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Sunday’s religious experience (at Old Town School of Folk Music)

Posted Apr 18, 2011 10:16 AM

Watching my 2-year-old clapping his little hands and bopping his head at his first concert, I remembered the magic of watching your child take in something new.
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How much should you spend on your child's birthday?

Posted Apr 18, 2011 10:12 AM

An iPod and a bottle of wine. That's what my son wanted for his third birthday. Ummm...
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A parents' guide to Chicago's parking meters

Posted Apr 14, 2011 10:44 AM

Whoever designed Chicago's pay-to-park box system has never traveled with young kids
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The proposed pawn shop on the corner - and why I'm saying no

Posted Apr 13, 2011 3:35 PM

I see a lot of potential in my little stretch of Chicago, and no, thank you very much, I do not want a pawn shop on the corner.
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Spring is in the air in Chicago - and so are we

Posted Apr 13, 2011 2:21 PM

Spring for us this year mean lots of travel - our 5-year-old is already "packing his wallet" to "buy some stuff" in Paris.
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Summer in Chicago: What are you looking forward to?

Posted Apr 13, 2011 9:24 AM

Just when you think you can't bear to spend another winter in this city, summer comes along and makes it all worth it. Here's what I can't wait for.
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Chicago Public School ban on lunches packed at home misses the point

Posted Apr 12, 2011 2:14 PM

The issue with a Chicago public school's decision to ban home-packed lunches isn't that it's overstepping its bounds. It's that it's failing to teach.
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Erie Park: Urban oasis, neighborhood nook and saving grace of River North

Posted Apr 12, 2011 11:35 AM

A. Montgomery Ward Park, or Erie Park #511, is the go-to destination when your toddler has just about had it with running around your two-bedroom condo.
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Mom- (and kid-) friendly yoga at Om on the Range in Chicago

Posted Apr 11, 2011 4:07 PM

When my family decides they need a calmer (read: nicer) version of me, they send me to Om on the Range, a yoga studio owned by two Chicago sisters.
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Kids haircuts at Joe's Barbershop in Chicago

Posted Apr 11, 2011 9:31 AM

They don't give away doo-dads, they don't do vibrating massages, they don't wear cute uniforms, but they do give a boy a darn good haircut.
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