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3 -year-old won't potty-train

6 hours ago -

J. O. asks from Novi - Back in winter, other moms smiled and said OF COURSE my son would be potty-trained by summer. Now it's nearly summer and I feel bad getting money back for his preschool summer camp. He can't go. He won't be trained. His teachers thought it'd be great because he needs to ...

8 year old doesn't stop eating, anyone else dealt with this?

7 hours ago -

T. F. asks from Forest Hills - I have an 8 year old daughter who according to the children's BMI chart is "obese." She has always had a solid build and a large appetite but has gained 7 lbs in the past 3 mos (without getting much taller). My concern though is not her actual weight but her attitud...

Bonding with my daughter

9 hours ago -

E. H. asks from Hixson - Just some info before I get to my question- I am 25 years old, my daughter is 9. I had her when I was 16. Me and her dad seperated almost 4 years ago & have joint custody of her. I have her half a week and he has her the other half. & Before anyone says that the half a we...

At what point do I throw in the towel?

10 hours ago -

L. M. asks from Portland - Husband and I started trying for a child and renovating our home around the same time. I have had some minor difficulties getting pregnant in the past so we assumed everything would line up fine. I ended up getting pregnant right away and we have 4 kids bouncing back and ...

Possibly adopting a 1 yr old dog. Name change OK?

13 hours ago -

S. A. asks from Chicago - My husband's co-worker is looking to rehome his 1 yr old Labradoodle due to his condo board no longer allowing dogs. We are considering adopting this dog. Her name is Jaida. While I don't hate the name, I'm not a fan and I would rather name her something else. Is it a...

little kid friendly salad recipes?

21 hours ago -

J. G. asks from Chicago - Salads are quick meals...Any pasta salads or bean or whatever that your little kids love? My kids tend to be a little picky about salad stuff. The one will eat a green salads, the other, just the carrots! I'd love to find some pasta salad recipes they will eat.

Quick meals for practice night?

21 hours ago -

J. G. asks from Chicago - My kids have practice or a class of some sort three late afternoons a week. I'm trying to make a list of "on the table in 10-15" minute meals. We currently already do soup and sandwich, and take out, of course, but what do people do on practice nights for quick meals?

How Much TV Does Your Child Watch?

April 19, 2014 - List


Favorite bowling lane (Western suburbs)

April 18, 2014 -

X. O. asks from Downers Grove - I like to patronize Small Biz as much as possible, so I am looking for some more alternatives to Tivoli (Downers Grove) or Westmont Lanes. I'd love something that has cosmic bowling during the day for kids, as well as bumper bowling, and especially a place that has r...
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How Do You Celebrate Easter When You're Grieving?

April 20, 2014

How do you celebrate new life in the midst of grieving?

For the past two years we have not truly celebrated Easter in our home. Half-heartedly, I fashioned baskets filled with candies and other treats. My husband took pictures of the kids wearing their Sunday best but I couldn’t bring myself to get into the Easter spirit….More

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How to Clean Your House When Hosting a Holiday

April 19, 2014

Oprah used to say that your home should “rise up to greet you.” Isn’t that a nice sentiment? It does feel good to walk into (or stay at home all day in) a tidy house with gleaming furniture and a floor that feels nothing like the boardwalk at the beach….More

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My Messy Laundry, My Messy Life

April 18, 2014

I really hate folding laundry.

I mean, I have four small children, I do plenty of things every day I don’t enjoy such as scrubbing poop off the bars of a crib or closing my children’s drawers (how hard is it to close a drawer?). But I really hate folding laundry. I have no issue washing or drying; the laundry in my house is mostly clean. But processing them from the dryer to the closet? Forget about it.More

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