Growing Up In Violence Part 3: Shannon’s Story

I am a guidance counselor. And I've always wanted to tell some of my enlightening stories. Over the years I have taken notes about a lot of my students. And I've decided to start sharing some of them here. I work with a lot of kids who don't have ideal home lives. The one thing that always amazes me is that they always come to school. Even though there's no one at home making them. When I was a kid I would have stayed home every chance I got. Even…

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If You Want to Babysit Our Kids, You’ll Have to Sign This Contract

When we had four babies at home it was imperative that we have a mature, responsible babysitter. Someone who could formula feed. And change multiple diapers. And put kids in cribs. And microwave hot dogs. But now that these kids are practically grown, the only reason we need a babysitter is so that they don't kill each other. So without further ado.... Dear Future Sitter, If you'd like the honor of babysitting for us there are a couple of ground rules we need to cover. -Our oldest child is in…

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Growing Up In Violence Part Two: Fiona’s Story Continued

This is Fiona's story continued. Her mom was arrested and Fiona and her brothers are now left to fend for themselves once again. Read Part One of Fiona's story here. A few months later they had my mom's first trial. She was losing her case. She called us and told us that everything was going to be okay. I got mad and told her everything is not going to be okay. How could she be so stupid? It's my 8th grade year. She wasn't going to see me graduate. She…

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Growing Up In Violence Part Two: Fiona’s Story

I am a guidance counselor. And I've always wanted to tell some of my enlightening stories. Over the years I have taken notes about a lot of my students. And I've decided to start sharing some of them here. I work with a lot of kids who don't have ideal home lives. The one thing that always amazes me is that they always come to school. Even though there's no one at home making them. When I was a kid I would have stayed home every chance I got. Even…

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Growing Up In Violence Part One: Liam’s Story

I am a guidance counselor. And I've always wanted to tell some of my enlightening stories. Over the years I have taken notes about a lot of my students. And I've decided to start sharing some of them here. I work with a lot of kids who don't have ideal home lives. The one thing that always amazes me is that they always come to school. Even though there's no one at home making them. When I was a kid I would have stayed home every chance I got. Even…

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My Thoughts On Being a Sox Fan When The Cubs Are in the Super Bowl

I like sports. I play sports. My kids play sports. I don't always understand sports. But one thing is for sure. I am a Sox fan. I was born and raised a Chicago White Sox fan. My Dad was a huge fan. I know everyone out there says that their Dad is the hugest fan ever, but they are wrong. My Dad was. My Dad died in April 2005 at the ripe old age of 58. When we were kids he would always say when he was old and senile…

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