Planet Fassa, planetfassa.com, offers 300
offline activities, to which parents assign points for completing.
It is searchable based on the number of children and how much time
is needed (such as the time it takes to make dinner.)
As part of our new look in 2013, we've added a new column to
our magazine: Mom of the Month. In each issue we'll talk to a local
mom that we think is doing great things.
In your former corporate life, you liked helping
people discover their 'aha' moments. So what was your 'aha' moment
as a stepmom?
My `aha' moment was when (the kids) came in and asked me
how to play. It was so sad to me. I had such a rich childhood of
play. I want to use those memories and tell kids how fun it is to
What has been the biggest 'oops' you've
experienced as a stepparent?
You can never ever ever ever compare yourself to the
biological parent. That's something you have to deal with all the
What is the one thing you wish you could change
about raising a kid in Chicago?
In Chicago we have such diversity. I would love to
volunteer more with my child so she has a broader perspective on
what's even going on in Chicago.
How would your oldest stepdaughter describe
The toughest of all of their parents (laugh). She would
say I'm silly, but I'm very open with her. I try to teach her all
the time and I hold her to the standard I know she can live up
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
See more of Tamara's stories here.
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