Child Care

Reason #14 Why I’m Happy to Use Cloth Diapers on My Baby

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Ever since Evie was born nearly 7 years ago we have been a cloth diapering family. While I suppose cloth diapering might require a modicum of extra work (two loads of laundry a week, that’s it), it has never been a decision that we’ve regretted or lamented. Perhaps one of the best lessons cloth diapering [...]


Her First Opera

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Living in the city with four kids requires a bit of sacrifice. We don’t have a big back yard or a spacious basement. Everyone doesn’t have his or her own bedroom. Minimal storage space means that we can have minimal stuff. But…living in the city with four kids also means we have world-class cultural events [...]


A Chat with DCFS

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After I posted yesterday about my internal debate over when to allow my kids to walk the 0.4 miles from school to home without an adult, I decided to go straight to the source for some answers. So, I called the the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’s child and family policy office in [...]


Walking Home

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Yesterday I read an article about a couple being investigated for child neglect for allowing their 10 and 6 year olds to walk home together from a neighborhood park. The couple defends their decision, saying they’re responsible parents who are teaching their children self-reliance and responsibility. For so many reasons, I side with the parents on [...]


I Choo Choose Trust

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Today I took the three littles to lunch at a somewhat iconic Chicago suburban diner. The Choo Choo has been serving families for 64 years. While the food is typical diner fare, the real draw is the little electric train that delivers food from the kitchen to the table. What fun for kids! I don’t [...]


Homemade Pizza for the New Year

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I am so happy a new year is upon us. 2014 was long and hard and exhausting, and I feel like the symbolic new chapter has begun! To start the new year off the homemade way, the kids and I spent January 1st making pizza for dinner. My little family is still young, so I [...]


So Long, 2014!

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In just about two hours, 2014 will come to an end. To that I say, good riddance! This was, by far, the most demanding year of my life. We had a fourth kid. We had to scramble (big time!) to buy our home when the landlord gave us short notice that she needed to sell. [...]


QuestionAIR

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Last Monday we flew home from a whirlwind weekend visiting Chris’s family. The flight out there was great – even though I flew alone with all four kids (Chris had work in New York that brought him out east a day earlier). So, I was glad to have Chris with me on the return trip [...]


My Grandma

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My grandma died 48 hours ago. I am still processing the loss. I have never before had to say goodbye to someone so close to me. She was such a vital part of my childhood and always a familiar and comforting voice. To think that I won’t speak to her ever again…I can’t help but [...]


Sick Day

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It is late on a Sunday night, and this is the first time in four days that I’ve had a moment to catch my breath and sit with my thoughts. It has been a long weekend – both literally and figuratively. Mack left school early on Thursday with complaints of a cough and general ickiness. [...]


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