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  • 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.

  • Don’t ignore emotional health as you age Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Very few psychological problems found in the elderly are actually caused by the aging brain. Most are caused by other physical and emotional issues.

  • For seniors, maintenance needs grow over time Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Keith Braude, owner of a Mr. Handyman franchise based in Deerfield, wants to ensure that no senior citizen has to move away from home because he or she can’t handle routine household maintenance, or they lack accommodations needed to make their lives safe from falls.

  • Websites assist senior drivers Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    For most senior citizens, giving up driving is akin to being put in a cage. Having a vehicle and being able to drive it where they need or want to go means that they continue to retain their freedom and independence.

  • Nov 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    Many senior citizens live with the misconception that “only rich people need estate planning.” But Nancie Golnick Dorjath, an attorney who specializes in elder law, advises clients that doing estate planning should be thought of similar to buying insurance.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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