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My husband, Gadget Man, has a bit of a temper. If someone cuts him off on the road, he lays into the horn and is quick to flip the finger. One time, he actually took a U-turn to follow a... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
Amen!
Toggle Commented May 19, 2010 on An Either/Or Proposition? at Chicago Moms Blog
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Oh boy, I just had a conversation w/a female attorney who has been in the business for 30 years. She was telling me about a pregnant associate who says she will bill 2,000 hours as a first time mother. My friend whispered, "I hate to say it, but she can only do that if she is going to be a bad mother." As someone who quit being a lawyer b/c I realized that I wouldn't be able to make partner and be a stay-at-home-mom at the same time, I was slightly offended by it, even though I knew she was right. It is so, so, so unfair. But, especially in the trial world of attorneys, something has to give. You simply can't not show up for day 3 of a trial b/c a child is sick. You can't arrive late for motion call because you had to drive carpool and your child forgot her lunch. The legal field is particularly cruel to mothers.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2010 on An Either/Or Proposition? at Chicago Moms Blog
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Once an attorney myself, I have totally given up on wearing nice clothes. My 4 year-old is very affectionate and his blueberry-stained mouth has pressed up against my shirt and pants too many times. In fact, I hardly own anything that isn't stained. I envy you your ability to maintain a wardrobe, but it would never work for me.
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You go girl! You are awesome!!! You are also doing other women (and their children) a big favor. The more people see nursing as the norm, the more people will be inspired to do it themselves. It is the most natural thing in the world to use our breasts for their intended purpose.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2010 on Spring Break Peep Show at Chicago Moms Blog
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Oy we should all have such problems! I exercise every day but most days I have to force myself. When it is over, I'm always glad I did.
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Thank you for asking! She brought a book to school so she could read in case she sat alone on the bus. When she came home from school she seemed so happy I didn't want to ruin it by asking her about it. Of course, I worried all day. Writing about it helped.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2010 on Diary of a Second Grade Mom at Chicago Moms Blog
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Thank you for this post. My children are also obsessed with Neverland, fairy dust, and Captain Hook. I'm not in a hurry for them to leave this phase. I'd slow time down if I could.
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Um, I tend to agree with Momofmany (see below). I don't plan on alerting the authorities, but I still think the whole experience was uncomfortable and now I do perceive the parents as a bit creepy.
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Rita, Thanks to you and Robin for making me feel better about being so angry and uncomfortable about this party. Rita, how does that conversation about guns in the house go? I've always thought about asking questions about that since my own brother had a gun incident as a child(he shot his friend in the chest, minor injuries thank G-d) due to a BB gun he and his friend found in a closet. Has anyone said "yes," and were they defensive when you asked them how it was secured?
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Thank you for this brave post. I knew quite a few girls in college who were raped and NONE of them reported it. The statistic is very scary. I wonder where they get it since so much of this goes unreported.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2010 on I will speak at Chicago Moms Blog
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I'm not sure what there is to "agree" with. The science says talking on a cell phone, hands free or not is akin to driving drunk. You claim you have never been in an accident. I bet a lot of drunk drivers would say the same thing. Why wait until then?
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2010 on Hang Up and Drive at Chicago Moms Blog
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This whole think has totally irked me. PETA has NOT been allowed to have an ad during the Super Bowl. So, according to CBS, it is not "ok" to say don't eat and wear animals during the Super Bowl, but it is ok for a mom to tell other moms they really should be thinking about risking their own lives to have a baby. As an ACLU member (and PETA member) I'm all for free speech, but since not just any ads are allowed and CBS gets to cherry pick the ones it likes, I'm very angry. Anti-abortion ads have no direct effect on CBS's bottom line. You can bet Tyson, McDonalds, KFC and other animal murdering companies who sell ads on CBS would raise holy hell if G-d forbid some organization like PETA would have a voice to tell us all how cruelly these animals are kept and slaughtered. CBS has an agenda and is clearly thrusting it down America's throat.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2010 on The Right to Speak His Mind at Chicago Moms Blog
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One of my friends gave me the best advice she got from her pediatrician, "Snacks come from the fridge not the pantry." So . . . snacks become fruit, veggies, yogurt and cheese right? I repeat this mantra often and it works! I agree that a two hour event for kids does not need to include a snack break. For my kids though, they are more likely to nibble on a clementine in my car than they are at home. I guess it tastes better on the road!
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2010 on Too many snacks! at Chicago Moms Blog
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I agree w/Angela. Someone could really use it. Donate it .
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2010 on Skeleton in My Closet at Chicago Moms Blog
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My husband doesn't lock the door either and it really gets me mad. I'm so glad no one got hurt.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2010 on Unlikely Hero at Chicago Moms Blog
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Love the "snowflaking" term. I just put on my puffy vest and pretend I'm not cold. Oh, and I do put myself in view of the lightbox almost every day.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2010 on Snowflaking at Chicago Moms Blog
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I am so happy to hear that schools are doing background checks. They don't do that here in Skokie and I was horrified to find out when Eva got back from a Kindergarten trip to the zoo that she and four other children were left alone for hours with one of the parents to roam around the zoo w/no set agenda and no follow up. Just b/c you are a parent does not mean you should be allowed to have my child for hours in the city. I do agree that there should be some way of doing the check once a year and getting on some kind of "ok" list w/the school so your identity info isn't floating out there among all these organizations.
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I grew up in a yelling home so I yelled too as it was the only way to be heard. I hate when I yell at my kids or husband. I never yelled in my professional world, but somehow, in my personal life, it is something I sometimes can't control. Not to blame the listeners, but when they respond to the yelling by listening or finally realizing that what you yelled about is important, then they are reinforcing the yelling. When you walked away and insisted on not participating in the yelling, you were sending the right message that yelling will not be tolerated. When I yell at my kids, I always apologize to them later as I really am very very sorry I lost control that way.
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2009 on The Yelling House at Chicago Moms Blog
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This is too funny! As for Martha Feingold, yes it is a problem for working moms and dads, but we need to change all of that, no? My sister-in-law is a nurse and often goes to work at the hospital sick because she is docked pay and may be fired if she misses more than a few days a year for being sick. This is at a hospital for crying out loud! Who the heck wants a sick nurse treating them at a hospital?
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Our dentist recommended Jason's and I also brought home "New Dentist" with xylitol. Eva and Charlie hated them both. I'm going to have to search for others.
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Oh, one more thing, sleeping over at a teacher's house? No way! I came from a high school where the history teacher who "partied" with the students was found dressed in all black peeping in on a student boy from a rooftop. See part of the story here where he was dismissed from the high school only to become a pedophile principal of another http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1N1-113E13F20E98BD78.html This is where I'm coming from when I'm overly-cautious. Too bad we just can't trust anyone anymore.
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Oh my! I remember freaking out when my gym teacher announced that after swimming, we all had to shower naked and she would be there handing out the towels to make sure we did this. As a teenager and terribly shy about my body, I was horrified and immediately pleaded with my mother to get me a doc's note out of swimming (I did, in fact, get ear infections and I am still one of the few adults to get them to this day). Anyway, now that I am much older, I think that the naked body is a beautiful and natural thing and see no problem w/naked swimming, as long as there is a choice. I think that teenagers, especially, should be encouraged to love their bodies, but should be allowed to make their own decisions about when and where to expose them.
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Please read this interview by Dr. Tom Jefferson who is a leading expert on influenza http://medicalconsumers.org/2009/09/24/why-the-h1n1-virus-is-not-a-major-threat/
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Oh, there are so many many more than 12 Chicagoans with the money for all of that. Just walk around certain Chicago areas or even take a trip to The Glen in Glenview where every house is a McMansion. These people are really enjoying life now that so many of the ultra luxuries are also lowering their prices. I even took advantage when a much sought after spa I had been oogling for years chopped their prices in half just in time for my 40th B-day. It as a big splurge on my families, part, but I encountered people at the spa who had been there a few times that year already b/c of the "bargain prices." I don't know who VISA think we are, I got an application for that $500 card and I was wondering, aren't rich people too smart to spend money on a credit card they can get for free? And if they want a personal concierge service that it offers, don't they have a travel agent and a secretary already? Anyway as for all those wealthy people who can afford those luxuries, my question always is, what do these people do for a living and where can I get a job doing that?
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2009 on This Avenue is Paved in Gold at Chicago Moms Blog
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