Posts from: June 2016

To the mom missing her dad on Father's Day

Photo: The author, second from left, with her dad, second from right, and family

 

I don’t mean to brag, but my husband is a really amazing dad. Ever since my boys were born, he was hands on and involved in every aspect of their lives, from changing poopy diapers to waking up with them in the middle of the night…even happily going into super-cold pools with them during swim lessons so I could stay warm and dry on the sidelines.

 

And when Father’s Day rolls around, I always wa...

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 8:36 AM by Amanda Simkin

How I got my toddler to eat like a normal human

Photo: David Goehring/Flickr

My daughter Sophia, now 5, is one of the strongest willed people I have ever met. So when toddlerhood hit, boy, did she dig in her heels, especially around food. As a health coach, having her subsist on noodles alone wasn’t really an option for me. I was determined to help her get over her pickiness and tried a lot of different things to get her to expand her palate. I employed these tips and can happily say that she and her 3-year-old brother Sam now reque...

Posted on June 07, 2016 at 10:32 AM by Carrie Rubin

Change your life and the lives of others! | NPNparents.org

Whether you are a 5K runner or triathlete, when you join Team Special Olympics Chicago for some of the most exciting races in Chicago, you'll get support all along the way.

Special Olympics would be honored to have you on its team to fundraise for this important cause. Your efforts will make a lasting difference to 6,000+ Chicago athletes. 

The Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in 22 Olympic-type sports for children and adults wit...

Posted on June 07, 2016 at 6:11 AM by Ellie Ander

13 signs you might be a Chicago mom

Our friends at the Huffington Post wrote a great list, 13 Signs You Might Be a Suburban Mom. We couldn't get away without creating one of our own about Chicago moms, too!

So, you might be a Chicago mom if... 

1. You know how to navigate public transportation with a diaper bag and a stroller. Oh, yeah, and a child. 

2. Sometimes you get lost in Whole Foods, for hours. 

3. You purge your baby stuff, almost immediately. Who's got the room for it?

4. You are flexible. If there ...

Posted on June 02, 2016 at 2:00 PM

The signs and symptoms of postpartum depression

Lifestyle blog Fix put together this helpful infographic about recognizing and treating postpartum depression, a topic you just can't know enough about. Postpartum depression can happen to any new mom, and the effects go beyond the "baby blues." And too few people talk about it, despeite the efforts of celebrities such as Hayden Panettiere, Brooke Shields and Drew Barrymore to shed light on the pervasive condition.

Learn to recognize the sigsn and symptoms of postpartum depression in yours...

Posted on June 02, 2016 at 10:22 AM