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Failing With Gusto

One Chicago mom's attempt to keep an accurate log so her kids will have something helpful to show the therapists.

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Marianne Navickas Walsh has an impressive history of failure. She walked away from a coveted career in the insurance industry after 10 years, dropped out of DePaul Law School after 10 minutes, and is completely incapable of producing a single girl-child to tend to her in old age. She also swore to never ever move away from Lincoln Park or marry a southside Irish cop or fireman like the mothers and grandmothers before her.

Marianne is now the proud mother of three sons and the wife of a southside Irish fireman. She has learned that sometimes you're just too dumb to know what makes you happy. Marianne blogs regularly at We Band of Mothers (webandofmothers.blogspot.com) and curses with even greater frequency. Her material is written for the imperfect, the imprudent, and the impatient mothers who know that all this stuff is really very funny if you just give it a minute.

The spirit of Chicago


Posted Aug 15, 2012 9:40 AM

Marianne Walsh loves a guy in uniform, but especially Chicago firemen, who not only save lives but get a little obsessed with trying to heave a 16-inch softball into space.
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When kindness skips a g­eneration


Posted Aug 8, 2012 9:56 AM

For years, Marianne Walsh assumed it was HER job to teach the kids empathy and compassion, while also setting a perfect example of grace under fire. Yeah, right.
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No butts about it


Posted Aug 1, 2012 9:35 AM

Nonstop Olympics viewing means peace for Marianne Walsh -- until the boys notice the (err) uniforms of the swimmers and U.S. women's beach volleyball stars.
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A mom by any other name


Posted Jul 25, 2012 9:37 AM

Mama is a bad word in Marianne Walsh's book. But what's her 4-year-old son suppose to call her?
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When everyone is watching


Posted Jul 18, 2012 11:09 AM

Why Katie Holmes is Marianne Walsh's hero -- at least this week.
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Inappropriately hilarious children's books


Posted Jul 11, 2012 10:01 AM

Forget Goodnight Moon and Green Eggs and Ham. Marianne Walsh shares three winners on her Kiddie Lit Hall of Fame for the Tragically Inappropriate.
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Why I'm not an iMom


Posted Jul 3, 2012 11:28 AM

Flying by the seat of her pants, not iParenting, is Marianne Walsh's style when it comes to raising her brood of boys. But the diaper changing app? That definitely gets her attention.
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The Terminator


Posted Jun 25, 2012 2:01 PM

Marianne Walsh avoids conflict at all cost. So what happened when she had to fire her son's piano teacher this weekend?
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Summer is not what it used to be


Posted Jun 18, 2012 3:15 PM

Marianne Walsh remembers summers roaming free, improvised fishing and unstructured time. Now she can't imagine letting her kids outside by themselves.
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A Man and His Potato Chip


Posted Jun 15, 2012 11:10 AM

Marianne Walsh can't accept that men actually ponder...nothing.
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