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Sunday, December 4th, 2005

Subject:help with my psychology paper
Posted by:slooper.
Time:11:05 pm.
Hi. My name is Sarah and I'm in college in New York. I am currently taking a class on Developmental Psychology in which we were asked to interview 4 parents (2 mothers and 2 fathers) who have children over the age of 18. Instead of taking the traditional route and interviewing relatives, I decided to ask fellow LJers these questions about their experiences as a parent.

If you have at least 1 child over the age of 18 and you would like to help me, please answer these questionsCollapse )

If this post is not allowed, my sincerest apologies, and please delete it.
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Saturday, November 26th, 2005

Subject:Gotta see this ... (cross-posted all over)
Posted by:btripp.
Time:2:51 pm.
Wheee! We just got back from the grand opening performance of Emerald City Theatre's A Nutcracker Christmas (up at the Apollo Theater at 2540 N. Lincoln) ... and while it it pitched to families with kids (and is cetainly appropriate for the kiddies), it is hilarious in its own right. Frankly, I think I enjoyed it more than did my 9- and 5-year-old daughters!

This is a strange "modern" musical take on the classic Nutcracker story ... starring instead of dance-obsessed Clara, her video-game addicted brother Fritz, and with a female nutcracker (and, no, they "didn't go there" with the very tempting joke). The whole "Mouse King" thing is interwoven into the video game that Fritz is champion of, and his reaching the never-before-obtained "Level 22" allows the Mouse King to bridge realities. The Mouse King has most of the best lines (like: "I need to get a new temp agency, I ordered henchmen and they sent me Frenchmen" ... which also served to set up some "ripe" cheese jokes!), and leads a catchy new "anti-Christmas" tune:

                    Let's ruin Christmas -- let's throw it all away
                    It's always been over-rated
                    Let's call the whole thing off -- let's wreck the holiday
                    I never liked it anyway

There is also a Elton Johnesque "Mayor of Toytown", and several other "out there" characters which at times come close to being creepy but never quite cross that "kiddy show" line. They even have some cute little kids as sugarplum fairies (well, except for when they're on the boat, at which point they're the Ferry faries!), to bolster the "wholesome" side of the equation. All in all, the show reminded me of numerous far-edgier "twisted kids show" productions that I've seen over the years, but it managed to do this while still staying in "G" territory (but providing the adults in the audience plenty of opportunities to "make up their own jokes" for bits left subtly hanging).

I highly recommend this as a cure for the typical Holdiay saccharine ... I hope they make it a yearly event! However, being a "holiday" show, it only runs through New Year's, so if you want to catch it, you'll have to act quickly.

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Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

Posted by:littleangel0032.
Time:10:47 pm.
Mood: awake.
HI, I am a single mom of a 4 yr old girl. I have lived in Chicagoland area for 18 yr before moving around for a while. And ultimitly decided to come back to the city that I love. As of may we are in the western suburbs. I havent had much time to explore the new area, bc of school. But my daughter is in a summer program where they have taken several adventures around here. I know that they have gone to a childrens museum, enchanted castle, bowling, the aquarium, fishing, etc. But other than that I dont know much around here.
But its nice to join a community esp for parents in the chicagoland area. I hope to get some good insite in what to do. LOL even though I have lived here for a long long time. But I hope I can suggest ideas as well!
Take care
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Subject:Welcome to chicago_parents!
Posted by:bon_bebe3.
Time:8:25 am.
Welcome everyone! As your moderator, I guess it's up to me to get this party started. I'll start with an introduction.

I'm Sara. I've been to Chicago quite a few times, but never with kids (unless you count being 7 months pregnant.) In December, my husband, son and I are moving to Chicago for grad school. Gabriel, our son, is 17 months old.

I've made this community so that moms and dads can meet, tell each other of events and playdates or just something that they and their children found fun and interesting. It's also to get recommendations for daycares, pediatricians, etc. I know I will have a lot of these questions closer to and after my moving date!

Thanks everybody!
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