Melanie Myatt

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.

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Fight the Winter Blues with a Little "Soul" at Chicago Children's Theatre's Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

Fight the Winter Blues with a Little “Soul” at Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money

February 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

My kids and I are longtime fans of Christopher Paul Curtis.  Of all the many books he has written, our top favorites have to be Bud, Not Buddy and The Mighty Ms. Malone (both of which I highly, highly recommend). For a younger crowd (and for some lighter reading), my daughters and I would also recommend Mr. […]

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Chicago Children's Theatre's Bud, Not Buddy packs an emotional punch

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Bud, Not Buddy packs an emotional punch

January 25, 2013 | Comments (1)

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 […]

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One last chance to see Harold and the Purple Crayon

One last chance to see Harold and the Purple Crayon

November 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

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 […]

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Better than a girl's night out?  September's Pretty Muddy Mud Run

Better than a girl’s night out? September’s Pretty Muddy Mud Run

August 10, 2012 | Comments (1)

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 […]

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Chicago Children's Theatre bring's Eric Carle's Treasured Stories to life

Chicago Children’s Theatre bring’s Eric Carle’s Treasured Stories to life

May 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

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 […]

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Because every woman deserves a little time on the red carpet...

Because every woman deserves a little time on the red carpet…

February 6, 2012 | Comments (0)

…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 […]

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Instead of taking your kids to another movie...

Instead of taking your kids to another movie…

January 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

…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 […]

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This Christmas, try something a little different...

This Christmas, try something a little different…

December 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

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 […]

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Goodnight Moon, The Musical wakes up the fun

Goodnight Moon, The Musical wakes up the fun

November 20, 2011 | Comments (1)

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 […]

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A tale of a mother's love

A tale of a mother’s love

October 15, 2011 | Comments (2)

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 […]

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The pregnancy times have changed...

The pregnancy times have changed…

May 21, 2011 | Comments (2)

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 […]

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Dot and Ziggy charms the smaller set

Dot and Ziggy charms the smaller set

May 15, 2011 | Comments (2)

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 […]

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