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  • 'Frozen' characters, Ninja Turtles and zombies popular this Halloween Oct 3, 2014 11:29 AM
    The days of cutting holes in your mother's sheets and calling yourself a ghost are over. This Halloween, super heroes and characters from Disney's “Frozen” will most likely be ringing your doorbell, according to Alex Brunello, manager of Spirit Halloween in Palatine.

  • The route to ‘freedom’ — from a slave’s perspective Oct 3, 2014 6:01 AM
    Watching movies like the Academy Award-winning “12 Years a Slave” is nothing compared with the visceral feeling of actually being treated like a slave. That’s what visitors experience in the “Follow the North Star” slave sale re-enactment at Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana.

  • Move over Mom: Pumpkin puree pumps up oatmeal cookies Oct 2, 2014 11:31 AM
    I just made pumpkin cupcakes in my high school cooking class, and it got me thinking about what other things I could make with pumpkin. Pumpkin-flavored stuff isn't the most popular thing with younger kids, it being a vegetable and all. But I do like pumpkin when it's baked in a pie or a cake, or in these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars.

  • Skies now more friendly for kids on autism spectrum Oct 2, 2014 8:48 AM
    Several children with an autism spectrum disorder recently experienced a flight training program at O'Hare offered by United Airlines and Autism Inclusion Resources, which provides family training, clinical support and expertise in navigating air travel and other community social situations.

  • Youngsters form equine bonds early in life Oct 1, 2014 6:03 AM
    There's an old saying, “There's something about the outside of the horse that is good for the inside of the man.” Nowhere is this more evident than with young people who have grown up with horses as an integral part of their lives.

  • Disability awareness programs provide insight Oct 1, 2014 1:01 AM
    Disability awareness programs can give a “walk in their shoes” experience, even if only for an hour or an afternoon. The impact can be significant and set the foundation for a lifetime of understanding.

  • Apps for Kids: Chores Sep 30, 2014 8:43 PM
    Getting your kids to do their chores is a difficult task. And even when your kids complete their chores, there is nonstop complaining. Below are three iPad apps that will help keep your kids on task by doing their chores and stop the griping by keeping track of rewards.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

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