Category: Parenting

A childhood belief betrayed: the day my life changed forever

A childhood belief betrayed: the day my life changed forever
Once a month Chicagonow gives us a subject that we can write about. We have an hour and I haven’t done it in a very long time. Tonight’s subject, “write about something you believed as a child or in your youth that turned out not to be true”. I had to participate. In 1965, I... Read more »

To my adult children: I will always worry about you so deal with it

To my adult children: I will always worry about you so deal with it
My kids call me crazy. Let me rephrase that: the adults I gave birth to call me crazy. They are 26 and 28 and I worry about them just as much now as I did since the day they were born. And that is never, ever, ever going to change. I have always suffered from... Read more »

Starbucks cups and the North Shore heroin problem: which should we be worrying about?

Starbucks cups and the North Shore heroin problem: which should we be worrying about?
This is a question that most people should know and state the obvious answer to. Then there are those who actually were up in arms over a Starbucks Cup that was too plain. A. Starbucks. Cup. Or as Ellen calls it: #cupgate. The Official Page of DV (dysfunctional veterans ) Radio put that one to... Read more »
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Having children: Make sure you can accept them no matter what, or please don't have them

Having children: Make sure you can accept them no matter what, or please don't have them
It’s been a very long time since I plunked away at my computer to share my thoughts. Today I have to as many conversations have caused me to broach this subject: making absolutely sure that you can and will accept your child, whatever they may grow up to be, no matter what. Earlier this year... Read more »

On being an adult orphan: closing a chapter in my life

It’s been a rough couple of weeks. My father passed away. We buried him on the 5th. We emptied his apartment yesterday. Worst thing ever. And now, I face the grim reality that I am an orphan. I don’t care that I am fifty six years old, I just know that I now have no... Read more »

Mom kicked out of trade show: please let's look at this logically

Despite already writing a blog today – I have to weigh in on a subject that has been a bit on fire today! Subject is? The mom that was asked to leave a trade show for having her 10 day old infant with her. Rules clearly stated no children under the age of 16 were... Read more »
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Love thy mother: you will regret it if you didn't when she is gone

Love thy mother: you will regret it if you didn't when she is gone
Love thy mother. It’s written in the bible, the Ten Commandments and in all forms of religion. She brought you into the world. It’s been five years today since my mother passed away. It doesn’t seem to get any easier as I still, at times, reach for my phone to call her, only to remember... Read more »

The Alinea debate: how many other places do children not belong?

The Alinea debate: how many other places do children not belong?
I know, I know. The Alinea restaurant with the screaming baby story is getting to be old news. Baby cries in expensive (really expensive) restaurant and Chef tweets about it. It creates a huge controversy; even shows up on “Good Morning America” and “Today”. There is a huge division of sentiment. There are actually people... Read more »

College kids home for the summer: Don't drive your parents crazy

College kids home for the summer: Don't drive your parents crazy
To all of you kids coming home from college for the summer: I’m a lucky parent that no longer has to deal with this shit. Yes, I had six summers between my two daughters that I got to enjoy them living back at home after being on their own for nine months. On their own... Read more »
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Helicopter parent or just a concerned one: where do we draw the line?

Helicopter parent or just a concerned one: where do we draw the line?
In recent weeks I’ve been hearing a lot about “Helicopter Parenting”. I’ve been accused by my family (girls and husband) of being one. I always argue, contending that I am only concerned about their welfare and happiness. Aren’t we as parents supposed to care about these things? There are many bloggers out there that have... Read more »