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A Breakfast with Santa Fantasea

A Breakfast with Santa Fantasea

December 14, 2011 | Comments (0)

We don’t know how much longer our girls will indulge us with holiday events like Breakfast with Santa, so this year we went big.  The Shedd Aquarium Holiday Fantasea was a magical way to spend a morning visiting Santa and exploring the museum. From the moment we entered, it was clear that Breakfast with Santa was […]

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Birthdays at Keylime Cove

Birthdays at Keylime Cove

December 13, 2011 | Comments (3)

My two children were born 4 years and a week apart. I never liked the idea of combining their birthday celebrations before but this year, they had the brilliant idea of staying at Keylime Cove overnight instead of having two birthday parties. When we first moved to Lake County, IL from Maryland a year and […]

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Confidence in Youth Sports Defined

Confidence in Youth Sports Defined

December 10, 2011 | Comments (1)

The great Joe Paterno once opined that while we can’t minimize the importance of pride, loyalty, discipline, heart and mind,  “confidence is the key to all the locks.”  So I was talking with a five-year-old girl today who had just returned from an hour tennis lesson. During the course of our conversation, I asked her […]

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Expert Advice on Managing Your Children's Holiday Gift Expectations

Expert Advice on Managing Your Children’s Holiday Gift Expectations

December 5, 2011 | Comments (2)

  At the Chicago Moms/Chicagonista holiday party, Timetoplaymag.com Editor in Chief Jim Silver pulled up a chair to chat about what was hot for kids this year.  He asked what was in our girls’ letter to Santa.  I replied, “More than they will get, of course.” He told me that for every gift-giving occasion, he always has his […]

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Teaching Financial Capabilty

Teaching Financial Capabilty

November 29, 2011 | Comments (4)

Many days I am completely baffled at what I see at my day job. Children from every walk of life exposed to crime, committing crime, being victimized by crime. I see what The Chicago Public Schools is doing in the less affluent neighborhoods. So when The Chicago Moms was invited to a listening session at […]

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Maggie Daley’s Greatest Achievement

November 28, 2011 | Comments (7)

Last week’s passing of Maggie Daley, Chicago’s former First Lady, may not have been a surprise to many people. She had fought a ten-year battle with cancer and in the past couple of years, things seemed more grim. In fact, when former Mayor Richard M. Daley announced that he would not run for office again […]

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AMC Offers Sensory Friendly Film Screenings

AMC Offers Sensory Friendly Film Screenings

November 28, 2011 | Comments (0)

It seems to me that everyone knows someone with a child on the autism spectrum or another sensory issue.  Too often I hear stories about how they are afraid to take their children to public places for fear of how others will judge their children’s actions.  AMC Theatres is stepping up to help these families […]

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Black Friday??? No Thanks!

Black Friday??? No Thanks!

November 23, 2011 | Comments (2)

For the life of me, I will never understand people who are actually willing to wait in line, before the crack of dawn, outside of a big box store, to battle over a big deal. I fully support the Target employees that are protesting a 12am opening on Thanksgiving night, and I appreciate countries that […]

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Goodnight Moon, The Musical wakes up the fun

Goodnight Moon, The Musical wakes up the fun

November 20, 2011 | Comments (1)

Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown has always been one of my favorite toddler books to read.  The words are so soothing, and I love the idea of saying goodnight to “nobody.” Since the book itself doesn’t seem to inspire me to sing, I was wondering how they would draw it out into a full-length […]

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When Will We Change Our Reaction to Bullying?

When Will We Change Our Reaction to Bullying?

November 18, 2011 | Comments (1)

I watched the memorial services for 10-year-old  Ashlynn Conner on the mid-day news.  I stared at the screen for the few seconds the story ran and thought, “She could be one of my girls.” According to news reports Ashlynn killed herself after the teasing and bullying from her classmates became unbearable.  When you see her photo, […]

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Why Bullying is NOT Just A Phase

Why Bullying is NOT Just A Phase

November 17, 2011 | Comments (5)

Today I was saddened to hear about the suicide of 10 year old Illinios resident Ashlynn Conner.  She was an honor student who hung herself in a home closet and was found by one of her siblings. All because of bullying.  She told her mom that she was being bullied – and had told her […]

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Helping your Athlete with Time Management

Helping your Athlete with Time Management

November 16, 2011 | Comments (2)

  Does your daughter’s typical day look something like this?   SCHOOL – SPORTS – BED       SCHOOL-SPORTS-BED         SCHOOL-SPORTS-BED   Oh yes, with meals and maybe a birthday party squeezed in at times between.   If so, do you worry about finding the time to teach them responsibility, life skills that will shape their character? Of […]

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