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Failing With Gusto

One Chicago mom's attempt to keep an accurate log so her kids will have something helpful to show the therapists.

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Marianne Navickas Walsh has an impressive history of failure. She walked away from a coveted career in the insurance industry after 10 years, dropped out of DePaul Law School after 10 minutes, and is completely incapable of producing a single girl-child to tend to her in old age. She also swore to never ever move away from Lincoln Park or marry a southside Irish cop or fireman like the mothers and grandmothers before her.

Marianne is now the proud mother of three sons and the wife of a southside Irish fireman. She has learned that sometimes you're just too dumb to know what makes you happy. Marianne blogs regularly at We Band of Mothers (webandofmothers.blogspot.com) and curses with even greater frequency. Her material is written for the imperfect, the imprudent, and the impatient mothers who know that all this stuff is really very funny if you just give it a minute.

That Mom

Posted Jan 12, 2012 11:07 AM

Marianne Walsh on the things that make her the mom people roll their eyes at.
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Playdate Stalemate

Posted Jan 4, 2012 11:23 AM

Marianne Walsh finds it hard enough to deal with her own three sons. Why in the world, she wonders, would she want to add someone else's kid into the mix?
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Holding Out for Heroes

Posted Dec 28, 2011 10:25 AM

Marianne Walsh had lost faith in professional athletes. Then she found New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
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What to get your kid’s teacher for Christmas

Posted Dec 22, 2011 10:38 AM

Marianne Walsh on what teachers REALLY want from their students on Christmas.
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CPS Selective Enrollment: A Veteran’s Tale

Posted Dec 13, 2011 11:10 PM

Go ahead, test your kid for one of the CPS Selective Enrollment schools. But don't make yourself crazy. Marianne Walsh has been there, and done it for you.
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Sensory Integration Dysfunction & Me

Posted Dec 7, 2011 11:46 AM

Sensory Integration Dysfunction affects every member of Marianne Walsh's family - in completely different ways. Here's your primer on how to cope with the tag and texture issues.
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Do CPS Kids Need 90 Minutes More of ‘Struction?

Posted Nov 30, 2011 11:43 AM

Marianne Walsh wants that 90 minutes of extra school day time. Her son respectfully disagrees.
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A tidal wave of thanks

Posted Nov 20, 2011 8:07 PM

Marianne Walsh remembers what she's thankful for - before she forgets.
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Report card pick-up day

Posted Nov 16, 2011 11:14 AM

Report cards and parent teacher conferences - Marianne Walsh wonders if this is really about her children, or her own parenting skills.
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A Rookie Mistake

Posted Nov 9, 2011 11:48 AM

Marianne Walsh simply could not deal with her ill-chosen carpet one...more...minute.
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