Category Parenting

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 […]

Strap In

Tonight I sat in the bathroom with Cee as she sat on her potty. We do this pretty much every day, although I’ll admit that my potty-training skills leave much to be desired over the weekends. We sat and we waited. And waited. And waited. After 25 minutes, we packed it in. The last time […]

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 […]

Variations on the Theme of Love

“There’s nothing new under the sun”. I remember my mom saying this often when we were growing up. And really, it’s true, and I’m not just saying that because as a mother myself I am legally obligated to maintain the illusion that everything that comes out of the maternal collective’s mouth is platinum. The more I grow and experience, […]

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How I Know the Apple Didn’t Fall Too Far From the Tree

Do you ever have those moments when you look at your family and are all, Who ARE you people? Throughout our marriage, there have been occasional times when my husband will do something so outlandish that I have to perform a quick time-lapsed review of everything I know about him thus far and decide if […]