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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.

The things we hold onto


Posted Nov 30, 2009 9:28 AM

My parents paid for my plane ticket home for Thanksgiving, and in return, I agreed to clean out my closet. What I found made me smile -- and think about the things we choose to keep.
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Is unconditional love bad parenting?


Posted Nov 16, 2009 12:24 PM

Should parental loved have to be earned? Or is it a birthright? What's the upside of unconditional love?
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Out of bounds


Posted Nov 10, 2009 9:57 AM

I tend to think that for all its potential pitfalls, competitiveness is an asset, both on and off the field. But that has its limits, and this weekend I saw something that blew right past them.
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Baby talk: early and often, according to study


Posted Nov 6, 2009 10:09 AM

A new study finds that when it comes to talking to your baby, early and often makes a big difference.
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Playsets recalled due to fall hazard


Posted Nov 6, 2009 9:53 AM

After more than 1,400 reports of rotting ladders, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall Adventure Playsets Wooden Play Sets.
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Married...with Children -- the secret to happiness?


Posted Nov 3, 2009 9:58 PM

Research has repeatedly told us something that goes against every instinct we have as parents: Having kids actually decreases a married couple's happiness. But a new analysis has added something new to the debate and may finally back up the joys of parenthood.
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Having "the talk." You know, the one about math and science


Posted Nov 2, 2009 9:54 AM

A new study from Intel released Friday reports that parents are more comfortable talking to their kids about not doing drugs than about math and science.
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In 'Modern Family,' a tribute to (gasp!) modern families


Posted Oct 30, 2009 9:59 AM

The American family is changing, so why shouldn't American television reflect that? Enter: ABC's new comedy, Modern Family.
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Company refuses to recall pacifiers despite government agency warning


Posted Oct 27, 2009 10:18 AM

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning against "My Baby Soother" pacifiers even as the company that makes them, T & L Trading, has refused to recall them.
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Opening Weekend: Astroboy soars (sort of)


Posted Oct 26, 2009 4:02 PM

Astroboy, the newest kid-superhero saga, promised plenty of action and adventure. So we headed to the film's opening weekend to get firsthand reviews and we got rave reviews from the crowd.
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