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  • Not lost in translation: Hospital interpreters open lines of communication Nov 11, 2014 6:35 PM
    A trip to the hospital can be a scary experience for any parent with a sick or injured child. Imagine what it’s like if you don’t speak English and aren’t certain you’ll be able to understand the doctors and nurses.

  • Imaginary friends have real-life benefits Nov 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    Experts agree that parents shouldn’t be concerned about imaginary friends, because they are a normal and beneficial part of child development. About 65 percent of children by age 7 have had an imaginary friend at some point in their lives, according to a study by University of Washington, and University of Oregon psychologists.

  • Bringing Mom & Dad to work bridges generation gap Nov 9, 2014 7:33 AM
    Conceived by LinkedIn last year, more than 50 companies and other organizations in 16 countries are now embracing this generational spin on the take-the-kids-to-work craze that began a couple decades ago. Companies realize that some parents who once tried to enlighten their kids by letting them tag along at work may be confused about what their now-adult children do.

  • Technology helps grandparents stay plugged in to grandkids Nov 8, 2014 7:00 AM
    Like a lot of grandmothers, Sheri Williams doesn't get to visit her grandchildren as often as she'd like. In part, that's because she has a full-time job and nine grandchildren spread across several time zones. The youngest one lives in Arlington, Virginia; the oldest lives in Hawaii. “I can't just drive down the street,” she says.

  • Trick-or-treating hours in the suburbs Oct 30, 2014 2:22 PM
    To help ensure a safe Halloween, communities have established official hours for trick-or-treating activities in the suburbs. All times are Friday, Oct. 31.

  • What’s holding young adults back these days? Oct 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Our Ken Potts says he's increasingly dealing with families facing challenges with their young adult children who seem to be stuck in neutral. Here are a few tips ...

  • What are the top 5 cities in America for trick-or-treating? Oct 15, 2014 10:28 AM
    Real estate website Zillow.com has released its annual list of the best cities in America for trick-or-treating, and Chicago comes in at No. 3. The rankings are based on getting the most amount of candy with the least amount of walking and safety risk.

  • Tale of justice sought for innocent teen Oct 4, 2014 6:00 AM
    Save the whales or the environment, penguins or tigers, fish, trees or grasses, there's always something about to disappear, and you know when it's gone, it's gone. But what about people? Aren't they in trouble, too? In the new book “Endangered” by Jean Love Cush, who's going to save young black men?

  • 'Frozen' characters, Ninja Turtles and zombies popular this Halloween Oct 3, 2014 11:29 AM
    The days of cutting holes in your mother's sheets and calling yourself a ghost are over. This Halloween, super heroes and characters from Disney's “Frozen” will most likely be ringing your doorbell, according to Alex Brunello, manager of Spirit Halloween in Palatine.

  • The route to ‘freedom’ — from a slave’s perspective Oct 3, 2014 6:01 AM
    Watching movies like the Academy Award-winning “12 Years a Slave” is nothing compared with the visceral feeling of actually being treated like a slave. That’s what visitors experience in the “Follow the North Star” slave sale re-enactment at Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana.

  • Move over Mom: Pumpkin puree pumps up oatmeal cookies Oct 2, 2014 11:31 AM
    I just made pumpkin cupcakes in my high school cooking class, and it got me thinking about what other things I could make with pumpkin. Pumpkin-flavored stuff isn't the most popular thing with younger kids, it being a vegetable and all. But I do like pumpkin when it's baked in a pie or a cake, or in these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars.

  • Skies now more friendly for kids on autism spectrum Oct 2, 2014 8:48 AM
    Several children with an autism spectrum disorder recently experienced a flight training program at O'Hare offered by United Airlines and Autism Inclusion Resources, which provides family training, clinical support and expertise in navigating air travel and other community social situations.

  • Economist divides parents as drifters vs. planners Oct 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    When it comes to pregnancy and childrearing, behavioral economist Isabel V. Sawhill sees a cultural divide between the planners and the drifters. The senior fellow at the Brookings Institution argues in a new book, “Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage,” that the act of not becoming pregnant until one is ready would save billions of dollars and help ensure that children are born into families with the means and motivation to care for them.

  • Youngsters form equine bonds early in life Oct 1, 2014 6:03 AM
    There's an old saying, “There's something about the outside of the horse that is good for the inside of the man.” Nowhere is this more evident than with young people who have grown up with horses as an integral part of their lives.

  • Disability awareness programs provide insight Oct 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    Disability awareness programs can give a “walk in their shoes” experience, even if only for an hour or an afternoon. The impact can be significant and set the foundation for a lifetime of understanding.

  • 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.

  • Apps for Kids: Chores Sep 30, 2014 8:43 PM
    Getting your kids to do their chores is a difficult task. And even when your kids complete their chores, there is nonstop complaining. Below are three iPad apps that will help keep your kids on task by doing their chores and stop the griping by keeping track of rewards.

  • 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?

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