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The Parent 'Hood

Dispatches from the road between being a kid and having some.

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The Parent 'Hood is Web editor Liz Hoffman's take on the day's headlines you may have missed in your "If-you're-not-in-this-car-in-5-minutes-you-can-walk-to-school" morning commute. Depending on her mood -- and how many cups of coffee she's had by the time she sits down at her desk -- you can expect criticism, commentary, and the occasional dose of humor from someone who's old enough to think about wanting kids, but young enough to remember what it was like to be one.

Love the blog? Hate the blog? Contact Liz directly at lhoffman@chicagoparent.com.

I.R.S. weighs in on breastfeeding - kind of


Posted Feb 11, 2011 1:58 PM

Breastfeeding expenses will be tax-deductible this year, in what is a small win for breastfeeding advocates.
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Baby Name of the Year ... The Situation?


Posted Dec 16, 2010 1:50 PM

To resounding applause in the 848 area code and sounds of forehead-slapping almost everywhere else ... The Situation, the nickname of Mike Sorrentino, star of MTV's reality show, "Jersey Shore."
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Hanukkah's PR problem


Posted Dec 1, 2010 1:40 PM

Hanukkah as some major PR problems that keep it from being what it could - a nice time of year for family to gather 'round the menorah and argue about who's more likely, if given lighting privileges, to set the house on fire.
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92 percent of kids have an online record by age 2


Posted Oct 13, 2010 9:38 AM

By the time they're 2 years old, 92 percent of U.S. children have an online footprint. And this online presence isn't coming from government records or the media, but from parents, who share photos and info with friends and family.
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World welcomes 10/10/10 babies, Chicagoland has (at least) one


Posted Oct 12, 2010 9:51 AM

Sunday, in addition to having been a prime day to run way too far, seems to have been a lucky day to be born. Chicagoland had its very own 10:10, 10/10/10 baby.
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Want to play house mom to British kids?


Posted Oct 5, 2010 10:28 AM

British television giant the BBC is looking for "inspirational, educated, disciplined and loving" host families in Chicago to showcase American parenting styles. Let's show 'em how we get it done.
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Katy Perry's boobs too much for Elmo?


Posted Sep 23, 2010 9:34 AM

A recorded Sesame Street segment starring pop star Katy Perry was yanked by the show's producers after parent complaints about her cleavage-bearing dress poured in.
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When science headlines compete, what's a parent to do?


Posted Sep 9, 2010 11:09 AM

Two headline-making health stories: One says we treat too much, to devastating results. One says we can treat more, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of kids. What's a parent to do?
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Is there anything sadder than a depressed preschooler?


Posted Aug 27, 2010 3:08 PM

If there's anything sadder than the idea of a clinically depressed 3-year-old, I can't think of it on this gloriously sunny Friday afternoon. But experts swear it's a real thing.
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Want a crazy good deal at Target? And, really, who doesn't?


Posted Aug 11, 2010 9:28 AM

Want 25% off at Target? Plum District (a new Groupon-like company aimed at moms), has an exclusive deal with the retailer today. Um, yes, please!
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