Archive for September 2015

Where have my babysitters gone?

This is a Blogapalooz submission for September. Each month the ChicagoNow bloggers are challenged with a topic and have exactly an hour to write and publish. Tonight’s topic is write about a friend or acquaintance from your childhood with whom you’ve lost touch.  I was raised by a single mom who worked long shifts at... Read more »

Is your child gifted? That depends on the school.

My son has attended three schools in the last three years and if there is one thing I have learned, it is that no school does anything the same. A good example is snack. Last year, it had to be fruits and vegetables only, at this school, it has to be fresh fruits and vegetables... Read more »

Potty training, how I loathe thee

I am typing very quickly today because the clock is already ticking. Just a few minutes ago my 3-year old daughter ran hurriedly, cross-legged into the bathroom. Yes, we’re in the full throes of potty training. I am supposed to embrace it, right? Freedom from diapers is a major parenting milestone and a huge step... Read more »

The overtesting of my 7-year old has started

I knew there was a reason I had to send my second grader into school the first day with 30 sharpened Ticonderoga #2 pencils. It isn’t technically fall yet but standardized testing has already started with a vengeance. Over the first two weeks most days he had to complete a CogAT session. According to Riverside... Read more »

11 ways you can remember 9/11

So here we are, marking the 14th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. I was there that day, about a mile or so from the nation’s largest crime scene. Instead of watching on CNN, I could see and smell the smoke of destruction and death that day. One day I will share that... Read more »

Beyond infertility is not the happy place I imagined

It’s been several months since I wrote a post on infertility. Even though it took my husband and me the better part of five years to triumph over the elusive demon that is infertility, I would love to be able to forget about it, to allow the magical power that time has to erase bit... Read more »

To my daughter on her first day of preschool

Today you start preschool. It is a day that was coming since the day you were born and I will be honest this day, the day you graduate from toddler to preschooler has caused me a bit of sadness. However, I now rightly realize this is not about me. This is all about you. So,... Read more »