The best parenting advice

There will come a point when all your kid will eat is one spoonful of mac& cheese and three strawberries a day. This will last for three months. They’ll be fine.

Listen To Your Mother

This month, 14 women and one man will take the stage at Athenaeum Theatre for the final Chicago production of Listen To Your Mother, the nationwide phenomenon that gives moms and others a microphone to share their stories.


For six years, the Chicago shows have been headed up by local mom powerhouses Tracey Becker and Melisa Wells.


Tickets are on sale now for the 2 p.m. May 7 show at A portion of ticket proceeds benefits Deborah’s Place, which serves the unique needs of homeless women. Becker and Wells expect the show will sell out this year.


Jackie Pick

Every child is different, and you will be a different parent to them. Don’t stress yourself out asking why you treat each child differently. It’s OK if your relationships and parenting styles are unique to each child. It’s a sign of good parenting, not failure.

Lea Grover

From puke to poop, fevers to fights, illness to exhaustion, laughter and a hug is always, always, always the best medicine because through laughter and hugs, you must always choose love.

Kristin Mantta

Really strive to connect with children on their levels. They’ll be adults before you or they realize it, but instilling the qualities of a fantastic adult starts at birth. Have you ever heard kids laugh? Laugh like that more. It’s so freeing! Have you ever seen a kid help someone they didn’t know? Do more of that, too. The world needs it now more than ever.

Natasha C. Nicholes

Different is neither good nor bad. It is simply different. Which means it’s OK if you have to do things differently than others or if others do things differently than you. We are all just doing our best to get through the day!

Brandie Langer

No matter the integrity or lack thereof in others, your own personal integrity is what matters. It will sustain you through adversity, your pursuit of your interests, and especially love. May you always trust yourself.

Janine Peltier Macris

Make sure to double-check the take-out bags to make sure the full order is there before you leave the premises.

Melisa Wells

The best piece of mothering advice I’ve received is from Ethel Mertz of TV’s I Love Lucy: Some women are meant to have children, while others feel their husbands are enough work.

Steven Krage

When your child asks you what the meaning of life is: We exist only to love and touch and hold each other; to weep and laugh with absolute abandon. Your life’s meaning will not be found in the beauty of the face you own, but in the love you see reflected in the eyes of those you love.

Tracey Becker

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