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  • Teen craft nights boost creativity, family ties Jul 26, 2014 6:30 AM
    A few months ago, I launched a diabolical plan to entice my teenage daughters to spend more time with me, and to semi-shelter them from the maddening world. I started a Friday Crafting Night for my two girls and their friends.

  • Add zing to notebooks, store-bought or DIY Jul 21, 2014 4:45 AM
    When it’s time to start stocking the school backpack, it’s easy to just grab a stack of plain, boring notebooks. But since kids have to tote these things to and fro every day, why not trade the standard-issue ones for something snazzy and personalized? There are plenty of eye-catching options to buy or to make yourself.

  • Kids studying abroad are now never out of touch Jul 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp. Has technology altered semester abroad by making it impossible to immerse yourself in another culture? Or does staying in touch simply increase comfort levels, easing both homesickness and parental worries?

  • Shunned by adults, smartwatches take aim at kids Jul 19, 2014 7:31 AM
    With smartwatches drawing lukewarm interest from most consumers, some technology companies are trying a fresh approach: market them to kids. LG Electronics, VTech Holdings and Filip Technologies have all developed high-tech watches for children, undaunted by the slow progress the industry has made in pitching the devices to adults.

  • Bedroom desk? It’s somewhere under all that junk Jul 18, 2014 5:00 AM
    Alyssa Kimble, a soon-to-be sixth-grader in White Plains, New York, says she uses the desk in her bedroom for “everything” — creating lesson plans for her make-believe school, writing stories and storing stuff. Everything, that is, except homework. “Usually, my desk is covered with things, a computer isn’t nearby and my mom isn’t there to help me,” Alyssa says.

  • Back-to-school help from professional organizers Jul 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    Success in school often depends on how well a student manages to organize everything from demanding schoolwork to a dizzying array of after-school activities to technological distractions. That’s a lot to ask of a child, or even of busy parents. For those with disposable income, a new breed of experts is stepping in to help: professional organizers for kids.

  • Life after five-year ‘death’ a bit confusing for teen Jul 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    What happens when a teen dying from cancer agrees to an experimental treatment and ends up coming back to life five years later, cancer-free and still 16, and finds his freinds have moved on?

  • Kids learn ABCs of potty training at Booty Camp Jul 13, 2014 6:15 AM
    An unconventional play date 12 years ago at Wendy Sweeney’s West Chicago home resulted in two toddlers potty trained in one day. Word soon spread throughout the neighborhood that Sweeney’s house was the place to go when little ones were ready to ditch their diapers.

  • Three photo apps for kids to enjoy Jul 11, 2014 6:37 AM
    Does your child love taking photos? Here are three iPad apps that will keep your child snapping photos all summer.

  • Touring ‘Frozen’ Norway with Adventures by Disney Jul 11, 2014 5:45 AM
    Rushing water and my 6-year-old daughter’s squeals of delight were all I could hear as we roared over the whitewater rapids of Norway’s Voss River. It’s been a week of non-stop fun with Adventures by Disney, which makes every corner of the globe accessible to adventurous travelers like me, parents who’ve now got kids along for the ride.

  • Students explore faith, friendships in youth groups Jul 11, 2014 6:00 AM
    Whether parents are seeking to pass on their religious heritage to their children, or would simply like to provide opportunities for them to connect with other kids their age in a faith-based environment, youth groups can play a significant role in helping students build friendships, serve others and explore their faith. Here is a look at youth groups from two faiths.

  • Parents feel relief as children benefit from inclusion services Jul 10, 2014 2:49 PM
    Dawn Martini of Wheaton has peace of mind now that she discovered inclusion services for her son Joey, 8 years old, living with general anxiety. Inclusion services, offered through Special Recreation Associations, help those with special needs participate in any regular park district program.

  • Traveling helps shape world view, spark curiosity Jul 10, 2014 7:06 AM
    When I was 10 years old, my mother and I were inside our hotel in Hawaii before we went on a cruise through the islands. Outside, there was a huge commotion going on that sounded like a parade to me. It was actually a march in support of Hawaii’s independence. Witnessing that demonstration started a lifelong passion for understanding different peoples, their cultures and their struggles.

  • Move over Mom: Twisted Trail Mix a hit with high-energy kids Jul 10, 2014 6:01 AM
    Summer timemeans travel time for many families. Whether the family is jumping into the van for a multi-state tour or climbing on a bike for a tour of the local forest preserve, you're going to need a snack to keep you going. Jerome Gabriel's Twisted Trail Mix will be your new go-to snack.

  • Service dogs open a new world for their owners Jul 9, 2014 3:03 PM
    Dogs may be man's best friend, but for a number of Chicago-area children, teens, tweens and young adults, that special bond between human and a four-legged friend is more. For those with mobility challenges, that bond and its benefits is a lifeline to independence.

  • Expert warns of secondary drowning, water risks Jul 6, 2014 8:07 AM
    Secondary drowning can cause death hours after a near-drowning experience, said Jacqueline Corboy, a physician on staff at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. “Vigilance is the most important thing,” Corboy said.

  • ‘He’s my best friend’ Jul 9, 2014 11:43 AM
    Whether cheerleading, singing in a local community choir, performing in a dance recital, shopping, navigating the corridors at Community High School in West Chicago, or hanging out with friends, Jenny Youngwith of Carol Stream and her 3-year-old service dog, Bode, are never far apart.

  • Ex-GalleyCat ed Jason Boog on raising bookworms Jun 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    Jason Boog was immersed in publishing for five years as editor of the MediaBistro blog GalleyCat. When he became a dad, he was curious how best to foster a love of books in his newborn daughter. His solution was writing a book about raising bookworms.

  • Kid-sized bike share? Giving it a spin in Paris Jun 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    Not every 6-year-old can tackle the distractions of bike riding along the Seine, which on weekends and sunny days in Paris can include thousands of other cyclists, roller bladers and oblivious tourists with cameras. It’s enough to give a parent palpitations. But the city of Paris, in a bid to train the next generation of cyclists, has added a range of kids’ bikes and gliders to its bike-sharing program, devices that could be theoretically used even by children as young as 2. And to ease parents’ minds, they even offer helmets.

  • Writer David Levithan on LGBT books for the young Jun 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    Writer David Levithan last year marked the 10th anniversary of his “Boy Meets Boy,” a romantic teen comedy where the homecoming queen was once a guy and the gay-straight alliance was aimed at helping the straight kids learn how to dance. And there was Paul, who meets Noah. Since then, there’s been a burst of books featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning young people.

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