| Jan 26, 2015
| 3:11 PM
Oscar season officially began last week, and as always, a lion's share of the nomination reactions revolved around snubs, including one in the category dearest to kids' hearts: best animated feature.
"The Lego Movie," a huge commercial and critical hit,...
| Jan 23, 2015
I caught 20 minutes of a talk show the other day while I was at the gym, doing my best to forget I was exercising.
The host was helping a married couple rekindle their romance, which had taken a back seat to child-rearing and other daily demands....
| Jan 22, 2015
| 10:49 AM
The title says it all.
"World's Worst Mom," free-range parenting founder Lenore Skenazy's new Discovery Life Channel show, premiering Thursday, is a nod to the moniker Skenazy famously earned in 2008 for allowing her 9-year-old son to ride the New...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 9:36 AM
I had the pleasure of interviewing Cheryl Strayed over the weekend at the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show, where hundreds of people packed the Rosemont Convention Center's makeshift auditorium to hear the "Wild" author share her thoughts on writing,...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 3:12 PM
Whether you're hosting a Super Bowl party or just want to watch the Patriots and Seahawks battle in relative peace, these plays will help keep kids happy — and might just make you MVP.
Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl
Long a crowd favorite for the...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 10:01 AM
There I was, happily scrolling through the I-won-both-of-them memes Wednesday morning (my favorite so far: "I got 99 problems but an election ain't one. #IWonBothOfThem"), when I came across a link to Jen A. Miller's essay on #whorepants.
| Jan 20, 2015
| 10:23 AM
When asked how they'd like to balance future work and family responsibilities, most young men and women in the U.S. say they want an equal division of labor, according to a new study.
Signaling a further shift away from traditional gender roles, the...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 1:36 PM
BLACK CREATIVITY AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY
Art and science mix when the MSI kicks off its annual Black Creativity programming on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A chance to explore African-American genius, the events include innovation workshops...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 9:16 AM
A blight on humanity: Young girls kidnapped en masse by Boko Haram and never recovered.
Not a blight on humanity: Young girls enjoying a day at the spa.
And yet: "Sick, sick, sick," wrote one of the 473 (and counting) commenters on The New York...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 2:33 PM
Days of shorts and flip-flops never seem farther away than in January, but some of the most popular summer camps are opening registration this month. Procrastinate, and your child just might get iced out.
Latin School camps
You don't have to be a...
| Jan 16, 2015
When I tell people I'm a writer, the second most frequently asked question — after "What's your backup plan?" — is, "Do you work from home?"
My answer: Not if I can help it.
Unlike the work of, say, a heart surgeon, my job can be done from...