#GirlDad Means a Lot to Me as a Mom

#GirlDad Means a Lot to Me as a Mom
This week started with a horrific tragedy that left many across the world feeling devastation and heartbreak for the families involved. Five daughters (three teens and two daughters turned mothers) were killed in the helicopter crash that claimed the life of NBA great, Kobe Bryant and two other men on board. While their families, friends,... Read more »

TikTok Safety Tips for Parents

TikTok Safety Tips for Parents
TikTok is an extremely popular social media platform used by people of all ages, but it’s definitely a favorite among tweens and teens. As parents, we must monitor our children’s social media engagement closely. While TikTok consists of tons of fun video content and viral challenges, there are still comment and direct messaging capabilities, which... Read more »

The Toys R Us Adventure is Opening in Chicago Tomorrow

The Toys R Us Adventure is Opening in Chicago Tomorrow
Growing up, trips to Toys R Us always felt like a treat. This is why it was so hard when the news broke that our beloved retailer that made it okay to never want to grow up was closing it’s doors. I was so sad, I wrote about it way back when. This is also... Read more »
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We can't teach Black girls to love their hair if we hate it

We can't teach Black girls to love their hair if we hate it
A new H&M ad campaign sparked a lot of outrage and dialogue all due to a misunderstanding…or was it? A photo was shared on social media of a little Black girl with her hair in a messy ponytail. To me, she looked like a child who didn’t have a care in the world after playing... Read more »

Why emotional intelligence is important for your child's well being

Why emotional intelligence is important for your child's well being
As a teen and young adult, I occasionally struggled with managing my emotions. My reactions to certain situations were more extreme than one would expect, and I went through a period where I chalked it up as, “This is just who I am.” I never thought about the notion of emotional intelligence or that this... Read more »

What's the deal with school lunch these days?

What's the deal with school lunch these days?
The school year has just begun, and already it seems as if there’s much more chatter about issues with school lunches than I can recall in previous years. The most critical issue is the School Lunch Debt crisis, which sounds quite absurd to even be a “thing.” Apparently the majority of U.S. school districts reported that more... Read more »
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5 Back to School Tips From my 3rd Grader

5 Back to School Tips From my 3rd Grader
Labor day weekend is here, which means two things. One, the summer is officially over, and two, school is starting back for pretty much everyone who hasn’t started already. Our household just wrapped week two of the school year at a new school, and my third grader has a few back to school tips to... Read more »

VIDEO: Three Questions with JoJo Siwa in Chicago

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Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa is bringing her D.R.E.A.M Tour back to Chicago this week, Thursday, 8/29 to be exact. My little lady and I had a chance to catch up with her earlier this summer when she was in town for Nickelodeon Slimefest. She put on a great show then, so I can only imagine what... Read more »

5 Tips for Attending Nickelodeon SlimeFest This Weekend

5 Tips for Attending Nickelodeon SlimeFest This Weekend
Can’t believe the summer is here already. My little one started summer break as of today, and we are already looking forward to big fun at Nickelodeon #SlimeFest. Many of you may recall the slimetastic, family fun festival that came to the U.S. (and right here in Chicago) for the first time last year. Well, SlimeFest is returning... Read more »
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9 Ways to Enhance Your Child's Learning Experience in 2019

9 Ways to Enhance Your Child's Learning Experience in 2019
We are in the final day of 2018, and halfway through winter break for most school-aged children. My daughter enjoyed her first week of break celebrating the holiday with family and her new gifts. This week will be all about learning to keep her brain flowing as we prepare for school next week. We are... Read more »