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Parenting: Optical Illusion?

By Melissa Mensavage

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Last week I attended a webinar offered by the boys school corporate marketing department. This company is no different than any other major corporation, has a corporate headquarters, department heads, etc. However, they are expanding their community outreach programs and making themselves more reachable to the parent community. They are still far removed from the typical...

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Parents: The Longest Winter. Ever.

By Melissa Mensavage

Trapped with kids in cold Chicago weather

Photo Credit: Arvell Dorsey

We are nearing the end of the winter season, from a calendar perspective.  In 17 days it will officially be Spring.  However, on tap for this week is another three inches of snow in the Chicagoland area, in addition the lovely frigid temps of less than 15 degrees.

I love living in Chicago, its my home and well, because we typically see all four...

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Look Ma, No Hands!

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being hands free = diy a-frame tent

As of January 1, the state of Illinois passed a ‘hands free’ law while driving.  As we all know that means no talking on the phone while driving, surely no texting, email or surfing the net. 

When Max was a toddler and I had just gotten my first smart phone, a pink Blackberry Pearl, I was in love. I loved the idea of the internet at my fingertips, the texting...

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Walk the Line

By Melissa Mensavage

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For the last few months I’ve felt stretched very thin.  No solid focus on any one thing.  No completion of a task fully.

I hate unfinished projects or tasks.  I mean literally, I’ll wash half of the dishes.  Or get one of three loads of laundry done.

Is this motherhood in general? Or is this single motherhood?

Either way, its driving me crazy.

A perfect example is the due...

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Dealing with Post-Partum Depression: “These are NOT the Baby Blues”

 

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At the end of this month I will have what I hope to be my final appointment with my doctor for my post-partum depression diagnosis I had received after I gave birth to my youngest son, Theo. Eighteen months of periodic check-ups with my primary care physician, bi-weekly therapy appointments and countless mornings where I forced myself out of bed. I had no clue I would ever suffer from such...
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The Shrapnel of Divorce Brings Back Memories

By Melissa Mensavage

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Since I was eight, I’ve split my time between my mother and my father. My parents divorced and we had the standard visitation schedule – every other weekend and one night a week. And to this day, I still get a pit in my stomach when my dad leaves from our visit.

Over the weekend Dad was in for a visit with me and the boys. I loved having him here with us, spending together...

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Single Parent: And Just Like That …

… Summer comes to a close.

 

I usually write about the struggles or experiences I have as a single parent, but this time I want to show you that we are a happy family. I tend to forget this when in the thick of parenting, when I am the bad cop and I am walking around the house like a screamin’ meamie because the house is a disaster or if one more fruit fly comes out of the kitchen sink drain I am...

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What Do You Want To Do When You Grow Up?

By: Melissa Mensavage

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Is this career burn-out, just plain ol’fashioned boredom or a midlife crisis?

I sit here at my desk in an office cubicle that has beige walls. I hear the pounding of keyboards all around me. People are huddled by the coffee machine, moreso now that the company has decided to offer free coffee, albeit crap coffee. The world is gray in my eyes. People are overweight here in...

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Sleep Training, Again.

By: Melissa Mensavage

Boys @ bedtime.

Boys @ bedtime.

Will this ever end?  Or is this cyclical like the seasons?  Because when this started up again, I became rather annoyed with it.

I’ve written about sleep training with my oldest, Max, a couple of times previously. He was just a baby and a toddler and we had a bad habit of sleeping in my bed. I did break it. Then we had this awesome long stretch of him sleeping...

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Ch-ch-changes.

By Melissa Mensavage

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My mind is blank on what to write this month. May was a whirlwind month for us. It started with my oldest’ s third birthday. Ended with my youngest’ s first birthday. It also included officially calling potty trained and moving to pre-school for the oldest. It included the elimination of baby food for my youngest. Somewhere in there I had to find time to actually process all...

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Under the Mommy Microscope.

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We recently returned from a trip to Denver to visit with my sister and her family.  It was a great trip.  I completely logged off all my techie tools (ok, almost, there was a periodic post to Facebook of the cousins playing).  It was a great feeling.  The trip was just what I needed, a change of scenery especially after what felt like a very long winter.

However as I boarded the plane on Monday I...

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The Challenges of Dating as a Single Parent

my last boyfriend, three months prior to my first pregnancy.

I think I’ve talked about this before.  Its always on my mind.

Dating.

I don’t even know where to start with it.  Even sitting down to write this I have many long pauses between sentences and thoughts.

I should probably start with I never was a big dater, even in high school. I remember clearly my first high school crush was on this boy Mike. Mike was tall, thin, curly mullet hair with a big...

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