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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.

School choice in Chicago is a family decision

Posted Aug 28, 2013 9:46 AM

Public school vs. Catholic school: The Walsh house was divided until this school year.
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The great Nature vs. Nurture debate begins again

Posted Aug 21, 2013 9:20 AM

Are our mothering styles determined from birth? Marianne Walsh can trace hers back to the years she worked as a camp counselor.
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Chicago mom laments a stolen summer

Posted Aug 14, 2013 9:42 AM

Marianne Walsh is petitioning the powers that be to -- or Tom Skilling -- provide a real honest-to-God conclusion to summer.
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The lure of Jewish traditions

Posted Aug 7, 2013 8:02 AM

Marianne has attended many funerals and wakes, but what happened at a recent Jewish funeral struck a nerve.
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Chicago mom finds herself surrounded by peni - and on YouTube

Posted Jul 31, 2013 9:22 AM

As a mom in a world of boys, she isn't afraid of the word penis. But being on YouTube talking about that particular body part? You'll have to check it out for yourself.
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New life goals after turning 40

Posted Jul 24, 2013 1:47 PM

On the cusp of her fortieth birthday, Marianne has a shorter list for what she wants out of life.
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Are Lake Michigan beaches safe?

Posted Jul 17, 2013 9:10 AM

Last week's beach sinkhole on an Indiana beach sent Marianne Walsh into a "No Beach" tizzy -- until her husband took matters into his own hands.
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Saying goodbye to a good preschool

Posted Jul 16, 2013 11:36 AM

Her son has finished preschool, but Marianne will miss the comfort of the community she was once worried about fitting in to.
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Chicago boy gets the perfect pet (not really)

Posted Jul 10, 2013 10:00 AM

What little boy doesn't want a pet of his own? When Marianne Walsh said 'No Way," her youngest took matters into his own hands.
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Chicago storms: When a tree falls and everyone hears it

Posted Jul 3, 2013 10:16 AM

Last week's storms gave Marianne Walsh another thing to add to her phobia list.
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