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The Adventure of Collecting

A child’s fascination with all things is natural. Parents and guardians can capitalize on a child’s interests by helping them collect things that speak to them. Collecting coins, stamps, rocks and shells helps kids develop a potential lifelong passion...

7 Play Dates That Aren’t Just for Kids

As parents and caregivers, it can be difficult to find time to keep the children fed/engaged/socialized/insert all the things here, while also maintaining our own sense of identity — or at least the ability to have a pleasant conversation with another adult. But play dates are...

Making a Smooth Transition Back to School

The thought of heading back to school can bring on a lot of emotions for children and parents alike. For some, the transition from summer to school with a new schedule, friends and teacher is exciting. For others, the...

DIY: Sweet & Savory Popcorn

Ahh. The smell of sweet popcorn is in the air. And now you can make this sweet & savory Indiana State Fair staple in your very own kitchen. All you need are four simple ingredients and kids who are...

Sleep, Baby, Sleep: Support for Your Baby’s Sleep Issues

Regardless of your chosen parenting method, there’s one thing everyone can agree on when it comes to raising a child: Sleep is important. It’s important for you and it’s especially important for your baby, whose brain is undergoing a...

Cub Scouting: It’s a Family Affair

As a child, Ken Koziol remembers having many great experiences in Cub Scouts, including one memorable camping trip with his dad. Years later, when his son, Alex, was in first grade, Koziol happened to see a sign for Cub Scout recruiting night in...

Your Teen’s First Summer Job

Sue Ellspermann’s first summer job was working in her family’s jewelry store when she was 14. Ellspermann — who is now the president of Ivy Tech Community College — learned how to run a cash register and work with...

Podcasts for Parents (& Some for Kids)

As of this year, podcasts are officially considered mainstream, with over half of Americans 12 and older reporting having listened to a podcast, according to a recent study. And let me tell you: we're here for it. Podcasts come in...

Tips for Visiting the City Museum in St. Louis

Once a shoe factory, this 600,000 square foot space in the heart of St. Louis is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion and architectural marvel made from some of the coolest found and fabricated items. It’s...

Pregnancy Myths vs. Reality

There is a lot of information floating around about what pregnant women should and shouldn’t eat and do. To help us figure it all out, we asked Erin Neu, an OB nurse navigator with Franciscan St. Francis Health, to...

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