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We all have days where we yell at our kids, forget the permission slip or count the minutes until bedtime. So maybe cool is a state of mind. A cool mom still embarrasses their kids, but less frequently. But what about your peers? What about the fellow moms we encounter every day? Today Breeze has a new definition of what it means to be a cool mom. How cool are you?

Test your coolness quotient with this super easy quiz 1. What do you carry in your purse? A plain, old cellphone. Your tween begged you for something special for her 11th birthday. Scored front row tickets to One Direction. Hosted a mini-spa afternoon for her and her three BFFs. Sprung for a party at Chuck E. Your seventh-grader has a bunch of buddies over and they break a lamp in your family room playing football. Shrug it off and suggest they play Wii instead. Promptly send them outside for the rest of the day.

Vow to only have one friend in your home at a time from now on. Stay home from work and help your kids build the biggest fort on the block. Make popcorn and order a kid-friendly movie. Have them clean their rooms before you let them outside. How would you describe your everyday look? I manage to tuck my shirt into my pants! I live in sweats—nothing wrong with that!

When was the last time another mom asked you for advice? In the last week. In the last month. Mother and grandmother and great grandmother Three generations of moms knows best share their learned wisdom.

Teaching a kid not to bite by biting them back? We reached out to three generations of mothers in the same families to hear their best advice for dealing with common parenting dilemmas. These experienced mamas shared their thoughts on everything from soothing a fussy baby to teaching a toddler not to hit. Evelyn Basile, mom of two Grandma: Susan Panfil, mom of four Mom: Brooke Ober, mom of three. We would rub whiskey on their gums. A lot of holding and walking and Tylenol, of course.

I would give them a dose of Tylenol for the pain and chilled teether toys, but cuddling helped soothe them the best. And then the other three kids did it when they seemed to be ready and interested.

Finally we gave up for several months. Then a few weeks before his third birthday we let him run naked for a week. There were lots and lots of accidents, but by the fourth day, something clicked in him and that was it. Sleeping through the night Great Grandma: Both my kids were colicky for five months.

We just suffered through it. I picked them up when they cried and nursed. I often brought them into bed with me. After 6 months, I would start putting the baby down awake, which seems to help them learn to fall asleep on their own. I did try sleep training, but hearing them cry for long periods was too heart wrenching. Potty training Great Grandma: My daughter was still in diapers in kindergarten.

I tried and tried, I just had to wait until they were ready do it. I tried diligently with my first and failed at it. I remember just stepping over my son on the kitchen floor. Give them a toy, treat or remove them from the situation. I would try to give them all my attention or a hug to calm them down. Biting or hitting Great Grandma: I remember once, my son bit another little girl in the leg.

I was so embarrassed. I stopped it right away and let them know it was NOT tolerated. If my child would bite me or another kid, I would always take them away from whatever they were doing or sit them down if I was holding them.

But more than anything, we try to nip it before it happens. Really paying attention to them keeps the bad behavior from even starting. Grace Cooning, mom of four Grandma: Kathy Erickson, mom of two Mom: Lauren Pero, mom of two. Lots of love helps! My oldest daughter had colic, so there was lots of crying. We used a pacifier for soothing. For teething, we had a round rubber ring that we put in the refrigerator.

We also used paregoric to rub on their gums to numb them. Keep calm and try to change the environment. Sometimes just picking the. Feed the baby late and put some cereal in the milk and the bottle to try to fill their tummies so it would hold them through the night. I think a full tummy at night will help with sleeping. If your child does wake during the night and cannot seem to settle, I would go in and pat and rub their.

When your child wakes up dry, put them on the potty. After each meal you should put them on the potty and before and after naps and bedtime. I started this as early as eight months. When your child is able to tell you that they are using the bathroom in their diaper, that is the appropriate time to introduce toilet training. Once you start, be consistent.

Give your child the opportunity to sit on their potty first thing in the morning, after each meal, before nap and bedtime and any other time that you know they normally go potty. My daughter sometimes tells us when she poops but is oblivious to having a wet diaper. We have potties set up downstairs and upstairs and let her sit on them and read books whenever she wants. The first thing you do is make sure your child is in a safe place and cannot hurt himself. Let them throw the tantrum and ignore them.

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Vada Armbrust, mom of seven Grandma: Carol Doody, mom of three Mom: Rachel Griffith, mom of two. You just have to pay more attention to the baby than usual. For some reason, I decided not to rely on a pacifier. But I have observed many a baby calmed instantly when given one, so I would definitely add that to my repertoire if I had it to do over again. Patience, pacifiers, cold teethers and a little Tylenol when teething interrupts sleep. When the babies were newborn I slept when they slept and was awake when they were awake.

When they got a little older, I started letting them cry it out. We always had the baby in a bassinet in our room for the first couple of months no monitors and I felt like I never got sound sleep. Let them do it when they want to. The guideline at the time was that if the child was not potty trained by the time they were 3, then you had to do something about it.

Start putting them on the potty once in a while maybe before getting in the bath around a year just to introduce the idea, talk about it a lot, read books about it, buy the potty seat and then wait until they are ready. Basically, give them all the tools and information and then wait until they want to do it. They will let you know. Park them on a chair or in their room. My effectiveness at handling tantrums directly corresponded to how sleep deprived I was. On a good day, I would calmly state why they could not have the toy at the checkout and then leave the store as quickly as possible.

On a not-so-good day, I would try to reason with them and give them chances or count on more than one hand several times to no avail.

Once the child is calm, then have a conversation about why it happened and how to handle a similar situation in the future. For biting, I may bite them back gently, of course so that they realize that it hurts. This behavior warranted an. I think the first time one of my children hit another child was at a playgroup and I was mortified. I had to learn to be firm, but not treat the behavior as a federal offense. Remove them from the situation, talk about better ways to solve problems, and help them understand that if they choose to do that, they should expect the person to do it back.

Caitlin Murray Giles is a freelance writer and mother of three. Here are some tips and advice from Chicago moms-in-the-know on how to make this milestone memorable. There truly is no better gift than a book.

A first birthday party is really all about the adults having fun. Setting a fun, interactive tasting bar in advance allows you as the hostess to focus on spending time with your guests and enjoying yourself, instead of being stuck in the kitchen.

I love creating a custom, colorful theme, even for the cake, to dress up the party. The cake is the centerpiece and a smaller smash cake for the baby provides for great photos to cherish for. For food, I love everything in miniature, just like the birthday baby! Always choose a theme that your child currently loves. Storybooks, characters, sports, travel or hobbies, any of these creates the perfect, personal party theme.

For a racing party, the kids went wild for mini sliders with racing flags, mini mac and cheese cups, and tiny grilled ham and cheese. Plan a menu with drinks, small savory bites and sweets that all can be premade in advance and set out at room temperature during the party. Make sure to focus on your child at the party. LY ON N. Exhibit your business, please email: Sasha Adler, design director at Nate Berkus Associates and mom of one with a new baby on the way Perfect 1st birthday gift: I usually give something that my daughter loved at that age, such as an instrument set that comes in a drum, a set of wooden alphabet blocks or a little tea set for a girl.

I think a first birthday party is definitely more about the adults, so I try to select a menu that appeals to them with options for the kids. I am a huge Dairy Queen fan, so I also ordered individual cups of soft serve and had a topping bar for everyone to make their own sundae.

We had a Mexican fiesta-themed party for our last birthday party that started off with a handmade invitation to set the tone. I also love to have something for the guests to put on right away to get in the spirit, so I had sombreros and maracas waiting at the front door. Hire or assign a photographer.

A well-rested child is key. For parents with children up to 18 months. For children 15 months to 3 years old. For children 3 to 6 years old. At Home in the Arts: Two 4-week Summer Sessions for children 2 to 6 years old. And I always love something personalized! Make sure to have pouches, fruit and other nibbles for the babies. Everyone loves a good birthday cake, so this is where I would spend my budget if I had to make a choice. Make it something that you will have. The first birthday party is unique in that it is a party for the parents, too.

I am a big proponent for making it something everyone will enjoy. I love the upstairs at two of my favorite pizzerias, Roots Pizza and Pizzeria Serio. They have TVs, great food, drinks and a great open space. You can have a nice party and have fun with your friends without getting caught up in the moment.

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A candle on the cake was an important part for me. I loved having the pictures for my son Porter to look at when he gets older. If you want to splurge a bit for the special day, there are lots of indoor play places, like Kid City in West Town, where you can rent space for a couple of hours. This allows you to invite more people and not let your house become trashed. Invite the people who are important to you, but. Having your loved ones there to share in the special day with lots of pictures will give great memories for your little one.

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Organizing trouble spots The diaper bag Diaper bags tend to be large, which means small items easily can get lost. Use colorful plastic or nylon pencil pouches to store kits of supplies: Sarah Giller Nelson Keep it simple. If you have a nanny or regular babysitter, make sure they have their own bag to use. Refill bag at end of each day.

Use see-through bags and sort by category for: This is a great way for the diaper bag to hold all the essentials that a mom will need to lug around with her. Baby clothing A hanging sweater bag in a closet makes good storage for baby clothes.

Most of the clothes can be folded to save space. Purge clothes after each season. There are apps designed for everything and everyone—even the youngest among us. Choosing whether or not to plug in your little pumpkin soon after he arrives, however, is something to weigh heavily. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend screen time for children under 2. Your child will benefit most often from the sounds of your voice, your facial movements and the interactions of loving parents, siblings and caregivers.

Interact with your infant and gauge his growth with these resources that help navigate fussy times, record developmental milestones and distract long enough to get a shower. Even babies and young kids have seasonal wardrobes. You can re-use the same storage tub for two seasons. You can apply the same storing concept to other things as well. As you find no longer fit, put clothes that n them bin.

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Sarah Giller Nelson Use your old laundry baskets or even inexpensive colored mesh laundry baskets to store different types of toys such as stuffed animals, cars, blocks, etc. Encourage your child to take out one thing at a time.

Erin Kelly Car Sometimes toys can take control of the interior of your car. Pooja Gugnani Keep a mini baby kit in the car, stocked with diapering items, extra pacifiers and snacks, just in case. Make sure to update the diaper size and any clothing as the baby grows!

Sarah Giller Nelson Keep your reusable bags in the car for groceries, cleaning up and other uses. That way they are always available in case you have a need for them. Changing table Use your dresser as a changing table by using the drawers to store your diapers, wipes, lotions, burp cloths, etc.

The same dresser can then be used when your baby is older to store clothes, blankets, socks, etc. Use a basket or a bin to keep a small supplies of diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, plastic bags and a leakproof changing mat neat and contained. Sarah Giller Nelson It sounds simple, but be sure to place your Diaper Genie and trash can right next to your changing area and keep all of your other supplies within reach so you easily can reach everything without having to step away from baby.

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Baby Rattle Toy Android, free comes with six different rattle styles and sounds. Sharon Miller Cindrich ChicagoParent. But as fun as it is, it can be deadly.

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The kids we took on the WOW! Tour loved connecting with exhibits they had seen in the past in new ways. They said their favorite part was getting to put. Art Institute of Chicago E.

Monroe, Chicago artinstituteofchicago. Admission to this part of the museum is always free. The Family Room in the education center includes hands-on activities. Free Family Wednesdays is the first and second Wednesday of the month for Illinois residents. Monday-Wednesday and Friday; Thursday Family Room open until 5 p. Thursdays for Illinois residents. Elmhurst Art Museum S. Stop by for Art on the Run, a free educational art project for families. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.

Free on Friday and to members. Museum of Contemporary Art E. Stroller tours offered the first Wednesday of every month Closed Monday and major holidays. Free Tuesday for Illinois residents. Burpee Museum of Natural History, see page Dawn to dusk, daily. Free, fees for some activities. National Museum of Mexican Art W. Ongoing exhibits present 3, years of Mexican history through ancient, colonial and contemporary art.

This is a small museum that can be a great way to introduce younger children to art. Kraft Family Sundays are free, year-round, hands-on art programs related to the themes of current exhibitions reservations required. On-street parking is available nearby. Follow up your visit with lunch at La Cebollita S. Closed on major holidays. Visit the website before you visit and download a family guide. Free, family-friendly tours at 1 p.

Art-in-the-Park, the fifth annual free sculpture-making project for children, is Aug. Open 24 hours year-round. Kids are drawn to the outdoor sculpture garden. Visit during scheduled free Family Days, when kids can make their own art.

Family tours 10 people minimum are available by appointment. Free drop-in Family Days the first Saturday of each month p. Closed Sunday and Monday. The gated Treehouse Trails and Kids Town exhibits are geared especially for toddlers and preschoolers.

Open this summer, Circus Zirkus: Visit website for free admission days. Free parking is available on the fifth floor of the Parking Tower. The museum also offers a special time for families of children with special needs on Third Thursdays.

TuesdayThursday open until 8 p. Special Needs Family Nights take place the last Wednesday of the month. Bring a change of clothes—kids may get wet at the Water Works exhibit. Wonder Works W. Check website for special events offered weekly. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday; noon-5 p. Free kids under 1 and members. Cantigny has many special events and programs just for families and kids, including Family Night Out, a new monthly program, and Art in Bloom, June The park offers a restaurant lunch only , coffee shop, gift shop and picnic area with playground.

Call or visit website for special events. Chicago History Museum N. Kids love making themselves into a giant. Experience it Through July 7 Take an interactive trip through Japan in our new hands-on exhibit! Opening August 5 What role does science play in health and wellness? Young scientists can explore an interactive laboratory to find the answer in this exciting new exhibit.

This summer, stop by Second Saturdays to discover Chicago stories with hands-on activities, makeand-take crafts, and more. Call or check website for free day schedule. Kids enjoy visiting the one-room schoolhouse. Graue Mill and Museum S. York Road, Oak Brook grauemill. Try your hand at spinning wool and weaving and help the miller grind corn.

Grosse Point Lighthouse N. Sheridan Road, Evanston grossepointlighthouse. Grounds are open year-round, and the lighthouse is open June-September. It is not stroller-friendly and children under 8 are not permitted in the light tower. Access to the light tower is sometimes discontinued during extreme weather conditions or renovation work. The grounds are open year-round. Tours held 2, 3 and 4 p. Miller Family Youth Exhibition, where children ages can have fun discovering ways to respect differences, address bullying, and take a stand on issues that matter to them.

MondayWednesday and Friday; 10 a. Isle a la Cache Museum E. Romeo Road Romeoville reconnectwithnature. Joliet Area Historical Museum N. Line Drives to Lipstick: Summer Free Days include: Beginning at river level and spiraling five stories up, the museum provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore a historic landmark bridgehouse.

On select dates, visitors can get a behind-thescenes look at the gears in motion as they lift the Michigan Avenue Bridge. See website for bridge lift details, tours and other special events. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Inspiring Traditions for Generations and Moccasins: At Kids Craft Mornings, Saturdays from 11 a.

Recommended for children ages 5 and up. Participants under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. TuesdayWednesday and Friday-Saturday; 10 a. Free first Friday of the month. Members and tribal members free.

Naper Settlement S. Museum free days Please note: Free days are for Illinois residents only in most cases. Days can change; always check before going. Adler Planetarium S. Art Institute of Chicago S. Always free for kids 13 and under.

Thursdays; first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. Always free for kids under 1. Elmhurst Free admission: Always free for kids 4 and under. Shedd Aquarium S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago Free admission: June , , Always free for kids 12 and under. Free general admission for Naperville residents and members. Starting June 10, there will be free walk-in activities every Tuesday afternoon, and free nature walks every Wednesday morning.

The Grove Milwaukee Ave. Tour the restored Kennicott House, the log cabin, longhouse and schoolhouse with costumed guides. The Interpretive Center and grounds are open to the public year-round, 8 a. Kennicott House tours are Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a. Some programs and events cost extra. Sky Shows are degree shows featuring outer space themes. New summer show, Destination Solar System, flies audiences from one end of the Solar System to the other in under 30 minutes Hours: Discounts for Chicago residents.

Call or check the website. Great for kids to spark an interest in science. Note that the building does not have an elevator. Discovery Center Museum N. Expanded spaces include an outdoor Secret Garden. The new and improved Body Shop will open the end of June. Field Museum S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago fieldmuseum. The Crown Family PlayLab has six themed play areas and is perfect for younger kids. Many areas of the museum also offer interactive elements for children. Check out The Machine Inside: Before your visit, download one of the.

Public parking lots are nearby or the museum is easily accessible by public transportation. Last admission at 4 p. Discounts available to Chicago residents. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago sheddaquarium. This summer, check out Stingray Touch, an outdoor exhibit with live stingrays.

For an extra fee, take a behind-thescenes tour or join an overnight at the aquarium. Public, paid parking lots are located nearby on the museum campus or take public transportation.

Shedd offers free days for Illinois residents, but avoid the long lines and reserve tickets ahead. Be prepared for crowds on free days. Check website for extended summer hours. Museum of Science and Industry S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago msichicago. See Earth Explorers from National Geographic, a hands-on exhibit that allows kids of all ages to become explorers. Extended hours, until 5: City of Chicago residents receive a discount on packages and Museum Entry.

There are also exhibits to climb in, splash in and explore an extreme green house. The museum offers a variety of daily events for children and adults. Paid parking is available nearby or look for free street parking.

Thursday is suggested donation day for Illinois residents. Rocks and fossils are available for purchase at the store. Store is handicap and stroller friendly, but the downstairs museum is not. Monday-Tuesday and Friday; Closed Wednesday and Sunday.

Check website or Facebook page for summer hours. SaturdaySunday; group tours by appointment Tuesday-Friday. Fox River Trolley Museum S. Pack a picnic lunch. Benches are located at both ends of the line. Saturdays June Labor Day. You can browse one of the largest collections of railroad memorabilia around, and enjoy fun family photo ops. Pach a picnic because indoor and outdoor dining areas are available.

Enjoy a Day Out with Thomas coming in August. Open days and hours vary. Future doctors can glimpse the medical past, present and future. Last admission one hour before closing. Closed Monday and holidays. Tuesday is free day. The Faces of Eternity special exhibit July 1-Nov. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.

Chicago Grammar School N. Franklin Chicago, IL In this section 43 Best barbecue in the city 46 A day out in Andersonville 48 Listings on landmarks, sightseeing and tours. Free parking available at Holy Trinity on the corner of Noble and Division. Kobe brisket, chicken wings which are marinated and smoked, not fried and espresso ice cream covered in peanut brittle, which I have no words to describe.

The trendy little restaurant on Dearborn Street is all urban barbecue. My husband Scott was a bit starstruck. We visited Chicago q for a recent Sunday brunch and tasted pretty much everything barbecue on the menu. Italian, steaks, pizza—Chicago has that covered. We are barbecue lovers. Here are a handful of our favorites. Portions are generous and the sweet and tangy barbecue sauce is delicious.

The restaurant is a tad fancier than your average barbecue joint, but families will feel at home here. Smoque is worth a return trip. Everything is about smoke and meat at this place—from the pulled meat nachos and smoked jalapeno beer cheese to the smoked pit beans and smoked sliced brisket. The little joint in Irving Park has earned excellent reviews from food critics, and I was dying to try it. We stopped by Smoque on a Saturday afternoon—after running the Chicago quarter marathon along the lake.

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