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Nine parents on the Chicago Parent staff invite you into their water cooler conversations.

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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.

 

Walking the Choreline


Posted Jun 1, 2010 4:34 PM

There were some chores I loved, some I hated. How is your family at walking the choreline? What types of chores do your kids love or hate to do?
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I'm a bad mom sometimes


Posted May 17, 2010 2:48 PM

Bad parenting moments happened when you least expect them to -- and sometimes over the smallest of issues.
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Sometimes it rains


Posted May 10, 2010 12:00 PM

When life throws you a curve, it's usually only a temporary setback that only makes you stronger.
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What do moms really want?


Posted May 5, 2010 3:25 PM

It's Mother's Day Sunday. I know what I want. How about you?
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Goodbye old friend


Posted Apr 7, 2010 10:32 AM

Saying goodbye to a beloved family pet is hard enough. Questions from the kids and facing fears about your own mortality make it even more difficult in the days that follow.
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The Boomerang lost and found


Posted Apr 5, 2010 12:15 PM

Losing sight of your kid for even a heart-stopping moment is something you never forget. Here's what I did. How about you?
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Lessons from the road


Posted Mar 29, 2010 3:01 PM

Spring break provides lots of educational opportunities -- for your kids and yourself. Just maybe, though, these aren't the ones you'd expect.
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Feed My Starving Children


Posted Mar 18, 2010 4:52 PM

What better way to spend a part of Saturday afternoon than helping feed the poor and needy? Our group packed enough food to provide 20,304 meals that would feed 58 starving children for a year. It felt really good to know that we did our very best.
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When you decide to expand your family


Posted Mar 2, 2010 10:04 AM

The decision to grow our family started with a simple e-mail. We've never felt such dramatic change and joy.
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The "P" word


Posted Feb 23, 2010 10:14 AM

I wanted to raise my kids to be comfortable with their bodies. Trouble is, I'm not comfortable talking about such things.
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