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  • Middle-class squeeze: From day care to health care Sep 28, 2014 6:09 AM
    Legions of middle-class families who are straining under the weight of accelerating costs for a range of essential services from day care to health care. And now a study by the Center for American Progress shows just how heavy the burden has grown: For a typical married couple with two children, the combined cost of child care, housing, health care and savings for college and retirement jumped 32 percent from 2000 to 2012 — and that’s after adjusting for inflation.

     
  • ‘Do Fathers Matter?’ says something new Sep 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    From the tiniest microbe or fragment of DNA to the origins of the universe, it sometimes feels as if every subject generates a vast tide of scientific studies and that virtually nothing escapes detailed scrutiny. But veteran science writer Paul Raeburn noticed an oversight: the role of fathers in parenting. In “Do Fathers Matter?” Raeburn tells how until fairly recently, scholars, parenting experts and pop culture have overlooked the importance of fathers.

     
  • Apptitude: Is that kid’s art worth Keepy? Sep 20, 2014 7:44 AM
    Keepy makes it easy to upload photos, video and notes, which are organized by child and by year and can be keyword-tagged for easy filtering. In addition to the app, you get a personalized Keepy Web page, which is low-frill but helpful if your network, or “fans” in Keepy-speak, includes non-smartphone users. My kids loved seeing their Keepy pages and beamed whenever their grandmother posted a comment. Their grandparents liked getting a Keepy email alert with every new post and found the website an easy way to see our mementos.=

     
  • Ask a designer: Tween bedroom’s a balancing act Sep 18, 2014 5:45 AM
    Decorating a baby’s room is all about what mom and dad want. But decorating a bedroom for a “tween-age” child is more complicated. It’s a great place to give growing adolescents some creative freedom. But will they reject at age 12 the color palette and furniture they begged for when they were 10?

     
  • Constable: A happy time — with a side of sadness Sep 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    The family moments are a little forced, but the sentiments behind them are painfully real. As we drop off our 18-year-old twin sons at college, my wife and I realize our family will never by the same.

     
  • First day of school — zoo school — sure to be a favorite Sep 7, 2014 6:25 AM
    This year, you’ll be just like the big kids. Yep, this year, you’re going to school. You’ll make new friends at school, maybe even a new best friend, but be careful what you ask for. In the new book “First Day at Zoo School ” by Sarah Dillard, Alfred’s new BFF is B-A-D.

     
  • Educator’s tips for parents on ‘the talk’ Sep 6, 2014 6:01 AM
    One of the first things Al Vernacchio does in his high school Sexuality and Society class is stand at a podium in a sweater vest and tie surrounded by a wall packed with slogans: RESIST HOMOPHOBIA. FIGHT SEXISM. ENJOY LIFE. What he doesn’t do: pass around anatomy drawings or hand out safe sex pamphlets, though he makes those available near the door.

     
  • School nurse is parents’ partner in health care Sep 5, 2014 6:01 AM
    Toward the beginning of Sherrie Schmidt’s career as a school nurse, she recommended a parent take her daughter to an optometrist after the kindergartner failed a vision screening. The parent returned a couple weeks later, nearly in tears, and hugged Schmidt.

     
  • How to travel with a lighter footprint Sep 4, 2014 6:01 AM
    Is it possible to travel green as a family? Yes, with a little forethought and some ongoing awareness. Here are some tips for lowering your carbon footprint on your next vacation.

     
  • Experience the real west in Nebraska Sep 4, 2014 1:01 AM
    Why share America’s Wild West with the kids simply by watching western movies when you can experience the real deal together in western Nebraska? Following the paths of pioneers doesn’t require arduous treks or campfire cooking; drive right up to stunning natural monuments frontier western settlers noted over and over again in their diaries.

     
  • Kids Apps: Safety Sep 4, 2014 6:01 AM
    Teaching your kids about safety is difficult. There is so much they need to know. Below are three iPad apps that will help keep your kids safe by reinforcing the safety behaviors they are taught at home and school. 

     
  • Move over Mom: Hold the fire, not the taste in kid-friendly bananas Foster Sep 4, 2014 5:45 AM
    Jerome Gabriel hasn't been to New Orleans, but he got a chance to experience the Crescent City's cuisine at a recent dinner with acclaimed chef Darin Nesbit. Nesbit grew up in Des Plaines and now is one of NoLa's top chefs. He told Jerome how to make bananas Foster during a recent visit to Kendall College in Chicago.

     
  • Siblings speak up with advice for parents Sep 3, 2014 6:01 AM
    As parents we know that every child is different. No two are alike, even if they are siblings. We hopefully treat them fairly and give each one the support they need. But what happens when one child needs significantly more time, attention and energy because of a special need?

     
  • Thinking inside the box makes lunches healthier Sep 3, 2014 11:01 AM
    Even though she’s only 10 years old, Brianna Yu is already health conscious of what she eats. When she brings a lunch to school, she packs it in a compartmentalized lunch box that’s designed to remind children of the basic food groups.

     
  • Building your own marble run is fun, and low-cost Sep 3, 2014 6:01 AM
    My family is fascinated with marble runs and the like. The last time we went to the DuPage Children’s Museum, we watched their kinetic ball sculpture — which looks like a complicated marble run — for a good 20 minutes. There’s something magical in the science behind such seemingly simple engineering, and so many concepts to be explored while building your own contraptions.

     
  • Free cardiac screenings are saving young lives Sep 3, 2014 1:01 PM
    Elgin High School Principal Jerry Cook is on a mission to ensure all 2,500 Elgin High students have an opportunity to be screened for signs of heart problems this month. “We’re very excited to bring the Young Hearts for Life electrocardiogram screening to all students,” says Cook.

     
  • Sex educator’s tips for parents on having The Talk Aug 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    One of the first things Al Vernacchio does in his high school Sexuality and Society class is stand at a podium in a sweater vest and tie surrounded by a wall packed with slogans: RESIST HOMOPHOBIA. FIGHT SEXISM. ENJOY LIFE. Vernacchio has been in the sex education field for more than 20 years. He’s seen the rise of the abstinence movement, the digital revolution and the impact on teens of parents who don’t know how to get the sex conversation started.

     
  • Quinn signs pregnancy anti-discrimination measure Aug 26, 2014 5:00 PM
    New guidelines aimed at preventing workplace discrimination against pregnant women were signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn this week, a move backers say extends protections already in place for other workers.

     
  • Back to class: 10 money-saving tips on textbooks from the college store Aug 24, 2014 7:00 AM
    With the cost of a year’s worth of required course materials averaging $638, college students constantly seek ways to save money when it comes to textbooks. But they may risk not getting the materials they need to succeed in time for the start of classes by purchasing online or forgoing books for the semester altogether.

     
  • When it comes to parenting, a united front works best Aug 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    When it comes to successful parenting, our Ken Potts says, most moms and dads find it helps if they present a united front.

     
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