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  • 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.

  • Explore Ann Arbor, on campus and off Feb 3, 2015 6:43 AM
    Chances are you would consider a long weekend visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan, because it's easy to get around in this university town filled with family-friendly experiences. Give the trip more depth by looking for the exceptional museums and experiences thait await, both on and off of the University of Michigan campus.

  • 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.

  • Exploring what your child CAN do Feb 2, 2015 5:01 AM
    When parents hear a diagnosis for their child, they hear an endless list of what their child will not be able to do. At some point, parents want to hear what their child can do. Special Recreation is all about exactly that … what your child CAN do.

  • Dist. 200 parents might form special needs PTA Feb 1, 2015 7:35 AM
    Parents of special needs students in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 may soon have a new resource available to them in the form of a parent teacher association. The idea of creating a districtwide Special Needs PTA will be up for discussion during an informational meeting Wednesday.

  • Apps that actually get your kids moving Jan 31, 2015 7:01 AM
    Getting your child off the couch can be difficult, especially when it’s cold outside. Here are three iPad apps that will help your child be more active and healthy through exercise.

  • Understanding the brain inside your teen Jan 31, 2015 7:01 AM
    A stranger has moved into your house. He raids your fridge and leaves a mess everywhere. Sometimes, she cries for no apparent reason. Thing is, you knew this stranger once… then (s)he became a teenager. But read “The Teenage Brain” by Frances E. Jensen, M.D. with Amy Ellis Nutt, and you’ll welcome this familiar newcomer.

  • Kohl exhibit keeps kids engaged and learning Jan 30, 2015 6:00 AM
    If cabin fever in your house has hit its limit, don’t despair. “Build It!” -- a new exhibit celebrating the simple joys of classic building blocks at Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview -- is stacked with fun and is a great way for kids to get creative.

  • Move over, Mom: Lasagna-Stroganoff mash-up a smashing dinner success Jan 29, 2015 6:00 AM
    Jerome Gabriel loves lasagna, but doesn't love how long it can take to prep and bake. He found a way to make it on the stove. It may not have been as pretty as a layered baked casserole, but his family loved it.

  • Skilagna (aka Jerome’s Skillet Lasagna) Jan 29, 2015 6:01 AM
    Italian sausage and cheeses mingle with egg noodles in a skillet and create a one-pan stove-top lasagna.

  • Are you speaking your child’s love language? Jan 28, 2015 6:01 AM
    Understanding your child’s preferred method of receiving love is key, said Gary Chapman, co-author of “The 5 Love Languages of Children.” Chapman believes everyone has a primary love language or way of receiving love, including words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch.

  • Parents talk teen safety in Lincolnshire Jan 16, 2015 5:30 AM
    Parents concerned about their teens' safety packed the boardroom at Lincolnshire's village hall Thursday night for a frank discussion about drinking, drugs and the risks associated with the Internet.

  • Children’s music star Laurie Berkner has a new plan Dec 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    This fall, Laurie Berkner has been on a mission that likely will make children and parents happy: making more Laurie Berkners. The singer-songwriter, who Time magazine dubbed “the queen of children’s music,” has been training teachers to use her songs in a new music program for kids up to 4 years old. The classes, called “The Music in Me,” are like having a Berkner in the room. “I’m trying to bottle it and pass it on to someone else,” the musician and educator said.

  • Gift guide: New holiday books for kids Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Looking to keep the kids entertained during long holiday car rides or dinners? Tell all your gift-buying elves to wrap up a book. Here is a look at this year's selection.

  • Kids test new toys for the holiday season Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Which toys do kids like? That's a question toymakers ask every year when coming up with new products. We think the best way to find the answer is to ask kids themselves. So we sent more than 100 of this year's top new toys to 10 Washington-area schools. Pens in hand, thinking caps — er, toy-testing caps — on, those kids tried them out and wrote down what they thought.

  • Teen gifts: Ideas for hard-to-buy-for big kids Nov 27, 2014 5:00 AM
    They are finicky and fickle, and might be updating their wish lists as often as their Instagram accounts. Do you have any idea what to buy the teenagers on your holiday shopping list this year? The best bets, according to the experts: electronics — notably the smartphone, video game systems and “athleisure.” Don’t forget the standbys of cash and gift cards.

  • Many seniors become seasoned travelers Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Helping people, particularly retirees, see the world and enjoy it to the fullest has been the mission of Linda Kerr for the past 35 years.

  • Boomers contribute to new housing boom Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Real estate agents across the country are taking specialized training to become Certified Senior Housing Professionals so that they become better able to serve the burgeoning senior real estate market, which is growing as a record number of seniors sell their longtime homes.

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