Happy birthday, dear Visa

I just received my credit card statement today, and good news! I earned enough miles from my charges this month to fly around the world for free—twice. The bad news is that none of the items on the statement still reside in my house. They were all birthday presents for my son’s friends. Read...

 

Parenting after infertility

<P>My husband and I got married when I was 42. Because of my age and my mom’s history of multiple miscarriages, I thought having a child would be impossible. So when I became pregnant two months after we were married and then miscarried three months later, I was surprised by the sense of grief I felt. I really did want a child.</P> Read...

 

Bookshelf

The Surprising Power of Family Meals: How Eating Together Makes Us Smarter, Stronger, Healthier, and Happier<BR>Confessions of a Naughty Mommy: How I Found My Lost Libido<BR>Father and Son Read-Aloud Stories<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><FONT size=2>, </FONT><FONT size=2>retold by Robert Gould</FONT></FONT> Read...

 

Playtime at the zoo

The Brookfield Zoo of my childhood was green and gray, its wide lawns dotted with concrete animal houses and grottos, nothing like today’s colorful zoo. Decorated with bright animal signs and fun sculptures, the zoo is filled with colorful places for kids to play, including fountains, streams, playground equipment and a brand new carousel. Read...

 

The ‘terrible 3s’ times two

It has been said that whoever coined the phrase "the terrible 2s" obviously never had a 3-year-old. Since my twins, Charlie and Sophie, spent the first half of their 3s perfecting the art of fighting, I’ve come to believe the truth of that phrase. Read...

 

Better than breakfast in bed

Moms deserve a break on Mother’s Day, but for moms who want something more than breakfast in bed, check out this list of brunches on May 14. Read...

 

Take a breath

Can we talk? There is something we need to get straight. Read...

 

Consumer product safety commission recalls Magnetix

<EM>Recall roundup<BR></EM>As Chicago Parent reported in February, a Washington state toddler died last November after ingesting magnets from a Magnetix construction set. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently recalled all Magnetix sets, citing this death, four serious injuries involving surgery and intensive care and 34 other reports of problems with the products. Read...

 

Standardized testing 101

<P>H<FONT size=2><FONT face="Times New Roman"><FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">ere’s a parenting pop quiz for you: What’s the ISAT? IMAGE? PSAE? NCLB? AYP?</FONT> </FONT></FONT></P> <P>Eyes glazing over? Don’t worry; it’s just standardized testing time again. And this year, No Child Left Behind (that would be NCLB) kicks into full gear—which means these assessments are required in more grades than ever before. </P> Read...

 
 







 
 
 
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