Tag: "parenting"

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We’re Reading the Signs — It’s Time to Slow Down

September 13, 2010 | Comments (1)

One of the wonderful things about living in the Chicago area is that there are always a dozen fun things we could be doing on any given day.  We’re always on the go doing something we think will be fun.  If it’s also subtly educational, like listening to a concert or going to an outdoor […]

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Where is the outrage?

August 26, 2010 | Comments (4)

Sometimes I wonder if we don’t all deserve the mess Illinois is in.  We are in a financial crisis that threatens to destroy public services from schools to road repairs to health care in a way we cannot even full grasp now.  Still, I don’t hear a lot of outrage. I hear people politely talking about […]

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Trying To Soak It All In

August 23, 2010 | Comments (6)

I don’t know about you, but parenting is quite a whirlwind! As a single parent, it is a whirlwind times two! My problem comes in trying to soak it all in. 14 years later, I continue to make every effort in NEVER missing a game. The urge to be present for every word he writes […]

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The Arts Come Alive at Summer Art Camp

August 22, 2010 | Comments (2)

Arts and crafts has long been a summer camp staple, but imagine a camp where kids paint, draw, dance, and create with professional artists in real studios and galleries. That is precisely the experience that the Oak Park Arts District Summer Art Camp offers. The Oak Park Arts District is an organization of the myriad business located along nine […]

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Parents lose their cool

When Parents Lose Their Cool: People Are Watching

August 16, 2010 | Comments (5)

We were on our annual family get-away in Southwest Michigan, visiting the Children’s Museum in St. Joseph when a dad behind me in line chased his two year old son toward the stack of t-shirts for sale yelling, “No!” He caught the little guy before he even reached the display, grabbed an arm, and gave […]

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Let's Support the 3/50 Project

Let’s Support the 3/50 Project

August 6, 2010 | Comments (3)

You know how you read something and it resonates, but you cannot figure out how to put it into action in a meaningful way?  I’ve been that way for a while now regarding shopping locally.  I agree that it is important, but I always wonder if the shops I patronize are really helped by my […]

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Summer is Overrated

Summer is Overrated

July 26, 2010 | Comments (4)

One of the things about living here is we tend to wax poetically about all the simple joys of summer.  We talk about spending time outside, enjoying the warm weather and smelling the summer flowers.  We talk about taking bike rides and swimming for hours.  It’s about this point in the summer season that I wonder where those […]

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Thank you note

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!

July 12, 2010 | Comments (5)

It happened.  Without my asking (okay, nagging), my 13-year-old daughter wrote a thank you note. I may write her a thank you note! For years, I’ve insisted on personally-written cards whenever my kids received gifts from relatives and friends. I have no idea how much money I’ve spent on stationery and cards to give them […]

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The Power of No

July 7, 2010 | Comments (11)

Every parent of a two year old knows the power of no. Your here-to-fore sweet baby is suddenly full of negativity, and you swear if you hear just one more no, you’ll … well, I’ll let you fill in the blank. Back in the day, I belonged to a twins group and we had a […]

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