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...

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...

Dispelling myths around baby’s first foods

 Introducing solid foods to your baby is a delightful milestone, but it can also be one of the most stressful. In addition to messy highchairs and little faces covered in spaghetti, new parents a...

Kids activities February to May

 The True Adventures of AladdinFeb 9-11, 16-18, 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Presented by Springfield Theatre Centre. Written and directed by Gil and Ann Opferman. $12. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. Hoo...

Improving outcomes for mothers and babies

 We all agree on the desired outcome of every pregnancy and birth – healthy, happy baby and healthy, happy mom. In fact, if there were a shortcut that could decrease complications during pregna...

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...

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...

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...

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...
 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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