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Posted Sep 13, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Swapadventure, a new company started by high school pals Angelika Babich and Maggie Pawelko, is bringing its family-friendly recycling event to Rockford.Swapadventure, which started in the suburbs, holds events every two weeks where families can bring their gently used items and swap them for what they really need — larger size clothing for growing kids, or even supplies for a new baby."Maggie and I saw how many things you really acquire when you...

Updated Sep 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM

"Getting Waisted: A Survival Guide to Being Fat in a Society That Loves Thin" by Monica Parker278 pages; $15.95, published by HCI

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Plenty of parents have found themselves in the following scenario recently, and many will find it just around the corner:

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 4:52 PM

When I was a child, my dad took me fishing.

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Looking for a family getaway that doesn’t cost thousands of dollars or require hours at the airport? Look no further than Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where families can enjoy a variety of activities just an hour or so from home.

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Parenting a child with a disability or illness is most often a day-by-day process.

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Busy parents can sometimes overlook a child’s vision problem. A child’s eye health, however, is important for development and growth.

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 3:43 PM

It sometimes starts with a pacifier.

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Most parents have seen it somewhere. On the sidelines of a soccer field, in a restaurant or department store, maybe in the park.

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Who wants to go inside for dinner when it’s nice outside? If you’re having trouble getting your kids to sit down for a meal, try a kid-friendly dish on the grill. Who knows? They may even want to help.

Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Any mom looking for a moment’s escape by taking to the Internet surf will find no shortage of images of perfection washing ashore. Clean children in coordinated clothing Organic, gluten-free recipes. Monochromatic birthday parties...

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