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Rebecca and Anub Abraham, of Skokie, find Goldfish Swim School fun for both kids, Miles, 3, and Mahalia, 7 weeks. Photo by Thomas Kubik

Doing double duty Activities for mixed-age siblings make life a little easier



rom the second my older daughter, Hayley, could open her eyes, my husband and I had our little superstar signed up for every class under the sun—music, swimming, soccer, bal-

let, cooking and gymnastics. As new parents, making sure Hayley’s mind was always stimulated was important to us. Plus, these outings offered the opportunity to interact with other new (and sleep-deprived) parents.

Fast-forward four years. Hayley is still very active, but now her 1-year-old-sister, Ellie, tags along. Poor Ellie is a typical second child whose eating and sleeping schedule is constantly dictated by Hayley’s social agenda. Of all the mom-of-two struggles I’ve faced, the hardest for me was figuring out a way to entertain my toddler without neglecting my baby, and to keep my baby busy (and give her the same experiences Hayley had) without boring the older one. Cue the dreaded mom guilt. Luckily, after some digging, I found that Chicago is chock-full of fun and educational activities that’ll keep your mixed-age

siblings engaged at the same time. Plus, as it turns out, research shows that age diversity in activities creates a noncompetitive, nurturing environment for children. (Win!)

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Family swim Offered on Friday evenings and at least one other time a month (depending on location), these 90-minute sessions give your littles an opportunity to show off their skills or just splash around and have fun! Goldfish Swim School, 2630 W. Bradley Place, Chicago; 1930 W. Hubbard St., Chicago

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Hey Baby Chicago Spring 2017  

Hey Baby Chicago Spring 2017