Raising Good Kids

Happy as a Pig in Mud

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Now that summer weather has graced our fair city, everyone is outside all the time. As soon as school lets out, the neighborhood parks swell with parents and kids.  We suffered through the Polar Vortex of 2014, so we feel rather entitled to sunshine and 80 degrees! The park we visited today was full of [...]


In Defense of Pink Legos

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Lately it seems like I’ve been reading a lot of huffs and puffs about “girl” Legos.  The ones that are pink and purple.  The ones that provide instructions on how to build a dune buggy or hair salon.  Apparently, lots of people are upset about this. And I can’t figure out why. Until we discovered [...]


Screen Free Week

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Evie and Mack’s school declared last week “Screen Free Week”.  While it would be easy to roll my eyes at this suggestion and continue as usual in our house (1-2 cartoons a day), I decided to embrace the plan. Ever since baby Ben was born 9 weeks ago I’ve gotten a little lazy about limiting [...]


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 [...]


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