Posts tagged "Chicago Parent Magazine"

Ditch New Year's Resolutions and Focus on New Family Rituals Instead

Ditch New Year's Resolutions and Focus on New Family Rituals Instead
I can’t stand this time of year when everyone acts like their lives are going to mysteriously morph into perfection during the month of January. Let’s be honest here. You may wake up at 5:00 a.m. once or twice to make it to the gym but that isn’t going to stick. Nor is your plan... Read more »

School is cool (well, most of the time): Chicago kids speak out on what really goes down at school

School is cool (well, most of the time): Chicago kids speak out on what really goes down at school
Over the past year, I’ve been interviewing Chicago-area kids to find out what they think about everything from technology to green living to the violence and other social issues plaguing our city. These stories have been published as a series in Chicago Parent Magazine. The final installment in this series is all about school. Do... Read more »

Chicago Parent is looking for parent bloggers (hey, like you!)

Chicago Parent is looking for parent bloggers (hey, like you!)
I love Chicago Parent Magazine. I’ve been working with them for about five years now and I truly value what they do to be a resource for all Chicago parents. The folks at Chicago Parent are looking to expand their blogging network. They are looking for bloggers to contribute original content to the Chicago Parent website... Read more »
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Chicago kids speak out on the challenges facing our city in Chicago Parent Magazine

Chicago kids speak out on the challenges facing our city in Chicago Parent Magazine
Chicago is a beautiful, world-class city. However, like all big cities, it faces serious social issues that impact us all (you obviously know this). We all worry about violence, poverty, drugs, homelessness and other challenges. I wanted to talk to real Chicago kids to hear what they think about those challenges so I reached out... Read more »

Make Fireworks in a Jar for the 4th of July

Make Fireworks in a Jar for the 4th of July
July is all about fireworks. Some kids love the colorful and loud explosions in the sky around the Fourth of July weekend. Other kiddos aren’t so sure about this noisy annual tradition. Regardless of whether or not your kids are fans of the real thing, you can work together to re-create the bursts of cascading... Read more »

Getting Organized (a mom's work is never done here)

Getting Organized (a mom's work is never done here)
Due to the largely crummy weather over the weekend, I spent a ton of time getting my house organized. It felt good. Really good. Three kids means tons of stuff to manage. And I struggle to keep on top of everything. I WANT to be organized. But sometimes I need some help. And sometimes I... Read more »
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Mom Knows Best (She Really Does)

Mom Knows Best (She Really Does)
Moms really know their stuff (even if you may not want to hear it at the time). In some ways, mothering is the same now as it was in the early 1900′s. But is many ways, this parenting gig is a totally different game. I recently had the opportunity to interview three generations of mothers... Read more »

Chicago Kids Speak Out on the State of the Environment in Chicago Parent Magazine

Chicago Kids Speak Out on the State of the Environment in Chicago Parent Magazine
This year, I am writing a series of stories for Chicago Parent Magazine that feature the voices of real Chicago kids on a variety of topics. This month, I chatted up a group of thirteen kids between the ages of 7-14 from all over the Chicago area about environmental issues impacting our city and our... Read more »

Nothing to do? Make monster feet.

Nothing to do? Make monster feet.
Spring break is upon us. For your sake, I hope you are headed to a warm and sunny locale. In the event that you’ll be staying in town and trying fill your week with fun and entertaining activities for the kiddos, may I suggest that you make monster feet. This project is the perfect antidote... Read more »
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A "tweet" Valentine's Day craft

A "tweet" Valentine's Day craft
Not all Valentine’s Day treats have to involve a sugar rush (and those little conversation hearts taste kind of gross anyway). If you are looking for a more natural take on Valentine’s Day inspired crafts, check out my craft column in this month’s Chicago Parent Magazine. We made heart-shared backyard bird feeders as a little Valentine’s... Read more »