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Preparing for a baby takes time and for many busy parents-to-be, time is in short supply. more

Sep 2, 2009 10:10 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Specialized shows help expose children with autism to the theater. more

Sep 1, 2009 5:40 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Take a walk down Devon Avenue starting at Western Avenue more

Sep 1, 2009 5:40 PM Chicago Parent Archives

What’s a good way to teach discipline? How about letting your kids throw left hooks and 13-punch combinations at their friends? With the Chicago Park District’s boxing program, kids train hard and play hard as they learn about commitment, discipline and confidence. more

Sep 1, 2009 5:05 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Jumping rope used to be a solitary sport—rhythmic and just a tad repetitive. No longer. Limp ropes swing into perfectly paired arches with the Illinois Double Dutch League where kids jump with hands, feet and everything they’ve got. more

Sep 1, 2009 5:05 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Volunteering as a family makes a wonderful holiday tradition, but finding the best experience for your family might take some planning. Susan Norris, vice president of the volunteer center at chicagovolunteer.net, offers these tips: more

Sep 1, 2009 5:05 PM Chicago Parent Archives

The babies are everywhere. They scream on the train, cry on the plane. more

Sep 1, 2009 11:18 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Paper airplanes are old hat compared to the cars in Mike Rigsby’s Amazing Rubber Band Cars. more

Aug 31, 2009 3:50 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Balloons, $1.50. Ice cream cake, $20. The rented room, DJ or clown …? more

Aug 31, 2009 3:50 PM Chicago Parent Archives

You might not give your kids espresso, but you can let them hang out all night at the Imagination Café. more

Aug 31, 2009 3:45 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Dora Edings’ life changed forever in December 1977, when a car accident took the life of her 6-year-old daughter Angie. more

Aug 31, 2009 3:45 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Bobby wants a pair of skates and Suzy wants a sled, but not all of Bobby and Suzy’s buddies may be completely familiar with jolly old St. Nick. December is a month of many holidays, and as your kids go about picking presents and planning parties, it’s a good time to celebrate diversity as well. more

Aug 31, 2009 3:44 PM Chicago Parent Archives

France: While Christmas trees were never popular in France, most people make chocolate cakes shaped like Yule logs, called the La bûche de Noël (Christmas log). Traditionally, French families burned a large Christmas log on Christmas Eve. more

Aug 31, 2009 3:44 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Once upon a time, America’s stereotypical family lived on Grant Avenue in fictional Mayfield where Ward and June Cleaver raised their boys, Wally and Beaver. more

Aug 31, 2009 3:30 PM Chicago Parent Archives