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  • Coach Josh Fischel works with Gamma-level students during rehearsal at the Oakton Ice Arena for the upcoming Park Ridge Park District Ice Show.

    Go figure: Olympics spark fever for learning to skateApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Every four years it happens. Glued to the television for two-plus weeks, you and your family watch the winter Olympics and are fascinated by the elegance and athleticism of the figure skaters. Suddenly one of your children announces, “I want to do that.”

     
  • Brooke Martin and her mother Esther, of Woodstock.

    The journey back from an eating disorderApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Esther Martin describes the day she discovered her daughter Brooke needed help: Brooke had flown home from college for a visit. She was shocked by Brooke's appearance. In just a few short months, Brooke had lost so much weight that she was “almost unrecognizable.”

     
  • Buy or rent? Skates must fit for best resultsApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    To make sure that beginning lessons are successful, make sure your skater has proper skates. Whether or not one can ice skate has nothing to do with weak ankles as that is nothing but a persistent myth. It’s all to do with the boot and the fit.

     
  • Faces iMake Your child will enjoy creating silly faces with a variety of objects. This app is a modern day version of Mr. Potato Head that will encourage your child to be creative and laugh. Ages: 6-8 Cost: $3.99

    Art Apps for KidsApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Let’s face it. Art activities for your child are fun, but they usually result in paint spills and sticky fingers. Give your child a creative outlet without the mess. Below are three iPad art apps that your little artist will love.

     
  • The gelatin-sugar mixture is ready when thick ribbons slowly flow off the beater.

    Move over Mom: Make marshmallows at home. Really!Apr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jerome Gabriel has loved marshmallows his whole life — from small ones in his hot chocolate to big ones on s’mores to the colorful Peeps in his Easter basket. Making your own marshmallow treats at home is a sweet and sticky undertaking.

     
  • “You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty” by Dave Barry (2014, Putnam), $26.95, 224 pages.

    Humorist shares lighter side of parentingApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    You never wanted to grow up to be a zookeeper. And yet, your home is filled with wildlife. In other words, you have kids and since you’ve spent all this time taming them, you’re a bear about who they hang out with. So you’ll understand the sentiment behind “You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty” by Dave Barry.

     
  • The face of autism: Parents want patience, understandingApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    I asked parents what they wished other people knew about autism. Two themes emerged: the constant need to educate people on what autism looks like and the request for people to exercise patience when encountering or working with a person with autism.

     
  • Jett Kroyman, 6 months, of Genoa, models a FuzziBunz Pocket Diaper.

    Parents turning to cloth diapers to save money, environmentApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cloth diapers have grown in popularity in recent years as parents are looking for cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and healthier options to diaper their children.

     
  • Whose voice is it anywayApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Before my mom died, she said things like, “I will always be a part of you” and “You’ll always have me in your heart.” I couldn’t imagine then what it would be like to not have her here anymore, but my relationships with my daughters help me to understand what she meant when she said those things.

     
  • Growing old together: Even teens have ‘good old days’Apr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Changes in the lineup for Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live sparks ponderings about life and how it never stays the same.

     
  • Chickpeas, garlic and tahini take a whirl in a food processor and turn into hummus that makes you go “Mmm.”

    HuMMMus Apr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    HuMMMus

     
  • A grandparent’s voiceApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    When you learn that your grandchild has Down syndrome it can be a shock. A whole host of new feelings, ones that you were not prepared for, emerge and so do questions. Like the new parents, there are so many questions about what happens next and what life will be like.

     
  • “Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker” by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Chronicle Books, 2014), $17.99, 104 pages.

    Josephine Baker’s story singsApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Josephine Baker's story "sings" in the pages of children's book, "Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker."

     
  • Chickpeas, garlic and tahini take a whirl in a food processor and turn into hummus that makes you go “mmm.”

    Move over Mom: Hummus a healthy, kid-friendly dipApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hummus has been around in the Middle East since at least the 13th century, but has gained popularity in the last decade. Jerome Gabriel tells us how to make a batch of this flavorful chickpea dip.

     
  • Why are my kids’ laundry habits so finicky?Apr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    My kids are so weird about their clothing.We have one clothes hamper for the kids, one for the adults. The adult clothes get washed about once a week, when the hamper demands it. The kids’ clothes get washed once a day, when the hamper starts screaming from the weight. That’s one thing I don’t understand. How can the kids fill up the hamper every day?

     
  • Will goldfish make it into family legend?Apr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Decades from now, I don’t know if our amazing goldfish will have made it onto our favorite family stories list. There are still a lot of stories yet to be written. The important thing is that we are writing them together.

     
  • Children with ADHD — one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood — may have trouble staying on task.

    ABCs of ADHD: Diagnosis on the riseMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    There are many theories about the cause of ADHD. Children with ADHD — one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood — may have trouble staying on task, often can’t sit still, are easily distracted, daydream, forget or lose things, make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks, have trouble taking turns, may be unable to pay attention, frequently jump from task to task, have a hard time resisting temptation, and can have difficulty getting along with others.

     
  • Instructor Eva Kaneva helps 4-year-old Tess Tiedge of Arlington Heights with her swimming at the Chicago Swim School in Arlington Heights.

    Swim schools keep it cool to keep little ones afloatMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Your children enjoy the pool, so they should love swimming lessons, right? That’s not always necessarily the case. Maybe the instructors are mean, the water is too deep, or the most common complaint, the water is just too cold. Fear not. Some swim schools cater to those fears while promoting water safety.

     
  • Great Wolf Lodge is one of several area indoor waterparks that splash plenty of wet winter fun.

    Ways to warm up at Lake Erie Shores & IslandsMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Maybe it's because we've had record breaking cold in Chicago this winter, but I'm ready to consider going anywhere that my family and I can have fun without freezing. Lake Erie Shores & Islands in Ohio, a little more than four hours from Chicago, has plenty of ways to warm up. Here are a few things I discovered we can do that would appeal to everyone in our family.

     
  • Apps for kids teach math, reading, scienceMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    If you have an iPad, your child probably loves playing games on it. It’s important for you to realize that iPad apps don’t have to be just a fun way to entertain your child. Apps can be entertaining while helping your child learn something new. Here are three education apps that will teach your child about math, reading and science.

     
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