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Over the last year, I have read—well, listened to—two books that have changed the way I think about spending time with my children. The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabari is a great reminder to be present and grateful for the fortunate role we have as guides to our children on their journeys to adulthood. The second is called The Power of Moments, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, and is about how we remember moments in our lives because they elevate us, con...Posted on September 18, 2019 at 2:22 PM
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With a 10k Challenge as well as a 5k Fun Run, Jog or Walk, there is something for everyone—men, women and children—as everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer. This is a great way to come out and show your support and help us in our Race for a Cure.
RACE DATE: Great Pink Run with Glanbia will take place on Oct. 5 at 8am
LOCATION: Diversey Harbor, Chicago
A scenic 5K double-loop route has been designed along the lakefront fo...Posted on September 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM
Preparing to give birth in the City of Big Shoulders? Get ready. In addition to a generally friendly Midwestern vibe from passers-by, there are a handful of little-known watch-outs and hacks that Chicago moms of yore have discovered along the way. For advice, we asked our Member Discussion Forum and social media channels to weigh in: What would you tell a first-time Chicago mom? Here’s what we learned.
Bundle up, but don’t buy a maternity coat
Given our long winter, chances are you’re...
*PARENT PERK BY CODEVERSE*
Explore a world full of endless possibilities, fun, and creativity at Codeverse—Chicago's best interactive coding studio for kids ages 6–13!
Codeverse is a modern, high-tech studio where kids learn how to code, build apps and video games and interact with top-notch technology, including professional-grade sound and light equipment, CraftBot 3D printers, a 20-ft high definition TV wall, strobe lights and robotic arms.
Whether your child is new to codi...Posted on September 10, 2019 at 7:00 AM
Public preschool admissions, procedures and offerings have been an ever-changing process year after year. This year is no exception as CPS is once again in the midst of changes to their Chicago Early Learning programs (formerly known as Ready to Learn, Preschool for All and others).
The newest change is a Universal PreK (UPK) component, but CPS is rolling it out in phases to further confuse and muddle the landscape.
This latest initiative was announced by outgoing Mayor Rahm Ema...Posted on September 05, 2019 at 9:54 AM
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Here’s a thought: 52% of Fortune 500 CEOS are bilingual. That makes learning Spanish as a second language from birth a valuable life skill. Bilingual kids can also pick up other critical languages like software coding to help them level the playing field.
Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion Early Learning Center is a full Spanish immersion preschool. This means that all instructions and activities are conducted in Spanish. New students quickly become comf...Posted on September 03, 2019 at 7:00 AM
I hate the discourtesy of being late. I hate running from place to place. I hate to keep people waiting. With three little ones in tow (ages 2, 4 and 6), though, it kind of comes with the territory.
But does it have to? These are some of the tools I’ve tried in my endeavor to avoid tardies at school, hold down a full-time job, keep stress and tears at bay, and even enjoy going about our day together. (Full disclosure: We don’t have this subject mastered, but we are committed to keep tr...Posted on August 28, 2019 at 1:03 PM
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Based on the name alone, undergoing a neuropsychological evaluation sounds like an intimidating process. In reality, it’s a comprehensive look at your child’s day-to-day functioning at home, at school and in the community. Whether your child has been referred for a neuropsych eval, or you’re just curious about what it entails, read on.
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
According to Dr. Lori Tall, founder and ...
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There are few skills more important to teach to your child than proper water safety. Learning how to stay safe around water is a must for kids of all ages. And it makes the perfect after-school activity for your little students!
At British Swim School of Downtown Chicago, we teach infants starting as young as 3 months how to become comfortable in the water and trained on how to save themselves in a water emergency. Our toddler and child programs...Posted on August 27, 2019 at 7:00 AM
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If you enjoy waiting for trams and shuttles, this is not for you!
O’Hare Personal Valet is a family travel solution. Drive to the terminal in your own car by picking up a valet 2 miles outside O’Hare. When you arrive back from your trip, we will deliver your vehicle to arrivals, outside baggage claim. Pack up the car and head home. Our valet will find their own way back to the lot.
Indoor/outdoor parking. Washes, waxes and details are ava...Posted on August 20, 2019 at 7:00 AM