Category Archives: parenting

It’s Show Choir Time! Mama Says So!

 Heavy makeup, curled hair, bedazzled dresses.  I gape as my soccer-gear- wearing daughter appears transformed into a curious mix between an Irish Step Dancer and a low rent hooker.  And she doesn’t even seem to mind!  In fact, on a Saturday morning she and her contemporaries are gussied up and on a bus at the […]

You Are What You Eat?

I have been keenly aware lately of the rise in kids food allergies and issues.  It is quite commonplace in the hoard of roving kids that move through our house to have peanut, wheat, and dairy allergies.  Now, it does not outweigh the 14 year olds who are shoving fist-fulls of dry breakfast cereal in […]

Best Teaching Website – Mama Says So

Am I the last person to know about the Kahn Academy?  This is the most brilliant website ever!  I am not ashamed to admit that my kids’ math classes have surpassed my memory of quadratic equations and plotting algebraic charts.  So where do I tell them to go when they’re stumped with their homework?  To […]

Whew! I’m just a Free Range Parenter

As I Googled “Worst Mom Ever” hoping I don’t show up on page 1, I was filled with  relief.  Not only am I not named, but the honor goes to a woman named Lenore Skenazy.  So I read to see what Lenore’s deal is, only to find – She’s MY NEW HERO!   Lenore has coined the […]

Mama Says So Play Dates go International

I am a big fan of the international play date! I just shipped my 13 year old off to Paris for her first French Play Date with the Bannelier family.     And its about time! My son and the oldest Bannelier boy have been swapping summer play dates since they were 11 years old. They are […]

Easter Eggs Forever

     I thought we may have passed the stage where coloring Easter Eggs was a “Must Do”.   But I thought wrong!  The kids freaked at the suggestion of skipping the whole stinky mess.  So we trooped out, bought the eggs and the Paas dye, and went to town.  It was a classic afternoon, and […]

Eagle Scouts Rock! Mama Says So

Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent.  I wish more people had that as their personal mission statement!  The Boy Scouts do.  I mean, its hard enough to try to live up to all those adjectives, but to be cheerful on top of it all? That’s seriously tough. The only thing […]

Go Play Outside! Mama Says So!

It’s 80 degrees in the Chicago area and its still only April!  This is tantamount to a national holiday.  We’ve busted out the shorts and tees and everyone is outside enjoying the weather – well, almost everyone.  I have the bevvy of sulky tween girls hanging here who are “bored” and “will maybe just watch a […]

Grief Midwestern Style

The email popped up on my Mama Says So phone from the High School Principal.  It was one of those you don’t want to read because it starts out  “ It is with the deepest sorrow and regret that I inform you…. “ .   At that point, you have to scroll down, and you are praying […]

The Tiger Mom – Marketer or Meanie?

I may have been late to the game in hearing about the Tiger Mom.  But no problem – I can jump to my own conclusions lighting fast!  Besides being a terrible drag to grow up with or hang out with, Amy Chua (Tiger Mom)  has one factor working for her – she’s a brilliant publicity […]