Posts from: March 2017
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All parents have, at many points throughout their life, looked at their child and thought about all the great things they can become and all the amazing accomplishments they’ll complete. This is a universal sentiment that is incredibly unique to being a parent. There are other times when a different feeling hits you: that feeling of apprehension and uncertainty about the opportunities and resources you can provide. Is it enough? What are other parents doing? ...Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:28 AM
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Did you know that the average american woman spends over $33,000 and two entire months of her life plucking, shaving and waxing? As all busy moms surely know, it’s those few extra moments every morning that make all the difference between a hot cup of coffee and a deep breath, and absolute chaos.
Imagine what you could do with all the time you don’t spend removing unwanted hair? Here are all the 10 things you can do with all the time and m...Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:06 AM
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Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), shiver-free 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Families with kids of different ages and skill levels can conveniently have all of their swimmers in the pool during the same half hour time slot and schedule makeup classes wh...Posted on March 28, 2017 at 7:00 AM
I don't cook, and I am totally envious when I see mom friends post incredible dishes they make for their kids on social media. As a result, I make impulsive purchases to acquire cooking tools that gather dust in my cabinets.
Like some mamas, I am just not interested in cooking. I enjoy it when it is an activity, an experiment, but not a task.
Most of the people in my generation growing up in Asia have a live-in nanny or take-out is merely a block away. Also eating out is a social t...Posted on March 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM
I'm a parent like you and I’ve had to choose a summer camp for my own kids a zillion times. With so many options available, how do you know when a summer program is the right fit for your child and family?
A word-of-mouth reference about a program is a great start, and there are lots of great camp guides out there. Regardless of how you hear about the camp, make sure it's licensed as a Children’s Activities Facility. Being licensed as such means all staff who are present with your chil...Posted on March 17, 2017 at 9:29 AM
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There is a lot of agreement on the NPN forum that Betsy DeVos is a worrisome choice to head up the U.S. Department of Education. No doubt she would continue her crusade to widely promote charters and tax-payer–funded vouchers for private and religious schools. But arguably the future of Chicago Public Schools will have more to do with how we act locally than what DeVos or some equally anti-public education secretary does.
This January '16 Trib a...Posted on March 15, 2017 at 10:29 AM
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As Chicago parents, we have many, many questions about our children’s education.
These questions start before our little ones are even born: Should I send my child to CPS, look at private schools, or move to the suburbs? What is my local school? Is it “good”?
Parents of diverse learners face many more questions as their children grow: How will my child get her needs met once she is in school? Is CPS up to the challeng...Posted on March 14, 2017 at 12:32 PM
It was a Sunday night, and we were settling in as a family to watch a Blackhawks game when the game broke away for a nightly news update. The newscaster mentioned a looming storm, a car accident on the Kennedy and showed a clip of the President-elect behind a podium. My five year old looked at the television, looked at me, and then asked me why the President-elect was yelling. And to be honest, I wasn’t really sure since there was so much yelling going on for months and months in the poli...Posted on March 13, 2017 at 10:50 AM
If your child starts to become attracted to someone of the same sex or wants to break away from typical gender expressions (e.g., a boy wearing a dress), you're probably wondering, Is this just a phase? Buckle up, because it’s not simple.
The answer is yes and no. Some children have a clear sense whether they’re gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender from an early age and it never changes, while others might question and experiment with those identities only for a period of time. Most p...Posted on March 07, 2017 at 10:18 AM
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Inspire STEAM! is an engaging summer day camp for girls 5-7 years old with fun-filled real world exploration that opens their eyes to the world around them. STEAM concepts are discovered daily as a way of thinking, approaching problems, experimenting and finding solutions.
The girls will engage in weekly projects that range from exploring the idea of what it means to work through entrepreneurship to engineering their own castles. Our curricul...Posted on March 07, 2017 at 7:00 AM