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  • First day of school — zoo school — sure to be a favorite Sep 7, 2014 6:25 AM
    This year, you’ll be just like the big kids. Yep, this year, you’re going to school. You’ll make new friends at school, maybe even a new best friend, but be careful what you ask for. In the new book “First Day at Zoo School ” by Sarah Dillard, Alfred’s new BFF is B-A-D.

  • Educator’s tips for parents on ‘the talk’ Sep 6, 2014 6:01 AM
    One of the first things Al Vernacchio does in his high school Sexuality and Society class is stand at a podium in a sweater vest and tie surrounded by a wall packed with slogans: RESIST HOMOPHOBIA. FIGHT SEXISM. ENJOY LIFE. What he doesn’t do: pass around anatomy drawings or hand out safe sex pamphlets, though he makes those available near the door.

  • School nurse is parents’ partner in health care Sep 5, 2014 6:01 AM
    Toward the beginning of Sherrie Schmidt’s career as a school nurse, she recommended a parent take her daughter to an optometrist after the kindergartner failed a vision screening. The parent returned a couple weeks later, nearly in tears, and hugged Schmidt.

  • How to travel with a lighter footprint Sep 4, 2014 6:01 AM
    Is it possible to travel green as a family? Yes, with a little forethought and some ongoing awareness. Here are some tips for lowering your carbon footprint on your next vacation.

  • Experience the real west in Nebraska Sep 4, 2014 1:01 AM
    Why share America’s Wild West with the kids simply by watching western movies when you can experience the real deal together in western Nebraska? Following the paths of pioneers doesn’t require arduous treks or campfire cooking; drive right up to stunning natural monuments frontier western settlers noted over and over again in their diaries.

  • Kids Apps: Safety Sep 4, 2014 6:01 AM
    Teaching your kids about safety is difficult. There is so much they need to know. Below are three iPad apps that will help keep your kids safe by reinforcing the safety behaviors they are taught at home and school. 

  • Move over Mom: Hold the fire, not the taste in kid-friendly bananas Foster Sep 4, 2014 5:45 AM
    Jerome Gabriel hasn't been to New Orleans, but he got a chance to experience the Crescent City's cuisine at a recent dinner with acclaimed chef Darin Nesbit. Nesbit grew up in Des Plaines and now is one of NoLa's top chefs. He told Jerome how to make bananas Foster during a recent visit to Kendall College in Chicago.

  • Siblings speak up with advice for parents Sep 3, 2014 6:01 AM
    As parents we know that every child is different. No two are alike, even if they are siblings. We hopefully treat them fairly and give each one the support they need. But what happens when one child needs significantly more time, attention and energy because of a special need?

  • Building your own marble run is fun, and low-cost Sep 3, 2014 6:01 AM
    My family is fascinated with marble runs and the like. The last time we went to the DuPage Children’s Museum, we watched their kinetic ball sculpture — which looks like a complicated marble run — for a good 20 minutes. There’s something magical in the science behind such seemingly simple engineering, and so many concepts to be explored while building your own contraptions.

  • Free cardiac screenings are saving young lives Sep 3, 2014 1:01 PM
    Elgin High School Principal Jerry Cook is on a mission to ensure all 2,500 Elgin High students have an opportunity to be screened for signs of heart problems this month. “We’re very excited to bring the Young Hearts for Life electrocardiogram screening to all students,” says Cook.

  • Thinking inside the box makes lunches healthier Sep 3, 2014 11:01 AM
    Even though she’s only 10 years old, Brianna Yu is already health conscious of what she eats. When she brings a lunch to school, she packs it in a compartmentalized lunch box that’s designed to remind children of the basic food groups.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

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