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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.

Even in a world of Kardashians, a wealth of role models for our daughters


Posted Aug 6, 2010 1:45 PM

It's nice to be reminded every now and then that there are still plenty of good role models out there for young girls, some of whom are actively working to reach them. I talked to one today, Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin.
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Dr. Laura Berman casting call


Posted Aug 2, 2010 9:23 AM

If you've ever had the urge to talk about your sex life in front of a national audience, here's your chance.
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You can't buy your kid's love, but you can buy them friends at camp


Posted Jun 22, 2010 3:32 PM

Want your child to be the most popular kid in camp in 3.2 seconds? Send them this.
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We know you're hungry, kids, but you see, the deficit...


Posted Jun 10, 2010 10:13 AM

There's been a lot of talk about how the recession will impact our children for years to come. But its impact right now, detailed in a new report, is staggering.
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Phillies drive even littlest fans to drink, example #43918


Posted Jun 9, 2010 9:57 AM

I'm pretty good at putting things in perspective when it comes to my beloved Phillies. Which is why I'm able to laugh at the video blazing a trail of indignation through the sports and parenting worlds.
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Are we encouraging "irrational exuberance" in our kids?


Posted Jun 7, 2010 12:42 PM

It's open season on young Americans, whose critics portray them as narcissistic whiners. Are they? And is that such a bad thing these days?
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Why instant replay in baseball would unravel the parenting universe


Posted Jun 3, 2010 12:12 PM

A pitcher losing his perfect game to a blown call Tuesday night was heartbreaking. But before you jump on the instant replay train, consider this: It might unravel the entire parenting universe.
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Does Miley Cyrus in spandex mean the "Disney Channel moment" is over?


Posted Jun 1, 2010 1:42 PM

Sometimes I sit down and wonder what I'm going to blog about. And then I see photos like the one of Miley Cyrus grabbing her crotch onstage over the weekend. Aaaand...done.
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I liked the one where Robin Hood was a fox


Posted May 27, 2010 4:25 PM

If there's one thing a star-studded Hollywood blockbuster doesn't want to do, reminding viewers that the 1973 animated version in which the main character is played by a fox is better is probably high on the list.
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Rap-a-bye baby...Kanye up in the crib


Posted May 13, 2010 3:02 PM

Because if Kanye West's music is missing anything, it's xylophones.
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