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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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The importance of preschool before kindergarten

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Preschool is an early childhood education opportunity that kids age 3-5 can go to before beginning kindergarten and compulsory education. Sending your kids to preschool does a number of things to help your child to be prepared for kindergarten, and give them a strong start and smooth transition into the life of a student and

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Summer safety

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Summer’s in full swing, school is out, the kids are free and ready to play, family vacations are planned, and there’s a whole new crop of seasonal fun to be had, but also risks and dangers to be aware of and protect your kids from. Here are some of the biggest things to keep in

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Vaccines and preventable diseases – Part 2

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This is Part 2 of our 2-part series on some of the different types of vaccines for children from birth-6 years of age, and some basic information about the preventable diseases they can protect your children from. You can see Part 1 here. Flu The flu is very common and can cause fever, muscle pain,

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