Your Teen is Sexting: An Unusual Approach

Your Teen is Sexting: An Unusual Approach
If you have a teenager it’s just a matter of time until you have to deal with sexting in some form. This morning in a Facebook parenting group I read the gazillionth post which basically said “Help! My teenager is sending inappropriate pictures online! What do I do?!” Cue the concerned parents with their endless... Read more »

In Case You've Lost Count

In Case You've Lost Count
It has been forever since I’ve written, so I thought I’d take a minute to just put a little update out into the blogosphere. I have about four different “update” blogs sitting in my draft folder. But each time I started writing one, our family would change before I could finish it. Such is the... Read more »

Just Don't Commit Felonies: Foster Families Have Weird Rules

Once a month ChicagoNow has a writing challenge where we have one hour to write about a specific prompt. I do not participate monthly, usually because I’m asleep. Because I’m a tired old mom of sixteen gazillion children. But tonight I’m up and I liked the prompt, so here you go: Write about something you... Read more »
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Saying Goodbye To My Foster Baby

“Isn’t it hard to let them go?” As a foster parent, I hear this question almost daily. At the very least I hear it weekly. So do you want to know what it’s really like saying goodbye to my foster baby? Well, here you go. Every gruesome moment of it. Recently it became time for... Read more »

My Tomorrow

After getting settled into the hospital room (again) I check Facebook in a spare moment to find that this month’s one-hour writing challenge has begun. I look at the topic, planning to sit this one out. But it’s too good. Too relevant to my life right now. The challenge is to write and post a... Read more »

How To Afford Disney World With a Large Family

How To Afford Disney World With a Large Family
Ever since having children I’ve dreamed of taking them to Disney World, but we’re cheapskates, and the pricetag had us scared off for a long time. However, last fall we finally made it happen! We all had an AWESOME time, and with careful planning it was way more affordable than I would have guessed –... Read more »
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That Time Canned Ravioli Helped My Adopted Kid Heal

This story is about that time canned ravioli helped my adopted kid heal. Allow me to explain … Our family eats mostly whole, organic foods, so canned raviolis have never crossed the threshold into our home. But last week after I said my goodnights and tucked the kids into bed, I sat enjoying a few peaceful... Read more »

Holidays: How To Do It Better

Just for fun, I’m participating in this month’s ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour, a challenge in which we bloggers have one hour to create a blog on a selected topic. Because I have nothing better to do at 9:00 on a Wednesday night. Like laundry. Tonight’s challenge: “Create a new holiday, or holidays, that you believe should exist.” This is... Read more »

Thanksgiving with Foster Kids: My Bittersweet Realization

Thanksgiving with Foster Kids: My Bittersweet Realization
About two and a half years ago I became a foster mom when my husband and I accepted our first “placement” … three siblings (in addition to our “own” two young children). Life was CRAZY. Like, super-duper crazy. I thought I was prepared for fostering, but I can now tell you with certain confidence that... Read more »
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The Cream Pie Challenge for Foster Care

The Cream Pie Challenge for Foster Care
I’ll admit it – I’m not above copycatting the ice bucket challenge in order to serve my own needs. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? I’m not going to debate the merits of the ALS ice bucket challenge. The fact is that the goal was to raise money and awareness for... Read more »