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Shannan Younger

Shannan lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and teen daughter. She's a recovery attorney who now blogs at, ChicagoNow, and as part of the Chicago Parent Blogger Network. Her writing has appeared on the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, Scary Mommy, BonBon Break, Brain Child and In the Powder Room, and her essays have been included in two anthologies by The HerStories Project. She is also freelance writer for regional magazines. Shannan was in the 2013 cast of Listen to Your Mother, despite the fact that her daughter often fails to do so.

5 Hamilton Inspired Parenting Resolutions

The lessons from our Founding Fathers in Hamilton: An American Musical are remarkably applicable to today, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lyrics are genius.
Parent-teacher conference

4 Parent-Teacher Conference Mistakes to Avoid

It's easy to make rookie mistakes during your parent-teacher conference, but follow these simple rules and you'll have an easier school year.
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Letter to My Daughter on her First Day of High School

Dear Daughter, Tomorrow you start high school and I couldn't be more excited for you. There are a few things I'd like to share with you before you go...

Vail is the Perfect Summer Destination with Your Teen

On a hosted mother-daughter trip to Vail, I quickly realized that Vail is the perfect summer destination for families with teens.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Tips for Staying Safe

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Take care of yourself and protect you and those you love from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

The Call No Parent Wants: There’s a Gun at School

I heard the principal's measured voice on a recorded message saying the words no parent ever wants to hear: there was a gun at school.

College Admissions Craziness: What I Want My Teen to Know

The college admissions scandal is prompting a lot of discussions - including the one I'm having with my high school junior.

Science Says: Early School Starts are Unhealthy

Studies have shown that early school start times are detrimental to kids health, causing issues with weight, depression, and general school performance.

7 Emotions Parents of Teens Feel Every Single Day

Raising a teen is often likened to riding a rollercoaster, but that may be an understatement. I charted the emotions that came with parenting for a few days. It was a lot.

Flipping the Script on Facebook’s “How Hard Did Aging Hit You?”

The latest trend I’ve seen on Facebook is to post your first profile picture side-by-side with your current photo under the guise, “How hard did aging hit you?”