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  • Keep the sofa ma, but have you joined Facebook? Mar 28, 2015 8:48 PM
    “Baby boomers were collectors,” says Elizabeth Wainstein, 50, owner and president of Potomack Company Auctioneers in Alexandria, Virginia, where lots of unwanted family treasures end up being sold. “They collected German porcelains or American pottery. It was a passion, and they spent their time on the thrill of the hunt.” She says younger people aren’t really that interested in filling shelves.

  • Manners matter: 3 apps to help your kids Mar 27, 2015 6:00 AM
    There’s more to being polite than just saying, “please” and “thank you.” Here are three apps that will teach your child about good manners.

  • Read 'Birdology' and you won't mind being a bird brain Mar 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    Somebody called you a birdbrain last week. You're way smarter than a bird and your brain's much bigger, but what are you gonna do? You're going to read “Birdology” by Monica Russo, photographs by Kevin Byron, and next time someone says you're a birdbrain, you're going to say “Thank you!”

  • Play program serves families with special needs kids Mar 26, 2015 6:00 AM
    Play is innate to children from the moment they are born. It is quite literally the mechanism through which they learn and begin to establish relationships. But what happens if your child’s innate impulse to play peek-a-boo or to play with toys is blocked as a result of a disability? Will they be able to reach the developmental milestones that are key to their growth?

  • Crab now Henry-official; rangoon hits and scores Mar 26, 2015 6:30 AM
    The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth does NOT apply to introducing kids to new foods. Case in point: fried appetizers at a Chinese restaurant. Better to call them 'rangoon' than 'crab rangoon.'

  • Spring break in the ’burbs: 8 ideas to liven up your staycation Mar 22, 2015 7:00 AM
    Kids getting squirrely? Well, spring break at home can do that. So if you’ve opted for a staycation this year (or your budget made the decision for you), we have a lineup of indoor spots and outdoor adventures that will make you feel like you’ve left town — if only for a few hours.

  • The day I broke my baby Mar 22, 2015 7:00 AM
    The day I broke my baby started like every other since his birth three weeks earlier — with me admiring his perfection. But, later that day, due to an accident, he would join the more than 600,000 children who visit emergency rooms for blunt head trauma.

  • Getting the measles vaccine should be a no-brainer Mar 22, 2015 7:00 AM
    Q: Should I vaccinate my daughter against measles?

  • ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ revised, updated Mar 19, 2015 6:33 AM
    A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago. Today, “Heather Has Two Mommies” seems visually dated. That’s why creator Leslea Newman decided on a new version, updating the look of her watershed story with fresh illustrations and tweaking the text to streamline. There’s one big change, but you have to squint to notice: Heather’s Mama Kate and Mama Jane wear little matching rings on their marriage fingers.

  • Harried parents embracing Uber to move kids around town Mar 15, 2015 7:00 AM
    Families are looking to Uber as one way of managing their busy schedules, getting children to and from appointments, practices and other commitments. Perceiving a new market, similar services are cropping up around the country.

  • Privacy advocates try to keep Hello Barbie from hitting shelves Mar 15, 2015 7:41 AM
    The interactive doll is slated to hit shelves in the fall, and Mattel is likely hoping it will help revive sinking sales of its flagship brand. But a children’s privacy advocacy group is calling for the company to cease production of the toy, saying Hello Barbie might more accurately be called “eavesdropping” Barbie.

  • Grit: The key ingredient to your kids’ success? Mar 13, 2015 6:00 AM
    When parents and educators launched the “self-esteem” movement in the 1980s, lavishly praising kids and handing out trophies to all, they expected everyone would try harder. But the opposite was true. Coddled kids became softer, slower and less likely to persevere. In other words, they didn’t learn grit. “This is not a gritty generation,” says Caroline Adams Miller, an author and speaker. “They become overwhelmed easily because they’ve been protected from failure.”

  • Hoffman Estates girl part of Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Mar 11, 2015 6:00 AM
    As early as preschool, Ysabelle Buenavista wrote down her thoughts wherever she could. “She would write stuff on the wall,” her dad, Raymond, said. “We would always scrub it off and she would write more stuff on the wall. We got her a notebook.” Now a sixth-grader, the 11-year-old already is an experienced journalist.

  • Learn about the disgusting, the curious, the entertaining Mar 11, 2015 6:00 AM
    Take a good look at your hand. It can scratch, grab, twist and pluck. You even have an extra, if you need it — but why are there five fingers on each hand, and 10 toes on your feet? That's just one of the cool questions you'll have answered when you read three new books by Glenn Murphy.

  • Learn about summer vacation opportunities at camp expo Mar 11, 2015 3:47 PM
    Looking for a fun, educational and inspiring place for your kids to spend parts of their summer vacation? Come check out the Daily Herald Summer Camp Expo on Saturday at Harper College, where visitors can learn about nearly 20 area summer camps, meet with their counselors and staff, and find out everything they have to offer.

  • STAR NET shines bright for parents seeking answers Mar 6, 2015 1:12 AM
    Parents of a child with special needs can be their child’s best advocates. But the journey to becoming informed can be like heading through a tunnel without a light. There is a tremendous learning curve from the first diagnosis. Thankfully there are beacons of light along the way.

  • Duck! At Toy Fair 2015, everything from drones to snowballs Feb 18, 2015 7:21 PM
    With 13,000 international buyers and the equivalent of seven football fields full of exhibitor booths, Toy Fair 2015 looks and sounds like the best-behaved children's party ever. Without the young ones in attendance, of course. Because this party is serious business. Buyers come to see new products and place orders for stores, family restaurants and schools around the globe.

  • Curtailing children’s curiosity with cursing Feb 8, 2015 1:01 AM
    Parents, brace yourselves. One day, your angelic child will open his or her mouth and utter a profanity. Our Ken Potts says most children experiment with cursing. And while it can be challenging to explain why some words just shouldn't be said in most situations, Potts has a few ideas to help parents keep calm and talk with their children.

  • Book offers info on establishing family values Feb 4, 2015 6:36 AM
    Money can be a touchy subject for people of all income levels, but a new book on the importance of teaching kids to handle their finances suggests parents stop avoiding the topic and start talking turkey. "The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money" by Ron Lieber is flush with practical ways to incorporate money lessons into family life.

  • Introduce kids to international customs Feb 2, 2015 6:01 AM
    Give the kids permission to play with their food. Lots of Ann Arbor restaurants reflect the cultures of their cuisine so on this vacation you can show that American table settings are not the only route to good manners. Engage different culinary customs each day, or every meal every day if adventure suits your brood.

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