Tag: Parenting

What I'm watching: Big Little Lies

What I'm watching: Big Little Lies
Yes, I’ve been watching a lot of television lately.  I’m comfortable and happy in our new home and really all right with this low-key suburban lifestyle. As a writer, it is interesting for me to watch an entire series back to back to notice references, smart thinking and keeps me wondering what happens next.  Remember when... Read more »

Let your kids decide what's for dinner

Let your kids decide what's for dinner
A friend recently gave me the best tip when I complained to her about the daily struggle to figure out what’s for dinner. She told me to create a private Pinterest page for each child under my account.  Then they can go on Pinterest and pin the recipes that they want to eat. I then request they... Read more »

Do your kids do yoga?

Do your kids do yoga?
I’m often asked if my kids do yoga.  My flexible daughter is a gymnastic enthusiast and the poses often overlap, although I wouldn’t say she does yoga.  My kids do not think yoga is cool and as much as I try and explain the benefits of breath and meditation, I obviously I cannot force them. A... Read more »
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A spoonful of honey better than cough syrup

A spoonful of honey better than cough syrup
My poor girl has been fighting a cold the past few days.  She is tough and barely slows downs even when running a light fever and coughing. She also refuses medicines.  We’ve found one chewable grape oral pill she will take, but otherwise nothing in the form of liquid. In most cases I am on... Read more »

A day in Milwaukee

A day in Milwaukee
We decided to explore our neighboring state, Wisconsin, this Labor Day weekend and were surprised by the fun we had in Milwaukee.  Milwaukee borders our beautiful Lake Michigan and boasts award-winning, restaurants, museums, theaters, bike trails and golf courses. We visited the impressive Discovery World, which includes a science and technology center, in addition to... Read more »

Mom bloggers must stop by age 10

Mom bloggers must stop by age 10
My children are now 8 and 10 years old and I’ve realized I can’t write about them much anymore. It’s cathartic to be a mom blogger and write about breastfeeding, potty training, thumb sucking and all the many gross and frustrating issues and triumphs in the first decade of our offspring’s lives.  Yet, there is... Read more »
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What I am reading: Unselfie

What I am reading: Unselfie
Michelle Borba’s Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World is a hot commodity these days.  It took me six-weeks on the library wait list to receive my copy.  Once I finally got it in my hands, I indulged quickly trying to savor up all the details. The word empathy has sparked many family conversations since.... Read more »

My Listen To Your Mother performance video

My Listen To Your Mother performance video
Back in May, I shared with you my journey to the stage as part of Listen To Your Mother Chicago.  Many of you kindly asked to see the video, and I am proud today to share it with you. I’m grateful for the experience.  Stepping out of my comfort zone and standing on that stage... Read more »

Chicago, you've forced us to move to the suburbs

Chicago, you've forced us to move to the suburbs
Dear Chicago, In 1999, months after graduating college, my boyfriend drove a U-Haul truck from Indiana to move into a small studio on Wrightwood in bustling Lincoln Park.  A few months later, my parents helped me move my few things into an even smaller studio on Sheridan and Wellington and our life together began.  We... Read more »
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My son is the only boy in his camp group

My son is the only boy in his camp group
The kids started camp this week. I’m already feeling guilty, as it seems every child around age ten are heading off to overnight camp this summer.  Looking at everyone’s Facebook send-offs gives me anxiety from simply considering sending my quirky bookworm away for an extended time. My boy loves theater and gained confidence and acting... Read more »