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A place like home

Student-parents Destiny Engels (left) and Heather Theissing study in the North Corner Room of Campus Child Care while their sons, Randal and Jeremiah, play.
Lisa Hackney, a junior studying nutrition sciences, commutes to NIU each day from rural Freeport. Despite the 70-minute drives every morning and every afternoon, the sun in her eyes both ways, she’s rocking straight A’s this semester – and her son Sawyer, who turns 4 in December, is along for the ride. Hackney attributes some of her…

Kishwaukee Symphony to host free Halloween concert

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The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will present its free Halloween concert, appropriate for children and adults, Tuesday, Oct. 28. Performances are planned at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building. The earlier show is geared toward a younger audience. Indoor trick-or-treating will be provided from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in…

NIU psychology prof: What influences children raised by grandparents?

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It’s not uncommon nowadays for grandparents to live with grandchildren, with many acting as full-time parents. And that family arrangement can bring unique challenges, says Laura Pittman, an NIU professor of psychology. Pittman blogs on the topic today on the Psychology Today website, examining questions related to how living in a grandparent-headed household influences a child’s well-being. “While…

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