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Sandi Pedersen

Beat the heat with homemade ice cream the kids can help make. Yummy! more

Jun 27, 2012 11:38 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Four books not to miss this month. more

Sep 28, 2009 1:53 PM General Parenting

We are back in the groove. School, homework, reading assignments, soccer practice, gymnastics, piano lessons, go to bed early, get up early-we've only been in school one month and it feels like summer was a million years ago. And I'm the mom; I'm not even the one going to school. more

Sep 10, 2009 1:49 PM Chicago Parent Archives

My kids and I were in the car and one of our favorite songs came on the radio, Sheryl Crow’s "All I Wanna Do." We were smiling at each other and singing very loudly when it hit me: That is what this column is all about. All of these books are fun. That’s it. Fun. more

Sep 10, 2009 12:33 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Kati,” I say, “how about a weekend in Minnesota, just the two of us?” Kati, my 14-year-old, just shrugs. “C’mon Kati, we’ll stay in a hotel, eat out, it’ll be fun.” No response. I pull out my trump card. “We can go to the Mall of America.” “OK,” she says. “Let’s go.” more

Sep 10, 2009 12:28 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Kylie,” I call, “we need to start writing our article about Hawaii. Have you been thinking about it?” She answers, “How many words does it have to be?” (I’m proud. She’s learning writer’s lingo.) “About 850 words,” I say. “That’s easy,” she says, “just type the word beautiful 850 times.” more

Sep 10, 2009 10:48 AM Chicago Parent Archives

A weekend in Denver sounded intriguing, but I had no idea it would be so much fun. more

Sep 1, 2009 5:40 PM Chicago Parent Archives

My family and I have been to Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa in Florida but more

Sep 1, 2009 5:40 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Cut the top off the pumpkin with a straight edge knife (a parent job). Cut the lid at an angle so the outside diameter is larger than the inside—this will keep the top from falling into the pumpkin. more

Sep 1, 2009 5:19 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Bead freaks, fanatics, crazies—call us what you will, we love beads. more

Sep 1, 2009 5:07 PM , Chicago Parent Archives

When I asked him if he wanted to go to Washington, D.C., his face brightened, his smile grew and he said "Can we go to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing?" Right then I knew this was not going to be a typical trip to D.C. more

Sep 1, 2009 5:05 PM Chicago Parent Archives

In this sequel to The Alchemist (The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel), 15-year-old twins Sophie and Josh more

Sep 1, 2009 4:19 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Bella Kirkwood lives in New York, attends a private school, is on the A-list of popularity and shops more

Sep 1, 2009 3:37 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Thirteen-year-old Ernie Banks lives in the Lakeside Home for boys and is always getting into trouble. more

Sep 1, 2009 3:25 PM Chicago Parent Archives

The three biggest things in T.C.’s life are the Red Sox, his dad and his best friend, more

Sep 1, 2009 3:11 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Kevin is channel-surfing during the evening news when he sees an image that makes him stop. more

Sep 1, 2009 3:06 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Julian has spent the day with a fever, stuck in his uncle’s office waiting for a meeting to be over so they can go home. more

Sep 1, 2009 2:47 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Greg is always going to be a wimp. He knows it. His friends know it. His brother certainly knows it. But his dad more

Sep 1, 2009 2:38 PM Chicago Parent Archives