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Chicago Public Schools Make Pension Payment Impacting 1,400 Jobs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday 1,400 jobs will be "impacted" after Illinois lawmakers failed to provide relief and the financially struggling district had to borrow money to make a $634 million contribution to its teacher pension funds. Show More Summary

Mourning the Loss of Your Birth Experience

Perhaps I'm abnormal. Actually, I know I am. If you were to ask me what my ideal birth scenario would be, I would probably say Cesarean section. There are a multitude of reasons behind this rationale, but that's neither here nor there. Show More Summary

Pinterest-inspired DIY ideas for organizing outdoor toys

Keep the backyard clutter-free with these organization ideas for balls, bats, ride-on toys and more.

Splash! Five-time Olympian Dara Torres helps parents with 5 common pool problems

Just like any parent, Olympian Dara Torres had to mastermind clever ways to help her little girl enjoy her time at the pool.

A Teen Parent's Spiritual Take Away From Pixar's 'Inside Out'

The new Pixar movie, Inside Out has been described by critics as the animation studio's best since their 1995 blockbuster success, Toy Story. This latest film brings to life a rare inside view of the emotional conflicts within a pre-teen's mind. The main character, Riley, is transplanted with her family from their home in Minnesota to San Francisco. Show More Summary

Why I Love My Father

When I was a little Dani, about four or five years old, my father invented a character called, the Tickle Monster, long before Josie Bissett's, Tickle Monster Laughter Kit, which included cuddly tickling mitts. I'm not sure why you would need a kit to tickle someone, but whatever. Show More Summary

These Girl Scouts Had the Most Epic Sleepover at the White House

This was one sleepover we wish we were invited to! On Tuesday night, Girl Scouts pitched their tents on the White House lawn for a first ever overnight camping trip hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. As part of her Let's Move Outside...Show More Summary

25 Things I Learned From My Dad

1. America is exceptional. 2. The men and women who protect our country are also exceptional. 3. Expiration dates on food are optional. This includes sushi from supermarkets. 4. Elbows off the dinner table. 5. Madras pants are forever fashionable. Show More Summary

Before I Could Teach My Daughter to Love Her Body, I Had to Come to Terms With Mine

Five years ago, I was embarrassed to try on clothes at one of those open fitting rooms that exist at discount department stores. I shuddered with embarrassment at just the thought of getting undressed in front of other women. Not that there was anything wrong with my body. Show More Summary

Prayers for a Tween Girl

My girls' birthdays are only four days (and two years) apart. For the past few years, we've celebrated on or around their March birth dates. But this year, our family traded in our usual one-weekend-after-another separate celebrations...Show More Summary

Nosy Kindergarten Application Demands To Know If You Had A C-Section

Butt out, kindergarten application. There's no reason for you to need to know this. More » Nosy Kindergarten Application Demands To Know If You Had A C-Section is a post from Mommyish - Parenting Imperfect.

Maybe This Is How It Begins

I'm beat. The lack of sleep and the germs from daycare and all of the running around is catching up with me. Unlike most of the population, when the sun starts shining and the birds start chirping I don't skip along joyfully, smiling and sniffing the peonies. Show More Summary

Unconventional Boundaries

My whole life, I've watched parents swat at their children's hands in stores. The action is usually accompanied by the words "Don't touch," which come out in the most unusual combination of whisper and shout; hushed yet somehow still roared. Show More Summary

Kids in the Kitchen: Easy Sheet-Pan Chicken

Kids in the Kitchen: A 3-year-old learns how to make Easy Sheet-Pan Chicken, and basic cooking skills.

Why One Mother Faces Criminal Charges For Putting Her Son in "a Timeout"

A 4-year-old boy was found early Tuesday morning outside of an apartment complex where his mother was inside babysitting - tied to a bush. The young boy was left alone for about 30 minutes, tied down with the leash on his backpack by his mother, Mery Isabel Quinde Castro, who was punishing him for not wanting to go inside the complex with her. Show More Summary

Sleep Away Camp For A Child Is Just A Second Honeymoon for Us

In just 19 days my daughter will leave for sleep away camp and for 12 days my husband and I will return to our pre-parenting life where no one asks us for money or a ride to friend’s house. More » Sleep Away Camp For A Child Is Just A Second Honeymoon for Us is a post from Mommyish - Parenting Imperfect.

Hidden Camera Catches Dad's Priceless Reaction When He Finds Out He'll Be A Grandpa

Over the years, we've seen the many dramatic reactions people have had when they find out they're going to be grandparents -- crying, screaming, jumping up and down, and sheer disbelief. But not when it comes to one grandpa-to-be. No, he was going to try to play it cool. Show More Summary

A Familiar Sense of Uncertainty

The only certainty in the foster care world, and I suppose in parenting in general, is the uncertainty of it all.

Your Tiny Tot Will Be the Cutest Little Hipster In These Clothes

There are some kids who insist upon being undeniably cool from the start. If your little one's more into fedoras and mustache gear than ruffles and frills, we've rounded up some oh-so-appropriate gear that's perfect for them. Keep cool and check out these hipster finds for your fun-loving little one.

Shakira Celebrates Sasha's 5 Month Birthday With Adorable Photos

Shakira's second son just turned 5-months-old and the singer celebrated with some adorable photos on Instagram. The Colombian star posted a photo collage of a wide-eyed and smiling Sasha on Monday. Clearly Shak's youngest may have inherited his soccer star dad's light eyes and hair but he has his mother to thank for his cheeks. Show More Summary

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