As a Teacher, The Last Thing I Need in My Classroom is a Freaking Gun.

You want to give me a gun? Have you met me? Have you met any teacher, ever? Spend one day in a CPS school and see if you still feel the same way. Think of all of the teachers you’ve had in your life. Would you have wanted all of them to be armed with... Read more »

We Had No WiFi at Work and It Was the Worst Day of My Life.

This is not an easy topic to write about. It’s taken me a while to actually put into words this horrific experience. But if it can help at least one person out there, it will be worth it. A few weeks ago I got to work and I could tell something was amiss. Right away.... Read more »

Today, You're You and That is Enough. My Students are Amazing.

This year I started at a new school. It’s in a completely different part of the city, with a completely different set of problems. I miss my old students and co-workers, but fate has definitely put me here for a reason. The other day I wrote about a speech I gave to a group of... Read more »

A Speech I Gave on Acceptance

I had an amazing opportunity to speak at a retreat for 150 8th graders about being yourself and acceptance. Today I’m sharing the actual speech and tomorrow I will share the reaction and what I learned from the experience. Hi I’m Eileen. I grew up in Chicago not too far from where you guys live. I... Read more »

I'm Back. New Year. Pretty Much Same Me.

So I took a little time off from writing. I just needed to recharge and regroup. And really concentrate on my other passion. Drinking. Best thing I could have done. Because now I’m back and ready to rock. My holidays were amazing. Santa was extremely generous to my kids. And some day soon I may... Read more »

My Babies Were Born This Way: Raising Gender-riffic Kids

Since becoming a mother, I have learned that all I really care about is that my kids are happy. And healthy. I can only do so much in the healthy department. But, at this stage of the game, I pretty much control their happiness. When it comes to what my kids want to wear in... Read more »

You Could Not Pay Me To Shop On Black Friday

If it’s one thing I will never understand it’s Black Friday. I like to shop. I like to save money. But I don’t care for getting the sh!t beat out of me in the process. But that’s just me. I prefer to lay in bed and turn on the news and see people killing each... Read more »

Everyone Is Really Courageous, When Hiding Behind Their Keyboard.

There is nothing I love more than kicking another mom when she’s down. It’s so fun. It makes me feel so much better about myself. I just love letting the world know how superior I am to everyone else. While sitting at home alone. Basking in the warm glow of my computer screen. It’s called... Read more »

Girls Night Out: Bad Moms Christmas Style

Last week I had an awesome experience. I got to see the Bad Moms Christmas premiere with a group of my besties. Then, the next day, Shelly and I were invited to interview the stars of the movie. I mean no bigs. Just a normal Monday/Tuesday in our lives. We’re totally used to starting our... Read more »

Sexual Harassment. Enough is Freaking Enough.

The movie 9 to 5 was made in 1980. That’s thirty-seven years ago. Thirty-seven years and it feels like nothing has changed. I have been reflecting this past week on sexual harassment. I have been absolutely shocked by the allegations from so many women against Harvey Weinstein. I can remember being in high school and... Read more »