Posts in category "parenting"

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 »


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 »

Hands-on Fathers

When one of my brothers did something caring for my late mother, she used to say he was like a daughter. In her worldview, men did not do much caregiving. Similarly, Robert Fulghum wrote this Mother’s Day tribute to his son: I called him a “Mother” in that he reflected the spirit of New Parenthood. ... Read more »

Father’s Day Tribute Over Three Generations

My father died two years ago. It still feels weird not searching for a book he would enjoy or the perfect card to send. Instead, I will dedicate this post to three generations of fathers – my dad, my husband, and my son and sons-in-law. Fathers like mine from the Greatest Generation were not expected... Read more »

Summer Vacation Ideas for Families: Traveling with Kids is a Just a Trip

Many months ago, I embarked on the seemingly endless project of transferring our old family slides and videos to DVD. As I worked on this, it occurred to me that 75% of the video footage of my children when they were young was shot in swimming pools, and it was hard to tell if we... Read more »

More Advice to New Graduates: Why “Trust Yourself and Follow Your Passion in Life” is not the Same as “Do What You Love”

There is a post from the New York Times circulating online, A Life Beyond ‘Do What You Love’  by Gordon Marino. A friend sent it to me after reading my advice to new graduates post entitled Trust Yourself and be Your Own Advisor. I think she was wondering if what I wrote might lead to narcissistic graduates pursuing personal... Read more »

Here Comes Summer: The Truth About June and Summer Vacation

Thinking back on it, I was always anxious about June. Even in years when I disliked the demands of the school-year schedule, all of the changes that summer represented were stressful. As a young child, I remember feeling at loose ends, and as a teen I worried about finding a decent summer job. With my... Read more »

Letter to a New Mom: One Mom's Mother's Day Message for her Daughters

Dear Daughters, I raised you to believe you had to do it all.  You were brought up with books like The Practical Princess in which the princess had to rescue the prince herself in order to live happily ever after.  You danced to the songs from Free to be You and Me and I encouraged... Read more »