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Family biking in Chicago and the surrounding areas is fun, healthy, inexpensive and earth-friendly. You just have to know the rules of the road, and have a few family-friendly destinations in mind.
Step 1: Start small
Air up tires and adjust helmets so they are level to the ground, and won’t move around when your child shakes her head yes or no. To warm up, ride around the block or in a paved park or schoolyard. Try riding to a favorite park that i...
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The British International School of Chicago, South Loop offers a personalized and truly international approach to learning for students aged 3 - 18 years, developing lifelong learners and determined problem-solvers who are prepared to be leaders in the 21st century. Your child is supported to achieve more than they ever thought possible in our vibrant, inclusive, international community that represents more than 30 countries.
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In a world dominated by likes and emojis, how do you encourage a love of writing in your kids? My traditional, British self has been pondering just this question.
Writing provides the means for children to communicate and to express themselves. There are many ways to help your child feel not only the empowerment that comes from writing but the fun that can come with it, too—at any age.
The very young
A child is never too young to embark upon their writing journey. To set the foun...Posted on July 08, 2019 at 11:51 AM
Becoming a parent is a joyful, exciting time. It is also a stressful, disorienting and exhausting time.
There is cultural messaging that children are a joy and we should be happy throughout their babyhood. However, as a clinical psychologist and mother, I've seen that this is just not reality, and this message creates shame for mothers and partners who struggle with this major life transition. In fact, did you know that, statistically, couples report the lowest rates of marital satisfa...Posted on June 26, 2019 at 2:24 PM
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Secure a spot at Camp GEMS, a six-week summer day camp designed and organized by teachers at GEMS World Academy Chicago. Our camp offers the perfect way to keep children’s minds and bodies active this summer! Campers will create art, learn about food and clothing from other cultures, attend neighborhood festivals, enjoy live music/theater events and explore different parts of the city. Our programming closely aligns with the International Baccalaureate frame...Posted on June 25, 2019 at 7:00 AM
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Designed to introduce children to the world of sound, Summer Jam is an enriching, playful camp that offers engaging hands-on experiences with instruments and delves into the music of our culture and others from around the globe. Kids ages 4 to 8 explore music through movement, games, crafts, songs, books and demonstrations by professional musicians.
Each morning session has a different weekly focus:
Our Orchestra: Explore symphonic music by be...Posted on June 11, 2019 at 12:05 PM
Fathers are often the overshadowed parent when it comes to how we honor them. But lest we forget, there are so many dads, poppas and other positive male role models that deserve recognition.
Father’s Day is more than giving your favorite guy in your life a new tie or other gender-based gifts; it’s for showing honor to the men who have a genuine and nurturing presence in the lives of those who cherish them. Here is a list of innovative, fun and nonconforming ideas to honor all the fathe...Posted on June 05, 2019 at 11:58 AM
So your child is about to begin this huge stage of independent self-care and you have a million questions. Are they ready? Are you ready? Is it going to be a complete disaster? Will they cry? Will you?
On the flip side, there’s the glory of no more diapers. Ever. Think of all the saved money you can stash away in that college fund. Not to mention, you really need a break. Plus, most preschools won’t let you drop off a kid who isn’t fully potty trained.
Clearly, this has to happen. Y...Posted on June 04, 2019 at 1:13 PM
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Your kids will have the time of their lives conquering this course! All kids receive a medal, drawstring bag and wristband.
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Photo: Orlinsky with daughter Hayley
I’ve always told my daughter Hayley that she was smart and beautiful, and I felt that I adequately prepared her for school with a healthy but not over-the-top sense of self-confidence. That all changed one day in preschool when the teachers participated in an innocent activity that had major consequences for Hayley.
During a classroom redecoration, they hung a growth chart on the wall and placed a piece of tape next to the measurements to show t...Posted on May 28, 2019 at 1:07 PM