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Be grateful you just might age better, according to science

Many times throughout my life, I have heard and learned about being grateful. It started when I was young. It was a value that my parents hoped to teach me. "Eat your peas," my parents would say and "be grateful you have food to eat, there are starving kids in other parts of the world." I did not know there were hungry kids in my own hometown. I am not sure as I child I understood to be gratefu...

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The Importance of Play

Building Baby's Brain: The Importance of Play - Tips from Better Brains for Babies

Play is one of the most essential activities babies do. Through play, babies explore their environment and make sense of new and different information. The experiences babies have during play help strengthen and expand networks of connections in their developing brains. During the early years, babies' brains form many more connections than the brain will ever need. Connections used regu...

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Find a Healthy Balance with Technology and Your Children

Technology is so prominent in our society today, bringing disadvantages with it along with the benefits. How many times have you seen a toddler or small child given a smartphone, tablet or other similar device to keep them occupied while in public? While this can be helpful...

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Holiday-stress

Holiday Blues? I want jolly and merry to describe my holidays!

We are in the midst of the holiday season, and many of the songs we hear are joyous and happy but this may not be a happy time for all. For some, the holidays are sad due to the absence of a loved one (because of distance or loss), a change in family life due to divorce or unresolved family issues. For others, the demands of the holiday season cause such stress or unrealistic expectations that...

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Making the Most of Holiday Meals

  With the holidays rapidly approaching, I wanted to re-share an article published a couple of years ago that was written by Extension colleague Janice McCoy.  She points out the benefits of sharing meals together: Family mealtimes during the holida...

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November is National Family Caregiver’s Month and Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is National Family Caregiver's Month. In 2016, the Alzheimer's Association reported that over 220,000 people in Illinois are living with Alzheimer's disease (AD). In honor of all of the caregivers out there helping someone with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, this article is for you and your loved ones as we enter the holiday season. I could speak for a long time on this topic...

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Fun Family Thanksgiving Ideas

Posted by Susan Sloop - Family

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