Tag: parenting

8 bribes to use on my son to keep the Santa secret for his little sister

He hasn’t told me outright but I am pretty sure my 8 year old son knows the deal with Santa, you know, that he’s not real. He’s a bright kid who is more than capable of putting two and two together but if he hasn’t figured it out on his own I know the fourth... Read more »

The world will not end if I do not attend my daughter's back to school night

My children attend two different schools and this year the calendar gods determined that their back to school nights had to be scheduled on the same night. The two schools are within walking distance of each other and I know there are several families in the same situation we are in who have children in... Read more »

Contrary to what you read in HuffPost, it really does matter if your child is gifted

Yesterday HuffPost published this piece from Farrah Alexander’s blog titled, “Maybe My Child Is Gifted. Maybe Not. Maybe It Doesn’t Matter”. I was having a great day, spectacular really until I read that piece. The author with such vast knowledge of gifted children that accompanies parenting a 3-year old boldly states, “I just said it... Read more »

How to survive a Cubs game at Wrigley Field with the kids

Tuesday night we took the kids out to the Friendly Confines to watch the Cubs beat crush the LA Angels in person, not on TV. I believe one memory every child should have before growing up is a trip to the ballpark to watch a live MLB game. But beliefs have a price, and I’m... Read more »

To the woman at the pool who watched my 8 year old swim for the first time

Dear kind woman in the yellow hat at the pool today, I cannot thank you enough for your words today as you watched my son swim and float independently in the pool for the first time. You smiled, commended him for doing a great job and then you told me, “There is that summer, you... Read more »

It makes no sense that Illinois dropped PARCC for high school but not for grades 3 through 8

On Monday the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) eliminated the requirement for high school students to take the PARCC exam. Instead high school juniors will be able to take the SAT free of charge. You can read the ISBE press release here. That’s great if your kid is in high school. One less test... Read more »

7 life lessons teens learn at summer jobs

Over the past several years it seems that fewer teens have been working at summer jobs and published research from the Pew Research Center supports this disappointing trend. According to this piece less than a third or 31.3% of teens held a summer job in 2015. Not only is it disappointing from an economic standpoint but... Read more »

Let's stop talking about gorillas and alligators and focus on preventing the dangers more likely to kill your toddler

In the past month it has been impossible to get away from two tragic parenting stories. First there was the 3-year old who slipped into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and now the 2-year old who was dragged underwater by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian resort. First things first, one child has... Read more »

The Orlando shooting was the uninvited guest at my son's birthday party

Just like millions of Americans I too woke up to the tragic news out of Orlando Sunday morning. For right or wrong though I temporarily cast the news and associated emotions aside. There were balloons to pick up and party favors to assemble. I had work to do and the clock was ticking, loudly toward... Read more »

So long second grade and the little kid years

I can now count on two hands the number of days that my son can rightfully say he is in second grade. The A to Z countdown is much closer to Z than to A. On deck is third grade and I’m trying to figure out the kinds of pitches that will be thrown to... Read more »