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Updated Apr 16, 2015 at 8:07 AM

NEW YORK — For U.S. moms, the typical time between pregnancies is about 2 years but nearly a third of women space their children too close, a government study shows.Experts say mothers should wait at least 18 months to give their body time to recover and increase the chances the next child is full-term and healthy.The study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 30 percent of women who'd had a child became pregnant again...

Updated Apr 13, 2015 at 4:41 PM

CHICAGO — The nation's first prep sports governing body to face a class-action concussions lawsuit has asked an Illinois judge to dismiss the suit, arguing that if it prevails, it could kill football programs statewide.In its...

Updated Apr 7, 2015 at 7:18 AM

WASHINGTON — The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday.Google...

Posted Mar 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Rebecca RoseI had a perfect plan. I would buy a house, get married and have three kids, each two years apart. Everything was going accordingly.Immediately after our...

Updated Mar 26, 2015 at 4:53 PM

ROCKFORD — It's rare to find an 8-year-old who makes charity work a top priority. For Madeleine Geiger, however, charity is a way of life. She may only be a third-grader at Washington Academy in Rockford, but she's determined...

Posted Mar 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM

What do you do when someone else’s child misbehaves? If the child’s parent is not present — or they don’t seem to care — what’s the protocol?We asked local pros how to handle potentially sticky...

Posted Mar 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Part of a parent’s job is to tend to the nicks and scratches of childhood, applying bandages and kisses to cuts and scrapes. But as they get older and outgrow the bumps and bruises of childhood, kids often move onto something harder for...

Posted Mar 24, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Whether it’s for homework, security or entertainment, children have a variety of electronic devices available at their fingertips. But how do parents allow their sons and daughters to use and play with their iPhones, iPods and iPads...

Posted Mar 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM

When Emilio Palafox gets tired he talks about cars, water parks where he wants to go for his birthday, and how he likes going to Mopar with Daddy and looking at all the auto parts.“He talks more when he gets tired and he’ll...

Posted Mar 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM

By Eron HarveyRockford Parent

Posted Mar 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Need help with your computer or smart phone? Ask a kid.Parents may tell you their children, from toddlers to teens, are more technologically savvy than they were at that age.Thanks to new technology such as smart phones and other...

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