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December 2011

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Add an unexpected element to taco night by creating a “taco tool box” for each member of the family to hold the various elements for make-your-own tacos. Buy a plain, wood mini tool box from the craft store for each member of the family (if you can’t find mini tool boxes, plain wooden boxes will do). Line each tool box with parchment paper and fill it with all of the taco fixin’s divided into sections, such as hard taco shells, tortillas, meat, cheese and veggies. Instruct your crew to get building! Messy? Yes, but totally worth it. Serves 4 Read more

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Mix up a batch of sugar cookie dough and make alphabet letter cookies for some whimsical fun. Read more

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Deep dish pizza is obviously an iconic Chicago dish—but it is also packed with fat and calories. Introduce your family to this healthy take on a local favorite. Serves 6. Read more

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Put a little sea in your food, plus some healthy vitamins and minerals. Serves 4. Read more

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Surprise your kids by serving "dessert" for dinner. Dig out your muffin tin and create meatloaf "cupcakes" with mashed potato "frosting." Serves 8. Read more

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Cranberries aren't just for eating. And if you bought too many, here are some great ways to get rid of them. Read more

Crafts

A Chicago mom has created a service that vets telecommuting jobs for parents who want a flexible schedule. Read more

General Parenting

Own your own business? There are advantages for everybody involved to hire your kids. Read more

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Children under 2 should not play with computers or watch TV, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Our columnist, Sharon Cindrich, knows that, realistically, that's not going to happen. Read more

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With money tight, your kids may not get the toys and electronics their friends get. Here are some common sense steps to help them handle the disappointment. Read more

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Moms are often busy buying gifts for everybody else, but Meredith Sinclair has some gift ideas for women. Read more

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Five Chicago kids were chosen to be part of Ralphie's gang in the tour of "A Christmas Carol, the Musical," running Dec. 14-30 at the Chicago Theatre. Read more

Arts & Culture

Nutrition per serving: 150 calories, 0 g fat, cholesterol and sodium, 1 g protein, 39 g carbohydrate, 6 g dietary fiber. Used with permission from Welch’s. Featured in Welch’s Taste the Harvest Guide: Where and How to Eat Fresh, Local and Seasonal. Visit welchs.com/zagat for more recipes. Read more

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Accidental poisonings do happen. What you need to know. Read more

General Parenting

Indulge for your holiday, but get right back on track for healthy eating the next day. Read more

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Jennifer DuBose with some great tips on working together, communicating and having fun with your kids. Read more

General Parenting

When it comes to the holidays, more and more families of different faiths are coming together to share their traditions and friendship Read more

Chicago Parent Archives

Carlucci in Downers Grove is fit for a family night and a date night. Read more

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Alena Murguia took her sons to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's kid series, with lunch included. Read more

Arts & Culture

Chat Mats ask some intriguing questions that kids can answer and discuss at their own level. Check 'em out for a great stocking stuffer or party idea. Read more

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