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Fostering Independence (i.e. Being the Anti-Helicopter Parent)

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Fostering independence in kids is about teaching them how to make good decisions, and how to do things for themselves. It’s important for you to instill these skills without hovering over them all the time or doing it all for them – i.e. being a “helicopter parent”. Here are some tips for instilling independence in

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Extending preschool learning at home

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Preschool is a great time for kids to be learning through fun, observation, and play – and the best thing you can do for them is to keep that fun and learning going at home. Here are some ideas for extending preschool learning at home with your kids: 1. Go on an Observation Walk Go

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Screen Time and Kids

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Technology has come a long way since we were kids. Many parents of young children now have seen the advent of the personal home computer, and the beginning of the internet. This means they had a childhood without the compact, portable technology that kids today have. Our parents had to worry about how much TV

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4 Things People Don’t Tell You About Adjusting to a Newborn – But Are Perfectly Normal

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Being a parent to a newborn baby is one of the biggest changes and adjustments a person could ever make, and sometimes it can be hard to know what’s “normal” – especially when your feelings aren’t all rainbows and butterflies about your new baby. Yes, this is something that is rarely talked about, but often

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8 Ways to Play with a Cardboard Box

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Need some fun ideas for recycling those cardboard boxes in the garage? Try some of these cool things to make with your kids! 1. Make a cat bed or doghouse for the family pet Everyone already knows cats love sitting in boxes, and dogs love to have a bed of their own. Have your little

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How to have an easy, successful drop off at daycare or preschool

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Do you fear the dreaded daycare drop-off scene? Fear not! It doesn’t have to be a terrible, traumatic experience. Here are some tips for how to have an easy, successful drop off at daycare or preschool: Ask the daycare for advice on how to ease this transition They’ve been around for this sort of thing

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Chicago Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

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When winter storms and nasty weather hits, it’s good to have options for indoor playgrounds in Chicago for kids, as we covered last time. But if the weather is cold and wintry but not completely awful, you’ll want to have some fun outdoor winter activities on tap for the kids to do as well. Here

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Indoor Winter Playgrounds for Kids

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A handy list of indoor winter playgrounds for kids in Chicago is a must-have for any parent in the Windy City during these winter months. Kids may be hardier to the cold and elements than their parents when it comes to playtime, but sometimes you just have to keep them inside. But too many days

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Getting Rid of Old Toys

5 Tips for Getting Rid of Old Toys

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The holiday rush is over, and now your house seems to have a lot more toys and toy-clutter in it! It’s time to get caught up with the toy clutter and get it under control again for the start of the new year. How can you get rid of toys your kids don’t play with

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9 Great Gift Ideas for Kids That Aren’t Toys

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The holidays (and really any gift-giving occasions) are a great time to teach by example how experiences and intangible things that matter are a lot more valuable than just getting or giving more “stuff”. Here are some gift ideas for kids that aren’t toys: 1. Their own membership to a place they love  If your kids

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