Posts from: January 2015

Parenting Advice from Parents Like You!

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Some of the article in this issue include:

The New Year's Resolution That Pays: College Savings

Hiring A Nanny

Choosing the Right Camp for Your Child

It Takes A Vill...

Posted on January 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM by Christa Reed

How to Safely Remove Little Fingerprints from Phones and Tablets

Ever look at your smartphone or tablet and wonder how those little fingerprints go on the screen? Worst yet, you break out your iPhone and the screen is all sticky? If you have babies and toddlers, then here's the best way to safely remove fingerprints from your phone or tablet.

Dirty Fingerprints - How Did They Get there

If you're a parent, chances are that you're no stranger to this scenario: you're in a crowded restaurant when your toddler begins fussing. Your attempts to reason...

Posted on January 08, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Kellner

8 tips for success at bedtime

Does bedtime feel like a battle in your house? Do you end up giving in to the demand for more water, another story or other excuses your child comes up with to stay up later? Are you trying to transition your child to sleeping in her own bed and not having success? Follow these 8 tips to get your whole family sleeping more soundly.


1. Routine: Make the transition to bedtime smooth and predictable by creating a consistent routine. Include nighttime rituals that are calming and comforti...

Posted on January 07, 2015 at 11:15 AM by Ritamaria Laird

Things to Do When It's Just Too Cold

It was just a matter of time. The bitter cold and snow finally made it to Chicago leaving us indoors or dying to break free from the monotony of the living room floor. Only so many blanket forts can be built before you’re ready to lose it. It’s ok.

Here are some ideas if you’re looking for inspiration.

Learn: Toddler Takeover at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Big kids are back in school so it’s time for the little ones to get out and run the palace! Tons of fun programming for the ...

Posted on January 06, 2015 at 11:26 AM by Christa Reed

I’m Every Mom I said I Wouldn’t Be


I probably did more reading while I was pregnant than I did in my four years of undergrad. I became obsessed with being the best parent that I could be, or least obsessed with figuring out what that was. Just before my kiddo turned one, I made a mental list of rules that I fully believed that I could follow. Before then it was just flailing for survival, but at one, I thought I had it together enough for a plan.

Screen Time. I always said that I would seriously limit TV. Or, at least ...

Posted on January 05, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Some inspiration for 2015...

I’m not necessarily a big fan of resolutions. Typically, I feel that if you put a label on a self-improvement at the beginning of the year, you’ll surely fail in 4-6 weeks. This, I know based on the shear number of people at my gym at 6am mid-January vs. mid-February.

I like quotes. I like it when people far smarter than myself, smash some words together and create something that could inspire for a year in the length of a sentence. So I’m going to pick a few of the more global motivat...

Posted on January 01, 2015 at 10:00 AM by Christa Reed