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#Autism Is….

By April Johnston

Autism is a different way of approaching life in our family.  Autism affects my husband's family in a personal way.  His sister is autistic.  She is high functioning and able to hold down a job.  However, she needs help and support as she moves through life to do basic things.  Even though she ... Read More

Guide to Hosting Kids with Allergies and Food Intolerances

By April Johnston

More children and adults live with allergies, food intolerances, and diseases like Celiac Disease than ever before in history.  It is harder to cook a meal or serve snacks for kids and adults with regular food that most people keep in their homes.  But when you have a child or an adult that visit ... Read More

Pregnancy 2nd Time Around

By April Johnston

We recently found out that we are expecting our 2nd child and since it has been over 5 years since I had our first son, this has been almost like starting over from scratch.  There are a l... Read More

The Arizona Polar Express Experience

By April Johnston

My family recently made our first trip to the Polar Express in Williams.  My son absolutely loves trains, but he wasn't that familiar with the story behind the trip.  It was never a story that really connected with our family, but trains was a whole other matter!  We decided to stay overnight o... Read More

Arizona November 2013 Things To Do

By April Johnston

This time of year there are tons of things to do.  The weather is beautiful and everyone that has been cooped up all summer are running from event to event just to be outdoors.  My family is no exception to this and we are excited that cooler weather is finally here.  I have compiled a list of ... Read More

Arizona Things To Do October 2013

By April Johnston

It's starting to move out of the hundreds and people are opening their homes for the cooler night air.  It's a great time to start doing more outdoorsy things with your family without getting heatstroke!  Here are some really cool things to do in October: Crafty Kids-October 16, Glendale Main Lib... Read More

Educational Websites to Bridge Learning Part 2

By April Johnston

This is Part 2 of my series and I hope you find the sites useful as you work with your child.  With all of the changes to state standards, kindergartners are now required to do some of the things we learned in 1st and 2nd grades with 30 minutes of homework time a night.  In addition, there has b... Read More

I Remember School Differently…

By April Johnston

My son started kindergarten this week and I already want him to go somewhere else (out of Arizona.)  I want to go back to the schools of yesteryear when parents aren't prosecuted in court for taking their kids out of school but it doesn't meet their criteria of excused absence, where boys use the ... Read More

Websites to Bridge Learning Part 1

By April Johnston

As a parent and someone who works in the education field, I understand and appreciate the value of continually expanding your horizon.  Although my son is  5 and not very far in school, I want to fill his vacation time not only with fun and childhood memories, but also with continuing knowledg... Read More

Arizona Things to Do July 2013

By April Johnston

July is a tough month in Arizona with high temps and miserable kids stuck inside all day.  Here are some fun things to do during this month to keep your kiddos busy and entertained.  Enjoy! Prowl and Play at the Phoenix Zoo -July 13 and August 10.  There are splash pads, music with Radio Disney,... Read More