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Monday 09/12/2016
Cooking up fun and learning with young children: Ideas from an expert
Posted: September 12, 2016

Cooking with your child can be a special parent-child time, messy perhaps, but fun.  

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Monday 06/27/2016
Parents sacrifice for kids’ Olympic hopes
Updated: June 30, 2016 - 5:10 pm

There was a time when summer vacation for the Todd family meant everyone piled in the van.

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Saturday 11/21/2015
Questions to ask at parent-teacher conferences
Posted: November 21, 2015

Your oldest child has entered kindergarten. You are very proud that he has taken his first step towards school. You think he is adjusting well at school. You have signed up for the allowed time for your first parent-teacher conference. You are awaiting to hear how your child is doing. But are you aware that you are an active participant in this conference? Do you have a list of questions to ask his teacher?

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Saturday 07/25/2015
8 Classic Road Trip Games
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 2:50 pm

My family took a lot of road trips when I was growing up and we did not have portable DVD players, mobile phones, or handheld video games to keep us busy. My mom had to be creative to keep me and my sisters from destroying each other and annoying her for countless highway hours. Like many other families in the pre-digital age, we played road trip games to pass the time and we had a lot of fun, too.

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Saturday 05/10/2014
Now is the time to feel gratitude, live fully
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 4:35 pm

The opening lines of “It’s For You,” by Douglas Penick, Shambala Sun, May, 2014, caught my attention: “bad news can come to feel a little like falling in love.” In this case, the author received a call from his physician informing him that he had cancer. So what is this about falling in love? What is there to love about learning that one has a life threatening disease?

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Thursday 05/01/2014
Try ‘trust bucket’ to strengthen parent-teen relationships
Updated: August 07, 2015 - 12:17 pm

When I work with teens, there are certain topics that are often more emotionally charged than others. One such topic is the quality of their relationship with one or both parents. Before I even begin to impart strategies for strengthening this relationship, I always ask the following two questions:

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Wednesday 03/05/2014
An open letter to my daughters: You must unlearn what you have learned about yourself to discover who you truly are
Updated: August 07, 2015 - 12:17 pm

I feel extremely blessed to work with tweens and teens as they learn to navigate the many challenges of adolescence. Aside from the countless benefits of teaching what I love, this journey has rewarded me in countless other ways. For example, although my daughters are young (6 and almost 2), my daily interactions with youth have helped to shape who I am as a parent.

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Saturday 10/20/2012
Communicating early will give your child a strong sense of self, protection against future bullies
Updated: November 14, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Social media creates such an interesting window into the world. Yes, it tells us we’re obsessed with dancing baby animals, but it also gives us a look at the better side of ourselves. It tells us what we share, and apparently, being the victim of a bully is a top shared experience.

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Saturday 09/22/2012
Enforcing state’s new booster seat law is important
Updated: November 14, 2013 - 4:25 pm

I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow, I gave my children the idea that I know everything (this window opens when they start to use words, and I have learned, closes when the word “teen” is in their age). But the reality is, like most parents, I’m doing the best I can. Sometimes I’m — gasp — wrong.

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Thursday 08/16/2012
Drowning Impact Awareness Month: Have a backyard water safety plan in place
Updated: February 14, 2013 - 4:23 pm

The average Ahwatukee Foothills family can live a life as individual as they please — some spend their time at sports, some love to travel. Some families are small and some are large. Some entertain friends non-stop, others prefer quiet nights to themselves. Individuality is the American way.

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Saturday 08/04/2012
Tragedy in Aurora brings characteristics of psychosis to the surface
Updated: April 04, 2013 - 2:34 pm

The aftermath of the Aurora, Colo., shooting tragedy is grief: grief for the victims, grief for the families who lost a loved one, and grief for the parents of the killer. This kind of mass shooting affects many people including the family and friends of one of our own right here in Ahwatukee Foothills. Alex Teves, 24, died protecting his girlfriend from the gunman.

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Tuesday 02/28/2012
Behavior issues can occur for various reasons in the school environment
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 3:25 pm

Today, many children are being suspended from school or placed in a self-contained classroom due to behavior issues. Behavior issues can occur for many different reasons. Children may try to use inappropriate behavior to get attention in the classroom, or there may be un met academic needs that are not being address. If parents and teachers provide the desired attention and/or avoid punishing the bad behavior, the inappropriate behavior will be reinforced and will likely continue.

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Wednesday 02/08/2012
Choosing a babysitter is one of the hardest parts of parenting
Updated: October 18, 2012 - 4:35 pm

We all need a quiet dinner with adult company once in a while, but it can seem impossible to find both the time on your calendar, and the right sitter to care for your children.

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Friday 01/20/2012
How do you know if your child has a learning disability?
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 3:25 pm

Is your child acting out in school? Does he or she hate to go to school? Will he or she break into a tantrum when they have to read or write?

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Friday 12/16/2011
Don't forget to childproof your home for visiting toddlers this holiday season
Updated: December 12, 2013 - 4:22 pm

I love having house guests. I'm blessed with the kind of family you sincerely want to have at your house at the holidays. Having the time to rest and catch up with them is one of the best parts of December.

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Tuesday 11/29/2011
Advocating for your disabled child will help in their education
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 3:25 pm

As your Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 plan meeting may be approaching, it is very important that you have a voice in your child's education.

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Tuesday 07/19/2011
How to recognize unsafe people in your life
Updated: June 06, 2012 - 8:59 am

Most of us have been in a relationship where secrets were spilled, or a friend withdrew with no explanation. In order to bond with others taking a risk is imperative.

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Monday 06/20/2011
Summer movies can enhance literacy skills
Updated: June 06, 2012 - 8:59 am

I get it. Some days you just need to plop your kids in front of a movie. The last thing you need is some literacy lady telling you that you're going to ruin your kids for life.

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