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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.

What happened to good, clean Halloween fun?


Posted Oct 14, 2009 11:43 AM

Fact: many girls in their late teens and college years use Halloween as an excuse to dress like a slut (see: Mean Girls). But how young is too young?
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Baby on board for ABC 7's Judy Hsu


Posted Oct 13, 2009 9:06 PM

Talk about a baby on board -- ABC 7 anchor Judy Hsu delivers baby on the Ike.
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One too many bundles of joy?


Posted Oct 12, 2009 10:16 AM

Intra-uterine insemination, an alternative fertility treatment to in vitro fertilization, is a cheaper and less invasive, but more likely to lead to multiple births, which carry with them complications, and the risk of death.
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New study shows autism affects 1 in 100


Posted Oct 5, 2009 9:26 AM

Two new government studies released today reports that autism spectrum disorders — ranging from high-functioning Asperger's to severe autism — affect 1 in 100 U.S. children. That's up from 1 in 150.
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The Marshmallow Test


Posted Sep 30, 2009 1:41 PM

Something a little lighter this morning: From "Eat Me Daily," a quirky and occasionally hilarious food blog, comes video remake of the classic "Marshmallow Test" first made famous by Stanford psychologists in the 1960s. It's a basic measure of self-control, but proves in video format to be equal parts research and entertainment.
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Kiddieland, we hardly knew ye


Posted Sep 28, 2009 10:03 AM

The carousel at Kiddieland made its final turn on Sunday, marking the end of the line for the Melrose Park venue, which has delighted Chicagoland families for 80 years.
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Spare the rod, get a smarter child?


Posted Sep 28, 2009 9:52 AM

A study released yesterday by a University of New Hampshire professor suggests kids who are spanked have a lower IQ down the road than those who aren't.
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Court strikes down CPS desegregation order


Posted Sep 28, 2009 9:20 AM

A federal court has struck down a 29-year-old court order that required Chicago Public Schools to reserve spots for minority students at its selective enrollment schools. While the immediate effects are likely to be minimal, in the long-term this could open up more spots for white students and exacerbate the trend of falling minority enrollment at some of the system's best schools.
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