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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Parents

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The end of the year is upon us and one of the time-honored traditions of ringing in the new year is the New Year’s Resolution. It’s a good time for reflection and goal-setting for your next year as a parent as well as an individual. Here are some good New Year’s resolutions for parents to

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Three Christmas Gift Ideas for Creative Kids

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This year there are more fun and creative toys for kids than ever. We’re fans of getting kids Christmas gifts that aren’t toys, but if you’re in the market for some toy gifts too this year, here are some unique ideas to get you started. 1. Stop Motion Animation Kit The best gifts for little

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How Kids Can Help in the Kitchen for Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving! Is your family getting ready for the big meal and you have a little helper? We’ve talked before about why cooking with your kids is a great idea. Cooking with your kids fosters great learning and life skills – from health and nutrition, hygiene and safety, expanding their horizons and tastes, to foundations in

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Alternative Halloween Trick-or-Treating Treats

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Well, it’s the big day! Trick-or-treat time! Are you ready for those adorable little ghosts and goblins and witches to come to your door, looking for some treats? The traditional Halloween candy treats – candy corn, fun-sized chocolate bars, mini candy boxes – are great, but sometimes kids have allergies to Halloween candy, or their

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Fun Fall Events for Kids in Chicago

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October is a time that makes you think of pumpkins and scarecrows, witches, ghouls, goblins, and the beautiful color-changing fall foliage. There is a lot of fun stuff going on to mark the change in season, and celebrate a little longer before winter sets in. Need some ideas for some fun fall things to do

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4 Tips for Teaching Your Child Good Manners

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Don’t you love when you come across a polite young child that has impeccable manners? Interacting with a child who consistently says “Please” and “Thank you”, and “Excuse me”, is one of the most delightful experiences possible. Here are a few tips to help your kid be that polite child with great manners: 1. Understand

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Kid-friendly Restaurants for Dining Out with Your Toddler

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Previously, we gave some Tips for Dining Out with Your Toddler, but if it’s been so long since you’ve been able to leave the house for a meal, let alone with your toddler, you may need a bit of a brain jog to think of where to go with them. Here are a few ideas

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Tips for Dining Out with Your Toddler

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We’ll just say it right now – eating out at a restaurant with a toddler is not always going to be a clean, easy, or casual thing. But with the right attitude and focus, it can be a great thing for your child, your family, and your sanity to get out of the house, share

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Teaching Your Child Empathy

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One of the most important character traits a parent must teach their child is empathy for fellow human beings. There are various ways this invaluable life skill can be imparted, and a good thing to keep in mind when teaching children how to be empathetic towards other people is that empathy isn’t just an inborn

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Ways to be Involved with Your Child’s Daycare/Preschool Class

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Participating in your child’s preschool classroom provides a number of benefits to yourself, your child, your child’s teacher, and your greater community at large. Being a preschool classroom mom or dad keeps you closely connected to your child and his or her sphere of influence, keeps you in the know about what their daily life

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