Category Kids

Seven Valentines That Will Put You in the Mood For Love

Ahhhhh, can you feel it? Love is in the air. Or perhaps that is the sickly sweet smell of grapes that your child left behind the sofa three weeks ago. …. … …. OK, that’s totally what it was. Moving on.  Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, and if you’re anything like me, […]

Your toddler doesn't care if you're on your period, and here's why you shouldn't either.

Your toddler doesn’t care if you’re on your period, and here’s why you shouldn’t either.

Of all the character traits that don’t serve me well as a parent, my reluctance to take myself less seriously is probably the worst. I had had a pretty crappy day. I overslept a few minutes, I ran into traffic on my way to work, and within an hour, I could tell that it was going to take […]

Parenthood: It Doesn’t Get Easier

There is this interesting phenomena that occurs about six months into your stint as a parent. You’ll be sitting there, covered in spittup and running on the fumes of a microwaved cup of coffee that you made last Tuesday. You’ll reflect on the fact that you no longer bat an eye at the idea of […]

Why I’m Giving My Daughter Presence This Christmas

“Mommy, put your phone down. Pway with me.” Those were the words that made me reassess who I am to my daughter. When I first moved to Chicago ten years ago, I remember reading an article in the back of O Magazine* where Oprah, while shopping, recalled overhearing a kid repeatedly ask her mother to […]

The Absolute Joy of Absolute Mayhem

“How’s the book coming along?,” I asked my friend Kelly over Skype about nine months ago. I looked forward to talking with my blogging-buddy-turned-real-friend over the ol’ Skype like nothing else back when I was at home full time with C. We talked blogging, writing, motherhood, and life. I didn’t have to apologize when the, […]

A Campfire Story

Probably one of the coolest things about observing a child grow up is seeing them learn. When they figure stuff out all by themselves, the look of pride on their faces is just delectable. I remember the time C took her first wobbly steps. Even though she didn’t actually know where she was going, she sensed […]

Peppa Pig is my homegirl.

“I’m going to write a blog post about Peppa Pig. How should I even start?,” I asked B while we were out on an errand today. “Don’t gild the lily. Just say it’s the most awesome show ever made.” Go ahead and put your hyperbole goggles on ’cause imma bout to spray you with the […]

Never Gonna Let You Down

I hate it when the Internet makes me think. What’s even worse is when it makes me feel. This is what happened a couple weeks ago. I was scrolling through Facebook when I came across a link with a Buzzfeedy vibe to it, boasting 27 facts that are sure to blow my mind. Ever the sucker […]

Considering C

Now more than ever, I find myself questioning many of the things that I thought I knew about myself. Going back to work has been a catalyst for self-examination and recalibration, and while I love channeling my energy into work and professional endeavors and figuring out who Emily the Mom/Employee is, nearly every day I miss […]

Privilege

It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote a blog post here. It’s funny; you can go nearly two and a half years doing something almost every day, essentially writing in your sleep. Then, you let a little time elapse and all of a sudden you feel like you have to start over from Square […]