If you had a nickel for every time your mother-in-law gave unsolicited parenting advice, you could put your child through college.
For tips you can really bank on, turn to Denaye Barahona of Bumble + Bliss. The licensed clinical social worker and behavior analyst coaches you through the tricky parts of child rearing.
Topics include everything from how to handle temper tantrums to what to do when your little space case refuses to follow directions (big takeaway: Time-outs aren’t always best). Knowing that one answer doesn’t fit all, Barahona delves into several strategies, shares case studies, and invites parents to recount their own stories.
You choose how to engage: Group workshops, webinars, or individual consultations are offered. None of which will leave you feeling shortchanged.
Bumble + Bliss (888-810-5185 or bumbleandbliss.com). Workshops and webinars are $25 to $50; personal consultations and the initial in-office half-hour are free; after that, cost is $125 per hour (package rates are also available).
Naval Station Great Lakes July Fourth Celebration
What: Have a blast with free puppet and magic shows, beanbag tosses, flag making, carnival games, and more.
Why: The base is turning 100, so take your little patriot on a guided tour.
When: Sat.-Mon., noon-10 p.m.
Where: 601 D St., at Sheridan Rd., Great Lakes (847-688-2110 ext. 484).
Kid City Summer Drop-Off Program
What: Run errands, take a nap, get a blowout, or do other grown-up stuff while the helpers at the play space watch your child.
Why: Every spare hour is precious.
When: Ongoing. Wed., 1-3 p.m.
Where: 1837 W. Grand Ave., b/t Wolcott & Wood Sts. (312-829-6775). First child, $20; additional children, $10 each.
The Magic Boat
What: The free puppet show animates the playground at Wicker Park.
Why: Whiz down the slide and climb the monkey bars when the curtain closes.
When: Sun., 11 a.m. (Also July 17, July 31 & Aug. 14.)
Where: 1425 N. Damen Ave., at Schiller St. (312-742-7553).
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