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Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 01:22 pm

an oasis for kids

 At 1 p.m. on a recent afternoon, the doors open and five regulars trickle in, taking their places at the computers, in the rocking chair and at the table with the ipad.  Most of them are ch...
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 01:20 pm
 On Sept. 8 downtown Springfield will see its first Family FunFest, which will serve as a fundraiser for Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. The event will provide entertainment and activities for chil...
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 01:15 pm
 Do timeouts work in your household? Do they extinguish your kids’ bad behavior? Do you find detentions and other punishments used at school pretty effective too? Great! You’ll have no use fo...
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 01:14 pm

Kids activities August to October

 AnnieAug 9-12, 8pm Thu-Sun. Directed by Carly Shank. Sponsored by RSM. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.Illinois State FairAug 9-19, Thu-Sun. So much to do we can’t list everyt...
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 01:08 pm
 Many families’ back-to-school shopping list will include a new backpack this fall. Don’t buy the cheapest one you can find, advises Dr. Paul Venturini, a Springfield chiropractic physician. ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018 03:50 pm

Three months of family-friendly events in central Illinois

 Glow Run/Walk 5KMay 11, 7-9:30pm Fri. Hosted by the Ronald McDonald House Teen Council. $30 for adults 18 and up; $20 for students 12-18; free to kids 12 and under. rmhc-centralillinois.org. 528...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 03:58 pm
 Whenever we take a family outing to St. Louis, I always yearn to visit the St. Louis Art Museum, but it never ends up happening. The reason? Precisely because it’s a family outing. I’m afrai...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 03:55 pm

Helping kids feed themselves

 It had been a while since I’d drunk a hot cup of coffee. Every morning I’d brew a cup, and there it would sit, usually forgotten under the coffeemaker while I bustled around making my five-a...
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 03:53 pm

Population: growing

 It takes a village to raise a child. We all have a village. Some are big and traditional (large extended family who live nearby, helpful neighbors who know and love and look out for your kids) a...


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