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...

It’s healthy to go where doctors know your name

 As walk-in clinics and telemedicine appointments abound, parents are often tempted by the quick and convenient care afforded by the quick, retail-based clinics. But having a primary care physici...

August-November kids activity calendar

Back to schoolAug 10, 1-4pm. Resource fair and kids learn-and-play event featuring giveaways of children’s backpacks, shoes and haircuts. Pre-registration required. Free. contactministries.com. Cont...
 While Springfield has struggled for years to get a children’s museum up and running, Peoria has found the right formula for fun. At the Peoria PlayHouse, kids can splash away at a massive wate...

See kangaroos from your car at Aikman Wildlife Adventure

 James Aikman was surprised more people didn’t think he was crazy when he announced plans to build a wildlife park. Located between Arthur and Arcola, the 40-acre park opened in March 2016 on t...

Parents’ guide to summer fun and enrichment for kids

There are many opportunities in the Springfield area for enriching, educational and fun activities for kids this summer. From art to science to history, horseback riding, babysitting, sports, nature,...

46 ideas for summer fun

 Camp, road trips and family visits do a great job of keeping everyone engaged throughout summer. But what about those lazy days when nothing is planned? Every parent wants to enjoy kicking back...

May-August kids activity calendar

Sangamon Valley Civic OrchestraMay 19, 7:30pm. Concert features the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra. $10 adults, $5 students, free to ages 12 and under. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatr...

how to prevent a flat

 At our bicycle shop, we fix flat tires constantly that could have been avoided with just a little maintenance. A flat bike tire is something that can definitely ruin your day if you don’t know...

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...

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