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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Archive for the ‘Communication’ Category

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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Teach your child kindness by asking the right questions

At school pickups and dinner tables across the country, parents are asking: “How was school today?” “How did you do on your test?” “How was practice?” Many times, the answers are less than informative. Getting your kids to open up about their day can be like pulling teeth, but it doesn’t have to be that […]

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The MISS Foundation: A lifeline to grieving families

Joanne Cacciatore of Sedona started the nonprofit MISS Foundation in 1996 to provide counseling, advocacy, research and education services to families who have endured the death of a child. To say she has been busy since Raising Arizona Kids magazine’s 2011 series about her foundation is an understatement. Between nearly losing a second child in […]

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My Sticker Calendar helps separated families keep track of shared time

My Sticker Calendar

Any parent who has shared child custody will tell you that one of the biggest challenges is keeping track of shared time. Cody Nelson, of Phoenix, shares parenting time and admits, “The hardest part is having two people able to communicate.” The Arizona Department of Economic Security’s (DES) Child Support Services is hoping to simplify that communication […]

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Support for parents, from parents

When people say they’ll be “there” for someone, it isn’t definite what they will do or what exactly “there” means. At Support Through Other Parents (STOP), “there” is in the meeting room at Larkspur Christian Church in Phoenix on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. “There” also means someone from STOP will call during the week to […]

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Sticks and Stones: When kids use the N-word

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Plenty of parents grew up hearing the nursery rhyme meant to lessen the impact of verbal taunts. Back then, teasing happened face to face or via scribbled notes passed around a classroom. Nowadays, name-calling travels in a nanosecond online and through social […]

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Taming fires: Teaching students through teamwork

Philip Bonds knows a thing or two about safety. Early in his career, Bonds became a school principal in a remote school district in the mountains of northwestern Colorado. He encountered aggressive teenagers, death threats and overwhelmed teachers. During his summer break, he fought wildfires. On the surface, the two jobs might seem unrelated and […]

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Like me, follow me, retweet me

Generation Like

The lyrics from the 1969 song “See Me, Feel Me” by the rock group The Who start out See me, feel me, touch me, heal me. After watching the PBS Frontline documentary Generation Like, the updated lyrics in 2014 might be Like me, follow me, re-tweet me, use me. Generation Like, premiering Tuesday, Feb. 18 […]

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Drugs and music: How to talk to kids about the lyrics they hear

Ever squirm when you overhear your child singing along to the lyrics in today’s popular music? Ever wonder what, if anything, to say? DrugFreeAZ.org can help. And the timlieness of this week’s broadcast of the 2013 Billboard Music Awards offers a “teachable moment” you can seize to talk with your children about the meaning behind […]

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