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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 ...


Anyone else feel raked over the coals when you leave the salon?

I just got half head of  highlights, root touch up  and a haircut.  Just spent $500 with tip.  My hair looks good and I like it but I can’t believe I spent that much.  I feel empty about it.  Not regret but not happy.  I do this 2x a year so it’s not like I go often.   Anyone else feel like it’s not...

When do you plan to get your kid (age 5-11) a booster shot?

Now that boosters are approved for ages 5-11, when do you plan to get it? I'm not sure how long the shot is effective, but I want to time it so that my kid is protected for the rest of the school year, for summer camp, and for summer travels. Just curious what other parents were thinking as to timin...

Gotta Vent -- COVID specific -- 2022

#1 vent is that we still need a covid-specific vent thread in 2022   #2 vent is that my kid's school has so much COVID that they haven't even sent out any classroom notification letters since we've been back from break. They are apparently trying to catch up, but what good does it do for m...

Is Covid ripping through your school right now?

Should we even try to stop it at this point? how many cases reported this past week? Anonymous poster hash: 0abb3...83e ...

Please recommend your Rush OB/Gyn

I'm well past the babies / pregnancy stage - approaching menopause if that impacts your recommendation.  I prefer someone with office hours located on the north side. ...

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