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Happy Feet!

                  Oaklee’s Family Guide Guest Post by Jamie Puffpaff, Director of Rock ‘n’ Kids www.rockitkids.com Children of all ages express themselves through music. In fact, we are all born with music inside of us already—our heart beats! Even while children are still... Read More

Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Children

                    By Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Children Children are confronted daily with rich opportunities to solve problems and exercise their own independent judgment when they’re given the chance to safely explore the world. These... Read More

Guardian Angel Safety Outlet

Here’s a product from local Chicago entrepreneur Dan Masterson. The Guardian Angel Outlet is an easy-to-install shockproof power outlet that senses when a child’s hand is nearby and will shut down power in the outlet until the danger is gone. Dan hopes to make it the first of many smart safety... Read More

Winter Break Camps

                Looking for a winter break camp? Here’s a list of fabulous day camps for all kinds of activities. The YMCA Chicago even offers overnight camps. It’s not too late to sign up so register now! Specialty Camps The Actors Gymnasium offers... Read More

Doctor’s Tips for Staying Healthy

Physician Shares Tips for Giving Your Body What It Needs to Fight Illness It’s a sad statistical fact: The holidays, from Christmas to New Year’s, are a treacherous time when it comes to our health. There’s a spike in heart attacks and pneumonia, and more people die of natural... Read More

Winter Swimming Safety Tips

Swimming is a great way to burn off energy and stay in shape over the winter. And no, despite what our moms told us, you can’t catch a cold from wet hair. According to Sara Batchelor, COO of Pro Swim Academy in Elk Grove Village, “Often times parents think... Read More

Go! Go! Sports Girl dolls

These dolls inspire girls to look beyond their image, and be active participants in their lives. The Go! Go! Sports Girl dolls were created by Jodi Norgaard in Glen Ellyn, IL, when she couldn’t find age appropriate dolls for her young daughter. She created the dolls to provide a... Read More

Calm Baby, Confident Baby

Oaklee’s Guest Post by Jessica Fox, LCPC

 I had a plan for my daughter before she was even a twinkle in my eye. Not the kind of plan that many parents have for their children, like to be a doctor, a lawyer, or the first female President of the... Read More

Keeping Kids Safe this Holiday Season

Oaklee’s Guest Post by Laura Nikolovska, Program Director of Kids In Danger, a Chicago non-profit focused on improving children’s product safety.  The holidays are an exciting time for families. However, new toys and unfamiliar environments pose safety risks for young children that parents may not be aware of. Kids... Read More

Easy & Fun Math Activities for Preschoolers

Oaklee’s Guest Post by Dr. Mary Mokris, Senior Advisor at Kumon North America.  Chances are, your toddler is already using math every day without even realizing it. Math is everywhere! Whether stacking blocks or counting toys, your child is already applying basic math concepts to daily activities. Take advantage... Read More

When to Use Antibiotics

Do you know when to use antibiotics for your children? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is having a Get Smart About Antibiotics week from Nov. 17-23, 2014, to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are an important tool to combat life-threatening illnesses, but overuse... Read More

Handcrafted Soap – Better for Your Skin and the Environment

This is soap? WOW! Have you ever noticed the beautiful, eye-catching bars of fragrant soap at the farmers’ markets and natural food stores? These handcrafted bars come in a dizzying array of colors, fragrances and shapes. They’re as much an art form as a science, but what makes them... Read More

Book Review: Help your Child Change the World

Do your kids know that they can change the world, just by being their unique selves? Here’s a great new personalized book from publisher I See Me! that will inspire your kids to do just that – one smile and one step at a time. This beautifully illustrated book... Read More

Keeping A Sick Kid Happy

Fall seems to be the time of year when sickness hits our house the most. The kids are exposed to new kids (and germs) at school, they’re worn out from extra-curricular activities and late-night studying, and they never want to dress warm enough for the changing weather. Here are... Read More

XOXO Feelings & Families leaves on February 1, 2015

Editor’s Note: The Museum is currently closed due to a flooding. Check the website to get the latest information.      XOXO: An Exhibit about Love & Forgiveness leaves the DuPage Children’s Museum on February 1, 2015! Developing Emotional Intelligence From infancy, human beings express emotions naturally. Developmentally children 3-5 years old... Read More

Five Ingenious Ways to Feed Even the Pickiest Eaters

Oaklee’s Guest Post by Harriet Foster If your child is a picky eater, don’t despair. You’re not alone! Most children go through a fussy phase with regards to their eating, so it’s certainly not unusual or anything to worry about. Nevertheless, there are a few things you can do... Read More

5 Tips to Handle Bullying

Although October is National Bullying Prevention Month, the bullying doesn’t stop when October is over. Here are some tips from expert Philip Brown, PhD, on understanding and dealing with bullying. Dr. Brown works with Wear the Cape–a brand that aims to restore the power of kindness and good character.... Read More

November Craft Fairs 2014

Now’s the time to start gathering your holiday gifts. Craft fairs are a great place to find unique and handmade items for everyone on your gift list. Our holiday family tradition always includes a visit to the Chicago Christkindlmarket. You can start your own holiday family fun tradition by... Read More

Live Theater Performances

I’ll bet you remember a theater production you saw as a child much better than you remember a movie. Live performances provide a degree of engagement that you don’t find when watching a movie or reading a book. Theater can spark the imagination of children and a recent study... Read More

Figure Skating Star Jason Brown Spreads the Love

Who doesn’t love Highland Park’s own local figure skating star, Jason Brown. You probably remember Jason from his gigantic smile on the ice at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi where he skated to the music of Riverdance. He won a 2014 Olympic bronze medal as part of the... Read More

Disney Frozen Hairstyles

Disney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa and Disney Princess Hairstyles: 40 Amazing Princess Hairstyles with Step by Step Images     Do you need some new ideas for styling your daughter’s long hair? This new book published by Edda USA is just for you. There are step-by-step illustrations on creating a... Read More

EZ Leaps Shoe Tying Tool

EZLeaps shoe tying tool Are your kids learning to tie their shoes? Here’s a simple but helpful tool created by a local Mompreneur. Eileen Soan, a first grade teacher in Plainfield and Downers Grove, got frustrated always having to tie her students shoes, so she invented EZLeaps, a credit-card... Read More

Six Ways to Raise and Nurture a Young Entrepreneur

Guest Post By John Hope Bryant   Children are natural-born entrepreneurs. When they’re toddlers, they make homemade mud pies and “sell” them to Mom or Dad. As they get older, they start to understand that adults will pay them small amounts of real money in exchange for goods or... Read More

What to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

After the kids (and you!) have eaten your fill, here are some ideas on what to do with your leftover Halloween candy. Turn it in for the troops. A number of local dentists’ offices are participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back program. You turn in your candy, the... Read More

Youth Concussions

Did you know that the rate of youth concussions in U.S. high schools has more than doubled over the past seven years, yet many concussions remain undiagnosed. A concussion is a brain injury typically caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. You don’t need to lose... Read More

7 Favorite Pumpkin Patches

Don’t miss our favorite spots around the Chicago area to find your perfect pumpkin, create some fall family memories and munch a few cider donuts while you’re at it. Abbey Farms $1 OFF Coupon Open daily until Oct. 26th, see website for hours 850 Butterfield Road, Aurora, IL 60502 630-966-7775 This non-profit... Read More

Budget Family Day Out in Miami? Let’s Go!

Whether you’re eight or eighty, everyone loves a trip to Miami, especially in winter. But for a family of four or more, The Magic City can seem a little expensive. You can do a family day out in the city on a budget, you just need to go to... Read More

Best Free Halloween Phone Apps

From creepy sounds to zombie faces to smiling pumpkins, these free Halloween apps will help you get into the spirit and liven up your celebrations.   Free Halloween Sounds Pro by Dream Injector Halloween just wouldn’t be Halloween unless you scare the bejezus out of someone. Want to scare... Read More

Product Review: Lil’ Holster

You’ve gotta try this fun new household tool. Know how your sponge is always hiding at the bottom a sink full of dirty dishes? The Lil’ Holster is a perfect solution. Just stick this flexible plastic holder to the side of your sink, and viola, your sponge stays right... Read More

Throwing a Halloween Party for Kids

  It’s time to plan your Halloween Parties. Here are some of our favorite ideas for the season. • Set the tone with a clever invitation. Better Homes and Gardens Editor-in-Chief Ann Blevins has a list of 12 tips and tricks for a memorable party. She sets the tone with a clever... Read More