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A modern day Chicago supermom

For some of us parents, our greatest talent is spreading ourselves too thin. Collett Hudecek knows a little recognition for her working mom balancing act goes a long way.

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Making a difference

When CPS tried to change breakfast, a group of parents discovered their voices really do matter.   Read more...

City baby, country mom

Chicago, I knew, would be a different kind of childhood for my son. Now, months into this adventure, I can see that we made the right choice.   Read more...

Rising above disabilities

After my assistant puts me to bed and shuts the door, I always think to myself: "You did it again and you will have the privilege of being independent tomorrow."   Read more...

Smarty pants

Jennifer Wheeler Wood is being schooled by her son on everything from DNA to the lifespan of canines. But that's just fine with her.   Read more...

Chicago mom learns hard parenting lesson

After Cortney Fries' son gets punched in the face, she realizes it's because he's imitating one of her rude behaviors. Read...

 

Chicago mom: How Sybaris saved my marriage

Parents are notorious for putting their relationships on the back burner while devoting all their energy to raising their kids. With the idea of divorce looming in her marriage, one Chicago mom took a bold step. Read...

 

How to convince your husband he needs a puppy

Some things are just meant to be -- until the husband puts his foot down. That's what happened to one Gurnee mom. Read...

 

Chicago mom of seven graduates from law school

Jennifer Wheeler Wood hopes her degree will give her the tools to help families with special needs children. Read...

 

Discovering the joy of breastfeeding after nursing didn't come naturally

It took one Chicago mom three babies before she finally got breastfeeding down. Now with her fourth baby, she cherishes nursing time. Read...

 

Writing lines: Ancient torture or modern miracle?

A flashback to watching The Little House on the Prairie leads to some effective discipline.  Read...

 

Seeing the differences through the eyes of a child

Being an interracial, adopted family can bring a lot of questions, but often the kids' concerns are a lot more innocent.  Read...

 

Basketball gives Oak Lawn boy with Down syndrome a chance to be more than special

On game day, Nate Simon is just part of a team where the score doesn't matter and the crowd goes wild.  Read...

 

The stress of when to enroll your child in kindergarten

For parents of kids with late summer or early fall birthdays, when do you decide it's time to start the big K?  Read...

 
 





 
 
 
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