Tag: parenting

Why I refuse to put my 5-year old in full makeup for her dance recital

Dear dance recital people, Thank you very much for emailing me the costume, hair and makeup requirements for my 5-year old’s dance recital. However I am still struggling with the request to put my little 5-year old girl in full makeup, including “mascara, eye liner, blush and RED lipstick” especially for an Intro Tap and... Read more »

Melatonin gummies and other nanny horror stories

Seeing this story today about the three Kiddie Junction daycare workers in Des Plaines who allegedly gave melatonin gummies to the 2-year olds in their care at nap time conjured up some memories. They weren’t good ones. I have utilized both nannies and daycare centers to care for my children and stories like this surface... Read more »

What the hell has happened to Kindergarten?

My daughter is about midway through Kindergarten and all I can say is wow. And not in a good way. Granted as older parents in our mid to late 40s, the oldest parents in the class actually, our view of Kindergarten may be a bit skewed. I started Kindergarten in the fall of 1979 and it... Read more »

Thanks to this new law, in Illinois your child can now enter Kindergarten at age 4

Did you know the Accelerated Placement Act (Public Act 100-0421) was signed into law on August 25, 2017? It takes effect on July 1, 2018 in advance of the new school year which starts as early as mid-August for many Illinois school districts.  In short, according to the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, “This Accelerated Placement... Read more »

Why every parent needs to watch the Whitney Houston documentary "Can I Be Me"

If you asked me what I was doing at this moment exactly 30 years ago, chances are I would be in my parents’ family room, MTV blaring with me trying to sing – emphasis on trying – Whitney Houston’s #1 hit “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” which was on heavier than heavy... Read more »

Am I the only mom who can't stomach the violence in Game of Thrones?

Unless you live in a cave you know that last night was the premiere of Season 7 of Game of Thrones. My husband is hooked and he joyfully joined over 16 million other GOT addicts who were finally able to get their fix last night after over a year of withdrawal. I felt like no matter... Read more »

What I am giving to my dying mother on her last Mother's Day

It would be an understatement to say I have always been conflicted about Mother’s Day. My mother always made a big deal of it, dropping hints of what she wanted for months ahead of time. When I was younger, high school and even before, I rolled my eyes at it, declaring it a Hallmark Holiday... Read more »

After bedtime, now I get my hour

It’s after 11:30. I am so very exhausted as my day began a little more than 18 hours ago. Every fiber of my being wants to crash into bed and enter that sweet, cool realm of darkness I have been looking forward to all day. But not yet. Everyone else is asleep, my husband who has... Read more »

Am I the only parent who follows the twenty-four hour rule?

For the second time in two weeks my son is home sick with a stomach bug. I am now back in that familiar routine of having a can of Lysol within arm’s reach at all times and wondering who here will fall victim next. My odds are on the four year old who to date has dodged... Read more »

How to recreate a Blue Apron meal and lose your mind in the process

I am a Blue Apron customer, the meal service that sends prepackaged, premeasured ingredients along with step-by-step recipe cards. Ups and Downs of A Yoga Mom kindly gifted me a free box almost a year ago and since that time, pretty much every Thursday I receive a box which means I can happily eliminate any thought from... Read more »