Posts in category "Parenting"

Halloween crafts to do with kids

Halloween crafts to do with kids
Sweatshirts and jackets are coming out and I’m getting in the Halloween spirit and feeling crafty.  Here are some easy and adorable Halloween crafts to do with your kids this weekend. Emojis are big this year and these emoji pumpkins are perfect. Pumpkin apple stamps are a great use for the leftover apples. Lollypop ghosts... Read more »

A spoonful of honey better than cough syrup

A spoonful of honey better than cough syrup
My poor girl has been fighting a cold the past few days.  She is tough and barely slows downs even when running a light fever and coughing. She also refuses medicines.  We’ve found one chewable grape oral pill she will take, but otherwise nothing in the form of liquid. In most cases I am on... Read more »

No homework in 3rd Grade

No homework in 3rd Grade
My daughter came home from her first few days of 3rd grade with no homework, but I assumed maybe it was because it was the first week.  Yet at the Open House the teacher nervously stood in front of the classroom of parents and told us she was trying something new this year.  She explained... Read more »
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Mom bloggers must stop by age 10

Mom bloggers must stop by age 10
My children are now 8 and 10 years old and I’ve realized I can’t write about them much anymore. It’s cathartic to be a mom blogger and write about breastfeeding, potty training, thumb sucking and all the many gross and frustrating issues and triumphs in the first decade of our offspring’s lives.  Yet, there is... Read more »

An interview with my 8-year-old on her birthday

An interview with my 8-year-old on her birthday
Eight years ago my little, pink baby girl arrived ten days early on 8.8.08.  At first she cried and cried and with time, patience and hard work she has become the happiest person I know.  She is my shadow, always by my side, helping me sometimes more than I can help her.  Now she is... Read more »

My Listen To Your Mother performance video

My Listen To Your Mother performance video
Back in May, I shared with you my journey to the stage as part of Listen To Your Mother Chicago.  Many of you kindly asked to see the video, and I am proud today to share it with you. I’m grateful for the experience.  Stepping out of my comfort zone and standing on that stage... Read more »
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My son is the only boy in his camp group

My son is the only boy in his camp group
The kids started camp this week. I’m already feeling guilty, as it seems every child around age ten are heading off to overnight camp this summer.  Looking at everyone’s Facebook send-offs gives me anxiety from simply considering sending my quirky bookworm away for an extended time. My boy loves theater and gained confidence and acting... Read more »

What I am reading: Eleven Hours

What I am reading: Eleven Hours
We are in South Carolina for our annual family beach vacation and I am reading the powerful Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens.  The acclaimed novel follows the daunting hours of labor, delivery and two soon-to-be mothers while slowly unveiling their interesting and complicated backgrounds. Erens accurately captures the emotions and events during the incredible journey of pregnancy... Read more »

Are we at our best right now?

Are we at our best right now?
“Write about a period or moment in your life when you were at your best” It’s funny to me that some of the times in my life that I was at my best, I didn’t realize until it was over. The other day I was looking at the photos of me at the Grand Canyon... Read more »
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Road trip from Chicago to the Grand Canyon

Road trip from Chicago to the Grand Canyon
My husband and I camped at the Grand Canyon before we were married.  It was an eye-opening road trip for many reasons and I believe my ten and seven-year-old are at an age they can appreciate the beauty and greatness of nature and the family experience. Or so I thought. Since we sat down and... Read more »