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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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gifts for kids not toys

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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december things to do in chicago

December Things to Do in Chicago with Kids

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December is here! If your calendar isn’t already chock-full of dinner and holiday parties with family and friends, family vacations to warmer climes, or ski trips to the mountains and you’re looking for something to do with the kids in and around Chicago this month, here’s a few ideas to get you started: Ongoing for

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Why Cooking with Your Kids is a Great Idea

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for families and friends to come together and enjoy each other’s company over the experience of a beautiful meal and all the love and appreciation that goes into having and hosting that meal. But what about when you have a “helpful” toddler underfoot who just so desperately wants to “help” Mom

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9 Great Fall activities for you and your kids!

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The leaves are starting to change and will soon be dropping, and the air is getting that crisp autumn feel to it. Fall is one of the most fun times of the year, with lots to do in the cooler weather before the summer fades away from memory completely and it gets downright cold with

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Celebrate Halloween with these fun costume ideas

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Halloween is right around the corner and while it’s adorable to see the little ones dressed up and walking around in their costumes, if your children are still babies, too small to walk around on their own, or just game to be a part of your costume with you, it’s a great chance for you

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Ideas for new baby gear

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It can be overwhelming as a new parent to figure out, amongst the sea of new baby gear that is available, what is really useful and needed, and what is just hype. While it’s good to be prepared ahead of time, there are an infinite number of things you could easily add to this list,

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5 Helpful tips for potty training

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It’s a big deal for both the kids and the parents when it’s time for potty training. Being in control of their basic functions in this way is a major milestone in a child’s development and a parent’s parenting role, and it can be both exciting and sometimes frustrating. Here are some tips and ideas

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5 Quick tips for kindergarten preparation

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Kindergarten is a major milestone in a family and child’s life. It’s also a major stepping stone for going from being around the home and family all or most of the time to entering the school system and being around other kids, students, teachers, staff, etc., for much more of the day. A prepared kindergartner

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