Laura Amann

Who's excited for the New Year? more

Dec 26, 2012 2:59 PM Holiday Fun

With budgets on the decline, parents and teachers of gifted children find themselves forced to be more creative to encourage the learning. more

Aug 2, 2012 11:24 AM Chicago Parent Archives

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. more

Feb 24, 2012 2:07 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Not sure what to get the mom expecting baby two, three or four? We've got you covered. more

Dec 7, 2011 3:34 PM Babies

Leaving the fashion industry for motherhood, Pamela Thompson turns to making clothes for her favorite childhood doll. more

Nov 30, 2011 12:54 PM SHOP

Should you pay kids for excelling in school or sports? more

Jul 22, 2011 4:26 PM Chicago Parent Archives

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. more

Jul 21, 2011 1:36 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Stock some extra pillows, grab some Tylenol and get a head start with these tested tips for surviving a pre-teen sleepover. more

May 31, 2011 12:30 PM Chicago Parent Archives


Liz DeCarlo

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. more

May 23, 2011 10:06 AM Chicago Parent Archives

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. more

Feb 25, 2011 3:14 PM Chicago Parent Archives


Liz DeCarlo

How do we actually raise siblings who get along, those mysterious brothers and sisters who enjoy being together and have each other’s back? more

Jan 25, 2011 12:41 PM Chicago Parent Archives

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. more

Nov 21, 2010 10:44 PM Chicago Parent Archives

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. more

Oct 6, 2010 1:38 PM Health & Fitness

Within a week of school starting, it begins. You can almost hear the groaning noises from tables and counter tops as paper after paper gets piled up. The computer in-box swells as e-mails fly in daily. Homework, class reminders, past due assignments, team schedules. Face it: Kids generate a lot of paperwork. more

Aug 24, 2010 4:34 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Come September, for the first time in 14 years, I’ll be on my own during the day. And I’m suddenly forced to confront the stunning truth of that tired cliché: Time goes so fast. more

May 24, 2010 11:09 AM General Parenting

An old-fashioned block party can be one of the true delights of summer. Liven up your party and think outside the traditional hot dogs and water balloons. more

May 24, 2010 9:56 AM Chicago Parent Archives

For a meat-loving family, a vegetarian child can be a real challenge. Here's how to keep your new veggie-lover healthy and keep your sanity. more

Feb 24, 2010 4:53 PM General Parenting