All posts by Nancy Stevens

Parenting: It’s not really that bad

We’ve branded parenting in all the wrong ways. Is it any wonder that more and more couples are opting out of having children?  by Tiffany Gee Lewis, theguardian.com  Parents, we are good at many things. But these days, we aren’t so good at selling our job. We... Read More

Rules for Picking the Right Day Care

There are only about a million things in your daily routine that revolve around making sure you have a great day care that works for you and your family.  Ever try to finish a project from home with a toddler? It’s nearly impossible! The big question... Read More

School Directory

School Directory As parents we know that our entire life hinges on being able to find great child care and picking the right one can be a daunting task! Oaklee’s Family Guide is proud to help you along the way! Find a comprehensive listing of pre-schools and... Read More

Two New Ways to Celebrate after Thanksgiving

Get your family involved in Giving Tuesday and Small Business Saturday While some families plan their after Thanksgiving holiday shopping around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are two new dates that get our attention this year: Small Business Saturday on November 24th, and Giving Tuesday on November 27th. We... Read More

End Bullying Now!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and it’s time to focus on this terrible epidemic that drives young children to commit suicide and keeps as many as 160,000 kids out of school on any given day for fear of being bullied. Brooks Gibbs, one of the nation’s... Read More

Secrets for Helping Boys Learn

The problem of boys in education is not a new one – data has been mounting for many years that our sons are simply falling behind our daughters, says pioneering veteran in education, Edmond J. Dixon, Ph.D. But it’s not because boys are any less intelligent than girls,... Read More

Tips for Safe Exercising in Winter with Pets

As winter approaches, fitness-loving pet-owners gear up for cold weather outdoor work-outs with their four legged friends. As it’s important that people get exercise year-round, the same goes for animals. However, there are dangers associated with the exercising in the snow, ice and cold, which could put a pet’s... Read More

Stress, Mini-Vacations and Moms

The first key to remember is stress is not the problem; it’s our reaction to the stress. We cannot control the traffic, the government or the neighbor’s loud music, but we can control our reactions to those things. It’s estimated we think about 60,000 thoughts a... Read More

Safe Kids Days

Every year around the world, a million families lose a child to a preventable injury. In fact, preventable injuries are the number one killer of kids in the U.S today. Safe Kids Days in April are dedicated to preventing childhood injuries.   Here are 7 easy... Read More

15 Things To Do On A Snowy Day

Chicago is no stranger to snow storms, and this winter we haven’t even seen one of the top ten snow storms to hit the area.  When a huge blizzard or just some lake effect fills Chicago land with feet and inches of white stuff, it can be easy to... Read More

What are you reading to your kids?

My favorite bedtime books for reading to the kids were anything by Dr. Seuss, the Little House on the Prairie series, and the Junie B. Jones stories. I had one child who devoured books, and one who barely managed to get through a magazine page, but both of them liked... Read More

12 tips for the best Halloween party

A little forethought is all it takes for monstrously memorable merrymaking.  Halloween Tricks & Treats Editor-in-Chief Ann Blevins of Better Homes and Gardens gives us the inside scoop on how to throw a kid-friendly monster mash this Halloween. 1. Make clever invites. The way you announce the “what,... Read More

11 Tips for Making Homework Time Fun

Oaklee’s Guest Post By Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Tutor.com According to The National Center for Family Literacy, almost 50% of parents feel they can’t help their child with homework because they don’t understand the material. And let’s face it, for most parents it’s been a long time since they’ve been... Read More