we enter the month of August, the dog days of summer, I share this essay from my book Terribly Strange and Wonderfully Real. I wrote it a couple of years ago, but not much has changed for working families struggling to piece child care together until school begins and normalcy returns. One set of grandkids... Read more »
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A Multi-Generational Mothers Day Tribute

My grandmothers had hard lives. They left their families in the “old country” at an age when girls today are just getting braces for their teeth, traveled by themselves on long ocean voyages to live with people they had never met, worked in sweat shops, married young, and spent much of their time cooking and... Read more »

My Love Affair with the Tooth Fairy

My parents had a remarkable system for the tooth fairy. Each time my brothers and I lost a tooth, we would find a silver dollar under our pillow. That was pretty generous for the baby boomer era, when the going rate averaged .69 cents per tooth and kids we knew usually received a quarter. But... Read more »

My Grandkid Got an iPhone – Six Reasons Why This is a Good Thing

Three of my granddaughters, ages 10, 11, and 14, now have an iPhone. Thus far, it’s been an innocent experience that consists of me being Facetimed at odd hours of the day and receiving texts like these: I am well aware of the pitfalls of putting these devices into the hands of tweens and young... Read more »
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Bad Moms and Forgiveness Day

Today, on Forgiveness Day, I’m thinking that all of the women who saw themselves in the movie Bad Moms need to forgive themselves, and then forgive each other. I saw the movie last night on the recommendation of my daughter. She and her friends found it funny and highly relatable. I found it sad. Perhaps... Read more »

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown – Memories of a Simpler Era

Last week, ChicagoNow had its monthly writing challenge, “Blogapalooza,” with the topic “Pick a song that has special meaning to you and explain why.” I’m rarely able to participate, either being not home or asleep during the appointed hour for posting. But when I read Mary Tyler Mom’s Bad, Bad Leroy Brown: The Funeral Recessional... Read more »

Separation Anxiety: Struggling to Say Goodbye

In politics, the October surprise refers to the big event that happens just before an election to shape its outcome. But anyone involved in early childhood education knows that while some kids cry in September, others fall apart in October after their parents think they have made an excellent adjustment. This is a preschooler’s version... Read more »
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August

I should love August. I was married August 18 and will be celebrating my 47th anniversary this month. But I have always disagreed with T.S. Eliot who proclaimed in his poem The Wasteland that, “April is the cruelest month.” For me it’s August. I’m sure T.S. Eliot, who was depressed, found the springtime month of... Read more »