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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
Pregnancy
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
Relationships
Articles and discussion about partners, in-laws and more
Discipline
Techniques, tips and tricks from experts—and parent experts
Behavior
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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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Discussions

Tipping a cleaning service

In the past, I’ve always used a cleaner that I found on my own and tipped accordingly   today, I’m using a service for the first time. They brought 3 women to do the deep clean-one of whom is the owner. Todays cleaning will be expensive …no prob  Moving forward, , 2 women will...

Big tech layoffs effect on Chicago

Curious if anyone knows local people affected by the big tech layoffs. Wondering how much this is going to shake up the local economy. Also, what is the best resource for unemployment benefits if you have severance? Hasn't happened to me yet but I am definitely vulnerable unfortunately so would rath...

How to start working out

I’m in my kid 40s and haven’t worked out since 2019. I’m not overweight, just woefully out of shape. I’m winded walking up the stairs. I used to enjoy group classes but would be intimidated now. I also don’t like running or treadmills. I know myself and need to have a trainer of instructor to hold m...

Concierge medicine recommendations/experiences?

Wondering if anyone can share a concierge medicine program that they have been happy with in the city. On the other hand, if anyone has not felt it to be worth it I would appreciate that too! After a few disappointing/possibly life-endangering (not for Covid reasons) experiences, I am thin...

Trauma and special education eligibility

the field of education is very focused on trauma informed practices which they should be.    The experts in this field strongly feel children who are victims of trauma should not be placed in special education classrooms or even receive special education services as they don’t have a disab...


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