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Although she'd like to be taller and have more time to dive into good books, Shannan is awfully happy with her life in the western suburbs, where she moved after a decade of living on the north side of the city. She blogs about parenting a tween at Tween Us on ChicagoNow and at Families in the Loop and was honored to be in the 2013 Chicago cast of Listen to Your Mother. A recovering attorney who works at a small nonprofit, she was excited to be quoted by the BBC, but hoping that they come back again soon to talk about something other than Justin Bieber.
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Chicago mom's tips for helping kids with the ISAT
February 28, 2014
State standardized testing begins on Monday for kids in third through eighth grades. Here are five tips for how you can help your kids do their very best on the ISAT.
Chicago mom: A little old-fashioned flirting goes a long way
February 14, 2014
In our oversexualized and overscheduled world, kids aren't learning appropriate and respectful ways to pursue romantic interests. Shannan is making a conscious effort to teach her daughter how romance and love should really be expressed.
Chicago mom: Instagram is great for grown ups, not kids
January 31, 2014
Instagram is a fun tool to share photos and connect with friends, but it can be used for better or for worse. In the hands of teens and tweens, it can get ugly.
Rebecca Caudill Award nominees: Books with great messages for Chicago tweens
January 17, 2014
As kids get older, it can become more difficult to find quality books for them to read. The Rebecca Caudill Award nominees are Chicago mom and tween approved.
Chicago mom resolves to be kinder to herself in 2014
January 3, 2014
The line between being able to laugh at your shortcomings and being overly critical of yourself is a fine one to walk.
Chicago mom fail: A cautionary tale of charitable giving
December 20, 2013
Shannan meant well when she and her daughter delivered a bag of toys to a local children's hospital. Unfortunately - but also hilariously - things didn't turn out exactly as she planned.
Chicago mom: Female friendships are complex, intense and important
December 6, 2013
A new book (featuring two Chicago Parent bloggers!) explores how female friends have navigated motherhood, loss, maintaining adult friendships and more.
Chicago mom: How to cope when your ex has the kids on a holiday
November 22, 2013
Most of us can't imagine being away from our kids during the holidays. But it's the reality for many parents who are separated or divorced. One Chicago mom shares the different ways she copes.
Chicago mom: Monitoring tweens online is exhausting but necessary
November 8, 2013
New social media sites are popping up all the time. It's becoming more and more important for parents to take the time to learn about these websites to protect their kids.
When tragedy strikes one Chicago mom longs for simpler times
October 25, 2013
Shannan Younger is having a difficult time explaining senseless acts of school violence to her tween daughter, because she cannot fully comprehend them herself.