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Cultivating a Love of Reading in Young Children

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March is the birth month of beloved children’s writer Dr. Seuss, as well as National Reading Month. In celebration of both, March is a great time to focus on cultivating an early love of reading in your kids. When do literary skills develop? Research findings outlined in a recent report of the National Early Literacy

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Tips for traveling with your kids – Part 2

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Travel season is rolling in again with spring and Easter breaks coming up. Here are a few more tips for traveling with your kids to help make all your adventures and travels smoother and better. Brand your kids Writing your cell number on your kid’s arm is one way to make finding them easier should you

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How to keep Chicago kids active and athletic during winter

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It can seem harder to keep kids in Chicago up and active in sports and other movement and fitness activities during the long, cold winter months. There are still good options to keep them active and moving though, a number of them offered through local YMCA branches. The Y aims to strengthen kids’ character, build

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Give back with Kids’ Work: Volunteering in Chicago

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The holidays have just passed, the new year is upon us, and many of us have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed a wonderful holiday season. Christmas, Hanukkah, and all the other holiday and seasonal celebrations often bestow upon us wonderful times, gifts, and generosities from others, and many of us often want to give

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8 Tips for Preventing the Spread of Illness at Daycare

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With both the new year and cold season upon us, now is a great time to be thinking about staying healthy and keeping your kids from spreading germs to others at their school or daycare. Here are a few tips to keep in mind about those winter season germs and preventing the spread of illness:

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Car Seat Safety and Proper Use

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Traveling with your kids is a great experience, but car seat safety is one of the most vital responsibilities you have as a parent in keeping them safe. Here are a few things you need to know about securing your child safely and properly in a car. Don’t Get a Used Car Seat with an

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Tips for traveling with your kids – Part 1

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With lots of holiday time coming up, the kids’ school schedules are opening up and that means time and opportunity for doing some serious traveling beyond the old weekend warrior thing. Whether that means a trip to grandma’s halfway across the country or a family vacation, traveling with kids always comes with both challenges and

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11 Awesome Fall activities for kids in Chicago

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Chicago and its suburbs are always bustling with activities that are great for kids and families. Fall is a wonderful time to get out and about when it’s not too hot and not too cold, just before the winter chill sets in. Here are a few great fall activities for kids in Chicago and the

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6 Tips for Making Halloween Safer for Children with Food Allergies

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Most kids really love Halloween and eagerly look forward to all the fun and festivities surrounding the holiday. Picking out and wearing their costumes, shrieking their way through haunted houses, fun and spooky decorations, Halloween games, trick or treating with friends and enjoying all the yummy Halloween treats are all fun things for kids to

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Baby’s First Finger Foods

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It happens quickly with little ones. They may be at home or at baby daycare. It may start with a simple, longing look or a ninja-fast snatching hand. But one day you’re giving them pureed, mushy barely-not-liquefied food, and the next they’ve sprouted a couple of teeth and they don’t want something dribbled off a

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