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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Gardening teaches kids about nature, food origins May 16, 2014 10:57 AM
    From conservation and composting to simply having fun in the dirt, gardening offers a wide range of lessons and experiences for children of all ages. Retailers are taking note, with garden centers and big-box stores boasting selections of child-sized garden gloves, hats and boots as well as trowels, watering cans and other tools made specifically for little hands.

  • Move over Mom: Potatoes plus pulled pork a filling treat May 15, 2014 3:23 PM
    Some people have called me a couch potato because I like to sit around playing video games, but being a potato isn’t such a bad thing. Potatoes are loaded with vitamin C, vitamins B1 and B3, and have potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. I’ve always liked potatoes from mashed to french fries and in soup. One thing I did not know is that there are many types of potatoes.

  • Head to the Quad Cities for an affordable family vacation May 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Quad Cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline/East Moline, Illinois, tend to get a bad rap in the Chicago area. But the four towns on either side of the Mississippi River offer plenty of fun to keep families busy and entertained, all of it affordable and much of it free.

  • Nutrition apps for kids May 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Nutrition is an important component of your child’s growth and development. Helping your child make healthy food choices will increase the chances of your child becoming a healthy adult. Here are three iPad apps that will teach your child about nutrition.

  • Book shows kids how to drive, dig and haul May 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    Why wait until you grow up? If you’ve got “The Ultimate Book of Vehicles From Around the World” by Anne-Sophie Baumann and Didier Balicevic by your side, you can pretend to drive, dig, or haul right now.

  • Benefits of creating art goes beyond expression May 14, 2014 6:17 PM
    Children and adults with special needs benefit from the art experience in several ways. Projects that provide some sort of framework, like those usually found in a class setting, can offer an opportunity to learn how to listen, follow directions, work step-by-step and exercise patience.

  • Father passes along joy of learning ... somehow May 14, 2014 5:03 PM
    You hear the stories all the time, that education in the United States is slipping, that we are falling behind other developed countries in the world in the education of our children. There may be places where that is the case, but it is not the situation in the school district my children attend.

  • Oh baby, it’s time for these birds to fly May 14, 2014 5:02 PM
    We’ve all heard the parenting analogy of the mama bird pushing her baby birds out of the nest. The baby birds won’t leave on their own — they don’t even know they can fly — which is why, at precisely the right moment, which the mama bird knows because of her amazing motherly intuition, she gives them a push.

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