Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Shopping in the Present Closet

Parenthood is full of enchanting “firsts” with your little one.

I still remember opening my son’s first birthday invitation with delight, shopping with him for just the right present for his friend, and taking a zillion pictures at the party.

He was not yet 1. I’m not even sure he realized what was happening.

Family Picks: Musical theater edition

It’s time for the annual Champaign County Fair —  but there’s plenty of indoor musical theater this weekend if you get too hot and sticky. You can even enjoy a parent date night!

Sibling squabbles

Have you ever uttered these words to your kids (because I have): "Would you two leave each other alone?"

Necessary at times, as when games turn into wrestling matches.

But it's not the best way to get them to actually like each other, says Laurie Kramer, a University of Illinois professor of applied family studies.

Zydeco? Frog-jumping? It's all in our Family Picks

It's another swingin' musical weekend in C-U, but we also found some low-cost family fun in Paxton, Rantoul, Tuscola and Westville. And you can start your Saturday off with a bike tour around Urbana.

Let's take a look:

Cha-Cha! "Outside at the Research Park," 6:15 p.m., UI Research Park, 1816 S. Oak St., C. Free.

Family Picks: Festivals, farms and free music

Lots of family-pleasing music on tap this weekend, from Broadway tunes to blues to ukeleles, along with a little magic and plenty of vintage vehicles. Here are some highlights:

Champaign Music Festival: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, downtown Champaign. Free.

If it's raining, I must be on vacation

Last week’s weather was a dream in Champaign-Urbana: 70s and sunny, low humidity, San Diego-type weather.

Of course it was. I was back at work.

I had taken the previous week off, quite possibly the worst choice for a summer vacation, weather-wise, in my entire career.

Fourth of July Family Picks

It’s all about fireworks this weekend, of course, but many holiday celebrations include other family friendly activities — parades, 5K races, cookouts, pancake breakfasts, baseball, music and talent shows.

I-Parents can be 'easy first stop' for tough parenting questions

Your family has lost a beloved pet, and your daughter is distraught. It’s her first encounter with death. What do you say?

Family Picks: Father’s Day Edition

Yes, we have lots of Dad-friendly activities on this busy weekend — everything from fishing and trains to music and free books for the Big Guy. Plus lots of other fun stuff!

Kids’ Fishing Derby: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Champaign Park District’s Kaufman Lake, West Springfield east of Duncan Road, Champaign. Free.