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Parenting is like a roller coaster ride. Heady highs, belly-churning lows. You strap in for a long, thrilling ride, yet in a blink, your snuggly newborn is suddenly rushing out the door without so much as a wave goodbye.
The parents at Chicago Parent know how it feels. With 22 kids and 145 years of parenting experience between us, we've seen highs and lows, learned a ton, and slipped up more than any of us would like to admit. And the one thing that's become clear from our gatherings around the office coffee pot is that there's no such thing as the perfect parent.
So join us in a conversation about our favorite topics. We can't wait to hear from you.

Parenting is like a roller coaster ride. Heady highs, belly-churning lows. You strap in for a long, thrilling ride, yet in a blink, your snuggly newborn is suddenly rushing out the door without so much as a wave goodbye.

The parents at Chicago Parent know how it feels. With 22 kids and 145 years of parenting experience between us, we've seen highs and lows, learned a ton, and slipped up more than any of us would like to admit. And the one thing that's become clear from our gatherings around the office coffee pot is that there's no such thing as the perfect parent.

So join us in a conversation about our favorite topics. We can't wait to hear from you.

 

Kids LiveWell unveils healthy options on kids menus


Posted May 9, 2012 2:53 PM

The National Restaurant Association's Kids LiveWell program has 96 participating restaurants around the country pledging to serve healthy kids meals. Alena Murguia recently attended one of their events.
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Watching local news with a too-aware 8-year-old


Posted Aug 31, 2011 4:23 PM

Carrie Kaufman deals with explaining the gruesomeness of local news to her daughter.
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Riding life's ups and downs


Posted Aug 16, 2011 4:36 PM

Not getting the job you want can be a good opportunity to teach the kids that sometimes, in life we don't get what we want.
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Just be in the moment


Posted Jan 21, 2011 10:42 AM

There are no easy choices for the 2011 mom. Working. Not working. They are both challenging in EXTREMELY different ways. Nothing comes without a price.
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Working moms with sick kids: Liar, liar, pants on fire


Posted Oct 12, 2010 12:33 PM

It can be a stomach-turning choice: Work or take care of your sick child. Or fib.
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Tech-addicted mom's confession


Posted Oct 6, 2010 4:17 PM

Plenty of parents are tech-addicted these days, including me. I'm not really be so different than everyone else -- or am I?
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Big decisions for a little guy


Posted Sep 21, 2010 4:21 PM

So many times we make decisions for our kids. This time, I asked my son: What do YOU want to do?
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Never give up hope


Posted Aug 9, 2010 2:39 PM

The Peapod Project is working to raise money to provide memory boxes and resources for families whose children are dying, but its annual fundraiser might be in jeopardy.
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The best decision for us: An update


Posted Aug 2, 2010 3:30 PM

The decision to quit my job and stay home with my kids was absolutely the right thing to do, but the feelings of loneliness, sadness and even guilt haven't completely vanished yet. They just moved into other areas of my life.
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Walking away for my kids


Posted Jun 7, 2010 5:07 PM

When I am with my kids I am thinking about work and when I am at work I am thinking about my kids. The thoughts collided recently at the zoo. I thought, I can't keep doing this.
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