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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.

Third child, happy child


Posted Feb 27, 2013 10:01 AM

Son number 1 and number 2 clearly have each of their parents' traits, but son number 3 is nothing like the rest of Marianne Walsh's little family. Now she knows why and she's so very glad.
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Little black dress? Not for this Chicago mom


Posted Feb 20, 2013 9:47 AM

Bridesmaid dresses clogging your closet, too? Marianne Walsh was determined to find a place to wear a sexy one-shouldered red number again. But the bus stop?
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Redefining romance


Posted Feb 14, 2013 11:17 AM

Marianne's husband may not take her out to romantic dinners, but he does take out the garbage.
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Can’t fight this feeling anymore: The Grammy Awards


Posted Feb 13, 2013 9:55 AM

Sorry REO Speedwagon, but there's a new music group in Marianne Walsh's life now that she's a cool hipster mom.
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It’s my party and I’ll eat cookies if I want to


Posted Feb 6, 2013 9:48 AM

Need something to do tonight? Get to Evergreen Park and ask Marianne Walsh lots of embarrassing questions at her book signing. There WILL be cookies.
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Listen to your mother


Posted Jan 30, 2013 9:55 AM

The P-word 152 times? Marianne Walsh - mom of boys - pens a rum-inspired piece that wins her an audition for the live show "Listen to Your Mother."
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Bad parents united


Posted Jan 28, 2013 11:45 AM

Marianne takes her blog to the pages of our magazine in a new monthly column that's just for "failing parents".
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Crocodile tears


Posted Jan 23, 2013 9:52 AM

Marianne Walsh is in a winter funk. How about you? Check out her advice in the last paragraph.
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Les Miserables & my minivan moms


Posted Jan 16, 2013 10:05 AM

Find out what happens when self-proclaimed Les Miserables' #1 fan Marianne Walsh fills up her minivan with moms to check out the film.
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The evil queen


Posted Jan 9, 2013 10:20 AM

Is Marianne Walsh the fairest in all the land or is she just one hungry sweet-craving mama writing her own fairy tale? You'll have to read this blog post to find out.
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