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...

A down Wednesday, and moving forward

 Wednesday, July 6, was a down day for me. I have those in the summer when I’m not connected to social media and the news of the world. In fact, I have spent much of the summer healing from a d...

A spiritual approach to parenting

 One could say Dr. Shefali Tsabary is onto something. The New York clinical psychologist got the attention and respect of Oprah Winfrey with her first book, 2010’s The Conscious Parent, which W...

District 186 physicals offered at multiple dates, locations in Springfield

 Stylish new gym shoes, notebooks with the most popular superhero or princess and the oh-so-important back-to-school outfit top the to-do list for most kids heading back to school. But for parent...

Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony offers Starter Strings

 Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony (SVYS) is gearing up for an exceptional orchestra season and is looking for new additions to the ensemble.Established in 1976, Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony has p...

Are kids without siblings doomed?

 I am an only child. There are certain stereotypes that people associate with us. At a previous job, for example, my boss noted the surgical efficiency with which I removed the crusts from my san...
 Ever since Alternative Celebrations launched its radical (as in root), gift giving approach in the 1970s, thoughtful authors have offered tips, craft instructions and recipes to make holidays in...

How to get children interested in food prep

 Children are naturally curious, and have a strong desire to emulate the grown-ups in their life. For the young child, time spent in the kitchen provides a wealth of opportunities to learn, disco...
 If grit still makes you think of sandpaper or southern breakfasts, you haven’t been paying attention. In the past few years, grit has become an important buzzword in the study of children’s...

From art to nature, science to sports, theater to fashion, we have summer camps covered.

Riverside Stables Horse Camp May 30 – Aug 15, 8am-4pm Mon- Fri. Week-long sessions offered June 8 to Aug 10. Ages 5-16. $425 per week. Reserve your week at Riverside Stables Hor...


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