Category Archives: Parenting Tales

Parenting tales from the trenches

The Difference Between Me And Him

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Last weekend, after being inspired by some friends who recently came to visit, my husband and I decided to take turns looking after the children so we could each have a lie-in. I use the term ‘lie-in’ in the loosest sense since neither one of us are any good at it having endured years of…

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly And The F-Word

Tonight my daughter disagreed with a comment on Dancing with the Stars and yelled, “What the F-word?!?!?” The Good: She did not say the actual F-word. The Bad: She knows the F-word.  She can use is properly in a sentence. The Ugly: She referenced it in regard to a reality show. It is possible that…

It’s The Little Things

My life often feels like a circus, a zoo or whatever other metaphor you can come up with. It’s busy. Often chaotic. With 2 small children dashing around the place, there’s always someone asking for food, a drink, help with some activity or other. Or they need their bum wiping, a diaper changing or some…

Can we add “Super Human” to our resume?

The recent media attention given to the Paycheck Fairness Act brought to light some important measures of how time spent raising children is valued by our society at large. No matter what you feel about the actual bill (it did not pass), one thing is certain. Women earn less than men for equal work, about…

Summer Weather Placebo Effect (Or Witching Hour Still Happens)

Right around that first fleeting bit of warmth in March, Facebook and Twitter blow up with messages about how “everything is better in the summer.” I love to be outside as much as anyone, but I’m not buyin’. It is now, at least in Chicago, officially summer-like. I’ve got the water table set up in the…

Good Mothers

Today we welcome back one of our favorites, Risa Nye. Here’s a little about Risa – and when you have a chance, check out her other posts here and on her own site as well. You’ll enjoy the reading! Risa Nye has an MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California.  Her articles and essays have…

Home and Away: The Follow Up

I promised I’d do a little follow up after surviving the ten days with my hubby away on his first big business trip so here I am! I had no idea if I’d be writing something humorous or serious and in actual fact the time he was away was pretty uneventful all in all. We…

Confessions of an accidental life coach

I’m a life coach. I’m a life coach. I’m a life coach. Yep, no matter how many times I say it and where I put the emphasis, I wonder what the hell happened.  I was supposed to be a very rich, highly respected, go-getter corporate executive on top of the world by now.  That was…