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Susan @ 2KoP
Evanston, IL
Interests: Writing, reading, children, children's books, laughing, good hair days
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You think it's almost done? I tend to doubt it (and not just because I still have three boys at home). My dad tells me it's never done. I know the worries are not over … probably just beginning. Thanks for stopping.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2010 on Parenting Deadline at Chicago Moms Blog
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The hard way — that's what I'm afraid of. I know I can't "prepare" her out of heartache, but I'm hoping I can cushion the blows.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2010 on Parenting Deadline at Chicago Moms Blog
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Well, Lori, by your definition I hope I have set a good example. Thanks for your comment.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2010 on Parenting Deadline at Chicago Moms Blog
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As a writer, I justify my procrastination habit by claiming that I thrive under deadline pressure. But there is a pressing deadline looming large on my horizon that has me hyperventilating: my daughter is going off to college for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
I loved babysitting as a teen and young adult. As parent, I appreciated babysitters more than I can say. Now my daughter babysits. Babysitting is also a wonderful first job. It teaches responsibility and makes you appreciate what a tough job your mom has. The most I ever made as a sitter was $2/hour (I started at 25¢/hour!), but I learned a lot, met some great parents and kids, and reveled in being a sought-after entity.
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2010 on In Defense of the Babysitter at Chicago Moms Blog
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Totally none of my business, but I think first grade is much too young for FB. I have twin graduating high school seniors and two middle schoolers. My twins joined FB when they started high school. If my middle schoolers asked, I would probably let them join now, with the stipulation that they "friend" me so I can see everything they are doing. There are plenty of other safe places for your daughter to explore the Internet without getting into the soup that is FB. My younger boys had a blast on Club Penguin when they were in elementary school. I don't know much about them, but I've heard good things about Togetherville and Imbee. Look around, I'm sure there are plenty more. I'll tell you one story that happened to our family. When my daughter was 14, she started hanging around a chat room related to the book and the musical Wicked. She met someone online and developed a friendship. I took her and a group of friends to see the show. Unbeknownst to me, she had made plans to meet up at the show with the girl she had met online. The short story is that everything was fine; the girl and her parents were both at the show, the two girls are still friends four years later. The long story is that it scared me nearly to death when I imagined what could have happened. We had many long discussions about how you can never really KNOW someone you meet online. When I asked her how she knew that this person was a teenage girl and not a 45 year old man, she said: "I just know." When I told her that she didn't know, that people pretend all the time online, she freaked out and burst into tears. Sorry to drag on. The Internet is a wondrous place with so many valuable resources for our children, but we can't even begin to know everything that goes on. I believe I really have to be vigilant to keep my children safe, while still letting them explore the advantages of technology. Good luck with your own efforts. BTW, visiting you via SheWrites. Susan http://2kop.blogspot.com
Toggle Commented May 29, 2010 on Moving forward at Thoughts Along Life's Highway
Thank you, Rita.
Toggle Commented May 28, 2010 on Staying Connected at Chicago Moms Blog
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The older I get, the more people I know, the harder it is to stay connected — even to people I've known my entire life and love very much. It's hard to say exactly what happens: we get busy; our... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
I know this is gross, but someday I'm going to make my fortune with the drive-thru potty stop. Think of the possibilities on long car trips.
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Gotta love Mad Libs. My kids like the words with double entendres.
Toggle Commented May 28, 2010 on Defining A Noun at Chicago Moms Blog
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Today is our last last day for two of mine. No time to savor that either, because we've got to fit in wisdom teeth extractions, bunches of doctors appointments, college placement tests and orientations, and a family wedding. Breathe.
Toggle Commented May 28, 2010 on Heading for the finish line at Chicago Moms Blog
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I think we all sometimes forget all the wonderful things Chicago has to offer. Thanks for the reminder.
Toggle Commented May 27, 2010 on Auntie Em, a Twister! at Chicago Moms Blog
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My twins both had braces (worth every penny) and love to show off their smiles. My middle guy doesn't need them at all (have I mentioned he's my favorite child?). My youngest doesn't need them for the health of his mouth; his bite is fine. But his 2 front teeth form a little V in front. He says it doesn't bother him; the dentist and orthodontist say is purely an aesthetic issue. We certainly could use the financial break of not paying for another set of braces, but I wonder if he will regret it later. 12-year-old boys don't pay much attention to their looks, but he may feel differently down the line.
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Getting the kids full-time jobs — now why didn't I think of that? Even part time could be a big help (I have 4 kids). Brilliant.
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My twins graduate in two weeks. My parents arrived today. I just got back from three days at an out-of-state funeral. My stepson and his fiancee will have their wedding shower the day before graduation. I could use a little breathing space myself. I'll try to fit it in.
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You are such a brilliant girl on so many levels.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2010 on Holy Crap, They're Graduating at Chicago Moms Blog
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This year, we are going to Camp Big Brother is Getting Married in Seattle. It's an expensive, exclusive camp, but promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I certainly hope so, because we have even had to forgo pool passes this summer, due to household budget cuts. I applaud your laid back decision and hope you all have a wonderful summer.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2010 on Summer Camp Opt-Out at Chicago Moms Blog
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Lori, I think our four babies together weighed as much at birth as my youngest one did. Can you believe we are here?
Toggle Commented May 18, 2010 on Holy Crap, They're Graduating at Chicago Moms Blog
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Happy birthday. I'm on the other end of your new decade. It was everything and nothing that I expected. I suppose that's good. It is a good decade to really start to focus on those goals. I wish you the health and stamina to pursue them.
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OK, coming at you from the professional side here: there are many, many other lower-maintenance choices of pets. You can always work up to a dog (we did). As you know, I am a reluctant pet owner myself, but my kids do love our Wheaton Terrier (no shedding is a plus; expensive grooming is a minus). From the personal side, a Great Dane? Are you crazy? That's not a dog, it's a horse. OK, choose the dog that's right for you at the time that's right for you. The time is right when you are almost ready. As Michelle said, there is no such thing as completely ready. Good luck. I hope you a thick shield to stave off the onslaught of begging. It never goes away.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2010 on The Myth of the Family Dog at Chicago Moms Blog
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I'll be sure to wave when we reach the delta.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2010 on Holy Crap, They're Graduating at Chicago Moms Blog
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I am considered a bedtime maven in many parts of the world. To save my sanity, getting my kids to sleep in their own beds was essential for many, many reasons. I'm not being at all critical. You do what works for you. But if it helps, I will tell you that my 13 YO son asked me to snuggle with him, still wants me to tuck him in every night (and still sleeps with W-t-P, but if you tell him I said so, I'll deny it). The point is, your son will always need you. And yes, these precious times go quickly, so you should cherish them and pay attention before they slip away. But habits are hard to break, and my experience taught me that helping my children learn to love sleeping in their own beds was a good thing. Audio books really helped during that difficult bedtime period. I told my kids they could listen to as many books as they wanted, as long as they STAYED. In. Bed. Again, that worked for me. You do what works for you. Good luck. Being a parent is constantly feeling like Push-me Pull-You. BTW, I totally relate to the need of having some personal space at the end of the day.
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1. Dance. 2. Delete emails w/o reading them first (I give your permission to delete all of mine. 3. Ask for help. You know, it's as big a mitzvah to ask for help as to give it.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2010 on Sandwich Generation at Chicago Moms Blog
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Divide and concur — it's the only way we survive in a big family. We long ago gave up the idea that the whole family would attend every event. I'd go on, but I may write my own post about this!
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I heard a repeat interview with Bill Moyers on NPR's Fresh Air the other day, where he discussed that the truth is not found in the grey between the black and white of liberal and conservative media bashing each other. "Splitting the difference between two opinions does not get you to the truth, it gets you to another opinion. I believe that we journalists are obligated to get people close to the verifiable truth." I don't see that we have any hope of getting close to the truth when we threaten each other over our opinions. I consider myself a liberal and occasional talk myself into listening to conservative "news" programs, convincing myself that it's important to hear the other side. It always whips me into a frenzy and I no longer believe that it is a healthy exercise of democracy to listen to either extreme. It's getting harder and harder to find "news" programs with journalists who are striving to get us close to the verifiable truth.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2010 on Crazy Like a Fox at Chicago Moms Blog
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