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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.

First Communion: Will the suit fit?


Posted Apr 29, 2013 10:29 AM

Growth spurts can throw a wrench into the best laid plans when it comes to dressing for First Communion. Then again, Marianne Walsh - no stranger to hand-me-downs - has faith and a chocolate doughnut that all will be OK.
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Chicago summer camp: It’s 3 a.m., do you know where your mother is?


Posted Apr 24, 2013 11:50 AM

In all the challenges of motherhood, securing a spot in Chicago Park District's summer camp program ranks near the top. At least for moms who crave afternoon naps like Marianne Walsh.
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Where we run: A Chicago mom's reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings


Posted Apr 17, 2013 10:36 AM

Marianne Walsh has a "When the Sh*t Hits the Fan" plan that she put into action Monday after the bombs went off in Boston. Did you do something similar?
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Budget conscious Chicago mom learns her lesson on a Florida road trip


Posted Apr 10, 2013 10:23 AM

Only $585 for a week-long Florida rental? Marianne's husband is skeptical.
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Discovering motherhood as a gateway back to childhood


Posted Apr 3, 2013 10:15 AM

Weight gain, new pain. Is motherhood a gateway to old-agedness or an opportunity to rediscover childhood?
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The joy of receiving surprise packages


Posted Mar 27, 2013 10:28 AM

When she was younger, Marianne would sign-up for free samples of anything. Literally, cat litter. Now, packages are few and far between.
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Tax time: You can't deduct that?


Posted Mar 20, 2013 10:04 AM

Marianne is having a tough time doing her taxes so she called in the big guns: her dad and a little clear liquid muse.
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Sinkholes: A cautionary tale


Posted Mar 13, 2013 10:15 AM

In her Cocoa Puffs-induced paranoia, Marianne Walsh is convinced sinkholes are after her.
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Winter awakening: Sledding in Chicago


Posted Mar 6, 2013 9:46 AM

Marianne Walsh hates the cold, but at her patient husband's prodding, she experiences a fun rite of childhood nearly for the first time.
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The real reason we have kids


Posted Mar 4, 2013 10:12 AM

Marianne Walsh isn't ashamed to admit she's technology-challenged. But all hope for isn't lost since she's got her own in-house IT department.
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