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Celebrate the holiday season at Gallagher Way, just steps away from iconic Wrigley Field. Get into the holiday spirit with a spin on the ice, a seat on Santa’s lap, a seasonal movie or any of our other holiday and winter events.
With open ice skating, ice skating classes, curling classes, Chimes at Gallagher Way, Santa's Workshop, holiday crafts, and much, much, more, Gallagher Way has all sorts of activities for your family to enjoy!
Sit...Posted on December 04, 2018 at 7:00 AM
Many Chicago parents, myself included, start thinking about high school at the same time we're applying to preschool. This phenomenon isn’t limited to “type A” parents or “helicopter” parents or overachieving parents. We begin thinking about high school so early because our children’s access to education can influence major life decisions such as where we live, and because to new and not-so-new parents, public high schools in Chicago are something of a mystery.
What are public high sc...Posted on December 03, 2018 at 1:07 PM
To school or not to school?
Wait, is that even a question? For hundreds of Chicago-area parents and many more across the nation, it is a very real one. In the past decade, there has been a nationwide surge in parents choosing to homeschool, unschool, or choose a non-traditional school without a fixed curriculum or grades. But why?
Proponents believe that unschooling provides opportunities for children to explore their interests without the limits of a tradit...
Self-care. It’s a necessity to being the best caregiver you can be to your children. But it’s a low priority for many parents who wear multiple hats to maintain a career (even as Chief Executive Mom), maintain the household, and raise healthy, happy, and well-balanced children.
Confession: I have been there multiple times. Albeit passive-aggressively, but definitely there. I know you may be thinking, “How can I possibly fit in one more thing in an already overcommitted schedule?” But i...Posted on November 08, 2018 at 2:26 PM
We all know how much kids like to receive. You only have to mention Santa, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy to understand how true that is. So how can we teach our children to appreciate that the holiday season is primarily about giving, not getting, and to understand how lucky they are?
Start early. Although giving and gratitude are hard concepts for really little ones to grasp, it’s never too early to start building a culture that embraces them. I’ve heard that by the age of 4 hab...Posted on November 07, 2018 at 12:29 PM
When I met my now-husband, he introduced himself using his middle name, Cyriac. “Cyriac” was especially difficult for me to pronounce because it was completely foreign to my ears. I remember being tongue-tied every time I attempted to say his name.
Because of those earlier awkward, yet amusing, moments, I always give others grace when they have the same experience hearing his name for the first time. Because of that expected awkwardness, in certain situations, my husband sometimes choo...Posted on November 07, 2018 at 11:42 AM
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What if I told you that there is one item that increases brain size, improves focus, decreases stress, and improves academic success for your child? You would run out to purchase this magic solution for success! Well, you do not need to “run” out or pull up your Amazon account to order anything, because the answer is as simple as 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity and the only thing magic about it is the results!
enerGEEwhizz is a one...Posted on November 06, 2018 at 7:00 AM
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Make your next event truly special—let the professionals do the work. From public events to corporate meetings, private gathering to weddings, nothing allows you to be a guest at your own event like a catered service. We handle the details, set-up and clean up, leaving you to enjoy your time with your guests. Whether at your home or a venue, 20 people or 200 guests, we can make your event intimate, professional and memorable.
Rowan Catering was forme...Posted on October 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM
On Friday, Chicago Public Schools released a lot of new data. While CPS's continued enrollment slide made the biggest headlines (enrollment is linked to how much funding each district receives), the new school ratings are likely more important to parents, especially those in the thick of school search. Find out where your school—or the schools you're considering for your child next year—ranks here.
My son's school's rating dropped from a 1+ to a 1. That's disappointing, for sure, but ...Posted on October 29, 2018 at 11:27 AM
Raising children with another person can be unbelievably stressful. Despite our best efforts to be sensitive to another person’s parenting style or preferred method of discipline, aligning one’s values with the other parent when both parents have strong opinions of the “right” or “wrong” way to rear children can be tricky.
While parties who don’t have children together can effectively sever ties (absent a financial obligation to the other party), this is an impossibility for parents. ...Posted on October 25, 2018 at 10:02 AM