Posts tagged "Parenting"

How can I rest when this kid is sitting on my head?

How can I rest when this kid is sitting on my head?
I’ve never been good at resting.  I’ve never been a napper.  I don’t enjoy lazy Saturday mornings or being in my pajamas all weekend.   Maybe it is because I really want to enjoy every minute of every day or maybe I am simply a restless person. One of the many ironies of MS is... Read more »

Correcting bad behavior or how to tame a wild child

Correcting bad behavior or how to tame a wild child
Thank you to all of you that shared your tips and advice from my somewhat desperate letter to my daughter last week.  What helps the most is talking with other mothers who experience the exact same behaviors.  After feeling especially terrible as a parent, sitting and chatting with stranger moms at ballet, who also lose... Read more »

A Letter to My Four Year Old

A Letter to My Four Year Old
Dear Mini Me, Let me begin by telling you that I love you more than you will ever realize.  Maybe when you become a mother and have a little girl of your own you will understand. I wish your little toddler brain could comprehend that I tell you all of this because I love you... Read more »
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Five reasons children are harder than babies

Five reasons children are harder than babies
Lately I’ve stumbled upon a few honest articles about how challenging, isolating and, in some cases, awful the first year of parenting is.  I can relate as my daughter cried the first 8 weeks of her life and the next forty-four were no piece of cake. Despite this I stand behind the fact that children,... Read more »

Isn't Happy Holidays More Inclusive Than Merry Christmas?

Isn't Happy Holidays More Inclusive Than Merry Christmas?
 The day after Thanksgiving two words come out of hibernation: Merry Christmas.  I appreciate the kindness from strangers, but I don’t celebrate Christmas.  Can’t everyone say Happy Holidays; doesn’t it mean the same, yet not make others feel excluded? When driving my three year old to her friend’s house, I pointed out her beautiful Christmas tree... Read more »

A State of the Art Gymnastic Facility Now Open on the North Side of Chicago

A State of the Art Gymnastic Facility Now Open on the North Side of Chicago
I’ve written about how my daughter is a difficult child.  I find solace knowing that she does not act out in instructional activities.  Instead she illuminates with excitement and the teachers think of her as a shy, meek little girl.  I’m hoping one day her two personas will morph into one confident and assertive person.... Read more »
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Repeat After Me: This Too Shall Pass

Repeat After Me: This Too Shall Pass
I remember when my son was nine months old.  He had learned to sit up on his own, but  couldn’t move yet.  I would lay a handmade blanket on the floor of his room, in our old condo on Ashland, and line up toys around him.  He would sit for hours and play with primary colored blocks,... Read more »

I've Come Full Circle with Halloween Traditions

I've Come Full Circle with Halloween Traditions
My mom threw a Halloween Party for my sister and me when we were 7 and 9.   I can’t remember what we dressed as, but I remember both of my Grandmas came and dressed up in handmade M&M and Old Mother Hubbard costumes.  Well, maybe my Gram wasn’t Old Mother Hubbard, but she definitely wore a bonnet and carried a basket.  I wish those... Read more »

Overcrowding in Classrooms a Problem in Chicago

Overcrowding in Classrooms a Problem in Chicago
I’m an avid supporter of Chicago Public Schools.  I find it absurd that families feel they have to move to the suburbs because the schools in the city are not good enough for their children’s education.  There are other city dwellers that send their children to private school and spend absorbent amounts of hard earned money... Read more »
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Does Your Child Eat School Cafeteria Food?

Does Your Child Eat School Cafeteria Food?
Anonymous blogger Mrs. Q wrote on her blog Fed Up With Food for one year (2010) documenting daily Chicago Public School lunches.  She recently revealed herself as parent and speech pathologist Sarah Wu, just in time for her new book to come out.  Every day she secretly photographed the lunch and critiqued its healthy qualities. Since my son began kindergarten... Read more »
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