trip to chicago

When I took Brooke to San Francisco last summer to drop her off for her ballet summer intensive, we went a day early to spend some tourist time together. It was really nice for us to have that time together doing mother-daughter bonding before parting for three weeks, and we decided to do it again this year in Chicago. Here are some of the highlights of our weekend.   Hotel We stayed at the Palmer House Hilton, and it is… Read more »

talk to teens about terrorism

Last night a bomber attacked a crowd of teens and parents of young girls leaving an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The news came as a particular shock to us because my daughter and I had attended Ariana’s concert in New Orleans just a few weeks ago. My daughter is a huge Ariana Grande fan. So, this is probably the first time that a terrorist attack has touched her in a personal way.   As parents of teens, we’ve… Read more »

my parenting fail

I hope all the mothers out there had a Happy Mother’s Day! When I thought about writing a post for Mother’s Day, I considered the typical blog posts about how being a mother changed me or lessons I learned from my mother. Then, I decided to share a completely different type of post with you. I’m really ashamed of this story and have not shared it with very many people. Yet, I am going to share it here to hopefully… Read more »