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Donna Baer
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I grew up just outside Manhattan, and attended Brown University when it was very trendy to do so. (I was there when John F. Kennedy, Jr., Bill Mondale and other glitterati graced the campus.) I met the love of my life at Brown, a strapping rugby player named Steve; we married, moved to Chicago, and became yuppies. I was made an officer in an investment-banking firm, and was poised to fall into a typical, high-achiever power-track career when I was blindsided. By a baby...
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In my peculiar vernacular, "Strong Happy Family" does not mean that the kids don't argue (they do) or that I don't ever have down days (I do) or that the house is always picked up (it's not). What I mean by a strong happy family is a place where each member behaves honorably, pursues interests heartily, and knows unquestioningly that he is loved deeply. A strong happy family is not quiet, but it is peaceful. It is not sterile, but it is orderly. It is not silly, but it is funny. It's a place where kids are secure enough to go off the beaten track, but thoughtful enough to travel there without annoying others. A strong happy family values ideas and people, not possessions and entertainment. And a Strong Happy Family can be any size.
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2013! I still don't know what the heck I'm doing.

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Parenting Styles: A straight path through the maze

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 4:58pm 0 Comments

Among the perks of having babies in the 1980′s, 1990′s and 2000′s is that your kids’ friends’ parents– your friends– span many decades as well. Mom-friends who were rearing their last-born when I was fearfully raising my first grew up during FDR’s administration; some friends I’ve met through my 8-year-old entered the world while Reagan served. Consequently, I’ve been exposed to quite a number of parenting styles.

Some of my friends quote Dr. Spock, some Dr. Sears, and still others,…


Irish Soda Bread-- Brooklyn Style!

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 5:25pm 0 Comments

Some years ago, the city of Chicago adopted me.

I grew up in a place where I could see the World Trade Centers from my attic, where Puerto Rican cabbies spoke Yiddish, and where everyone thought Philadelphia was in the Midwest.

But when I moved to Chicago the day after my honeymoon, Sandburg’s “stormy, husky, brawling” city welcomed me with broad shoulders and open arms, and I fell in love with my adoptive city.  Put celery salt on my Vienna Beef, make my pizza like a cheese…


10 Ways to Avoid Becoming Annoyed with your Kids

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 2:26pm 0 Comments

Let’s be honest:  if you have kids over the age of two, they have annoyed you.  Those darlings can be obnoxious, forgetful, lazy, mean,or defiant—it’s part of their job description! Some children have an innate ability to home in on our weak spots, and to push buttons hard.  If we are not careful, our annoyance over our kids’ clumsy, careless, exasperating foibles can turn ugly.

Listed here are some suggestions for parents who wish to…


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At 4:36pm on January 30, 2014, Cynthia Helwig-Putorti said…

Stopping in to say hello and a warm welcome from The Girlz Korner.

At 8:14pm on January 28, 2014, Lauren Markman said…

Hi, Donna. I admire your honesty in your posts! Just wanted to stop by and say hello from Sorry, Mom. I didn't listen.


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