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  • 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.

  • Service dogs open a new world for their owners Jul 9, 2014 3:03 PM
    Dogs may be man's best friend, but for a number of Chicago-area children, teens, tweens and young adults, that special bond between human and a four-legged friend is more. For those with mobility challenges, that bond and its benefits is a lifeline to independence.

  • ‘He’s my best friend’ Jul 9, 2014 11:43 AM
    Whether cheerleading, singing in a local community choir, performing in a dance recital, shopping, navigating the corridors at Community High School in West Chicago, or hanging out with friends, Jenny Youngwith of Carol Stream and her 3-year-old service dog, Bode, are never far apart.

  • Move over Mom: Summer salad that’s light on greens, big on flavor Jun 13, 2014 5:45 AM
    As the weather gets warmer Jerome Gabriel explores summer salads. He talks about picking greens and lettuces for a salad and what vegetables he likes to include.

  • Apps for kids: Make learning music fun Jun 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    Once the initial excitement of learning a musical instrument has worn off, it can be difficult to get your child to practice. Here are three iPad apps for kids that make learning music fun.

  • Kids book brings White House into view Jun 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    Your parents grumble a lot about politics. If you lived in the White House, you’d change those things your parents grumble about. And in the new book, “The White House for Kids” by Katherine L. House, you’ll see what it’s like at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Cafes let youngsters play, parents connect Jun 13, 2014 6:03 AM
    On Friday afternoons, Jennifer Evers usually can be found sitting in her favorite cafe, plugging away on her laptop. With trendy seating, funky pendant lighting and a full espresso bar, the swanky suburban coffee shop allows the Naperville mom to easily indulge in some adult time away from her children. But the indoor playground, play town and toys indicate this is not your typical java joint. Evers, a blogger and social media consultant, is a regular at Café N Play in Naperville, where caregivers can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a variety of beverages and some socialization.

  • See Chinese warriors, endangered orangutans in Indy Jun 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    If Indianapolis has never made your list of must-visit places, it’s time to rewrite the list. The Indiana state capital has undergone a renaissance with plenty of attractions worth a visit. But this year, there are two new reasons to visit Indy: ancient relics from China and eight charming orangutans.

  • 4 important summer travel tips Jun 11, 2014 5:30 AM
    Few things are as all-American as a family summer vacation. With school ending and summer (finally) here, follow these family travel tips to help make sure your vacation memories are good ones.

  • Dad puts self-defense on daughter’s college checklist Jun 13, 2014 6:04 AM
    Before sending his daughter off to college, John Delapa of Hoffman Estates equipped her with everything she needed -- including the skills to defend herself against any potential mugging, date rape or other crime she might encounter.

  • Mentor gives back to help others with disabilities Jun 11, 2014 11:20 AM
    If we are truly lucky, our children will cross paths with people who can share their experiences. I am grateful for those who have come into the lives of my children and have taken on the role of mentor, whether intentional or otherwise. Each offers something in their own unique way.

  • Organization: Some rules to live by Jun 11, 2014 9:47 AM
    Crumbs underfoot put this mom over the edge. Ushering her three kids through various stages of messiness gives her the foundation for some basic guidelines to encourage your kids to clean up and stay organized.

  • Dad returns from college trip with travel bug Jun 11, 2014 9:01 AM
    This winter, my son Dan and I took a trip to the University of Alabama, where he is going to attend college in the fall. He had several orientation sessions without my participation, and when he came out of each one, he said, “Dad, they made fun of my accent.”

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