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7 ways to keep pools safe this summer

Summer is here! For me, it felt like summer would never come this year after such a cold winter, and the start of stay-at-home orders. But now, some city pools are opening and lakes and all types of fun water activities are an option!

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Babysitters tell all

“So when he goes to sleep, do I sit in his room and watch him?” – my daughter, asking questions before her first babysitting job. My daughter had her first babysitting job at age 11. She watched a first-grade boy for an hour then helped him get to bed. Then she sat and watched TV until the parents came home. During this first “trial” babysitting job, the parents were next door at a neighborhood party.

Dad and grandpa smiling while holding newborn

Dads in the labor and delivery room

Giving birth began exactly how I always imagined it to be: Rushing to the hospital in the early morning hours, pushed in a wheelchair by my husband and feeling painful contractions that left me breathless. As instructed, we checked into the emergency department before heading up to the labor and delivery unit.

Frustrated mom holding child

How to avoid parenting burnout

Recent months have changed all our lives dramatically. For parents, we are balancing all the same roles in new ways and have added some new ones into our daily lives. Trying to balance our home lives while teaching our children, being productive at work and having limited social interactions adds significantly to our daily stress. To complicate matters, it is difficult to find time alone. We are surrounded by the people we love, but sometimes we all need time to be by ourselves.

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Talking to kids about this phase of re-opening

As local authorities ease restrictions on businesses opening and people gathering, we all have questions about how to make smart decisions to keep our families safe. And if we grown-ups are scratching our heads, you can bet our kids have questions, too. As much as doctors wish we could provide all the answers, we just don’t have them. What we do have, though, are some helpful guidelines for making the best calls for your family.

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Helping your child wear a mask

Since wearing a mask is currently required when social distancing isn't possible, it is important to help children understand why we're wearing masks and to help them feel as comfortable as possible. Below are some tips for you and your family to help your child with wearing a mask.

Mom showing son how to wear a face mask

Tips for helping children understand the new normal

In many places, the coronavirus stay-at-home orders are being lifted and people may return to work and social events in phases. We as adults may understand the new rules, so it may be easy for us to flip that switch and attempt to return to normal. But for kids it may be more difficult. Children might need some help grasping the rules changing… again. Here are a few tips that can help guide your conversation with your children.

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Gifts Moms really want for Mother’s Day

I never truly appreciated what my mother did for me until I became a mom myself. And now I know. Being a mother is the hardest, most beautiful and challenging role of all. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Kid waving at person on computer

Birthdays in the time of COVID-19

My birthday is Nov. 27. It’s 1981, if you really want to know. Every year for my birthday growing up, my parents let me pick where we could go out to eat for dinner. I usually picked Oak Park Mall’s food court. It was the 80s and my parents had four kids, spaced two years apart. We rarely went out to eat. The mall and the food court was a favorite choice because that meant we could shop in the mall, too. We would come home for cake and ice cream and I would open presents from the family.

Toddler playing with cups and straws

Easy ways to entertain your toddler at home

As a working mom that made that choice, I have never truly realized how challenging it can be to entertain your toddler until recently. I have a deeper respect for our educators and stay-at-home moms more than ever for their patience and creativity! You all deserve a medal, seriously.