Category: Being Your Best Parent

Top 3 Tips For Choosing Sports for Your Preschooler

Your four or five year-old child is ready to take on some new challenges! With their toddler days behind them, kids this age are poised for a period of rapid growth and development -- physically, emotionally and socially --- which is why it’s important to choose non-competitive sports and activities that are designed to help 4 and 5 year-olds develop these emerging skills.

Preschoolers are at the height of their creative play, which makes interacting with them really fun! They’re still...

Posted on August 04, 2015 at 7:25 AM by Ashley Campbell

A Ready-For-School Checklist!

If you’ve been wondering how best to transition your little one from nanny to preschool-ready, read on. The most common concerns from families entering school for the first time are about preparation. Although there is no scientific or evidence-based formula, you can add these five easy-to-apply activities and approaches to your own ready-for-preschool checklist:

1.  Enroll your child in a part- or full-time summer enrichment program. Many schools and neighborhood centers offer summer ...

Posted on July 07, 2015 at 1:25 PM by Ancona School

How I Stopped Worrying and Deserted the Mommy War

My child was formula fed. My child was sleep trained. My child eats food that is not organic. The old me would give you a twenty-minute explanation of how each of these things happened (although never originally part of my plan). The new me recognizes that you probably don’t give a shit.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the so-called “mommy wars.” After three and a half years of motherhood and reading the endless stream of social media posts on the subject, I think I have found ...

Posted on July 02, 2015 at 9:30 AM by Christa Reed

A Q & A with Chicago's Next Big Thing

Parker Krex isn’t waiting years to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. The 10 year-old Chicago native is already CEO of his own company, Brick loot. All it took was one good idea to make him, quite possibly, the areas youngest CEO. We asked him a few questions about what it's like to be a Kidpreneur!

How did you come up with the idea for Brick Loot?

I subscribed to a different subscription box, and I didn’t like the things inside it. I LOVE LEGO so I thought it would b...

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM by Christa Reed

Top 5 Must-Have Summer Toys (+WIN them)!

Summer is finally here and this is what we survived the Polar Vortex for. Don’t let sun and warm weather slip past you without making a “bucket list” to ensure your family has a fun-filled summer. Whether that list includes hitting our many Chicago beaches, backyard barbecues, or visiting one of the many water-slashing Chicago Parks,  I’ve got my “bucket list” of toys that will make it an unforgettable summer!


Zorbz Self Sealing Water Balloons

Just pinch for a second after fi...

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 5:00 PM by Katherine McHenry

Beyond the Playground

As warm weather approaches, the great outdoors seems to beckon children and parents alike. Slides, swings, and climbing structures welcome summer play with open arms, and parents enjoy watching their children release energy freely. While playground equipment is engaging for a time, it can quickly become dull when used in the same manner everyday. Below are some ways to make outside time more enjoyable and allow parents to be active participants in the excitement of summer while strengthening ...

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 3:29 PM by Lincoln Park Preschool and Kindergarten

5 Tips For Your Next At-Home Birthday Party

Remember having birthday parties at home? They don’t have to be a thing of the past. Parties at home are more affordable, and generally more comfortable. So how do you avoid hordes of children wreaking havoc in your house? It’s all in the planning…

The main key to having a manageable party at home is party size. Keeping the guest list to 8-10 children works best.

Consider your child's interests and include them in the party planning process. Chances are if they like playing d...

Posted on May 07, 2015 at 9:00 AM by Maggi Steib

3 Green Things to Pack for Spring Break

April is officially here, which means I think it's safe to say Spring has arrived? April couldn't have come in with more of a bang, as the first weekend marks the beginning of holidays and Spring Break for many Chicago families. Before you head out the door with a million-and-one things in hand, here are some quick tips for greener traveling. 

1. We love multitasking products in our family as they save on weight, space and "schtuff" in general. snackTAXI (see pic below) makes aweso...

Posted on April 05, 2015 at 7:00 PM by Jenny Perillo

3 Tips for Greener Beauty

The beauty industry has a dirty little secret. A lot of your favorite products that you use on yourself and your little ones contain ingredients in them that are not good for our bodies or the planet. The average woman uses 9-15 different products per day that contain up to 100 different ingredients. I don’t think this average woman was a new mom, because that number for me shrunk to 1 - soap, after my daughter was born. I began my journey into a more natural world, thrown into it really, ...

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 5:41 PM by Jenny Perillo

14 Chicago Businesses with a Drive Thru or Curbside Service

I’ll be honest. My son was a colicky mess for six months. We didn’t get a stretch of sleep for longer than 3 hours at a time and he seemed to only sleep while moving. Luckily, it was a rather mild winter and the Uppa handled snowy sidewalks like a champ. We spent a lot of time aimlessly walking around the neighborhood so that he could sleep and I didn’t loose my mind. When it was too cold for that, like I imagine this winter is, we would drive. I would strategically go from drive thru to driv...

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 7:00 AM