Category Archives: General Parenting

My Journey Through Bipolar Motherhood

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THE BEGINNING I was 37, and I wanted to have a baby. Because I had bipolar illness, we had to make sure that the medications I was on wouldn’t hurt the fetus. All three of my meds — Trilafon, Anafranal and lithium — were relatively safe. Yes, I was on lithium, but the current thinking […]

The Elusive Playdate

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Finding play dates for one’s six-year-old son is not what most people would equate with stress-induced immunosuppression. But there I was, for three straight months, unable to shake a continuous sore throat, a general rundown malaise, or an itchy red rash on my left foot. I hadn’t felt this bad since dating in the 90s. […]

Chew Marks

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At first they looked like freaky mice. Their thin skin was taught and hairless, their eyelids full of red thread-like veins were stretched forever close. I reached out and brushed them timidly with my pointer finger, then recoiled. They were still warm from their mother’s womb. I looked at my pet rabbit Scamper, the new mother. Maybe I only imagined […]

The Barney Question

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I have recently found myself in defense of Barney. It is a position I really do not care for nor had ever envisioned taking. Yet I find myself saying things like, “well, he does teach the kids manners.” Maybe it’s out of complete insecurity because yes (gasp!), I actually let my 18-month-old daughter watch the […]

Leaps and Bounds

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Finally, we can have a super hero more true to life. A hero we can look up to and moms alike can relate. I would like to introduce you to a mild-mannered PTA member by night, super dust fighting hero by day — SUPERMOM! Supermom has no use for tights and capes — instead she […]

Pieces

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He’s 18 months old. I’m chasing him down, a diaper flapping in my hand as I stutter along behind him in my little imitation toddler steps. I humor him for a few minutes, sing-song, “I’m gonna getcha! You better run!” He shrieks, of course, and worms away. I get him good and riled, grabbing him […]

The Drowning Pool

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Sitting through my child’s swimming classes was among the most heart-wrenching tasks of motherhood to date. Actually, years ago when his private instructor was a buff 22 year-old it wasn’t difficult to keep a close eye on him during lessons. However, when we signed up for group lessons through the park district it was a […]

The Living Will

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After watching Terri Schiavo lying on her death bed with protestors outside her room as part of the nightly news on TV, I finally picked up a copy of the Living Will and informed my thirteen-year-old daughter that she would be in charge of my death request since it’s just the two of us. “Don’t […]

Here’s To The Rest of Us

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I hate Hallmark holidays. They suck. My husband and I never observe Valentine’s day, which, if you listen to our respective co-workers and friends, makes him an insensitive cad and me just barely this side of battered. I say fuck ’em. He brings me bouquets of roses and tabasco-spiced Slim Jims for ABSOLUTELY NO REASON […]