Parenting Isn't for Sissies

Fired up about TSA pat-downs?

A year-and-a-half after 9/11, my daughter, then just 2 years old, was asked to take off her Winnie the Pooh sneakers and stand, spread-eagle, for a female Transportation Security Administration screener. She was scanned with a wand and quickly patted down.  Read...

 

A Mom's New Year's Resolutions

I’m not a big fan of making New Year’s resolutions. I suspect this is because I know I’m a slacker – and won’t keep them.  Read...

 

Fresh apple pie, sweet cookies baked by my sweeties, and frolicking in fallen leaves. Can it get any better?

“We can’t have too many cookies, right?” Noah called from the kitchen. “Umm, I can’t imagine a scenario where that would be a problem,” I replied, grinning as I typed. Guess I'll need to take three Zumba classes every week now, definitely three. And maybe do a few situps. But if Holly has her way, all I really need to do is rake.  Read...

 

Scare up some fun with your family at Six Flags Fright Fest!

Looking for a thrilling way to enjoy the Halloween season with your family? Last Sunday, mine headed up to Gurnee for “Fright Fest” at Six Flags Great America and had a fabulous time. October may just be our new favorite time to visit, after all, and I have a hunch that folks hitting the rides this weekend will enjoy the sweetest treat of all: short lines and comfortably warm days.  Read...

 

Racing in a canoe with your kid isn't for sissies, either!

Water, check. Sunscreen, check. Sunglasses, check. But “Oooh, I forgot to Google ‘canoeing,’” I winced, as my husband backed the car out of the driveway. I’d hoped to soak up some last-minute tips on how to avoid tipping … Noah and I had canoed before, but never in a race – and certainly not for six miles. But we were pumped, ready or not.  Read...

 

Getting Ready to Tread the Fox in our Tippy Canoe

My son and I participated in the 49th Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race on the Fox River last Sunday. “Hey Noah, I heard about this canoe race…” I ventured, a few days before. “You and me, Mom!” he shouted, high-fiving me. Yes! And I didn’t even have to talk him into it. You see, I have an unrequited love of paddling.  Read...

 

Recalling garage sale memories and making new ones with my kids

“I love this! You’re gonna sell it?” my daughter Holly exclaimed. I cringed as she admired the yellow bud vase I’d hoped to unload in our garage sale last month. Deciding it will look great in her bedroom after the room is painted baby blue, she promptly peeled off the price-tag. The vase wasn’t the only thing reclaimed.  Read...

 

What a 'Croc': My daughter's first run-in with the fashion police

Crocs and Croc-wannabe's are springing up everywhere again, which reminds me of an encounter I observed between Holly and the fashion police.  Read...

 

Tales from an 'un' soccer mom

My kids both play soccer, so our Saturdays are spent driving from pillar to post and cheering from the sidelines. It's a blast -- unless it’s your turn to bring the half-time snack and you drop the ball.  Read...

 
 







 
 
 
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