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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.

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?”

10 Parenting Commandments for the New Year

I'm hoping that this new year will find me a better parent. To help make that a reality, here are the 10 parenting commandments I'm going to follow.

My Version of a Christmas Miracle

As we waited for Santa, I noticed that my tween wasn't the only "big kid." In fact, there were rather a lot of them waiting for a Christmas selfie.

We Take Vaccination for Granted…and We Shouldn’t

Having volunteered with Shot@Life for the past several years, I know it’s possible that we may eradicate polio in our lifetime.

The Important Message for Parents in #WhyIDidntReport

I scrolled through the #WhyIDidntReport tweets and expected it to be heartbreaking. It was. What I didn't expect was a parenting lesson.

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.

Whitewater Rafting is Like Parenting a Teen

I’m working on appreciating the child rearing rapids more, secure in the knowledge that moments of calm are ahead. I know there is beauty in both.

Where to Play, Learn and Eat in Chicago with Kids

Whether you're looking for food, fun or learning, Chicago has something for each member of your family to enjoy.

5 Things to Ask Your Teens and Tweens after Incredibles 2

We finally watched the new Incredibles 2 movie with our family, and I was surprised at the conversations and insights my teens and tweens had into the film.

Our Summer Bucket List is About More than Summer

Our summer bucket list is about so much more than just summer. It is about continuing treasured traditions from the past and preparing her for the big world ahead.