Advice on navigating middle school from a Chicago tween

Worrying about back-to-school? Shannan's tween daughter shares sound advice for new middle school students and their parents.  Read...

 

Chicago mom on living with depression

With depression in the spotlight following the death of actor Robin Williams, Melissa takes time to speak out about the disease, which affects her and so many others.  Read...

 

Chicago mom celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

Melissa never wanted to breastfeed past six weeks, and yet here she is, four children later, having logged four-and-a-half years of breastfeeding time.  Read...

 

Beyond Indy: Chicago family visits Hamilton County, Indiana

A half and hour North of the Racing capital of the world is a surprisingly fun getaway for Chicago families.  Read...

 

My tween is taller than I am: What Chicago parents need to know about growth spurts

All the extra eating and sleeping your tween is doing could be because a major growth spurt is on the way.  Read...

 

Keep or toss: What to do with your kids' used clothes in Chicago

Whether you have one child or five, you've likely accumulated a ton of clothes for them. Use these tips to decide what's a treasure and what belongs in the trash. Read...

 

A guide to Chicago neighborhoods for the germaphobe parent

Getting out and exploring Chicago is a great way to spend a summer day. Just make sure you know what you're getting your hands into...or on.  Read...

 

Beyond the tot lot: 5 best playgrounds in Lake County

Who's up for a playground crawl? Melissa rounded up the top five playgrounds for mixed ages in Lake County. Read...

 

Chicago mom explains what's happening in your tween's brain

Ever wonder what your tween is thinking? Here's a little primer to help figure it out. Read...

 
 










 
 
 
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