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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.

 

So many images, so little time?


Posted Nov 2, 2009 1:08 PM

Posted by Lourdes N. A picture is worth a thousand words, but is it the message you want your kids to be getting?
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Stephen King scared the snot out of me


Posted Oct 30, 2009 3:06 PM

Posted by Bronwyn W. Just in time for Halloween, memories of scary stories growing up rise to the surface.
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The "i" must stand for isolation


Posted Oct 27, 2009 1:12 PM

Posted by Nancy S. How can a mom compete with technology today?
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'Regular' mom vs. the new 'crafty' mom


Posted Oct 26, 2009 4:39 PM

Posted by Kim K. Working mom of two challenged with suburban pressure to be a 'crafty' mom this Halloween.
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Real lessons from the gridiron


Posted Oct 26, 2009 4:03 PM

Posted by Walter B. Losing is never fun, but dad and son cherish the lessons learned after last weekend's pee wee football game playoff
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How I became 'the Pet Mom' and learned to love it


Posted Oct 23, 2009 1:11 PM

Posted by Bronwyn W. I didn’t start out with the plan of having a guinea pig. I grew up with dogs and cats and have almost always had a pet. Besides, it isn’t as if we were short of pets.
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Don't pin this responsibility on teachers


Posted Oct 23, 2009 12:39 PM

Posted by Liz D. When violence erupts at schools, it's easy to blame teachers and administrators. But where's the public outrage that we, as parents, families and communities have dropped the ball in raising our kids?
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What is a parent's return on investment?


Posted Oct 13, 2009 2:18 PM

posted by Walter B. The newest government study put the cost of raising a child to the age of 17 at more than $220,000. Which makes me ask: What's the return on that investment? More than any dollar amount.
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Silly string, silly drama


Posted Oct 13, 2009 10:08 AM

posted by Tamara O. Just when you think you have the parenting thing nailed, an innocent sleepover with five 10-year-old girls slaps you wide awake.
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