Raising Good Kids

When Things Go So Wrong…They Are Right


The other day was just one of those days.  We woke up to rain, so our outdoor playdate with my friend Michele and her son Zach was cancelled.  I decided to take the kids to a library across town (just for a change of scenery), but we got there nearly an hour before it opened.  [...]

Thank Heaven for Little Boys


When the doctor yelled “Its a girl!” immediately after my first child was born nearly three years ago, I must admit that I breathed an immediate sigh of relief.  Deep down I really, really wanted a girl, and no matter how many more children we have at least I’ve got my girl.  Evie is my [...]


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For a while I was operating under the not entirely unreasonable delusion that April in Chicago would be sunny and warm.  While the weekends have been lovely, Monday through Friday has brought nothing by gray clouds and scattered showers.  Sigh. The kids and I are now battling cabin fever.  The kids were getting especially restless [...]

This Is Motherhood


My dear friend Courtney and I have been exchanging emails about the difficulty of mothering toddlers.  Two and three year-olds are so willful and stubborn and challenging.  When my patience is pressed I have to remind myself that my daughter isn’t even three yet…that the world is frustrating for her…that she doesn’t know how to [...]

Gratitude Journal


I am always looking for ways to teach my kids about gratitude.  We are so fortunate and blessed, and I don’t want them to take anything for granted.  But, sometimes it can be hard to highlight the importance of gratitude to small kids when when I am consumed by the busyness of every day. So, [...]

Homemade Mothering’s Tips for Cherishing Time with Kids in the News

I was recently interviewed for an article about how to make the most of time with kids. In the day-to-day race to check of all the boxes on my “to-do” list, its easy for me to lose sight of what is truly important.  While it might be nice to have a tidy home or an [...]

You Are Perfect…Just As You Are

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While waiting in line at the grocery store the other day a tabloid forced Evelyn and me to contemplate Hollywood’s “best and worst beach bodies” – all of whom were female. These movie stars seemed to be enjoying some relaxation in the sun…until images of their slightly sagging breasts and dimpled backsides graced the cover [...]

Trick? Or Treat?

My friend and fellow blogger Adrienne from A Maison recently asked me about Halloween treats for trick-or-treaters. As a Homemade Mother-To-Be, Adrienne wants to pass out something healthy and unique to her neighbors. She just moved to a cute Chicago neighborhood that, like most communities, discourages distributing homemade goodies to little ghosts and goblins. So [...]

Litter Police

Have I created a monster? Has my obsession with protecting our planet spread to my two year old? I think so… We take long walks every day. The city offers so much for our little family to do, and so I put the kids in the stroller and walk just about anywhere we need to [...]

A Little Gratitude

This afternoon while Mack snoozed Evelyn worked on her first thank you notes. My parents recently treated her to a new winter coat and my husband’s parents bought her some new outfits. So, this was the perfect opportunity to teach her about gratitude and how to show it. Although I had to write the actual [...]

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