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A Family Fourth: Keeping it Safe and Fun

Posted by Karla Belzer - Parenting

What are some words that come to mind when you think of the Fourth of July? Food, family, fun…and fireworks. Undoubtedly, this time of year is great for making family memories, but before your celebrations begin, it is important to consider safety around fireworks. Growing up near Springfield, I have fond childhood memories of attending Lincoln Fest with my family. Held on the grounds o...

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More Summer Safety Tips: Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock

More Summer Safety Tips: Where's Baby? Look Before You Lock This article was originally published on the Extension.org Child and Family Blog on July 21, 2014. It has some great tips on how to avoid this tragedy....

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Programs Available to Help Those With Chronic Illnesses

According to the 2010 Census, there are currently 40 million Americans over the age of 65, with Illinois as one of the top nine states where they reside. Although today's generation of older adults is living longer, healthier lives, 80% of them are living with at least one chronic health condition. Chronic health conditions include diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, COPD and h...

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Kindergarten Readiness

Posted by Cara Allen - Parenting

One school year has ended, and I hate to tell you, but it is time to think about next school year!  For those of you with children entering school for the first time, here are some tips on what children should know as they enter kindergarten..... Naming & identifying letters, numbers, shapes (squares, circles, triangles) Counting from 1 to 10 Identifying p...

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Summer Safety Tips for Children

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