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The Parent 'Hood

Dispatches from the road between being a kid and having some.

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The Parent 'Hood is Web editor Liz Hoffman's take on the day's headlines you may have missed in your "If-you're-not-in-this-car-in-5-minutes-you-can-walk-to-school" morning commute. Depending on her mood -- and how many cups of coffee she's had by the time she sits down at her desk -- you can expect criticism, commentary, and the occasional dose of humor from someone who's old enough to think about wanting kids, but young enough to remember what it was like to be one.

Love the blog? Hate the blog? Contact Liz directly at lhoffman@chicagoparent.com.

An unlikely source of good economic news


Posted Feb 8, 2010 9:59 AM

As Americans look for signs that the recession is easing, here's one from an unlikely source: the Tooth Fairy.
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Lock up your guns − no, for real this time


Posted Feb 4, 2010 9:58 AM

Guns should never be within reach of a child. So remind me again how a 2-year-old shot himself in the head with a gun he found under a pile of clothes?
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Big Pharma jumps into the fight against autism


Posted Jan 19, 2010 11:48 AM

"The drug industry is gearing up for an assault on autism," declared a recent article in Business Week, a fascinating look into the pharmaceutical industry's efforts - and financial stake - in bringing an autism drug to market.
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Parenting ... lowers blood pressure?


Posted Jan 15, 2010 9:50 AM

Certain parenting moments can make you feel like your blood is about to boil. So how to explain a new study finding lower blood pressure among parents than people without kids?
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Inked up: Couple charged with child cruelty after tattooing kids


Posted Jan 4, 2010 10:48 PM

A couple from Georgia have been charged with illegally tattooing six of their seven children. Weird? Definitely. Criminal? I'm not so sure.
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No Love Lost: lessons from Courtney Love's latest trainwreck


Posted Dec 18, 2009 9:38 AM

What's that? You say you needed another parenting "what not to do -- ever" story? Enter Courtney Love.
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The Politics of Santa


Posted Dec 17, 2009 6:02 PM


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Keep it simple: Classic toys bring classic joy


Posted Dec 14, 2009 1:05 PM

As tempting as elbowing out hungry parents for the last Zhu Zhu Hamster sounds, sometimes classic toys are the way to go.
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More autism news: Is increase medical or diagnostic?


Posted Dec 10, 2009 10:18 AM

In the wake of a report in October that autism rates had climbed again, one new study, listening to people actually affected by autism, found they are alarmed by what they see as a growing epidemic.
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Posted Dec 3, 2009 6:17 PM


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