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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 ...


Gotta Vent 2023

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Sunscreen to protect scar from tanning

My teen had surgery last fall and was told to cover the scar with sunscreen to prevent the scar from turning darker from the sun. The scar is in area that easily visible and covering it UV clothing is not an option. I had used a zinc stick from Blue Lizzard a decade ago when DC had stitches on their...

OT recommendation?

Hi all, Any recs for OT's in the city who take BCBS for my almost 5yo son, who I suspect has gravitational insecurity (as well as some mild sensory issues and core weakness)?  I have searched old threads, but am having a hard time getting anyone to call/email me back.  Evola, All Bright and Chi...

Which School Districts Have the Most Robust /Follow Most Current Research & Best Practices for Neurodiverse Students?

Seeking Recommendations:   NOT including CPS as an option, which Illinois public school districts are known to have the most robust, successful, diverse learner programs, following the most current/scientific research & most current best practices for working with neurodiverse students...

Menopause help!

I am 48 pretty confident that I am firmly at the precept of perimenopause.  My mom died over a decade ago and for some reason this is a topic I feel funny approaching my older friends about.  I need help.  I know nothing and I need information, I need to know what to expect.   What are the...

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Co-parenting with someone you hate (or love)

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