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Fatherhood Today: The Developing role of Dad

Being a father can be a rewarding and life altering experience. It is a role that is changing to meet the needs of the modern family. According to a study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, fathers are taking on a bigger role in raising their children....

Caring for Children with Special Needs

Being a parent can be a rewarding and life altering event for many adults. Watching children grow, change and achieve important milestones is what helps many moms and dads overcome the challenges of raising a child. But parenting can be particularly challenging to...

How to Get Your Family and Home Geared Up for Summer

Despite the new — and somewhat disturbing — trend that nearly half of Americans aren’t taking summer vacation time, there’s no doubt that you’ll spend weekends and weeknights at the pool or beach, barbecuing, and soaking up some vitamin D. With a little creativity,...

YouTube Kids and YOUR Kid

If you have children between the age of 3 and 13 chances are you have streamed a show on YouTube Kids. The popular site has more than 11 million weekly viewers and offers a variety of content.   But the site has been criticized for unintentionally recommending...

The Trauma of a Teen Break Up

We all remember our teenage years and falling for our first boyfriend or girlfriend. My first significant relationship came when I was a sophomore at Highland Park High School. He was on the soccer team, I was a cheerleader. It was pretty typical stuff, as was the...

Parenting as a Millennial

When I had my two kids I looked to my mom, sister and mother in law for any advice in parenting. How do I get them to sleep through the night? Should I breastfeed? How soon can I introduce solid food? But millennial parents do things differently. Millennials have...

Free-Range Parenting and the Law

When I was a growing up as a child in suburban Highland Park, the rules of raising kids were different than they are now. In fact, there were few rules about what we did outside of the house during our free time. Sure there were moral rules like don’t steal and be...

Seasonal Allergies and your Toddler

Welcome to the season allergy sufferers love to hate. In fact, 36 million people have allergies. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Chicago is the 6th worse city in the country for this annoying spring malady.   If you are a parent of a toddler, you...

Healthy Eating Habits and Your Family

As parents we have so many worries. Are our kids getting enough sleep? Are they hitting developmental milestones at the right time? Are they eating the right things and creating good nutritional habits? Pre-schoolers can be notoriously picky eaters. The newness of...

Choosing the Right Summer Camp

As a child growing up in suburban Chicago, I always looked forward to summers and going to camp. When I was in elementary school, I attended a traditional day camp where you got a little bit of everything: swimming, archery, arts and crafts and, of course, color wars....

Teen Trend: Do You Know About JUULing?

There is a deceptive new way for teens to get a nicotine buzz and it has nothing to do with tobacco or a pack of cigarettes. It’s called JUULing and its a popular new way for kids to vape. The devices are turning up in school hallways and bathrooms and can...

50/50 Parenting Post Divorce on the Table in Illinois

When a couple with children divorces, one of the most difficult issues they face is what to do about custody of their kids. The state of Illinois is weighing in on a possible framework for how parenting will be handled in the future. The measure is called the Shared...

The Dangers of a Low Carbohydrate Pregnancy

There’s a new health risk for pregnant women:  low carb diets.  While you may think it would help you manage how much weight you gain during pregnancy, cutting carbs can actually harm an unborn baby.     A new study from the University of North Carolina found...

Raising Respectful Sons in a #metoo World

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve noticed in your Facebook feed, on the TV news and even the major awards shows the #metoo movement. As a parent of a teenage boy, it has made me think and reflect on how to raise a young man who is respectful of women. How not...

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