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Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 am

Good sleep is essential for growing kids

Experts advise caution: sleep is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for good health. It’s no secret that the sleep debt is growing like the national debt in American adults. Studies show that our chil...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 am

November-February kids activity calendar

The Polar ExpressNov 17-19, 24-26, Dec 1-3, 8-9. Read along with the story as the Polar Express train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. mrym.org. Monticello Railroad Museum, 992 Iron Hor...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 am

Cooking up family fun this Thanksgiving

What’s your family thankful for this holiday season? If the answer doesn’t come easily, keep pondering. Research shows cultivating gratitude can positively affect health, relationships and happine...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 am

The struggle is real. Here are some tips.

 A dear friend of mine has three children under 5½. And she’s one of the best, most grounded, least edgy moms I know. She’s not the mom with blown out hair and a full Lululemon wardrobe or s...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 am
 The human papillomavirus – or HPV – is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. There are more than 170 types of HPV, and about a dozen of them are linked to cancer. &nbs...
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 12:01 am

Illinois Kids Count report shows need for improvement statewide and in Sangamon County

 If the song is correct and “the children are our future,” it stands to reason that the quality of life experienced by children will have an impact on that future. Each year, the advocacy gro...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:36 am

Start the school year right with healthier lunches

 If you’re a parent, August’s school bell rings bittersweet. You have to love the schedule, but at the same time, stress kicks in – from getting all the supplies to packing those lunches. S...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:35 am

How to teach body positivity to daughters

 A 2015 study by Common Sense Media reported that 80 percent of 10-year-old girls have been on a diet. More than half of girls ages six to eight said they wanted to be thinner. Dieting, besides b...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:34 am

Making healthy choices a family affair

 In the past 20 to 30 years, childhood obesity has been on the rise. There are many causes, and they look very familiar to most of us. Kids have more access to video games and other different scr...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 12:33 am

Trinity school debuts eight “skills to last a lifetime”

 In 2015, Trinity Lutheran School in Springfield began examining what a successful graduate would look like in a future vastly different from the school’s foundational days. The journey of disc...

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