Seven years of marriage has taught me a lot. How communicating with my wife (and really listening) when I would prefer to shut down really helps us solve problems. How saying “I’m sorry” should only be used if I truly mean it, because it could lead to further issues if I don’t. How marriage can be the most rewarding relationship I’ve ever experienced if I put in the work, and how it can be incredibly challenging if I don’t.
Yet no matter how much I’ve learned and how much work I’ve put...Posted on September 21, 2017 at 2:36 PM
Ever wonder what a “typical” day is like for a mom with two school-aged kids attending two different schools in two vastly different neighborhoods? We are a family in the South Loop, with a first-grader and preschooler. When our son received an offer to attend a highly-regarded CPS Selective Enrollment Elementary School on the far South Side last year, we were ecstatic about his opportunity but also had to give much consideration to how accepting that spot would turn our daily routine ups...Posted on September 11, 2017 at 9:26 AM
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Language Stars provides play-based world language classes for kids ages 1-12! Each of our native-speaking teachers uses FunImmersion®, which includes games, songs and fun activities to provide cultural and language enrichment.
Whether this is your child’s first language experience or they already have been exposed to a world language, our play-based interactions in a full-immersion environment will allow your child to build their langua...Posted on September 05, 2017 at 7:00 AM
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Pack a picnic, grab your blanket and bring some friends to Merry Music Makers’ free Musical Picnic as we kick off the new school year with games, dancing and singing! On Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4pm, we'll be making music at Winnemac Park near the play lot, so stop by and join in!
After the picnic, fall classes and private instrument lessons begin at our three locations in Lakeview, Andersonville and Edgewater. We offer our ever-popular Music Toge...Posted on August 29, 2017 at 9:53 AM
Parenting a toddler can be hard enough without the pressures of finding that “perfect” school for your curious, inquisitive, rambunctious and eager little one. You’ve heard the rumors before: ”Get into the right school now so that your path to Harvard is assured. If you miss your window, you’ve missed your chance!” But is that really true? Is there even such a thing as a “golden ticket” to those coveted universities? Are we doomed to let go of those lofty dreams if we send our child to th...Posted on August 28, 2017 at 9:19 AM
Photo: Evelyn Perez-Horita
The transition from summer to the new school year can be difficult for any child. It definitely is for my 8-year-old special-needs child, Lia, so my husband and I have tried a lot of techniques and have found some things that work. We’ve also come across some great ideas from other parents. Keep in mind that not all of these suggestions or ideas will work for you, but it’s worth a try for kiddos that struggle getting back into the school routine every year.
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As a new parent, you might already know how magical baby swimming classes can be for infants. At British Swim School Downtown Chicago, our baby swimming classes offer babies as young as three months old a chance to experience the water for the very first time. After getting over any initial fears, children fall in love with floating, playing, and splashing about in the pool. Not to mention, water survival techniques that each infant can accom...Posted on August 22, 2017 at 7:00 AM
Photo: Resting Chicago-style at the Chicago History Museum
There are lots of families who already call Lincoln Park home, but many more who haven’t yet explored all it has to offer! Summer is a great time to take advantage of the parks, the markets and the free activities hosted in Lincoln Park. In keeping with our theme of three things—one inside, one outside, one that involves food—these are the top things to do in Lincoln Park.
Where can you see the first “L” car, learn a...
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At Coddled Care, we specialize in personalized care for infants and toddlers during all stages of growth. We have your complete childcare needs covered, whether your child is just beginning to sit up, crawl, walk or climb.
At Coddled Care, your infant/toddler well-being is our number one priority. Your child receives nurturing care and a well-rounded education. We customize our care and teaching to your child as an individual based on parent guid...Posted on August 15, 2017 at 7:00 AM
As a kid, I loved buying supplies for the new school year, picking out my outfit for the first day and wondering what my new teacher would be like. Not all children feel the same way as I did (including my own) and many start feeling worried about the transition. Whether your child is starting school for the first time or is just one of those kids who struggles with new routines, here are some suggestions for how to make the back-to-school transition go a little more smoothly.
Talk abo...Posted on August 14, 2017 at 9:09 AM