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Chicago tweens are just like toddlers

Posted Mar 14, 2014 10:13 AM

Teething, napping, growth spurts. You survived them with your toddlers. Are you prepared for round two with your tweens?
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Chicago mom's tips for helping kids with the ISAT

Posted Feb 28, 2014 10:50 AM

State standardized testing begins on Monday for kids in third through eighth grades. Here are five tips for how you can help your kids do their very best on the ISAT.
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Chicago mom: A little old-fashioned flirting goes a long way

Posted Feb 14, 2014 2:12 PM

In our oversexualized and overscheduled world, kids aren't learning appropriate and respectful ways to pursue romantic interests. Shannan is making a conscious effort to teach her daughter how romance and love should really be expressed.
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Chicago mom: Instagram is great for grown ups, not kids

Posted Jan 31, 2014 11:00 AM

Instagram is a fun tool to share photos and connect with friends, but it can be used for better or for worse. In the hands of teens and tweens, it can get ugly.
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Rebecca Caudill Award nominees: Books with great messages for Chicago tweens

Posted Jan 17, 2014 11:57 AM

As kids get older, it can become more difficult to find quality books for them to read. The Rebecca Caudill Award nominees are Chicago mom and tween approved.
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Chicago mom resolves to be kinder to herself in 2014

Posted Jan 3, 2014 10:28 AM

The line between being able to laugh at your shortcomings and being overly critical of yourself is a fine one to walk.
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Chicago mom fail: A cautionary tale of charitable giving

Posted Dec 20, 2013 11:56 AM

Shannan meant well when she and her daughter delivered a bag of toys to a local children's hospital. Unfortunately - but also hilariously - things didn't turn out exactly as she planned.
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Chicago mom: Female friendships are complex, intense and important

Posted Dec 6, 2013 10:20 AM

A new book (featuring two Chicago Parent bloggers!) explores how female friends have navigated motherhood, loss, maintaining adult friendships and more.
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Chicago mom: How to cope when your ex has the kids on a holiday

Posted Nov 22, 2013 12:46 PM

Most of us can't imagine being away from our kids during the holidays. But it's the reality for many parents who are separated or divorced. One Chicago mom shares the different ways she copes.
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Chicago mom: Monitoring tweens online is exhausting but necessary

Posted Nov 8, 2013 10:15 AM

New social media sites are popping up all the time. It's becoming more and more important for parents to take the time to learn about these websites to protect their kids.
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