Raising Good Kids

The Man in My Life

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I am lucky enough to have a big family with dozens of cousins, lots of aunts and uncles and loving parents.  My Aunt Hope – who is closer in age to me than she is to her brother (my dad) – has been a sister figure in my life; she shares advice just right for [...]


No More iPad!

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About six weeks ago, one night when I as at my wit’s end after a day with whiny kids, Chris and I had a big discussion about how we can better support our kids’ development and growth during these trying times.  It seemed like they were often frustrated, and Mack was especially aggressive with his [...]


Baby Clothes

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With just about two months until Baby #4 arrives, the all too familiar nesting instinct is starting to kick in.  My sister Colleen returned our co-sleeper to us now that her son has outgrown it, so Chris and the kids set it up a few days ago.  I can’t believe our next little man will [...]


Christmas Isn’t All About The Kids – Does That Make Me A Grinch?

Last Sunday morning, after what felt like three weeks straight of kid-centric holiday events, Chris and I temporarily called it quits. We had plans to attend the Notre Dame Club of Chicago’s annual Christmas party, and the kids were super excited about it.  But, that morning Chris and I came to the realization that we [...]


Too Much Screen Time?

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I’m reaching some sort of breaking point. We are all addicted to screens. And I just can’t take it any more! Every pedestrian walking down the street has a smart phone in hand and headphones in ear.  Every rider on the bus is slumped over a phone. Every kid at a restaurant has an iPad [...]


Bird’s Nest!

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Today on our walk home after picking Evie up from school, we found the *coolest* thing in our alleyway: an empty bird’s nest. In perfect condition. To my 3 and 5 year old city kids, the day got instantly awesome! Mack leaped from the stroller to gently retrieve it.  He was concerned: where would the [...]


What’s Gonna Work? Teamwork!

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A few weeks ago, Evie had her friend Bella over for a play date after school.  The girls came through the front door giggling and marched right upstairs to the bedroom where Vivian had just awoken from her nap.  After a couple minutes, I went up to retrieve Sleeping Beauty, only to find that she [...]


What Veteran’s Day is All About

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Here in our house, Veteran’s Day is a pretty important holiday.  Chris served as a Captain in the Army, and even though he returned from his deployment 8 years ago, we still feel a very real connection to that time in his life. To make the day extra special this year, I employed the kids [...]


Don’t Call Me Crazy

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Over the past couple months, the news has slowly emerged that we are expecting our fourth baby.  I’m not a big “announcer” and I don’t like attention directed at me, so I am always a little quiet about sharing news like this.  Plus, I am guarded and anxious when it comes to the baby growing [...]


Why Can’t Every Day Be Like Halloween?

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Halloween was just the other day, and despite the steady rain the kids and I ventured out for trick-or-treating.  Had we let the weather deter us, I’m pretty sure Evie and Mack would have been heartbroken for the next 364 days.  A combination of rain, sleet and snow couldn’t have kept them inside! We wandered [...]


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