Winter Skin Solution: Natural Oil-Based Products

Using oil to clean your face? You’d have to be nuts. But believe it or not, many of the most popular facial cleansing oils today are derived from just that: nuts. Kathy Pappas, principal at Evanston’s Egea Spa, says that she has always used only the highest quality hazelnut oil in all of her facial […]

Self-Esteem: Too Much of a Good Thing?

In June, high school English teacher David McCullough sparked national debate with his commencement address to the Wellesley High School class of 2012. In it, he presented some candid thoughts on entitlement.   “Contrary to what your u9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple […]

Should You Hold Your Child Back?

Experts weigh in on Kindgergarten “Redshirting”   Close to four years ago, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell sparked debate in his book “Outliers: The Story of Success” with his assertion that early development gains. For example being the oldest in your class, when combined with other small advantages, amount to greater success in life. Today, this […]

Tricks for Limiting Halloween Treats this Year

It’s almost creepy how much money Americans spend on Halloween each year — $6.8 Billion in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation.   This includes costumes and décor, but rest assured a hefty chunk is spent on candy, much of which will end up in your kids’ Trick-or-Treat bags. And while you can help […]

Video Game Overload: How Much is Too Much

Summer’s here and it’s a perfect day.  But instead of racing outside to enjoy the sunshine, your kid is glued to a video game.   What’s a parent to do? And how much screen time is too much? According to Scott Rigby, Ph.D., research psychologist and co-author of “Glued to Games: How Video Games Draw […]

Not into Sports Camp? Don’t Sweat it!

Kids relish their summer vacation, so finding the right summer camp is hugely important, especially for working parents who require all-day options.   Fortunately, living within a few miles of one of the largest cities in the country has its advantages, especially if your kid has the creative bug or likes nontraditional outdoor activities. AIC […]

Best Online Holiday Card Retailers

Creative and Charitable Twists for Your Cards   The options for customizable holiday greetings are virtually limitless, so we’ve compiled a cheat sheet highlighting a few online card retailers that offer creative solutions, some with a charitable twist so you can spread even more cheer this holiday season. We’ve also listed the approximate price for […]

Relax the Rules, and the Schedule, this Summer

How do you convince your kid that even though the sun’s still up, it’s bedtime anyway?   Maybe you don’t. Maybe you just … chill. “Our summer rules are more relaxed, and for us, one of the perks is running around the backyard with the neighbor kids after dinner instead of the usual march to […]