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Arizona’s Children: Make a difference for kids in foster care

It really does take a village. For this fifth installment in a six-part yearlong series about Arizona’s foster care crisis, we explore ways to support the nearly 17,000 kids in state care — even if you can’t foster or adopt. THE JOYS OF CHILDHOOD are simple — a ride on the swings at the park, […]

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New birthday party themes and venues for kids in greater Phoenix

Do you feel like you’ve been to every birthday party imaginable? It’s tough to keep these annual celebrations fun and fresh. Here’s a roundup of new birthday venues in the Valley as well as new parties offered at favorite haunts. Plus, new themes to consider. Have a favorite birthday idea, venue or tip? We’d love […]

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Fun family dining destinations in greater Phoenix

When the weekend finally rolls around, most families are eager to spend some quality time together after long days at the office and non-stop school-year schedules. Dining out fits the bill. But it’s not always easy. Kids quickly get bored waiting for their food when faced with the standard in restaurant entertainment: three crayons and […]

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Arizona’s Children: Forming forever families through adoption

Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in a six-part series about foster care in Arizona, where more than 16,000 kids remain in state care. Here, we look at three families who have adopted children in the foster care system. Chandler mom Michon Javelosa always knew she wanted to adopt. “I was not interested in […]

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Shopping, dining with Care Card supports Foundation for Blind Children

When you watch 4-year-old Oliver Clark negotiate the halls of the Foundation for Blind Children, you are truly watching a miracle. The Phoenix boy has come a long way from the crib in China where his forever family found him two years ago. Born with albinism, he has no pigment anywhere, including his eyes, which […]

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Birth to 5 Q&A: I need rest! How can I get my baby to sleep?

Q: My 5-month-old is not a good sleeper, and I’m getting so little sleep I’m barely functioning at work. My friends are urging me to do “cry it out” or some form of sleep training, but I’m confused, because the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies sleep in the same room as their parents for […]

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Screen time: One more reason for mom guilt

When we flew with both of our children recently, I was a little nervous. I had never flown with two before. I wasn’t sure how my 16-month old would handle being confined for three hours. And my 3-year-old? There’s no containing that energy. A few days before the flight, I prepared. Busy bags were built, […]

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In need of a friend, Scottsdale third-grader creates the “Mensch Bench”

Despite the fact that Olivia Feldman sings and acts in front of more than 200 people through her involvement with Desert Stages Theatre, her onstage confidence was not transferring to her time at school. As a third-grader, Olivia was feeling shy and uncomfortable when it came to finding friends to play with during recess at […]

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The real problem with screen time? Speech delays

Ever hand off your phone to your baby to keep her quiet? Or watched an infant stare at an iPad? A new study may have parents thinking twice when it comes to babies and screen time. New research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting this year found that the more time children between the […]

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Hello Children Project delivers smiles, memories to the Valley’s seniors

On a sweltering day in late July, I visited a beautiful memory-care facility in Sun City, where Samantha Asher and her mother, Ena Barrise, had convened their Hello Children Project. At this informal, joyful, hour-long meetup, babies and kids sat encircled by residents at Royal Oaks Friendship House. The kiddos worked on a craft project […]

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