Join your neighbors for football fun on Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 1, 5:00 p.m., the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan.

Your $25 wristband includes: bottomless Pabst Blue Ribbon, Goose Island Green Line and wings. Wristband sales begin at 5:00 p.m. and are valid until 8:30 p.m.

All proceeds benefit Buena Park Neighbors.


Sweet Home Buena Park: A History of Our Unique Chicago Neighborhood and Its Nearby Lakefront by Gene Tenner tells the story of this charming neighborhood through 36 pages of easy-to-read prose and rich and colorful photography.

You will learn how James B. Waller’s purchase of 53 acres in the late 1850s led to the uniqueness of Buena Park. It is distinct from all other Chicago neighborhoods because of its origins, borders, the timing of its architectural growth, proximity to both the lakefront and downtown Chicago and its diverse range of residents. It is unique because of its people, architecture and lakefront.

For only $20 you will also discover what animal is buried under Cricket Hill.

You can pick up your copy today at The Shift, 4101 N Broadway or attend any Buena Park Neighbors General Meeting, Concert in the Park or Buena Park Open Day.

All proceeds benefit the Buena Park Neighbors Association.

All the questions and answers come directly from Smart Love Solutions in Early Childhood-A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers by Drs. Martha Heineman Pieper and William J. Pieper.

Q: How can we get our son to stay in bed?

My husband and I are at our wits’ end. We both work and hardly see each other during the day. Our 5-year-old son used to go to bed about 8:00 p.m., and then my husband and I could spend some time together. Recently, our son keeps coming out of his room and saying he needs a drink, his bear fell on the floor or he wants another story, etc. By the time we respond to all of his demands it is 10:00 p.m., and my husband and I are exhausted. We feel utterly irritated and frustrated. If we just tell him, “No, go back to your room,” he refuses and sits on the stairs. A friend of ours suggests locking him in his room. We read your column regularly and have a feeling that you will not agree to this. What do you suggest?

A: We understand your frustration, but you are right; it is not a good idea to lock children in their rooms. It is too frightening, potentially dangerous and sets a bad example for how to respond to disagreements. In reality your son is not acting all that abnormally for his age; he has not seen you all day and wants more of your company. Nonetheless, your son needs to get enough sleep, and you and your husband do need time together.

We recommend that after work you spend as much family time as possible in activities of your son’s choosing. You might consider pushing his bed time back to 8:30 p.m. Then give him books or tapes that he can use in bed. Check to see if he needs a drink or a snack before he brushes his teeth. If he comes downstairs after his bedtime, walk him back to bed and say, “It’s time for sleeping.” If you are consistent, eventually he will realize there is not much to be gained from coming out of his room. You and your husband should soon have your evenings back.

To order your own copy of Smart Love, please visit smartlovepreschool.org.

Time to renew!  Make your January a little warmer by renewing your commitment to Buena Park.   View our donation page for details and pricing.

Meet the 46th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Event
Jan. 22 at 7pm
at The Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd

The Buena Park Neighbors Association will hold a Meet the 46th Ward Aldermanic Candidates event on Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m. at The Holiday Club at 4000 N. Sheridan Rd. Attendees will hear 46th Ward candidates’ visions for the future of our community: incumbent James Cappleman and challengers Amy Crawford and Denice Davis. Join your neighbors for light refreshments, a cash bar, a lively political presentation and post-forum discussion and social hour.

Buena Park Neighbors Association General Meeting
Monday, January 12 7pm
at The Shift, 4101 N Broadway

Alderman Cappleman and Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer will attend the General Meeting where residents gather to learn news about Buena Park, recap recent accomplishments and hear from local officials and leaders.

All the questions and answers come directly from Smart Love Solutions in Early Childhood-A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers by Drs. Martha Heineman Pieper and William J. Pieper.

Q: My Child is Scared of School

My five-year-old is starting kindergarten this fall. Previously he was in preschool for a few hours per week, but the kindergarten is all-day. When we try to talk to him about how much fun he will have in his new school he doesn’t want to talk about it. Sometimes he walks out of the room or puts his hands over his ears. We also notice that he is having many more nightmares than usual and seems very easily upset during the day. We wonder if these behaviors are related to his starting school, and if so what we can do to help him since he doesn’t seem to want to talk about it.

A: You are correct. Your son’s behavior is related to his worries about starting kindergarten. The problem is that you are trying to talk your son into looking forward to starting school by telling him how much fun he will have, rather than trying to find out what is worrying him. As a result, he feels he is doing something wrong when he can’t adopt your positive attitude. So he wants to avoid all discussion of the situation.

We suggest that you change course.  Tell him you recognize he has concerns about going to kindergarten and that this is normal-many children worry about starting a new school.  Add that worries can be expressed in bad dreams and upset feelings.  If you show your son that you are comfortable with the notion that he may be dreading school, he will probably feel more comfortable discussing his concerns.  It might help to ask the librarian at your local library to suggest age-appropriate books about children who imagine that school will be unpleasant.

Once your son opens up and tells you what he fears, be careful not to contradict him (“We met the teacher and she is very nice,” or “That’s silly, of course the other children will like you.”)  Rather, let him know how great it is that he is communicating his fears and that if anything does go wrong at school he can come right home and tell you and you will help him figure out a way to handle the problem.  Fears don’t go away, because someone tells you not to worry. What is reassuring is to know that if what you dread happens, you have someone to turn to who can help you.  Once school starts, leave some quiet time every day, perhaps when you’re putting your son to bed ask him how his day went.  Make sure you give him an opportunity to tell you about the bad as well as the good.

To order your own copy of Smart Love, please visit: smartlovepreschool.org/preschool_publications.php


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