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7 Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

By Melissa Choate

This year Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5 - 9, 2014. While most teachers admit they have way too many candles, there are things you can give to show the teachers in your child's life how much you value their hard work. Here are seven ideas to help celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. 1.  Make... 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 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

Cleaning Out the Closet

By April Johnston

Our family is experiencing a major life change right now and part of this involves cleaning out my son's old clothes, toys, etc.  We have saved all of his stuff in the hope that we might have another child, but he's 5 and we are not even close.  We haven't given up on having another one, but we ar... 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

How to Spot a Drowning Person

By Melissa Choate

Real life is nothing like a movie. As adults, we know this truth yet we may not realize how deeply our perception of reality is shaped by Hollywood. Take drowning, for example. "Baywatch" may have depicted it as a dramatic, splash-and-scream event after which the submerged victim is pulled to shore,... Read More

ADHD is NOT A Discipline or Family Structure Issue

By April Johnston

Most people's reactions to kids running around, jumping up and down, and an innate inability to stand still is that they were not disciplined.  My son has these symptoms and much more.  But he is the most loving child and very obedient most of the time.  Yes, he is 4 years old and yes, he is stil... Read More