Dawn Hasbrouck loved growing up on Chicago's South Side so much
she wants to give her 2-year-old son Brandon the exact same. He
plays on the playgrounds she and her sister played on, he'll take
part in activities at the same neighborhood club where she spent so
many happy moments, and she hopes he'll one day attend her old high
school, St. Ignatius College Prep. Most of all, though, he has her
parents close by to wrap around his little finger.
So after working in TV markets from Iowa to Georgia to Boston,
Hasbrouck and her husband Ronald jumped at the chance to return
home to raise Brandon. She began as co-anchor for Fox Chicago News
at noon earlier this year.
"I would just love for him to experience all of the things that
I did," says Hasbrouck, 34.
Her schedule is allowing that to happen-plus help from a very
supportive husband, she says. She's up early, at work by 5 a.m. and
home by 1 p.m., about the time Brandon gets up from his nap. The
makeup comes off and Hasbrouck says she's just mom. They have the
rest of the day together before both go to bed at 8 p.m.
One thing that might surprise people: "That I'm
a twin and I'm married to a twin. We didn't have twins; we thought
for sure we might," she says with a laugh. Also surprising is that
she studied opera for years. She still sings to a very special
audience: Brandon. "Every night I sing him at least five
Biggest challenge to raising a child in
Chicago: Finding a perfect pediatrician.
Biggest advantage to raising a child in
Chicago: "He gets to grow up in a very welcoming, friendly
city that is diverse in every way possible. I just think there's no
better city he could grow up in. I think it's going to be so
valuable to him as it was to me. ... Nothing compares to Chicago
and to the people."
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
See more of Tamara's stories here.
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