Category: Parenting

Driving Towards Self-Confidence

Driving Towards Self-Confidence

January 14, 2012 | Comments (1)

When our girls arrive at a driving range to hit balls, people look at them with the “isn’t that cute” look.  I agree that it is really cute to see them carrying their golf bags as they head towards the practice mats.  I saw that look again when we arrived at the covered sports dome […]

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Good Manners or Good Grades?

Good Manners or Good Grades?

January 13, 2012 | Comments (2)

A while back, I asked a question that generated quite a bit of feedback on Twitter:  “If you HAD to choose one or the other, would you rather have a kid with good manners or a kid with good grades?”  Now, your answer might seem pretty black and white at first, but go ahead and […]

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The Value of your Day or Evening Sitter

The Value of your Day or Evening Sitter

January 10, 2012 | Comments (1)

I am willing to bet that most of you reading this blog article have never quite realized the significant role your sitters can play in contributing to the athletic development of your daughters (and sons of course).  I am confident that after you read through, you will begin to think of your day and/or evening […]

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Confidence in Youth Sports Defined

Confidence in Youth Sports Defined

December 10, 2011 | Comments (1)

The great Joe Paterno once opined that while we can’t minimize the importance of pride, loyalty, discipline, heart and mind,  “confidence is the key to all the locks.”  So I was talking with a five-year-old girl today who had just returned from an hour tennis lesson. During the course of our conversation, I asked her […]

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Expert Advice on Managing Your Children's Holiday Gift Expectations

Expert Advice on Managing Your Children’s Holiday Gift Expectations

December 5, 2011 | Comments (2)

  At the Chicago Moms/Chicagonista holiday party, Timetoplaymag.com Editor in Chief Jim Silver pulled up a chair to chat about what was hot for kids this year.  He asked what was in our girls’ letter to Santa.  I replied, “More than they will get, of course.” He told me that for every gift-giving occasion, he always has his […]

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When Will We Change Our Reaction to Bullying?

When Will We Change Our Reaction to Bullying?

November 18, 2011 | Comments (1)

I watched the memorial services for 10-year-old  Ashlynn Conner on the mid-day news.  I stared at the screen for the few seconds the story ran and thought, “She could be one of my girls.” According to news reports Ashlynn killed herself after the teasing and bullying from her classmates became unbearable.  When you see her photo, […]

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Why Bullying is NOT Just A Phase

Why Bullying is NOT Just A Phase

November 17, 2011 | Comments (5)

Today I was saddened to hear about the suicide of 10 year old Illinios resident Ashlynn Conner.  She was an honor student who hung herself in a home closet and was found by one of her siblings. All because of bullying.  She told her mom that she was being bullied – and had told her […]

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Helping your Athlete with Time Management

Helping your Athlete with Time Management

November 16, 2011 | Comments (2)

  Does your daughter’s typical day look something like this?   SCHOOL – SPORTS – BED       SCHOOL-SPORTS-BED         SCHOOL-SPORTS-BED   Oh yes, with meals and maybe a birthday party squeezed in at times between.   If so, do you worry about finding the time to teach them responsibility, life skills that will shape their character? Of […]

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Babies On The Brain

Babies On The Brain

November 15, 2011 | Comments (4)

I honestly don’t know what’s gotten into me, but lately I’ve been nostalgic for that time long long ago when my twins were babies.  Perhaps it’s because I keep seeing all these cute little bundles around me everywhere I go.  Or maybe it’s because my hormones are screaming at me even louder as I quickly […]

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Who is making the grade?

Who is making the grade?

November 14, 2011 | Comments (4)

When I got the wonderful news that I was expecting a bundle, I immediately put my zygote on the waiting list of a premier Chicago area day care. Sixteen years ago, that wait list was a year long. My then husband and our little family lived in Lakeview and did not have “clout” or high […]

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Number 20

Number 20

November 9, 2011 | Comments (13)

  So, today on the Today show, we found out that the Duggar family is having another child. Yes folks, that would mean 20 children for them. By now, nothing surprises me anymore in the arena of child bearing, so I found it perplexing that SO MANY PEOPLE were up in arms about this. No, […]

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Boo!!!

Boo!!!

October 20, 2011 | Comments (3)

It’s once again one of my absolute favorite times of the year!  Now don’t hate me Clark Griswold, but I must say that I love Halloween almost as much as I love Christmas.  Cause when else can you dress up like a complete bafoon and have it be socially acceptable??!  And, luckily, my kids really […]

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