Tag: "parenting"

Chicago Auto Show Anxiety

Chicago Auto Show Anxiety

February 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

We’re headed to the Chicago Auto Show this weekend to research a new vehicle.  Our ten-year-old mini-van is falling apart.  It has more than 110,000 miles on it, so it’s not like it hasn’t earned the right to fall apart.  It’s just that we were hoping to get another year out of it. For years […]

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It's My Fault My Dog Drives Me Crazy

It’s My Fault My Dog Drives Me Crazy

January 17, 2012 | Comments (5)

I love my dog. I really, really do. I just have to remind myself that I do. And, between us, I love the way things were with my dog before kids, because having a dog with a toddler and a baby isn’t ideal. We rescued Howie from Anti-Cruelty Society a year after we were married, […]

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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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Still Thinking About the First Day of School

Still Thinking About the First Day of School

September 23, 2011 | Comments (0)

It’s hard to believe my youngest son is now on his fourth week of kindergarten today. The first day was a little bumpy as I juggled both of my children’s needs. Plus in the eyes of my kindergartener, I made the vital mistake of leaving him with his dad while I walked my oldest son […]

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A Supersized Future?

A Supersized Future?

August 11, 2011 | Comments (8)

I think we’re all pretty aware by now that our society has a real problem with childhood obesity.  Heck, some even call it an epidemic.  And unfortunately, even though there’ve been attempts to try to educate parents and schools about making better menu choices available for our kids, the fact of the matter is that […]

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Plastic Please

Plastic Please

August 10, 2011 | Comments (4)

Once  upon a time I was quite green.  I collected reusable bags of all shapes and sizes.  I had heavy duty plastic bags, insulated bags, mesh bags, and more.  You name the reusable bag and I had it.  I carried them everywhere.  Plastic bags no longer graced our recycling bin. About a year ago, my collection […]

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Behind The Wheel

Behind The Wheel

August 6, 2011 | Comments (2)

Cribs and Carbeds. GO-carts and Big Wheels. Skateboards and snow boards. The “L” and the bus. I can totally handle the Red Line. The 145 Express. I can even handle my guy traipsing down our city streets. We as Chicagoans must learn to navigate, it is almost a right of passage. But the car? The […]

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Cool Family Fun at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Cool Family Fun at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

July 19, 2011 | Comments (3)

We always enjoy the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.   When we were invited to review the new CST Family production of Pinocchio, we immediately grabbed four tickets.   When the lights went down, I spent the first few minutes admiring the actors and set.  The story we all know has been reimagined with original songs and music, and a mix […]

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Our Computer Summer

Our Computer Summer

June 25, 2011 | Comments (5)

I was casually chatting with our girls’ first grade teacher about their assessment scores.  There seemed to be a discrepancy between the three different assessment tests they take each semester, with one test lower than the others.  It wasn’t terrible, but it was different enough that I wondered why she thought it happened.  She said, […]

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When Racial Stereotypes Rear Their Ugly Heads in Kids' Books and Movies

When Racial Stereotypes Rear Their Ugly Heads in Kids’ Books and Movies

June 15, 2011 | Comments (1)

One of my favorite parts of being a parent is introducing my children to the books and movies that I loved as a kid. Now that my daughter, Zuzu, is almost 8, she is ready for some of the longer children’s books that I remember so fondly from my elementary school days. She and I just finished reading […]

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No Babies at the Symphony...Please!

No Babies at the Symphony…Please!

May 13, 2011 | Comments (7)

I have written before about my love for the CSO’s Kraft Family Matinee series. This series of several, hour-long Saturday afternoon concerts is a wonderful way to introduce elementary-school aged children to the beauty of classical music. Each concert features selections from works by great composers — organized around a theme, such as water or city versus […]

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Mom Reads

Mom Reads

May 10, 2011 | Comments (1)

There are worse things to be addicted to: reading is my vice of choice. I used to feel guilty about reading while breastfeeding the kids; instead of say – staring down at them lovingly. Amidst all the craziness of life, I’ve always made a point of carving out reading time, because, well, without it, I‘d […]

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