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It is only a few short weeks until Christmas and as I ponder about how to make this year’s event merry and bright, I thought I would share my ideas with you.
Hundreds of parents, foster parents, current and former Child Protective Services (CPS) employees and child advocates showed up Tuesday night when the public had a chance to offer constructive ideas to five members of the CPS Oversight Committee.
It’s pretty clear last season is going to be hard to duplicate.
I am a child of the late 1970s — early ’80s — it was a great time to be a kid. Times have changed so much and I am reminded daily of the things my boys will never know or experience.
National Adoption Month has special meaning to several Ahwatukee Foothills families who’ve chosen adoption to grow their families.
John and Carrie Bushko play in the sand with their children (L-R) Leah, 4, Evan, 9, and Alex, 6, at Vista Canyon Park on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.
John and Carrie Bushko with their children (L-R) Leah, 4, Evan, 9, and Alex, 6, on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.
John and Carrie Bushko play in the sand with their children (L-R) Evan, 9, Alex, 6, and Leah, 4, at Vista Canyon Park on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.
This past week I saw a new “word” floating all over the Internet — “Twerking,” which was trending all over social media since Miley Cyrus’ performance on the MTV VMAs. I will admit that I have not and will not be watching the video — to me this is qualified as TMI (Too Much Information). I did look up the word “Twerking,” out of curiosity. According to the Oxford Dictionary Online it’s a dance move that involves a person, usually a woman, shaking her hips in an up-and-down bouncing motion, causing the dancer to shake, “wobble” and “jiggle.” Wikipedia says to twerk is “to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.” After reading that explanation, I can guarantee my dance moves DO NOT contain “Twerking” and if they did, I’m quite sure I would pull a muscle!
The school year has started and it is inevitable that somewhere on the playground at your child’s school, there will be bullying. While I would like to imagine a world with no bullying, no hurtful words, no discrimination, I know that world doesn’t exist.
The other day while running errands, I was listening to ESPN Radio (yes, women like ESPN too) and it was a story on violence in youth sports. Because my sons are young, I guess I hadn’t paid much attention to the growing trend of violence in youth sports. After listening to the story and doing research on my own, I am disheartened by how some parents act during their kid’s sports activities.
We are a month into summer vacation, have you heard the dreaded “I’m bored” phrase yet? Quite honestly, I don’t hear that phrase very often around this house; I try to keep our boys quite busy with adventures, etc. But this year I hadn’t put much thought into our summer fun days, there will be hiking and camping in the mountains, fishing, swimming — pretty standard things we do every summer. But this year will be a little different.
Leah Bushko plays on a stick horse with her fellow preschoolers during the Mountain View Lutheran Church's Vacation Bible School on Monday, June 24, 2013.
Jolie Wilson, 7, left, and Leah Harris, 7, hold up their sign against the freeway during the ADOT hosted Loop 202 forum at the Foothills Golf Club on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
"When parents come to school regularly, it reinforces the view in the child’s mind that school and home are connected and that school is an integral part of the whole family’s life.” Michigan Department of Education – Parent Involvement Fact Sheet.
The end of the school year is upon us and now the inevitable question is: “What are we going to do ALL summer long?” or the infamous: “I’m bored,” yes it is summer break! Parents are frantically searching for camps, activities, play dates, swimming lessons, movie days, etc. to fill their kid’s days to avoid the “I’m bored” trap.
Recently, my family had distant relatives visit from Germany. Over the years there have been many visits between us visiting Germany and them visiting the USA. They are a wonderful family and we thoroughly enjoyed the time together. Upon waking up one morning, my 4-year-old had already asked to visit Germany.
Editor’s note: Follows is a one-on-one interview with Joshua Sasse, of the movie “The Big and I,” and Leah Gibson, from “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Both are playing key roles in “Rogue,” DIRECTV’s first original series.
Leah Gibson, a cast member in "Rogue," poses at the Los Angeles premiere of the DirecTV original series at the ArcLight Hollywood on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
I recently read an article online about what you need to “teach your children” to survive as adults. Normally, these kinds of articles don’t interest me. I’m not the kind of mom who follows what the experts have to say about raising my boys, and since each child is an individual I don’t know how any one way is the perfect way to raise a child.
As a dark veil began to sweep over Europe in 1939 — the pale hint of what would come from Nazi rule — a stockbroker from England took a course of action that would save the lives of nearly 700 children.
I love Christmas music — all kinds of Christmas music, traditional, piano, pop, rock — if it is spreading holiday cheer, I listen to it. Christmas music is played in our house from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s. It puts me in the mood to decorate the house, bake cookies and wrap presents. Yes, Christmas music puts a smile on my face.
As parents, how many times have we told our kids, “Go outside and play?” Many, I’m sure. But my question today is how many times have you asked your kids: “Who wants to go play outside with me?”
A few years ago a friend of mine told me that she believed the problems our country has had with a struggling economy was a very good thing — now I will admit to being a little shocked by her comment.
“Here Comes the Boom,” with Kevin James as a tubby high school science teacher who becomes a mixed martial-arts sensation, is every bit as ridiculous as it looks.