With Barack Obama’s historic second inauguration on Martin Luther King Day, I was on the lookout for ways to bring home to my children the truths and travesties of racial inequality in our past. The Chicago Children’s Theatre performance of Bud, Not Buddy turned out to be an excellent and entertaining way to do just […]
Melanie stills feel like a child inside, even though she now finds herself the mother of four kids. Her student husband has promised that life will get easier when he is done with school, but she isn't holding her breath.
In spite of two master's degrees, she's somehow never had a real job. Nevertheless, she dreams of the day when she can be . . . something. For now, she spends her days folding laundry, cooking, eating, cleaning up, wiping noses, changing diapers, and re-reading countless children's books. When she can, she tries to find time for some grown-up types of thoughts to record at tales from the crib.
What better way is there to introduce your kids to the theater, than to take them to see a show based on a story they know and love? If your kids are fans of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, then you will want to head to Skokie’s North Shore Center of the […]
This morning I decided that I am absolutely the craziest person I know. ”What led to this drastic conclusion?” you might well ask. I got up at 6.00 a.m. to go running. But it isn’t just that crazy decision that has made me the craziest person I know. Oh no. What has made me the […]
How many times have you taken your kids to a movie based on a beloved book, only to be dismayed and disappointed by the adaptation? Thankfully, that is not what happens in the Chicago Children’s Theatre production of A Brown Bear, A Moon and A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle. When I heard that […]
…you will definitely want to check out the Be Bold Go Red women’s event on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., sponsored by Sassy Moms in the City, B96 WBBM radio and K-Hits. This is the second annual “Girls Night Out–Go Red for Women” event at the Alhambra Palace Resautrant, at […]
…try taking them to the theatre (spoken with a British accent!). The Chicago Children’s Theatre is now showing The Houdini Box, a world-premier musical adventure based on the book by the same name, by Brian Selznick, who also wrote The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a 2008 Caldecott Award winner. The book has gained recent attention after […]
There are certain holiday traditions our family has that we make sure to do every year. We always have to make sugar cookies. We write letters to Santa and find an opportunity to sit on his lap. After last year, we always try to ride the Holiday Train. This year, we had the opportunity to […]
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown has always been one of my favorite toddler books to read. The words are so soothing, and I love the idea of saying goodnight to “nobody.” Since the book itself doesn’t seem to inspire me to sing, I was wondering how they would draw it out into a full-length […]
We love everything about our lives in Chicago except the fact that we are far from family. With four kids, I definitely have days where I want to run to my “mommy” for some help, encouragement and a little bit of sanity. Thankfully, I have friends around who are almost available to help fill the […]
When my mom was pregnant with me (her first), she was working at a center for mentally challenged adults. Surrounded as she was by people who had been born with birth defects, she was absolutely certain that she too would have a baby with birth defects. Did she worry about what she ate? Did she […]
If it were a normal night, the lobby theater would have inspired moans and groans from regular theater patrons. Babies were crying, moms were nursing, toddlers were running here, there and everywhere. But on a Friday morning at 10 a.m., these sights and sounds were just fine. At the Chicago Children’s Theatre production of Dot […]
After nursing a sick child through the first weekend of Spring Break, the whole family was excited to get started on our trip to Tennessee on Monday. We woke everybody up early, and the kids excitedly put on the shorts and t-shirts that would be appropriate later that day. As I looked out our kitchen […]