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Parenting Advice Topics

Working Moms
Tips on juggling your two (or more!) jobs—mother and employee
New Moms
Connect with other new moms and watch videos on infant care
Raising Good Kids
Thoughts from parents on raising a city kid
Support and resources during your 10-month journey
Sleep Training
Videos on infant sleep and more on that precious commodity
Healthy Children
Keeping kids well, both mentally and physically
Articles and discussion about partners, in-laws and more
Techniques, tips and tricks from experts—and parent experts
Potty training, separation anxiety and managing kids’ moods
Developmental Differences
Support group, fair and more for parents of kids with special needs
Travel With Kids
Trip ideas and strategies for a fun family vacation
Working mom hacks: Tips and tricks to make your life easier
Coffee alone won't cut it. Parents who work full time need a plan to get out of the house on time in the morning with everyone fed, dressed and backpacks packed—without tears. (No one would blame you ...
What to expect when you’re expecting a Chicago baby
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 Chic...
Talking to kids about racism
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash   “Mommy, why are people protesting?” “Well, some people did some really bad things to a man named George Floyd and people want everyone to know that ...


Neuropsych Eval Providers

I got this list as practices that may take our insurance to do neuropsych eval. Looking for positive or negative feedback on the list.    —The Family Institute —Advocate Children's —Lurie Children’s —Midwest Counseling —The Chicago Practice —Cognitive Solutions Learning Center (I ha...

Gotta Vent 2022

No one has created a 2022 thread yet?? Ok, might as well be me who starts it.    There is a special place in hell for whoever invented those clay dinosaur "eggs" that kids (including mine) love so much. WTAF is the point of this thing? So you get a box full of these large hard clay eggs an...

Do you pull your kids out of school for routine dentist/doctor appointments?

My child's dentist only ever offers midday appointments and they act confused when I always reply 'they're in school during that time'.  This is a wonderful pediatric practice that is frequently mentioned on here and although we love them, I think it is nuts that they expect people to pull their kid...

Recommend your GI doc (preferably with NorthShore)

Mine is no longer practicing and I need an endoscopy and colonoscopy. My doc had some reccs, but looking for other options.    Thanks! ...

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