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There's something different about raising city kids, from squeezing strollers into high-rise elevators, staring down the CPS scramble and snagging the last brunch table from that pack of twentysomethings. Follow along as city parents report in with news and notes from across Chicago's neighborhoods.

March Madness and the Race to Nowhere


Posted Mar 2, 2012 7:25 PM by Heather Earnhart

Heather Earnhart is outraged at our education system's emphasis on quantity versus quality. And she is encouraging parents to do something about it.
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Ratcheting up the Christmas spirit


Posted Dec 13, 2011 10:54 AM by Ryan Salzwedel

Ryan Salzwedel hasn't been able to get into the Christmas spirit. But he's trying. He's REALLY trying.
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7 Suggestions for Holiday Books


Posted Dec 9, 2011 12:11 PM by Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri loves reading, and has fond memories of getting books for Christmas. Here are her suggestions for your young readers, page-turners or spine chewers.
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I'm thankful...that I'm living and raising my kids in the city


Posted Nov 22, 2011 11:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri loves living in Chicago - where she has a huge backyard, great pets and can travel the world any time she wants.
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The non-material things


Posted Nov 20, 2011 9:17 PM by Ryan Salzwedel

Ryan Salzwedel has taken a different approach to being thankful since the economy tumbled.
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Watching our turkey grow


Posted Nov 20, 2011 8:46 PM by Heather Earnhart

Heather Earnhart is thankful for the opportunity to teach her kids where turkeys (and other food) comes from - the farm.
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Public images, and what our children get from them


Posted Oct 25, 2011 11:55 AM by Ryan Salzwedel

Ryan Salzwedel is suddenly seeing images he saw before in a whole new light.
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"The Great Fire" at Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre


Posted Oct 7, 2011 12:24 PM by Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri's take on the story that tells the story of Chicago.
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Questions About Homework


Posted Sep 19, 2011 2:30 PM by Ryan Salzwedel

Ryan Salzwedel muses over setting up homework routines - and learning how much "help" parents should give.
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A show AND a sitter


Posted Sep 15, 2011 1:36 PM by Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri is grateful for a theatre company that offers kids activities while parents see the show.
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