Chicago Parent Staff

In it together as a family

Dave Gnadt doesn’t take the little things in life for granted. Especially his young sons, Anthony and Nicco, a boy with melt-dad’s-heart blue eyes and autism.

‘No day is ordinary’

Checkup after checkup, the first 18 months of Giacomo Pisani’s life had his mom walking out of the doctor’s office hearing the most reassuring word a parent could hear: perfect.

So gifted, yet just different

Don’t ask Nathan Zimbrich who, when and why.

The almost perfect baby

The small bumper sticker on Nicole Strawser’s car offers only a hint of the story behind it.

A heart full of love

The first time she met a mom with a child with autism, Susan O’Shaughnessy remembers thinking how lucky it was that she wasn’t that mom.

Dreaming for Charlie

When doctors diagnosed Charlie Creedon with autism about 13 years ago, he was the 1 in 10,000.


Pleschette Davis-Moore clearly remembers the "poor you" look the ultrasound technician gave her before hurrying to get the doctor who’d only say he saw birth defects before sending her away.

Company’s coming

Wondering how to prepare your guest room for the holidays? Susan Maxwell, one of Chicago's most sought-after interior designers, has a few simple, inexpensive ideas that will make your guests' stay memorable long after they've returned home. 

Mattel recalls Polly Pocket playsets

Mattel, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, voluntarily recalled 4.4 million Polly Pocket

Stop, look and listen

Ten tipsWhen my daughter Emma started third grade, she got off the bus most days with tears in her eyes.
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