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This is Why You Should Give Your Kids Exactly Three Christmas Presents This Year

Tis the season for holiday shopping and over buying for your friends and family, but when it comes to your kids, you should stick to this magic number.

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Iowa Mom Leaves Kids at Home Alone While She Vacations in Europe

My parents were hopelessly old-fashioned, it seems. I mean, when they went to Hawaii when I was a kid, they dropped me off for a week of cookies and soap operas with my grandparents. When they took a trip to Ireland, it was the same story again. Off to grandma's house. I guess a Johnston, Iowa mom thought that was one step too many for her.

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An Illinois City Is Listed As the Worst Place To Raise Kids

If you're looking to raise your kids in a great environment then you need to avoid this Illinois city. It was recently listed as one of the worst places to raise your children.

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Cherry Valley Library Offers New Service to Get Kids Outside

Want to take the kids fishing but don't have the gear? No worries. Just Head over the Cherry Valley Public Library and get yourself a fishing pole and tackle before you head to the river today.

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Kids Ride Free on Metra Trains This Summer

Kids love trains, and now parents will too thanks to a big announcement Metra made earlier this week.

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Take the Kids to Winnebago Tonight to Hang Out With Cops and Firefighters

Tonight, from 5-8, Culver's of Winnebago will host those who protect and serve our communities, and they're inviting you and your kids to come and hang out, too.

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New Study Shows That Illinois is a Pretty Good Place to Raise Kids

We've often lamented that Illinois too often shows up poorly in lists of good things about states, and ranks very highly on the lists of bad things. When it comes to raising kids, it seems that we're not great, but we're doing pretty well.

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Rockford Area Kids Get in Christmas Spirit at Night at the North Pole

Christmas may be a few weeks away, but the holiday celebration got started early during Night At The North Pole Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rockford.

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Some Kids Really Love to Meet Santa, Others…Not So Much

I mentioned in a post yesterday that Santa Claus is coming to Rockford in December to have breakfast at Nicholas Conservatory with his many admirers. As someone who grew up in this area, the highlight for me as a kid was our annual pilgrimage to Colonial Village Mall to meet up with Santa at Weise's

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The One Thing I Learned Never to Do With a Baby

I love to hear my daughter Harper giggle, which she just started doing a couple weeks ago. Over the weekend I was playing airplane with her to entice these beloved giggles. Very. Bad. Idea.

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