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
Your baby looks at you, sticks out her tongue and makes a gentle razzing sound. It’s almost impossible not to smile and make a raspberry back at her. Just try. This universal parenting moment is packed with developmental possibilities. Read...