Kohler Waters Spa in Burr Ridge: slow down, indulge and unwind

WENDY CITY MOM: the parenting column The recognizable and much-loved Kohler brand is something that folks can truly depend on and the soothing services at Kohler Waters Spa in Burr Ridge are no different. “We opened in April of 2008; It is our first venture …

Girl power: Chicago hosts the 3rd Annual Women’s Funny Festival


WENDY CITY MOM.the parenting column. Women’s Funny Festival, founded by producer and Stage 773 director of operations Jill Valentine and co-producer Liz McArthur, was created as a networking opportunity for women to connect and support one another in all comedic endeavors. “We’ve got the best …

Brainwave motivation: creativity edification for kids and educators


WENDY CITY MOM: the parenting column. Chicago-area educators are in for a real treat May 3-4. The International Conference on Creativity, Thinking & Education, which takes place at the historic Congress Plaza Hotel, will provide intellectual and inspiring fodder — keynote speakers, authors and educators, …

Be good, do good, feel good: support SOS Children’s Villages


WENDY CITY MOM. the parenting column. Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages USA, has been helping disadvantaged orphaned and abandoned children around the world, including right here in the Chicago area. SOS, which began operating in 1949, is the world’s largest independent NGO that …

Spotlight on author and mother, Joelle Charbonneau


WENDY CITY MOM · the parenting column · Joelle Charbonneau has it all. She is a stay-at-home-mom and a successful writer, producing quality books with a frequency that makes most other authors jealous. Many parents have to choose one or the other: career or full time parent, but Charbonneau has figured out how to have her cake and eat it. Below is an interview, conducted with Charbonneau on her rise to becoming an author- fulfilling her dreams and ambitions, without sacrificing her desires to have a family and be a stellar mother.

First dental exam scares the parent more than the child


WENDY CITY MOM · the parenting column · You're not alone if going to the dentist conjures up feelings of apprehension and dread alongside recollections of Steve Martin's portrayal of a sadistic dentist in Little Shop of Horrors. At a check-up, dental instruments that manipulate, inspect, repair and remove teeth lie in wait on a tray next to you while a bright interrogating light shines down from overhead. How could a toddler or preschooler possibly sit through a first visit without being traumatized?

Jack Frost has nothing on you: 3 tips for surviving the cold


WENDY CITY MOM · the parenting column · Winter is here. Fact. Part of what makes this season so difficult for parents is venturing outside in the frosty conditions. Kids need to be kept warm-hats, mittens, scarves, boots and coats all need to be worn. Backpacks and diaper bags need to be supplied with winter necessities. Multiply the number of kids in the household, and parents end up spending the better part of the morning tasked with Sherpa duties. Make your life easier by following these three tips. 

Toys for boys


WENDY CITY MOM: the parenting column Keep your kids engaged and entertained this summer with fun toys created by innovative toy companies that encourage kids to be active and smart. Kids will learn and get their sillies out by playing with toys that cater to …