Get your game on at Marbles
Marbles: The Brain
Store hosts family game night the third Thursday of every month
in all of its stores.
There are six area stores: find them in Chicago on Grand
Avenue, in Lincoln Square and in Water Tower Place, in downtown
Naperville, in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg and in Old Orchard
Center in Skokie.
How would your gal pals describe
I think they'd probably say pretty opinionated and I am
often one to give advice. For a serious conversation, if they are
looking for that, they'll come to me.
How do you describe your parenting
I love my kids to death and really love my time with them,
but I also see that other people are better at taking care of my
kids for part of the time. (Laughs) I love our weekend time and I
love seeing them in the morning and putting them to bed at night,
but I don't know how stay-at-home moms do it. I like my adult time
and sitting at my desk figuring out what the next move is for
Marbles. I think I'm not very strict, but do expect a lot. Even
though my kids are young, we work on a lot of things to make sure
they grow up to be good citizens as all of us want our kids to
What has been your biggest parenting
I've had lots of those. We overschedule a lot. One of our
worst, we decided to go to a 30th birthday party in New York when
Lulu was about 6 months old. ... Carrying a car seat around New
York City is miserable, being at a 30-year-old birthday party in
New York at a bar with a baby is not a good idea.
What do you like about raising a child in
I love this city. I love the neighborhoods. There are just
so many activities.
Do you experience any prejudice being a gay
There's a lot of questions that always come with it that
if you were a heterosexual couple you would not get. ... I think
Chicago is a great city, it's very open and friendly. I think the
city is great place to raise kids as a gay family.
Best piece of advice you've
It's probably from my mom: Be very confident that it's
going to work out. It's OK if you made a mistake or things didn't
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
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