Erin Skibinski

Halloween craft: Teal trick-or-treat bags for Chicago’s allergy sufferers

Take the #TealPumpkinProject one step further.

Teal Pumpkin Project: Halloween for Chicago kids with food allergies

Halloween can be a tricky time for kids with food allergies.

Why do Chicago parents put themselves last?

You're a great parent. Want to be an even better one? Take care of yourself first, at least every once in a while. Your kids will thank you.

Chicago mom sends hugs through the mail

Whether you're in the midst of back-to-school chaos or just seem to be having a bad week, an unexpected greeting card from a friend can quickly turn your mood around.

5 tips for the first day of school from a Chicago mom and former teacher

Ease nerves and start the year off right with these helpful tips for the first day of school.

The calm before the back-to-school storm in Chicago

Instead of stressing about all of the things that need to be done before the kids head back to school, Erin is choosing to savor the last few days of summer instead.

5 essentials for a Chicago family road trip

Road tripping with kids is a big undertaking. Make sure to pack these five must-haves to ensure a fun time for all.

Chicago family vacations are all about the kids

Is a vacation with young kids really a vacation after all?

Chicago mom: I’m a helicopter parent

Erin used to be embarrassed about being a helicopter parent, but now she realizes it has it's advantages.

How to find a good babysitter in Chicago: It’s not as easy as you think

Finding the perfect babysitter is almost as hard as finding the perfect mate. What do you look for in a babysitter?
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