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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.

Best gumball-guessing ever


Posted May 3, 2010 12:44 PM

Somewhere in the greater Chicago area, a geometry teacher is smiling.
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Somebody get these kids a teeny, tiny Emmy. Also, The Hills is poison.


Posted Apr 30, 2010 11:09 AM

The Hills in general, and Heidi Montag in particular, are bad crack in the schoolyard.
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What kind of parent forgets a child in the car? As it turns out...


Posted Apr 27, 2010 12:26 PM

Every year, about 15 children die when their parents accidentally forget them in hot cars. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning story, one Washington Post reporter navigates the shame and sorrow these parents feel and always comes back to a haunting truth: It could happen to you.
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Don't say you haven't been warned: Children = monsters


Posted Apr 20, 2010 12:57 PM

Newsweek's Raina Kelley tells us 8 ways her son is torturing her. I say, we told you so.
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I have a crush on Lee DeWyze


Posted Apr 16, 2010 2:56 PM

As far as my history of celebrity crushes goes, 'American Idol' rocker and Chicagoland native Lee DeWyze is easily the most practical.
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Study, shmudy: Can parents EVER spend enough time with their kids?


Posted Apr 13, 2010 11:44 AM

Kids aren't turkeys. There's no pop-up thermometer. And to the extent that they're ever "fully cooked," it's probably not as soon as you'd think.
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The best advice I ever got: Two hands!


Posted Apr 1, 2010 1:43 PM

The best piece of advice my dad ever gave me? "Two hands!"
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Apple targets you (yes, YOU!) with new iPhone ads


Posted Mar 30, 2010 9:33 AM

But make no mistake, moms and dads: Apple's got it's eye on you.
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Extra-small condoms for preteen boys released in Switzerland


Posted Mar 19, 2010 2:28 PM

Extra-small condoms for preteen boys went on sale this week in Switzerland. Wait, what?
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What he didn't expect when she was expecting


Posted Mar 17, 2010 10:13 AM

"What I didn't expect when she was expecting" is a true diamond in the rough of the vast parenting blogosphere.
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