Melissa Haak

Member of the Chicago Parent Blog Network

Melissa is mom to 4 kids and 2 angels | writer | creator | localist with She once lived in heels and dreamed of traveling the world, now she lives in her minivan and dreams of a clean kitchen.

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Past articles

Chicago mom: Let kids just be kids

Kids are growing up too fast and some just aren't ready to take on adult roles. Melissa wants her kids to just be kids.  Read...


For the love of toddlers: Why Chicago moms love this stage

Toddlers can be a handful, but they are also loving, curious and oh so funny. Here are some of the reasons moms love them! Read...


Chicago mom: Surviving a water park vacation with a large family

Vacationing with a large family to a water park can be exhausting. Here are tips to make the process a little smoother.  Read...


Chicago mom: When is the right time to stop breastfeeding?

On one hand, after 14 months of breastfeeding, Melissa is ready to be done. But with this being her last baby, it's hard for her to stop.  Read...


Chicago mom: My kids are making me dumb

Please forgive Melissa for anything crazy she might say or do. She has toddler-induced dementia.  Read...

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