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Raising Good Kids

Do Good Wednesday: Socks for the Homeless

This is the first in a new series called “Do Good Wednesday” where I’ll call attention to a cause we can all easily contribute towards. Doing good should happen all the time and it shouldn’t be hard. Do Good Wednesday will make it easy for you and your family to make the world a better […]


Free Range in the City

My husband texted me a link yesterday about Utah’s new “free-range parenting” law that passed. Although neither of us knew such a law was in the works, we were both so happy to see it happen. The law exempts from the definition of child neglect various activities children can do without supervision, permitting “a child, whose […]


When We Choose to Shop Local

Sweet Benjamin recently turned 4 years old. He was supposed to be the baby (until the twins surprised us!), so I still think of him as my little guy. I told him that he wasn’t allowed to turn 4 because he had to turn 1 again. Le sigh. Ben is the prince of hand-me-downs. He […]


Faith in Humanity: Restored!

So I meant to write this post months ago, but then school and holidays and sick kids and life distracted me…so here goes: We took a great trip to Europe in August. As I’ve written about before, my favorite souvenirs to bring home from a vacation are pictures so I brought our nice Nikon D90 […]


Kids Coding with Codeverse

Like most families in the year 2017, screen usage is an unavoidable fact of our life. But, it also happens to be one of the greatest stresses in the day-to-day life of our family. Chris and I carefully monitor screen time, but the kids never think they have enough. I hate the battle. Chris and I […]


“Are all those kids yours?”

It seems like everywhere I go around this town I get comments and stares. I get it: there aren’t many families with six young kids, especially living in the middle of a huge city. I hear a lot of you’ve got your hands full! and you must be busy! In general, it is nice to chat with neighbors and […]


Tearful Goodbyes and Joyful Hellos

My sweet Ben. He recently started preschool. Finally, he can join his siblings in the chaotic morning rush and the evening chatter of “what happened at school today?” As the first day of school neared, he talked about being scared – but then two minutes later he’d talk about feeling excited. He’s seen enough pick-ups […]


Halftime

Evie, my oldest, recently turned 9. It might not sound as momentous as turning 10, but, for me, 9 is a really big deal. It’s halftime. Except, now is not the time for rest. Now is the time to keep moving! All the time we’ve had with our Evie is equivalent to all the time […]


Look At Me!

I never really considered myself a prude. Until I had kids. Now, I often feel sad by how much they are exposed to despite their young ages. Just a few examples: 1. A suburban sex shop constantly has a racy billboard on 290, a major expressway here in the Chicago area. The ads always feature a […]


#WhyIMarch

Yesterday, with temperatures solidly in the 60s and sunshine galore, Evie, Juliet, Elinor and I joined 250,000 other people for the Women’s March here in Chicago. The presidential nominations, election and inauguration last year caused so much strife and turmoil in our good country, and I am exhausted from it. Marching seemed like a good […]


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