How to talk to kids about politics

 Mike Lockenour talked about politics a lot when he was young. He remembers Walter Cronkite’s voice explaining Vietnam, Watergate, Iran-Contra. He learned about current events once a day, in bl...

Concussions, brain injuries and kids

 March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. According to the Brain Injury Network, acquired brain injury (ABI) can result from medical conditions like strokes, meningitis, aneurisms, brain tumors or...

Ten-year-old Macie Rolf has a bright future

 Five years ago, Springfield resident Macie Rolf decided to figure skate. Since then, she has won Upper Great Lakes Region gold medals two years in a row, placed fourth at sectionals, and qualifi...

Battling germs this cold season

 Yes, cold season is upon us. But fear not. While you may want to keep your child in a bubble to avoid germs altogether, it wouldn’t do much for anyone’s sanity. There are plenty of more effe...

Art, activities and performances for children and their families

Into the Woods Jr.Feb 10-12, 17-19, 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Springfield Theatre Centre presents the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Admission. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center...

Celebrate the chilly months ahead with fun events, picked just for kids

 Woodhaven Hospice Festival of TreesNov 18-20, 5-8pm Fri, 9am-1pm Sat, 12-2:30pm Sun. Decorated trees, designer wreaths and swags, centerpieces, food and baked goods, music, entertainment, kids c...

A central Illinois guide to enriching activities for parents and children

 Now that Halloween has come and gone, and with it the busy season of apple-picking, visits to pumpkin patches and trick-or-treat events, what is there for a Springfield family to do for fun on t...

Parenting children with special needs

 Reilly Renken, 14, donned a black and red cheerleader uniform and cheered for the Glenwood Middle School 2016 football team this fall, and her parents couldn’t be prouder. “To others, it’s...
 Brionna, a student at the Hope Institute for Children and Families, starts her school day with dedicated staff members helping her to identify the date and weather.  Students at Hope have h...

Pack your kid’s lunch with MyPlate in mind

At the start of a new school year, kids tend to be more excited about getting new pens, pencils and backpacks than anything else, but more often than not they are ready to put their thinking caps on....

Why we should just run

Don’t let exercise be the first thing you eliminate when you are feeling the crunch because it might be what you need to maintain your balance and sanity. – Carson TateWhen we parents travel on pl...

Plan ahead for school-year sanity

 The start of a new school year signals the start of a footrace for busy families with work, school, sports, music lessons and more. To make sure homework, healthful meals, adequate rest and fami...

How to get everyone to sit down for dinner

 Jennifer Tirey has a goal each time she fixes dinner for her family – make a colorful plate. “I’m lucky, my daughter, age 10, loves snap peas and sweet peppers, and my son, age 11, loves a...

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