Articles by Rachel Matuch

Do You Pay Your Babysitter Enough?

My husband and I decided to hire a paid babysitter for the first time last week. We’d made it a surprisingly long time without one, so I wasn’t sure: How much should you pay your babysitter? I turned to friends (including parents with kids of all ages and a few childcare pros) for advice. They gave me a lot of factors to consider, including: How…


5 Tips for Hiking Starved Rock with Kids

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I loaded up our 9-month-old baby and made the hour-and-a-half drive out to Starved Rock State Park. I’d hiked there pre-baby and loved the hidden waterfalls and canyon views, but bringing a kid made me nervous. What if we forgot something important? What if we got stuck up a cliff with a wailing baby? Our…


3 Sunny Day Activities for Infants

After feeling stuck indoors with a baby all winter, I’m determined to make the most of these lovely days! My son isn’t old enough to play at the park or chase bubbles, but we’ve found a few favorite outdoor activities. In the same boat? Check out these ideas for warm-weather fun with your little one.   Try a DIY Tiny…


Museum and Zoo Memberships: Are They Worth It?

Family memberships to places like the Brookfield Zoo and kid-friendly museums not only help support the organizations—they’re also a great way for families to save money. Some pay for themselves after a couple visits, while others take longer. We put together a list of kid-friendly destinations in the city and Western suburbs to find out: are these memberships really worth it? Prices are current…