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Amy Nathan
Chicago
45 year old Writer, Editor, Blogger and Single Mom Extraordinare
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I heart you for all kinds of reasons. I am going to send this post to many strangers - and to one of my best friends going through something now.
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This is a truthful and gorgeous piece of writing, Cindy.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2009 on Body of Knowledge at Chicago Moms Blog
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I have a 14 year old and 17 year old - which is more like living with almost-adults than with children. Almost-adults who leave towels on the floor, that is. I like the teenage years, I see how smart Mother Nature is in preparing us to send them off into the world on their own by allowing us to see and appreciate a lot of independence, growth and maturity in the midst of the regular teenage "stuff."
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2009 on Three days until the teenage years at Philly Moms
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Shannon, this is brilliant. I knew I liked you! I live near you so I will definitely support your venture! I've actually thought many times that the drive-thru prescription window at Walgreens should allow you to buy a few essentials as well. Y'know, toilet paper, milk, Hershey bars. Yep, that should cover it. No pun intended. :)
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I think that once we hit a certain age we realize that you're not old unless you think you are -- and we give everyone a break. I think it happened to me in my late 30's. I'm 45, most of my friends are past 50 - and honestly - I prefer friending up rather than down. So maybe I've got my own bias as well.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2009 on Do Generations No Longer Mix? at Chicago Moms Blog
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Lovely post - I so understand. Good for you for realizing how things change, but can still be quite wonderful!
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Anytime, Shannon! I think I'm going to head outside now before I lose my chance. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2009 on A summer state of mind at Chicago Moms Blog
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These are all great stories. My brush with fame isn't really a brush it's DNA. I've never met or spoken to her, but Carrie Fisher is my second cousin. My grandmother - and her grandfather - were brother and sister. This is a great topic, by the way...I might follow it up on my own blog and link back!!
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2009 on Brushes With Fame at Chicago Moms Blog
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You know - I have spots that look like this - and when I finally tackle them it never takes as long as I think it will. I should remember that more often.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2009 on Messy Houses at Chicago Moms Blog
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I think you've just written the Facebook bible. Expect friends based on this alone!
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Great post, Shannon. Just give yourself the same leniency you give to others!!
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The patch of grass is always greener, isn't it? In the city -- some people would love to be in a townhouse in the burbs -- some in a big single house would love less maintenance in a townhouse -- some in a rural area would love more people around. I'd love to live somewhere with more shopping and more single parent families -- but I don't -- I can't wait to leave -- but I focus on the best parts of where I am instead of the worst. That works for me.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2009 on Hating on Suburbia at DC Metro Moms
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I'm curious about this doctor - who allows cell phones at the reception desk. Reception implies telephones. If there is an emergency, this young woman could get a phone call on the office land line. My son works in a restaurant - he's not allowed to have his phone with him. Very strange - and I think you did the right thing. I think you should send something in writing too - this is a breach of medical ethics.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2009 on Cell Hell at New Jersey Moms Blog
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Do you really feel like a part-time mom? That would be a sad feeling for me. I know a lot of moms who need to work and wish they could spend their days raising their kids and being home -- you're lucky that you're working doing something you like just because you need time away and want it. You have it all - I hope you know how lucky you are!
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2009 on Part Time Mom at NYC Moms
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It's tragic indeed, but not realizing that teens can and do commit suicide keeps parents away from the stark reality - keeps them saying things are normal when they're not - keeps parents denying their kids have problems that need attention - keeps parents busy with work and their own lives instead of entrenched with their kids. It's not an easy thing - but it happened when I was in high school in the earl 1980's on the East Coast too - in a middle class school. It's tough to be a teenager today - harder than ever before.
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If this is it for the long haul, I'd go for the doors, as long as there is ample space for togetherness as well. The only place I can go for privacy in my house is my bedroom or a bathroom.Sometimes I wish there was a den or office w/ a door. I don't always like sitting on the side of the tub or a closed toilet to gab on the phone!
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2009 on Open Floor vs. Closed Doors at Chicago Moms Blog
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Good for you! It's such NOT a big deal - and you know that - he'll come around eventually. My son is 17 and about a year or two ago he cozied up to a few veggies. I always wonder how tall and big and strong he'd be if he'd been eating them all along -- he's 5'10" with a size 13 shoe. Your little one is on the right track!
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2009 on Ketchup, it's a veggie. at New Jersey Moms Blog
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I hate to say it but I read most blogs and I remember that we really don't know who's telling the truth - and who is not. I always assume things are true, but I have an escape hatch in my brain I guess, which allows me to doubt. Been burned too many times in my life to behave otherwise.
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I'm glad you changed your tune and enjoyed the day - for what it was - fun for all.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2009 on Early Graduation at NYC Moms
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Our kids are VERY different ages (as we know) but I'm experiencing what you are in a different way -- modest lifestyle changes of which some are noticed -- but some, like in your house, are not! (It's what my post is about too!)
Toggle Commented May 26, 2009 on Too Young for Reality at Chicago Moms Blog
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Thanks Evelyn, your insight is spot on. My kids are teenagers and are aware of what's really important - but it's hard to see so many with so much and not feel the disparity somewhat -- especially at that age. It's always good to remember how lucky we are instead how unlucky.
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You are very fortunate to not have faced difficult issues or tragedies with your children.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2009 on Teens, Tweens & Screens at New Jersey Moms Blog
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Wow. What a terrible story. I have a 17 year old son who drives, and this is a reminder to tell him what he knows -- that if something ever happens -- to stop and call the police. Unless it's in a very bad neighborhood which he sometimes have to drive through. Frankly then I'd want him to be safe and then to make the call, or to drive to the nearest police or fire station. This girl will suffer greatly no matter what happens to her. If it was my son, I would want leniency.
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Ladies, the more you keep them from it the more they will want it, in my opinion. If you allow your kids a bit of what the masses enjoy you may find they're not as enthralled because they may just be busy doing all the other wonderful things they've been doing all along. If they are dying to watch and you watch it with them, you can even tell them what you don't like about it. I was a child of television, by the way, and turned out just fine. Hell, better than fine. And when my kids were younger (they are teenagers) and asked about tv shows, I made it clear that tv shows were entertainment, not real and not always setting the best example. They got it. No one here wants to live in a pineapple under the sea and my daughter who has watched all the Disneyfied shows for years has never asked for an inappropriate outfit or a boyfriend - and she's almost 14. My son loved Power Rangers and never once thought he could have super powers or a skin-tight suit.
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Mothering should be a priority - being mom first is something to be proud of. It's being mom ONLY that is something to worry about. I would not have had children if I didn't want put Mom at the top of my list. But to each her own of course.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2009 on Anti-Mother's Day at 50-something Moms Blog
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