Archive for January 2017

Chicago is a pretty amazing place for a teen to call home

Chicago is a pretty amazing place for a teen to call home
I write for a living, and not just in this space. I also get to write for Chicago Parent and that includes writing about events and activities for families and kids of all ages held in and around Chicago. Those posts are informational (at least, I like to think that they are), but in writing them... Read more »

Wise advice from Brené Brown on talking with our kids about political rhetoric

Wise advice from Brené Brown on talking with our kids about political rhetoric
Political debate is tough to avoid right now, and it can very quickly become nasty. Knowing how to handle divisive and even hateful rhetoric with our kids is tough. I wanted to share this wise advice from Brené Brown on how to talk with our kids about political rhetoric that she shared today in a video on her... Read more »

Privacy concerns about Meitu, the popular anime photo app

Privacy concerns about Meitu, the popular anime photo app
Meitu is an anime photo app out of China that has recently become hugely popular in the West, with more than 430 million users outside of China. It’s gone viral and users are flocking to it, but they may want to think twice. It describes itself as “Think of us as a one touch photoshop... Read more »
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Favorite quotes from Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Favorite quotes from Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Today I’m looking for a little additional comfort and reassurance, and I’m turning to a rather unlikely source: Winnie the Pooh. Actually, I’m turning to the author of the stories featuring Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne. Milne was born on January 18, 1882 and to honor him and the character he brought to life, Winnie... Read more »

Parental plea: Keep adolescents with a fever at home

Parental plea: Keep adolescents with a fever at home
When your children enter adolescence, it’s true that some aspects of parenting change. However, that does not mean that everything changes. There are basic tenets of parenting that apply across the board, from babies to teens and every stage in between. One of those is keeping a kid home when he/she has a fever. In my... Read more »

Family movie review of Hidden Figures

Family movie review of Hidden Figures
We went to the movies today and I wanted to share our family movie review of Hidden Figures. The movie is based on the true story of three ridiculously smart African-American women working for NASA in the 1960s. In short: It’s a great film. Please go see it. Take your kids. Take some tissues, too. (Fear... Read more »
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Teens and tech: Thoughts on how to manage it and help them understand it

Teens and tech: Thoughts on how to manage it and help them understand it
A large part of parenting tweens and teens these days seems to be managing devices and social media accounts. Here are some articles on teens and tech that I’ve found interesting lately. I’ve been a fan of having kids read terms of use for social media before signing up for an account, as I wrote... Read more »

How to get kids to do their chores: Power Hour

How to get kids to do their chores: Power Hour
When I looked around our house on New Year’s Day, I saw a mess. It was a happy mess, to be sure, with games and decorations and other evidence of our fun celebration from the prior night strewn about, but still a mess. I tried to ignore it. I failed. And then I declared Power Hour.... Read more »