Tag: kids

Top 10 Halloween costumes for trick or treating in crappy Chicago weather

Top 10 Halloween costumes for trick or treating in crappy Chicago weather
Ah, Halloween in Chicago. We just never know what kind of weather we’re going to get, do we? It could be 75 and sunny, with mild breezes going into Halloween night, then turn raw, windy, and nasty, with rain flying sideways. In that case, if you’re like me, you’re tired of trying to stretch the... Read more »

Parents act ungrateful, too

One of the biggest complaints we parents make about our children is how ungrateful they can be. Kids don’t appreciate what we do for them, they’re spoiled, they take everything for granted, they demand too much, and most of all, they don’t realize how easy they have it compared to how we had it when... Read more »

Parents, do you keep guns in your home?

Do you keep guns in your home? This was the question a fellow parent asked me the other day, in anticipation of an upcoming sleepover. I was struck not so much by the question, as I was by this particular parent’s obvious discomfort and embarrassment by feeling the need to ask, anticipating my potential reaction.... Read more »

3 true signs of success, and they're not what you think

So what do we often think of as the true signs of success? Making a huge salary, owning a lavish home, driving a fancy car, occupying the corner office, ascending to the top of your profession? Maybe marrying a movie star/tech mogul/trust fund baby, having 2.5 kids? Winning the lottery and never having to work... Read more »

On being a bad mom

Lately, I’ve been lucky to spend a decent amount of time with my mom friends. Those times that we moms get the chance to hang out with other moms, having that elusive glass of wine along with grown up conversation. So what do these conversations ultimately revolve around? Our war stories, the times we screwed... Read more »

Forgive yourself on this Day of Atonement

On this Erev Yom Kippur, the evening before the Day of Atonement in the Jewish faith, it’s time to think about forgiveness and atoning for the mistakes we’ve made in the previous year, as well as considering how we can do better in the coming one. If you’re like me, you have a difficult time... Read more »

I want my kids to fail

I’ve failed a LOT in my life. More than I care to admit. I’ve taken many risks personally and professionally, and failed in my endeavors at LEAST half as much as I’ve succeeded. Sometimes I’ve failed right away; at other times it’s taken awhile before I’ve made the difficult decision to cut my losses in... Read more »