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  • Quinn signs pregnancy anti-discrimination measure Aug 26, 2014 5:00 PM
    New guidelines aimed at preventing workplace discrimination against pregnant women were signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn this week, a move backers say extends protections already in place for other workers.

  • When it comes to parenting, a united front works best Aug 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    When it comes to successful parenting, our Ken Potts says, most moms and dads find it helps if they present a united front.

  • Back to class: 10 money-saving tips on textbooks from the college store Aug 24, 2014 7:00 AM
    With the cost of a year’s worth of required course materials averaging $638, college students constantly seek ways to save money when it comes to textbooks. But they may risk not getting the materials they need to succeed in time for the start of classes by purchasing online or forgoing books for the semester altogether.

  • Deals only a click away for back-to-school season Aug 23, 2014 7:41 AM
    It’s mid-August, and parents are scrambling to outfit their kids with backpacks, gadgets and jeans as the clock winds down toward the first day of school. But don’t fret. This season, stores are offering new services and apps to cater to time-starved, smartphone-savvy parents to help them save time and money during the annual shopping ritual.

  • Why some parents are keeping kids off Facebook Aug 23, 2014 7:22 AM
    At a time when just about everyone and their mother — father, grandmother and aunt — is intent on publicizing the newest generation’s early years on social media sites, an increasing number of parents are bucking the trend by consciously keeping their children’s photos, names and entire identities off the Internet.

  • Students learn to meld styles when they move off campus Aug 21, 2014 5:56 AM
    For college kids who move off campus, learning to accommodate to the styles and needs of housemates is good practice for life after school. Take Erica Weidrick and Caitrin Curtis, upperclassmen at the University of North Carolina who are moving into a new townhouse with a third friend. While they’d all been living together for a year already in a dorm, they wanted some organization and style help with their new college living arrangement. Here are some typical problem areas, with advice from two designers on how to solve them.

  • Health care at college: Can your teen manage? Aug 19, 2014 5:45 AM
    Heading off to school is stressful for young people on a variety of fronts. Among the biggest challenges is managing their own health far from home. And it can be a trial for parents, too, in this era of helicopter parenting. The Davies family, of New York, knows this all too well when their daughter Leah was a college sophomore and fell so ill from an out-of-control sinus infection she was hospitalized.

  • Tips for taking kids out of school to travel Aug 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    Those of us who travel with kids know that travel is educational. We also know that family travel gets much more affordable after Labor Day, once kids are back in the classroom. That’s why we so often take our kids out of school for family travel.

  • Wisconsin's Great River Road winds its way into great road trip Aug 14, 2014 6:14 AM
    Straight out of a time when the kids piled into the station wagon for a Sunday drive, the Wisconsin Great River Road — yes, that “great river,” the Mississippi — wholesomely winds its way through 33 river towns over 250 miles of terrain. This stretch of pavement is what road trip dreams are made of. There are no billboard-filled lengths of straightaway. Rather, the road curves gently along the river and each new town offers foods to try, shops to browse through and scenic vistas to photograph.

  • Five gadgets aimed for back-to-school time Aug 14, 2014 8:29 AM
    You can't consider carpooling, homework or even lunch these days without talking about increasing efficiency with all sorts of gadgets manufacturers are pushing to help students balance school and home life. Here are five items from five emerging trends likely to help your family and budding scholars this school year.

  • End summer with positive back-to-school routines Aug 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    Many school-aged youngsters and their families are preparing for the annual ritual of returning to the classroom. Both parents and teachers agree a smooth transition from summer to school life is key to a great first day.

  • Take items from around house to create your own mini-golf course Aug 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    You’ve probably done lots of fun things with your family so far this summer, but have you built your own miniature golf course yet? Recently, our neighbors invited my 6-year-old daughter, Lily, to play golf in their backyard.

  • Apps for kids: Virtual pets teach life lessons Aug 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    Are your kids begging for a pet, but you don't think they are ready? Try getting them a virtual pet in the meantime. Here are three iPad apps that will teach your children about the responsibilities of pet care.

  • Move over Jerome, Henry’s in the kitchen ... making churros Aug 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    With Jerome Gabriel away at camp his younger brother, Henry, takes over the kitchen to learn how to make churros. The 11-year-old adds chocolate to the batter and learns that deep frying should be an adult-supervised pursuit.

  • ‘Cool Science Tricks’ will chase boredom away Aug 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    You will not be bored this summer. There’s no way you’ll give Mom any reason for extra chores. You’ll keep busy enough so that Dad doesn’t come up with “ideas” for your time. With the book “Cool Science Tricks” by Daniel Tatarasky in your hand, you definitely won't be bored.

  • Technology growing in school; parents play a role in monitoring it Aug 12, 2014 1:52 PM
    Children have been arriving to their elementary schools with computer skills for years. First it was because they grew up playing on their parents’ desktops. Later, it was laptops. Now, it is the touch screen of a smartphone or tablet.

  • Family’s summer travel teaches hard work, service Aug 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    The Murset children spent their summer doing chores — just not at their own home. Financial planner Gregg Murset and his wife, Kami, loaded their six children, ages 7 to 16, in the Phoenix family’s RV to do volunteer work at the homes of families in need across the country. Murset said he wanted to combat the mindset of the “entitled generation” one chore at a time. “I think they initially thought, ‘Dad, the chore thing has gone too far, you know, you are crazy.’ But as we started reading stories about the people we were going to go serve, it all started to jell for them. They saw the bigger picture,” Murset said.

  • NAMI offers a lifeline for families struggling with mental illness Aug 11, 2014 2:06 PM
    Mental illness remains one of the most complex range of disabilities to diagnosis and most convoluted to understand.

  • How to help children make new friends Aug 11, 2014 3:15 PM
    Students learn lessons each day. While many of these lessons pertain to their coursework, kids pick up much more than book smarts from school, where kids first learn to cultivate friendships and build lasting relationships.

  • How to navigate the hallways of high school Aug 11, 2014 2:01 PM
    Let’s face it: Navigating new social situations is daunting for all of us — young, old, and in-between. For you, the prospect of diving into the unknown pool that is high school ... well, it can be terrifying. Don’t fret, Dear Freshman. You and only you are in charge of your high school experience.

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