Laura Amann is a freelance writer living in Elmhurst. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs but moved away and worked for ten years in the publishing industry. She returned here after the birth of her first child and considers the Chicagoland area the best place to raise a family. She and her husband have four children, two dogs, one hamster, one gecko, two fish and a wacky water frog named Skipper.
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New Year's traditions for Chicago families
December 26, 2012
We asked some Chicago area families for their ideas on creating rituals and traditions that spark memories and enthusiasm.
Are you ready for the sex talk?
February 24, 2012
Children today are exposed to more graphic sexual images and innuendos at a much younger age, making it more important than ever that they learn the facts correctly. Research overwhelming shows that, despite their vehement eye-rolling, kids want and need that information to come from their parents.
December 7, 2011
Not sure what to get the mom expecting baby two, three or four? We've got you covered.
Paying for good grades Chicago Parents weigh in
July 22, 2011
Should you pay kids for excelling in school or sports?
How to help ease back-to-school jitters
July 21, 2011
First-day jitters are understandable, but sometimes they can turn into the shakes and before you know it, your child is worked into a worrying frenzy. Stop anxiety before it starts with these five tips.
Your guide to the ultimate summer sleepover in Chicago
May 31, 2011
Stock some extra pillows, grab some Tylenol and get a head start with these tested tips for surviving a pre-teen sleepover.
How to help your child start a pet sitting business in Chicago
May 23, 2011
If your child is itching to make some money this summer but isn't ready to babysit or run the lawn mower, consider pet-sitting. Here's how to get started.
Siblings sharing a room is making a comeback
February 25, 2011
Due to the economy or just a desire to downsize and live smarter, kids are starting to share rooms again. Here's how to make it work.
How to get siblings to get along: 8 tips to do the trick
January 25, 2011
How do we actually raise siblings who get along, those mysterious brothers and sisters who enjoy being together and have each other’s back?
What to do when your child’s birthday falls on the holidays
November 21, 2010 - Comments (1)
Like most parents, I promised myself that I wouldn't let my child's birthday get swept into the tidal wave of the holiday season. It would somehow remain separate and unique and her own magical day. And for the most part, it has.