They're back! Ever wonder what happened to Sully and Mike before Boo invaded their world? This new Pixar film gets into the Monsters Inc. backstory with a tale of how the two friends met as Scare Majors at college. And if it's anything like the first film, mom and dad will love it as much as the kids! One Chicago Parent reader will win a family five-pack to the Classic Cinemas of their choice.
Seeking peace and serenity in the chaotic world of parenting.
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Meet Cathy Cassani Adams
About this blog
Cathy Cassani Adams is searching for greater meaning and higher
purpose. Her search has taken her down different paths, from the
aisles of the self-help section, to the workshops of gurus, to her
past experience as a child and family therapist at Children's
Memorial Hospital, to her current work as a certified Parent Coach
and yoga instructor. But her greatest lessons come from her
three beautiful daughters, ages 8, 6, and 3. Cathy is the
author of "The Self-Aware Parent: 19 Lessons for Growing
with Your Children.", she's an instructor in the Sociology
Department at Dominican
University, and she and her husband Todd host Zen Parenting Radio on
Pagatim.fm. Cathy lives
with her family in Elmhurst and she can be found at www.cathycassaniadams.com.
Their choices thus far have been typical – school, job, kids….the questions were laid out and the decisions were clear. But now they are here and they feel unsettled, like something is missing. Read more ...
I think we have confused happiness with overachieving, competition, and being the best. These concepts are no longer in balance in our culture; they have become the norm rather than the extreme. We are quickly losing sight of what kids really need to live full and meaningful lives. Read more ...
We parents tend to feel guilty about what we are not doing or not giving our children. We expend energy feeling bad about things we can’t afford or the trips we can’t take or the class we couldn’t get them into. But I think children’s needs are simpler. Read more ...
My mission as a parent educator is to help parents see their children. To help parents validate and acknowledge who their children came here to be. To teach children that they belong and that they have a place in this world. But does it stop there? Read more ...
My 6-year-old daughter has a headache. I go through a list in my head….maybe she had too much sugar today, maybe she needs some Tylenol, maybe she’s getting sick. Being aware that my first response is usually worry, I decide to breath through my concerns and simply say, what can I do to help you?
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As the resident leprechaun in our group of friends, Cathy has asked me to contribute to her blog regarding St. Patrick’s Day events. Chicago comes alive to celebrate one of it’s favorite holidays, with a variety of events and entertainment all centered around the wearin’ o’ the green.... Read more ...
After one listen I couldn't wait to dance to it in the kitchen with my girls, and I couldn't help but think of all the people who would be dancing, singing, and believing in what this song has to say. It kind of choked me up. Read more ...
There is an assumption that if we allow our kids to discover their own interests, boundaries around things like TV, Facebook, internet would just go out the window. Or that allowing children to be who they are means completely disconnecting or leaving them to their own devices. Read more ...
I have had the luxury of seeing Wicked on several occasions and I have yet to make it through the Defying Gravity scene without crying. The song is dramatic, full of emotion, and it’s also the first time that Elphaba, the main character, fully accepts herself. It’s when she declares to the world who she really is.
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