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Share the stories of these notable Chicago women with your kids

During my daughter’s bedtime reading, we’re exploring all the extraordinary women in history. Though we love learning about women all over the world, it began to pique my interest to see what kind of gems Chicago has produced. Fortunately, I found and rediscovered many reasons to be proud to be a Chicagoan. 

Here are just a few notable Chicago women who have broke ground and a few ceilings.

Throughout Chicago’s rich history, women have played pivotal roles in bringing forth real and...

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 3:20 PM by Keisha Mathew

Black history is American history

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”

Does that quote sound familiar to you? If you don’t remember those words, they were spoken by our current president two years ago during Black History Month. The clip went viral because Trump used present tense to compliment the famous abolitionist, which suggested that he thought Frederick Douglass was still alive. Unfortunately, for the president, Douglass has b...

Posted on February 19, 2019 at 7:00 AM by Keisha Mathew

How to counter consumer culture with your kids

Another holiday season is over, leaving many with sweet memories of “joy to the world,” while for others there is a bitterness of “bah humbug.” Some of those feelings derive from the surplus of things and loved ones we were surrounded by—or not. Our materialistic culture gives us both the illusion of abundance and the pressure to replace our possessions with the latest and newest version. Our motivation to consume is to make us happier. But is that what it’s actually doing?

As a child,...

Posted on January 08, 2019 at 12:32 PM by Keisha Mathew

Take the time to learn how to pronounce 'difficult' names

When I met my now-husband, he introduced himself using his middle name, Cyriac. “Cyriac” was especially difficult for me to pronounce because it was completely foreign to my ears. I remember being tongue-tied every time I attempted to say his name.

Because of those earlier awkward, yet amusing, moments, I always give others grace when they have the same experience hearing his name for the first time. Because of that expected awkwardness, in certain situations, my husband sometimes choo...

Posted on November 07, 2018 at 11:42 AM by Keisha Mathew

What living in Chicago has taught me about the world

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As a parent and a long-time resident of Chicago, I often feel a great deal of conflict toward my changing city. Its natural and man-made beauty, as well as its diversity, are what makes many locals feel so proud to live here. Yet and still, there are things that cause feelings of shame and anguish to surface in many residents, myself included.

I like how Chicago blends modernization and world-class charm with our simple family values. It’s why so many t...

Posted on October 09, 2018 at 9:27 AM by Keisha Mathew

Does your child have SAD, or is it just the winter blues?

As the lack of sunshine becomes a part of our daily lives, a certain gloom comes over many young people and is often assumed to be something ranging from “winter blues” to a depressive disorder called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

According to kidhealth.org, “SAD is a form of depression that follows a seasonal pattern; SAD appears and disappears around the same times each year. People with SAD usually have symptoms of depression as winter approaches and daylight hours become short...

Posted on January 31, 2018 at 2:40 PM by Keisha Mathew