Goodbye, Summer. Hope to see you in person next year.

Goodbye, Summer. Hope to see you in person next year.
Hey, Summer. Been thinkin’ about you a lot lately. The influencers have moved on from you, posting about Pumpkin Spice Lattes and over-the-knee boots for a couple weeks now. As is their seasonal duty, they’re trying to tell me that it’s time to move on. To dust off my chunky sweaters and those fuzzy socks... Read more »

Quarantine road trip: We drove 7 hours to see our daughter's grandparents and it did not disappoint.

Quarantine road trip: We drove 7 hours to see our daughter's grandparents and it did not disappoint.
This post was edited while our power was out thanks to the early August derecho, and after half a pizza and a glass of wine. For more information about pizza and wine, follow @natcmatthews on Instagram. Let me preface this post by saying we are those parents who really didn’t do much pre-pandemic. When our daughter... Read more »

Parents, air your frustrations about school here. No, seriously.

Are you a parent with a school-aged child? I want to hear from you. Currently looking for parents of school-age children to submit a brief response (one paragraph or less) airing thoughts/feelings/frustrations for an upcoming ChicagoNow article. Nothing fancy and you don’t have to be a writer (at all!). Just a place to vent. Guidelines:... Read more »
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A letter to my daughter: You probably won't remember 2020, and I'm OK with that.

A letter to my daughter: You probably won't remember 2020, and I'm OK with that.
For blog updates, follow @natcmatthews on Instagram. Dear Daughter, You’re officially a two-year-old. You probably won’t remember this birthday, or much of 2020. I’m OK with that, given the mess that it is. My hope is that by the time you do start forming your childhood memories, our world will be a little bit brighter.... Read more »

I went back to work after being a full-time mom. Here's what I did wrong.

I went back to work after being a full-time mom. Here's what I did wrong.
For blog updates and cute puppy pics, follow @natcmatthews on Instagram. I returned to full-time work (from home) last week for the first time since April, after taking more than a month off and working part-time for the month of June. I’m very lucky that my company allowed me the time off and that I got to... Read more »

How I kicked my quarantine bad habit

How I kicked my quarantine bad habit
For blog updates and cute puppy pics, follow @natcmatthews on Instagram. Let’s talk bad habits. A few months ago, we all lost the structure of our daily lives and had to start rebuilding new routines from scratch. For many of us, it was easy to either fall into old habits or develop new “bad” habits.... Read more »
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Pandemic Parenting: The childcare struggle continues

Pandemic Parenting: The childcare struggle continues
My almost two-year-old and I have been taking a lot of walks. Last week I logged 8 miles in one day, and coming from someone who never jumped on the 10k-steps-a-day bandwagon, well…that’s a lot. Anyway, I’ve found that around 10 a.m. in my neighborhood, there is what I like to call the stroller parade.... Read more »

Quarantine Fatigue: The 7 Things You're Sick of Right Now

Quarantine Fatigue: The 7 Things You're Sick of Right Now
Coronavirus. We’re over it, right? Quarantine fatigue. It’s happening to you, it’s happening to me, and it’s happening to our dogs. Just kidding, the dogs LOVE quarantine! Those of us who have been cooped up since mid-March are starting to get the appeal of the neighbors down the block who’ve refused to wear masks this... Read more »

Can 2020 still be a year we want to remember?

Can 2020 still be a year we want to remember?
With all that’s going on across our country, it’s hard to think straight, let alone be mindful, present and grateful for each day (or whatever your meditation app of choice is telling you to be). As I recently learned in my daughter’s book about planets, we don’t feel the earth spinning, because we are spinning... Read more »
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Pandemic Parenting: What is motherhood right now?

Pandemic Parenting: What is motherhood right now?
A few months before this whole coronavirus mess, I was in Washington, D.C. taking an early morning yoga class when the instructor explained how he was actively trying to embrace the concept that he “gets” to do certain things, rather than complaining about things he “has” to do. He gets to teach yoga, he gets to... Read more »