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Thursday, May 17, 2018 03:50 pm

Three months of family-friendly events in central Illinois

 Glow Run/Walk 5KMay 11, 7-9:30pm Fri. Hosted by the Ronald McDonald House Teen Council. $30 for adults 18 and up; $20 for students 12-18; free to kids 12 and under. rmhc-centralillinois.org. 528...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 03:58 pm
 Whenever we take a family outing to St. Louis, I always yearn to visit the St. Louis Art Museum, but it never ends up happening. The reason? Precisely because it’s a family outing. I’m afrai...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 03:55 pm

Helping kids feed themselves

 It had been a while since I’d drunk a hot cup of coffee. Every morning I’d brew a cup, and there it would sit, usually forgotten under the coffeemaker while I bustled around making my five-a...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 03:53 pm

Population: growing

 It takes a village to raise a child. We all have a village. Some are big and traditional (large extended family who live nearby, helpful neighbors who know and love and look out for your kids) a...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 03:53 pm

TRIO helps tackle problems, while reassuring parents

 Deanna Blackwell, director of the TRIO program at Lincoln Land Community College, got word that a student had a serious medical issue so she got in her car and went to the hospital.As Deanna say...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 03:51 pm

How industrial food is causing an epidemic of chronic illness, and what parents (and doctors) can do about it

 Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”  –Hippocrates“Pill for ill” medicine is how pediatrician Dr. Michelle Perro describes most of the training that occurs in medica...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 03:48 pm

Embracing diversity in a changing world

 A hate crime is committed every hour in the United States, according to Tolerance.org, a web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Of particular concern to parents is the fact that young m...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 03:46 pm
 If you’re the parent of a grade-schooler, you’ve probably introduced your child to the tooth fairy. But what about allowances and understanding wants and needs while at the toy store?Likewis...
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 09:57 am
 The last time I cleaned out our basement, I was horrified by the number of plastic kids’ toys we weeded out. In fact, it brought on something of an existential crisis. Those toys were bought w...
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 09:55 am

Cooking studio opens minds and mouths

 Ameilya walks in, goes straight to the sink and then takes her place at one of two tables. While waiting for her cohorts, she indulges me to answer my questions. She talks excitedly about making...


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