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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • ‘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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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