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May 2011

How to tame toddler tantrums

Punishing toddlers’ negative behavior may lead to behavioral problems later on, especially for boys, found a new study by the University of Illinois.

Wild beef and mushroom bake

Think you can't get your kids to eat mushrooms?

The influence of mothers on Chicago kids’ eating habits

Sure, friends and tastes and advertising all play a role. But researchers are discovering just how much influence mothers have in what their kids eat.

Chicago doctor: Should your child use a pacifier?

After the 5-year-old daughter of an "A list" celebrity couple was photographed by the paparazzi as she calmly sucked a pacifier, I was asked "How old is too old?"

Devin Hester and son hit up Chicago’s animal kingdoms

Little Devin is still pretty little, so we're sort of limited on things we can do, but one thing he's into big time right now is animals.

Chicago family comes to grips with genetic disorder

For one Plainfield family, a spin of the genetic wheel went terribly wrong, but they say they find hope and happiness in every day.

Family reluctantly leaves Chicago in pursuit of a dream

From the moment my husband and I met over Frisbee along the lake, we were a Chicago family. But when circumstances changed, we reluctantly packed up our three sons and left the Windy City for an island adventure.

How to help kids deal with rejection

From not getting invited to a party to missing out the starring role in the school play, your child will know rejection at some point. Here's how to help soothe the sting.

Make your own paper boats (that really float!)

Kids have been folding paper into boat shapes forever. But I bet you can still impress yours by helping them create a waterproof version that really floats. Ahoy, captain!

Chicago dad takes aim at training his dogs – and kids

The secret to well-trained children? An $800 squirt bottle meant for dogs. Just ask my kids.
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How Community Response Teams Are Helping Neighbors Support Each Other

Help out in your own neighborhood with these tips.