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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.

Laundry, Dishes and The Wall Street Journal

Posted Mar 21, 2012 11:03 AM

Marianne Walsh caught the attention of The Wall Street Journal. But for her, it's just one of those regular things.
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Parenting: A True Shock to the System

Posted Mar 14, 2012 11:27 AM

Marianne Walsh has surprised herself at how adept she is at the parts of parenthood she thought she would never do.
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Of babies and bathwater

Posted Mar 7, 2012 10:53 AM

Marianne Walsh just wants to take a shower. In peace. Without any intrusions or questions or crying/fighting kids. Is this too much to ask?
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Letting the kids experience life's disappointments

Posted Feb 29, 2012 10:38 AM

Marianne Walsh wants her kids to suffer. OK, maybe not suffer, but she thinks a little adversity never hurt anyone - and lack of adversity may be detrimental in the long run.
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Bracing Myself

Posted Feb 22, 2012 11:10 AM

Many things are unknown about what our kids will need as they grow up. But in the Walsh family, one thing is certain: braces
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A foolish consistency

Posted Feb 15, 2012 10:45 AM

The youngest children always get the crumbs, even when it comes to activities. Marianne Walsh is dealing with the guilt of a sedentary 4-year-old.
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Is CPS erasing all the fun?

Posted Feb 8, 2012 10:30 AM

The CPS schools Marianne Walsh's kids go to doesn't allow candy. And she has issues with that.
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Blog to Book: An interview with popular mom blogger Julie R. Harrison

Posted Feb 1, 2012 12:02 PM

Marianne Walsh has dreams of turning her blog into a best-selling book. She interviewed mom blogger Julie R. Harrison, who has the book, and it now working on the best selling part.
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A Room of One’s Own

Posted Jan 25, 2012 10:34 AM

Marianne Walsh finally tackled her dreams of transforming that old room into a library. Well, sort of.
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Wedding Day Jitters and My Butt

Posted Jan 18, 2012 1:55 PM

Marianne Walsh is happy for her sister-in-law's impending marriage. What she's not happy about is having to squeeze into a dress for it. Can she learn to eat healthy?
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