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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.

 

Merry Christmas? Not always


Posted Dec 18, 2009 9:53 AM

Family, not presents under the tree, really is what matters as we all come together this holiday season.
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When to indulge the kids


Posted Dec 15, 2009 1:38 PM

In the office this week, the question came up: When should parents indulge odd requests from their children?
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Let the texting begin!


Posted Dec 11, 2009 10:09 AM

My son is texting a girl!
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It is going to be a long winter


Posted Dec 7, 2009 2:33 PM

What kind of mom isn't prepared for the first snow?
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Really having it all, if you want


Posted Dec 4, 2009 1:15 PM

Women should be able to have a successful career and have happy, healthy families, if that is what they want. But until women in this country receive more support, child care and equal pay for equal work, no one should judge their choices.
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Seeing the big picture this season


Posted Dec 1, 2009 10:03 AM

Finances are tighter than usual this holiday season and it would be easy to worry about it but I have to give myself a reality check and think about how lucky we really are
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America's Funniest Home Videos, plus all the mush


Posted Nov 30, 2009 10:43 AM

For the perfect holiday pick-me-up before boredom sets in, reach for the family home videos.
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Happy shopping and wish me luck


Posted Nov 25, 2009 12:32 PM

Every parent's dilemma: Keeping the gift giving fair between siblings.
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Help needed for "the talk"


Posted Nov 23, 2009 9:30 AM

Talking about the birds and the bees can leave you weak in the knees, but what ways are best when it comes to a 6-year-old boy?
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On the fence about swine flu vaccine


Posted Nov 20, 2009 9:27 AM

Mom is not opposed to vaccines at all—just feeling a little railroaded by the procedure.
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