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Holiday Cookie Contest winners prove every recipe tells a story

A near-miss, an underdog and a bit of cookie controversy were among the many behind-the-scenes stories during judging of the 2016 Chicago Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest.<p>In the annual contest in which we invite readers to submit their favorite cookie recipes, we again received earnest entries — some …

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The 10 Dress Shoes Every Man Needs to Know This Fall

From cap-toes to brogues to boots.<p>We love a good sneaker just as much as the next guy, but there are those times when only a classic pair of dress shoes will do the trick. And thanks to their timeless good looks, you know they'll serve you well for years to come. Here are ten styles that every man …

Shop the Best Fall Trends, All Under $100

From a consumer standpoint, there are several approaches you can take to fashion trends. There’s the option to ignore them entirely, opting only for …

Mom's Viral Post Nails What Parents Of Teething Children Know All Too Well

"It breaks your heart to see them like that."<p>With one pitiful photo, Jules Coffey has summed up what it’s like to be a parent of a kid who’s teething.<p>On Monday, the mom behind the Instagram account NewMumsTheWord posted a photo of her and her visibly upset daughter, Emmison. In the caption of the …

12 Ways A Pregnant Woman Is Just Like A Toddler

My pregnancy with my second child was way easier than my first, except for one major difference. I also had to deal with my 2-year-old, who could no longer fit on my lap. On the bright side, I got to bond with my daughter in a whole new way, because pregnant women and toddlers are basically one and …

A comic for dads learning important life lessons from their toddlers.

Life with a toddler can be fraught with many challenges.<p>Anthony Arbaiza, a dad of two from Hershey, Pennsylvania, put it this way:<p>"Having a toddler …

How Much Homework Is Too Much? How Can Parents Push Back?

Confidence, intelligence, creativity, and happy productivity depend on ample time for unstructured play and imagination. This is true throughout …

ALSC selects eleven more Great Websites for Kids

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great …

Our children need to hear about the teacher and the fireman who would not run from evil

The shrillness of this presidential campaign continues 24/7. If you’re like me, you worry about the impact of the cynical, bare-knuckled, in-your-face political season is having on our young people.<p>Kids need heroes to look up to and emulate. They aren’t going to find them in Washington anytime soon.<p>…

Any Parent Who Has Given Up 'Me' Time for Kids Will So Feel This Blogger's Viral Post

Blogger Bunmi Laditan's beautiful post about giving up her "me" time for her son reminds us that sometimes there are more important things than Netflix and a glass of wine.<p>In a new viral Facebook post, blogger Bunmi Laditan, who you may remember from her hilarious take on the differences between …

Parenting

Belgium euthanizes 'terminally ill child

A child suffering a fatal illness has become the first minor to be euthanized since age restrictions on mercy killings were lifted in the country. …

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You Have to See the Reunion of These Toddler Besties Who Were Both Adopted

Eleven months after last seeing each other, Hannah and Dawson have finally been reunited.<p>Reunited and it feels so good!<p>Four-year-old Hannah and 3-year-old Dawson were besties at the orphanage in China where they had spent most of their lives. But the pair went their separate ways about a year ago, …

Parenting

9 funniest parenting posts on Facebook this week

Parents are funny — especially on Facebook! And we love them for it.<p>Because when the pages of Facebook are flooded with images of elaborate DIY 1st birthday parties, harmonious siblings, and Bento-box-style school lunches (complete with peeled grapes) it’s easy to believe you’re the only one who …

Parenting

A letter to … my husband, who wants us to keep it ‘professional’

The letter you always wanted to write<p>It’s been a few weeks since you told me you wanted a professional relationship with me – no doubt you think this is appropriate as we work at the same institution. But you seem to have forgotten that we have three children together and a professional …

I thought all you needed to be a good parent was to love your kids. I was wrong | Melissa Hood

My middle son tested all my parenting abilities, and they were found wanting. Ante-natal classes aren’t stigmatised, so why should parenting classes?<p>At the time I had my first child I was a solicitor, a job for which I’d studied and trained and got qualifications. You’d think that those negotiating …

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When I recently found myself trying to explain to some friends of mine why I don’t put pictures of my five year old son on social media their reactions ranged from baffled – why not share the happiness and wonder that your little darling brings? – to mocking (why am I letting myself be made …

It's OK to sleep next to your infant child. It's even beneficial.

Parents everywhere tend to think that the way they raise their children is the best way, and Americans are no exception. Contemporary American parents seek to optimize their children's lives, treat them as equals, and reduce their risk of harm to zero; anything less may seem negligent. Yet many of …