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When you’re a parent, things come at you so fast that you’re lucky just to keep up. But a noted psychologist who’s speaking in Bloomington this week said the key to great parenting is intentionality.

Kids play at child care
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Here’s something you don’t hear every day: Child care in Illinois just got more affordable.

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When is it safe to leave your kids home alone?

It’s one of the trickiest questions that parents face as their children grow up. The right age depends on the kid and the family. But according to state law, the right age is fairly black and white: It’s 14.

Fight for $15 rally
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Two big things are on the horizon for Illinois' child care system.

Anderson family in their kitchen
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Editor’s note: This is the second story in a three-part series about child care issues in central Illinois. Part 1 focused on the cost of care. Part 3 will air Friday on GLT’s Sound Ideas.

Molly, Marie, and Evie play
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Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series about child care issues in central Illinois. You can also read Part 2 (on gaps in care) and Part 3 (paid family leave).

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A recent study co-authored by an Illinois State University professor finds that college-aged adults who were helicopter parented are less likely to get involved in politics than their non-helicopter parented counterparts.