August 2013


We all think there are certain things we won't do when we become parents. But sometimes we just have to be realistic for the sake of our own sanity. Read more

General Parenting

How many bathrooms does a house need? More than three, apparently. Christopher Garlington shares a peek inside his crazy life as it revolves around the potty. Read more

General Parenting

From the pool to the playroom - and the infamous Ice Cream Man - the luxury hotel has perks for even the littlest guests. Read more


Mundelein mom sees a change in her daughter's ADHD after a food purge at home so she decided school lunches needed to change, too. Her school district, as well as Chicago Public Schools and others, are trying to make lunches healthier. Read more


Overwhelmed moms and dads have a new option when it comes to handling some of the challenging duties of parenting. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

Meals can be rushed affairs when school, fall sports and homework kick in. We've got a few ideas to make eating on the run fast and healthy. Read more

Sweet Treats

Say the word Opera-Matic and people might wonder if you know what you're talking about. The non-profit organization formed by artists use their art to contribute to the community, this time with a lullaby parade. Read more

Arts & Culture

From toddlers to little kids to big kids, each age group shows signs of stress differently. It's crucial to know what to look for, what steps to take and how to help your child manage. Read more


Fifty-seven thousand students with disabilities are enrolled in the Chicago Public School system. How can families talk to their kids about children with special needs? Read more

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As any mom or dad will attest, most kids are full of energy. Why then, would they want their children to consume caffeine for an energy boost? Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

Even the 10-cent pencils add up this time of year so check out these four tips to save some cash on back-to-school supplies. Read more


It's been a few years since so many tall ships docked at Navy Pier, so we're excited about the return of Tall Ships Chicago. An international fleet of 14 ships will drop anchor and give Chicagoans the chance to view and even board some pretty impressive vessels. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

Middle school can be tough on both parents and kids. The physical and emotional development during these years can seem overwhelming. Experts weigh in on surviving the changes and challenges middle school brings. Read more


Moms accomplish a lot each day. But sometimes the sameness of life leads to feelings of inadequacy and even regret. Read more

General Parenting

Summer in Chicago is sweet, but short, and all of a sudden it's September and you forgot to go to the beach. Before the back-to-school blues threaten to bog you down this month, make sure to hit these hot events and spots. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives


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Looking for a fun afternoon out with your spouse? The Shedd Aquarium's Penguin Encounter is a great place to ditch the kids. Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

Capture rays of sunshine by creating your own sun weave from twigs and fabric. Read more


Check out these four unique ways to preserve your summer memories. Read more

Stuff We Love

Want a sneak peek at what's happening with the Chicago Bears, while still making sure your kids have a good time? Head to Soldier Field on Aug. 3 for the 2013 Comcast Bears Family Fest. Read more

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