This week our Patch columnists and reporters took a look at a number of issues related to education, as well as maintaining a balance between raising kids and holding on to adult sanity:
- Do we push our kids too hard? Kyla Kelme starts a discussion on the pros and cons of America's ""
- Living a block and a half from school, Charlotte Norgaard promised herself she'd always walk her kids to class, but never before she'd taken a shower and made herself presentable. She's to herself over the years.
- A bright yellow sign announcing "Pre-School Screening" might inspire dread in parents who suspect their little one isn't developing normally. Lynn Hudoba looks at at the screenings.
- Kristi Gilbert discovers that doesn't necessarily mean second-rate, especially when it comes to the children's clothing she gets from her sister.
- After 10 days without foods containing sugar—including bread, dairy, beans, wine, cake, butter and chips—Paulette Delcourt describes the .
- Most of the time, Shayne Moore is a Wheaton soccer mom. But sometimes she's a powerful, unpaid lobbyist, on the phone, calling legislators on behalf of . Her new book describes how she does it.
- Some moms have mastered the life/work balancing act by starting that let them set their own hours, Pam Kelleher reports.