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Family in Focus

By Michelle Stien - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Here’s something my kids are just going to have to get used to; we are the strict parents.

By Elizabeth Harmon - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Patrick and Sarah Schott of Oak Brook know their family doesn’t look like most others. With a six-year old boy and twin two-year-old girls, all adopted from Asian countries, the kids attract notice–and sometimes nosey questions–wherever they go.

By Melissa Riske - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

At Metropolitan Family Services, Theresa Nihill builds programs through partnership

By Sherri Dauskurdas - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

When Dan Gilbert retired after more than 30 years with the Downers Grove Fire Department in 2010, he had a list of projects to keep him busy.  But he never was one to sit still for too long, so Dan was out of projects before he was out of energy. 

By Sherri Dauskurdas - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Meet a Western Springs family that is three times the fun!

By Ted Feinberg, EdD, NCSP, & Katherine C. Cowan National Association of School Psychologists - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Getting a new school year off to a good start can influence children’s attitude, confidence, and performance both socially and academically. The transition from August to September can be difficult for both children and parents. Even children who are eager to return to class must adjust to the greater levels of activity, structure, and, for some, pressures associated with school life.

By Michelle Stien - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

It recently occurred to my husband that with our son starting kindergarten, we’d save some money on preschool. I reminded him that the money we are saving is actually going toward my bonbon fund.

By Stephanie Kohl - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Creativity abounds within Avery Coonley’s preschool program

By Elizabeth Harmon - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

As a child, Amy Walsh was inspired by an excellent teacher.  Today, Walsh has become one.

By Stephanie Kohl - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

with Susan Paszkowski

By Saqib H. Mohajir DMD, FADIA - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Going out to dinner with family, whether it’s at barbecues or at nice restaurant, is one of the great things about summer. People have more time off, and so, of course we tend to eat out more often.  Just remember that when you’re out and considering what to drink with your meal, making bad choices can really impact your dental health.

By Michael Petrucelli - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Selecting your child’s first school may be one of the most exciting, yet intimidating decisions that you will have to make. Children in quality preschool programs improve their social skills, are better at following directions, waiting turns, problem-solving, participating in activities, collaborating, and relating to other children, teachers and parents.  In addition to providing a warm, safe, and nurturing environment, a top quality preschool program should provide a well-rounded experience that helps children become confident, joyful and fully prepared students, while developing a life-long love of learning.

By Michelle Stien - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

I keep reminding myself that I am going to make the most of this summer. (I am going to make the most of this summer.  I am going to make the most of this summer.)

By Melissa Riske - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

For Anna Weselak, the strength to take charge just came naturally

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