Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Modern day moms have choices, thanks to the radicals.
If Rick Santorum is to be believed, “the radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness.” As I sit at my kitchen counter nursing my newborn and attempting to earn a living, I can’t help but think Ricky boy is full of crap. Yep, I’m a stay-at-home mom. I used to rock the suit every day. I worked in the Loop. I owned my own agency. I traveled the world. I climbed the corporate ladder. I hit the glass ceiling. I shattered it by choosing to stay at home with my kids. First of all, I’m not buying the idea that the traditional family is entirely undermined. Nor do I agree with the premise that professional accomplishments can’t make women happy. It…
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The place where moms talk.
There are two parts to today's discussion on Mom Talk, so that everyone will feel they can get a chance to comment. Part one discusses the children, of course. With our recent string of long power outages in La Grange, La Grange Park and Western Springs, what do you do to keep the kids active? No power means no TV, no video games, no music, no computer—I'm going crazy, so I figure your kids are too. Sounds like a perfect opportunity to kick them out of the house on these beautiful summer days. What has your family done to make the most of half week with no power? Have you gone on any special trips? Eaten at any special restaurants? Gone to the movies? Tell us your tips for how you've used the power outage to get closer. In the second part …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The place where moms talk.
So, there you sit, staring at the screen of your desktop/cell phone/tablet computer. You are endlessly pushing buttons, searching for the correct sequence. But down each digital road you're met with the annoying ding or error message that tells you you've got it wrong again. Suddenly, with great frustration you shout, "That's it! I've had enough! I don't care about synching my email or tweeting. I give up!" Just then, your smart, sensible child walks in the room. "It's easy mom," they say. "Here you go." Lo and behold, your magical, tech genius of a child (usually at a tender age) have with a few clicks fixed your problem. Maybe it's not that bad your all of you, but I know it is for some. Kids today have technological skills that could …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The place where Moms talk.
Last night, a group of our Mom Council members got together for some food and drink at a local restaurant. Over the course of the night, we had many interesting discussions, but one that stuck out was the way that things change, and the way they have changed in the world of parenting. So, today we're focused on change on Mom Talk. How do you think parenting has changed since you were growing up? We've got a wide range of ages, personalities and perspectives on Mom Talk. It should be interesting to see where these experiences differ and where they are the same. How have you parented, as opposed to the ways your parents did? What differences do you remember about growing up, as opposed to how your children have? Ultimately, how do you …
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The place where moms talk (and dads too).
I was almost scared to post this column today, because I don't want to jinx anything. It seems like summer has finally arrived after some seriously bizzare cold weather last month. But with the warm and even hot weather on the way, let's talk about keeping cool. Of course, everyone likes to spend the hottest summer days poolside—maybe with an ice cold glass of sun tea—but there are lots of ways to stay cool this summer. Let's explore some ideas off the beaten path. Share your favorite place to get a smoothie, iced tea, or your favorite boutique to buy comfortable summer clothes. Got a favorite ice cream or gelato spot? Where's the best outdoor patio for evening dinners or lunches (and a day beer) in the area. Don't feel shy to share …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The place where moms (and dads too) talk.
So often on Mom Talk, we end up talking about that kids. It's not that the phenomenon is exculusive to Mom Talk—you put any number of mothers together and they'll usually get around to talking about the kids at some point. While that's great—the kids are amazing, we love them—let's focus on the parents today. For today's discussion we'll be sharing ideas for yourself: Maybe you have a secret chocolate stash, or a favorite spa—whatever your method—let's share what's good for each of us. After all, you've got to treat yourself right too!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The place where moms (and dads too) talk!
Especially on days like today, it feels like summer is just around the corner. For every kid in town, that means counting down the days until school is out and summer vacation begins. The question for many parents then becomes, what do I do with all these kids in the house all day? Today, we're asking our moms to share some ideas for keeping the kids active in the summer. Are there good sports programs you can recommend? How about camps or park district classes? For parents with older children, what's the right age to start encouraging a summer job? Where have your kids found these jobs and what did they learn from it? Above all, we want to keep kids active—mentally and physically—because sitting inside the house playing video games or …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The place where Mom (and dads too) talk.
Homework: A nightly battle? Today on Mom Talk, we're sharing homework strategies. Do you have scheduled time set aside for homework in your home, or do you play it by ear? With all the extracurricular activities that kids are a part of these days, plus nightly homework, how do your kids (and you) find the time to get it all done? When it comes to the battle of getting it done, do you require homework first, television second, or is there time for kids to unwind after a long, hard day in the halls? How about the types of homework assignments your kids get in school? Too many crossword puzzles? Too many "school projects" that require you to break out the paper mache? Share it (or vent about it) in comments on today's Mom Talk!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The place where moms talk.
This week on Mom Talk, we're sharing about dollars and cents. The question of an allowance for the kids comes up sooner or later in every household. For some parents, it allows an early introduction to teaching your children about managing their money. On the other hand, it can become just a way for you to bribe the kids into doing their chores. When did you first have the discussion of providing an allowance to your children? How old were they, and how did you know it was an appropriate time to start, and how much to provide? Do you expect your children to use it to save for purchases they would like to make for themselves? How do you regulate what they end up spending it on? Share your tips, thoughts and stories in comments below and …