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Updated Nov 10, 2014 at 3:08 PM

WASHINGTON — McDonald’s is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday that two children have reportedly coughed out pieces of the whistle that they had sucked into their mouths, including one child who received medical attention.The safety agency said that parts of the three-inch tall “Hello Kitty Birthday...

Updated Nov 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

CHICAGO — Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets sometimes mistaken for toys or candy landed more than 700 U.S. children in the hospital in just two years, researchers report. Coma and seizures were among the most...

Posted Nov 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Meet Jax Weiffenbach, 1, the winner of our first Rockford Parent cover model contest. Jax quickly became a fan favorite drawing votes from all over the world.He was photographed in a private photo studio by Laura Hamp, who has been taking...

Posted Nov 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Meet our cover model, Jax Weiffenbach, 1, and his mom, Cari, dad, Brian, big sister, Lilly, 3, and big brother, Thomas, 18, of South Beloit. Jax won our first-ever Rockford Parent cover contest garnering nearly 2,000 votes.“This...

Posted Nov 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Becky Rose“I don’t like Santa,” my 3-year-old son, Brayden, declared a few months ago. “He just comes into our house and doesn’t even ask.”As a mom, his thought process made me laugh, but it...

Posted Nov 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM

NEW YORK — A snaggletooth eight-year-old. A middle schooler with a punk rocker bob cut and big earrings. Tween siblings with a penchant for playing. These are among the young power brokers who will determine the toys that will be...

Posted Nov 6, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Not sure what to get all those good boys and girls this year? Here are some suggestions, based on age.Under age 2

Updated Nov 5, 2014 at 1:43 PM

The difference between what the rich and poor eat in America begins long before a baby can walk, or even crawl.

Posted Nov 5, 2014 at 7:00 AM

With the holidays around the corner, family and friends often find that the best gifts they receive are the ones made with little hands and given from big hearts.“We always tell the kids to try and do the best they can because...

Updated Nov 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM

NEW YORK — You don’t get to be the longest-running children’s show in U.S. TV history by doing the same thing over and over. So even though parents who grew up watching “Sesame Street” can still see old...

Posted Nov 3, 2014 at 7:00 AM

When working on your holiday gift lists, don’t forget to include your child’s teacher. From trinkets to handmade keepsakes, practical gifts, such as supplies, as well as gift cards and baked goods, there are plenty of...

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