Thanksgiving Sweepstakes

November 13, 2013

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and to prepare for holiday travel with your little ones be sure to enter the “essential Thanksgiving travel kit sweepstakes!” Travel this holiday season with baby essentials from Svan and Baby Essentials!!   

One grand prize winner receives the Totseat and the essential baby bottle, diaper wallet, snack pack and travel bib from!

Share  your holiday travel essential and enter to win:


Lunch and Learn Event

November 5, 2013

Lunch & Learn

Thursday, April 25, 2013
11:30 amEvent co-chairs: Lynn Lockwood Murphy, Elizabeth O’Connor Cole, and Sonny Garg

This spring’s most anticipated event for Chicago parents!

On April 25, 2013, Chicago Children’s Theatre (CCT) will host its third annual Lunch & Learn event, featuring keynote speaker Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected. Spearheaded by prominent civic leaders Lynn Lockwood  Murphy, Elizabeth O’Connor Cole, and Sonny Garg, who serve on CCT’s board, Lunch and Learn seeks to inspire Chicagoland parents. This event is both entertaining and informative, as attendees will learn about CCT, as well as experience a guest lecture from a renowned public speaker. Proceeds benefit Chicago Children’s Theatre.

Susan Stiffelman, MFT, is an internationally respected parent educator, therapist, and AOL/ Huffington Post Parent’s weekly parenting expert. Susan is known for her down to earth, parent-friendly advice on raising cooperative, connected, and resilient children.

Reviewers have described Parenting Without Power Struggles as “brilliant,” “essential,” and “this generation’s Dr. Spock.” It has been endorsed by notable authors including Harville Hendrix, John Gray, Michael Beckwith, Kurt Andersen, and Laurie David.


Lunch & Learn with Susan Stiffelman
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd.

  • Individual Tickets $135
  • Corporate Sponsorship: $5,000 includes logo recognition, 10 tickets to the event, and 10 copies ofParenting Without Power Struggles
  • Supporting Sponsorship: $1,500 includes name recognition for company or individual, 4 tickets to the event, and 4 copies of Parenting Without Power Struggles


*** If you have any trouble registering, or have any questions, please contact Laura Ciresi Starr at, or 773-227-0180 x 25

Attachment at the Heart

November 2, 2013

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of nursing and sleeping with your little ones, I’m always grateful to learn from people so committed and passionate about helping children have a loving and healthy start in life.  If you are looking to deepen your perspective on parenting consider reading “Attached at the Heart:  Eight Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children” written by Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker.   At is premise is the simple truth that when we strengthen families, we nurture and fulfill our children’s need for trust, respect, and affection, and ultimately provide a lifelong foundation for healthy, enduring relationships.  The book teaches and promotes parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between children and their parents. For life. So they can take those bonds with them into their adult lives and share them with their children. And their children can do the same. A life cycle of compassion and connection that enriches every area of their life and significantly impacts emotionally health and well-being.   This is a very good read.  

Warm Regards,

Ingrid Kellaghan

Founder and President, Cambridge Nanny Group


Attachment at the Heart

Attachment at the Heart

“Attached at the Heart offers readers practical parenting advice for the modern age. In its most basic form, “attachment parenting” is instinctive. A crying baby is comforted and kept close to parents for protection. If hungry, he or she is breastfed. And while it is understood that there is no such thing as perfect parenting, research suggests that there is a strong correlation between a heightened sense of respect, empathy, and affection in those children raised the “attachment parenting” way.

In this controversial book, readers will gain much needed insight into childrearing while learning to trust the intuitive knowledge of their child, ultimately building a strong foundation that will strengthen the parent-child bond.

Contrary to popular belief, “attachment parenting” has been practiced in one form or another since recorded history. Over the years, it had been slowly replaced by a more detached parenting style—a style that is now believed by experts to be a lead contributing factor to suicide, depression, and violence.

The concept of “attachment parenting”—a term originally coined by parenting experts William and Martha Sears—has increasingly been validated by research in many fields of study, such as child development, psychology, and neuroscience. Also known as “conscious parenting,” “natural parenting,” “compassionate parenting,” or “empathic parenting,” its goal is to stimulate optimal child development. While many attachment-parenting recommendations likely counter popular societal beliefs, authors Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker are quick to point out that the benefits outweigh the backlash of criticism that advocates of detached parenting may impose.” – Book Summary