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The first thing I felt when I heard the news was a strange sense of relief from guilt: All those times I had failed to put sunscreen on my kids didn't seem so bad now that I know that many... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
Wow. What a moving and frightening post. Thank you for sharing this. I wrote a few months ago about how I felt my kindergartener's behavior was changed when she took an inhaled steroid. We got the same blow-offs from out doctor, even though when I went online I found that lots of parents had experienced the same thing and it was even listed as a rare side effect for the drug.
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Let me tell you something I'm not supposed to write about on the Internet: I recently applied for two full-time jobs, after four years staying home with the kids. Let's put aside all the practical considerations of whether I should... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
Dang, and these are they BOYS? I haven't heard any such machinations going on among the female kindergarteners in my daughter's class yet. Your school must be for socially advanced little Machiavellis.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2010 on Strife of the party at a little pregnant
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I would like to come. My unborn infant who will attend in his sling, however, does not yet have an account and will not be able to RSVP for himself.
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That's hilarious. Good to hear that Oprah really does ask the names of the "little people" and look them in the eye. It matches her public persona.
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2009 on Brushes With Fame at Chicago Moms Blog
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Alma! You got me there! You would make a great copy editor (although your bank account and family probably thank you for being in marketing instead of working for a newspaper these days). Thanks for pointing that out.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2009 on Celina Sotomayor: Mom Hero at Chicago Moms Blog
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I do not really see all the panic about what age to cut off the bottle. It's one of those things where I disagree with SuperNanny. It seems like our society is so full of these mandatory milestones -- I hear moms acting all guilty because their kid still sleeps in a crib at a certain age, and don't get me started on what people will say to me if I'm still nursing this next baby at age 3. By the way, our 5 year old JUST started staying in her own bed all night, and it was easy. No battles. She was ready, we talked about it, we promised a reward for her efforts, and she managed it. OK, she stumbled into our room last night, but I woke up and walked her back, drama free. What I'm saying is, I half-feared that by ever letting Nutmeg into our bed or by not cutting her off at a specific age, we'd be stuck with her in our bed until junior high, and I'm now relieved to report that that didn't happen.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2009 on To each her own at Chicago Moms Blog
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You know, I read LIW a lot as inspiration while raising my kids. But remember that -- even in hindsight -- Laura did own up to feeling hopeless, squabbling with her sister and wanting to cry. They just weren't allowed to EXPRESS those emotions. One of the absolute most touching -- and painful -- episodes of the series for me is when Pa is missing in a blizzard and the girls ask to go to bed early. Why? So they can cry under the covers without being reprimanded.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2009 on Little House on the Cul de Sac at Chicago Moms Blog
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I saw Melissa on Chicago Tonight and was very touched by her interview. I too am a reporter-turned-blogger, and although I am starting to make a few bucks, it is a bittersweet triumph to realize that I am pumping out cheap and comparitively low-quality content to fill a growing void of expensive and high quality journalism. PLEASE other bloggers do not feel insulted by that comparison; I'm just comparing what I personally produced as a full-time salaried journalist to what I manage to type out for pennies now. I simply cannot research what I saw when I blog because that can take all day and I only have 15 minutes.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2009 on I Read the News Today, Oh Boy at Chicago Moms Blog
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I agree -- there is definitely value in boredom. Boredom is the mother of invention! Kid-directed activities are also really important to kids' development and I just hope that my kids get the chance to join in impromptu neighborhood games as they get bigger. Hey, it could happen.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2009 on Set Summer Free at Chicago Moms Blog
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Actually I've never heard that phrase before -- but it sounds like it describes you! I feel like I'm pretty crunch and AP myself but I can't stomach most of Mothering. Maybe people are using a new phrase because so many women are fed up with Dr. Sears these days that they don't want to talk about "attachment parenting" anymore.
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Isn't that crazy about the parents calling employers of college grads? I keep waiting to hear that those news stories were a hoax. And alas, Judy, there may not be any paper copies of the NYT for us to read in our dotage, much less large print. But hopefully those highly capable kids of yours will help you learn whatever they're using for Kindles by then ;-)
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Wow, what a moving story. I certainly hope you get good news from your genetic testing.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2009 on My Own Alzheimer's Project at Chicago Moms Blog
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Wow, Meagan. It literally never occurred to me that I would even be allowed to walk my kid to her kindergarten classroom next year. That is weird.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2009 on Afraid to be Free Range? at Chicago Moms Blog
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I, too, have really started to notice that my ideas of what is ok for the kids are not the same as other parents'. Today I chatted with a mom on our block who still walks her 4th grader and his little brother the two walks to our local elementary. Personally, I feel like my 5-year-old would be quite ready to walk it, accompanied by a friend, by the end of the kindergarten year, but I KNOW that I'd probably be reported to DHFS. A mom friend recently put it very well to me: It's no fair that we parents today get critized BOTH for not watching our kids closely enough (just tell people you left 'em in the car outside the dry cleaner and see what happens) AND for raising overly dependent kids. And so I agree with Meagan -- screw the onlookers, because we won't be able to make them happy anyway.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2009 on Afraid to be Free Range? at Chicago Moms Blog
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I think what your story attests to is the value of networks and friendships IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. Although it's really great that we have all our online buddies, it's also great that you had a local friend who was able to share this very local information with you, using a combination of online info and dirt she probably heard over the backyard fence, as it were.
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Funny. You know, maybe you Catholics are onto something with the delayed gratification. I remember a study that showed that kids who could successfully delay eating a marshmallow in order to earn a second marshmallow were more successful throughout their lives.
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I have one of those adorable dads to daughters as a husband. Watching them together makes me shake my head at all these silly studies that say having kids makes marriage less happy. If we'd never had kids, I would have never seen him do this!
Toggle Commented Apr 22, 2009 on Dear Dads with Daughters at Silicon Valley Moms Blog
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Wow, hang in there, Marcie. Reading about what you are dealing with -- and what it sounds like you are handling quite well although it is taxing -- puts my own parenting struggles in perspective and inspires me. I'm sure you know quite well that it's not your fault, but in case it helps to read it, It's NOT YOUR FAULT. Hey, at least since he's adopted you and your husband can't degenerate into the "he gets this from YOUR genes" argument. :-)
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Since my 4-year-old started dressing herself this year, I just assume that kids I see have put together their own outfits. Sometimes I even assign the 4-year-old to pick clothes for her 2-year-old sister (and one day she shocked me by somehow getting her sister INTO her clothes without any crying or screaming). It's really only when DADDY dresses the toddler that I feel the need to comment loudly in public, "Gee, Daddy picked kind of an interesting outfit for you today, huh?"
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Ugh. I don't think I would want my kid in a school that evaluates children that young with interviews and accepts or rejects them. I can understand that they only have so much capacity but I'd much rather be in a school that takes them by lottery, first-come-first-served, or, you know, by district.
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2009 on Kindergarten Rejection at Chicago Moms Blog
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lol, i haven't heard front room in years, but that's what we always called it growing up. and i'm from way up in Kenosha. Gosh, do people really save parking spaces when there's no snow? Never in the neighborhood where we lived, but then again there was enough parking around there. That's obnoxious! Meagan, you should have just moved those chairs and parked there. Great post, Irene.
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I don't know, I have both women and men offer to help me all the time. In airports solo women who help often say they are traveling on biz and have little kids at home. Maybe I am just lucky, or maybe I look like I need even more help?? My favorite "helping" incident was once when my first baby was in her first year and I was waiting for a bus with an infant carrier and stroller. I had broken down the stroller. This was in San Francisco, and a small crowd of tiny, old Chinese ladies wearing those homemade sweater vests was also waiting. When the bus came, without a word to me, they grabbed my stroller and bag and bustled me right onto that bus. Luckily I speak some Chinese and, even tho Mandarin was not their dialect, they understood "thank you" just fine.
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I too am guilty of overresearching things sometimes. My advice would be to stick close to your home, because nothing adds stress to your and your children's day more than having to fight traffic in the race for pickup and dropoff. My daughter attended two different preschools this year and last, and in retrospect I can tell you the hallmarks of an excellent preschool (like her second one): Are the walls covered with cookie-cutter art projects or are the kids encouraged to be creative? Do the teachers ask questions about your specific child when you visit? Are you, the parent, welcome in the classroom at any time? My daughter is having a wonderful time and developing socially in her second preschool, with the more creative work projects and interested teachers. However, to reassure you, she had a great time in the school with the cookie-cutter art projects and more blase teachers too -- probably Mommy just wasn't as satisfied!
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2009 on Deciding on Preschool at Chicago Moms Blog
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