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When you are a new parent, you get a lot of unsolicited advice you don’t really want. But occasionally you do get parenting advice that makes sense, in your world. There are a handful of tips we’ve picked up in random places that have made a lot of sense: Never interrupt a happily playing child. more »

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The internet’s filled with ideas for surprising your partner: Surprise him with a gift! Surprise her with flowers! Surprise her with a night out! Surprise him with some new lingerie! Surprise him with Bears tickets! Actually, that last one is a lovely idea. And the one before that also. Paying attention, dear? At any rate, more »

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In my day job I often interview senior executives, the CEO, and front-line workers about a company’s culture and practices. The conversation is often inspiring, as it was not long ago at a Chicagoland catering company that I admire for its strong, positive, people-focused culture. In our interviews, various employees at this company used a more »

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We had a long week, a few weeks ago. Nothing was wrong, or even bad. Just long. It started with me taking a red eye flight back to Chicago after a work trip in Phoenix. To this state of mind-numb tiredness, we added a weekend with family, runny noses, presidential campaign politics, ongoing potty training, more »

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A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to visit Santa Catalina School on the Monterey Peninsula. I was supposed to be learning about educating the whole child, about the advantages of single sex education in adolescence, about empowering young women, about the power of community. Instead, I found myself learning about marriage…from a nun. more »

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On Labor Day Cliff and I spent the afternoon getting ready for a small backyard party. At one point we heard a ruckus coming from our front yard, and simultaneously realized we hadn’t seen the kids in a while. We found Sam on the front porch, wearing his sunglasses and playing, loudly, his Paper Jamz more »

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Last week was our family vacation. We had a great time, of course. And of course the 5:50 a.m. alarm this morning was a killer. Saturday, after spending the early part of the day eating deep fried Oreos (which I highly recommend) at the Wisconsin State Fair, my sister-in-law surprised us by making cookie dough more »

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A few years ago Cliff was stuck at an airport gate, waiting to board a delayed flight (again). He sat across from a group of women who were clearly headed to New York for a girls’ getaway. One mom appeared to need the trip the most. Every few moments her phone would ring, presumably her more »

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You may or may not have noticed that the NBA Finals are taking place this week (I definitely noticed…see afore-mentioned posts about sharing the remote control) The Oklahoma City Thunder currently trail the Miami Heat 2-1 in a series that’s rife with stars, storylines and last second shots. Interestingly enough, both teams’ stars have occasionally more »

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Do you ever just feel blah?  You know that feeling, right? It’s the temporary feeling that nothing is distinctly wrong, and yet something, maybe almost everything, is vaguely dissatisfying. It may be a sunny spring day at the park with your healthy, happy children, and you still feel a little gray. The Blahs are different more »

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