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Saturday, February 24, 2018

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Getting your act together? There are apps for that!

Moms have minimal time and maximum stress. We have bills to pay, medical appointments to schedule, kids to pick up, lunches to pack, laundry to fold and — every once in a while — friends to catch up with. Fortunately, most of us have smartphones, and the right apps can help with everything from scheduling […]

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Resolve to teach your kids financial skills this year

Gregg Murset is a Scottsdale-based financial planner and a Queen Creek father of six who has long thought about preparing his kids to be financially independent. In other words, he jokes, “How do I get all of these people to move out of my house and never come back!” Murset’s basic philosophy is this: Early […]

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Phoenix offers free coding and robotics classes for kids

Only a fourth of Arizona’s elementary schools offer computer science courses. But the city of Phoenix’s new codePHX program aims to jumpstart these skills by teaching hundreds of kids coding, 3-D printing, robotics and more — for free. Funded by the Arizona Community Foundation and Phoenix IDA nonprofits in partnership with the Phoenix City Council, […]

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Parenting in the Digital Age: Helping parents understand social media risks

Jessica Swarner is not a parent. But two things prompted her interest in helping parents better understand social media trends and ways to keep children safe online. While brainstorming for her honors thesis for Arizona State University’s Barrett, the Honors College, Swarner heard about the murder of a young girl linked to someone the girl […]

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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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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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Inspire girls with stories of trailblazing female scientists and engineers

Normally, I hate TV commercials. I will mute, fast forward, change channels, get a snack, or pay for premium cable to avoid them. But once in a while, I get hooked: Subaru’s dog-centric vignettes, Dignity Health’s crib-crashing, fussy-baby-soothing dad, and best of all, GE’s “What If We Treated Great Female Scientists Like They Were Stars?” […]

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Why summer tech camp (teaching kids to code) is worth considering

When one thinks of summer camp, it’s easy to think about kids running, hiking and playing — free from school desks, homework and, yes, computer screens. We asked David Dodge, founder of Scottsdale-based CodaKid, why summer also is a good time for kids to learn coding. Dodge is a veteran Silicon Valley game designer and […]

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HGTV to give away its custom Smart Home in Scottsdale this summer

Anyone wanting a high-tech, energy-efficient home in Scottsdale may have a chance to win just that. HGTV built its 2017 Smart Home in Scottsdale, and the network will give the fully furnished home to one lucky viewer this summer. The 3,300-square-foot, single-level home has three bedrooms, a three-car garage, a wet bar, a home office and […]

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Southwest Maker Fest encourages kids, adults to innovate

The “maker” movement is relatively new, but it’s thriving in Mesa this month as Southwest Maker Fest takes over downtown for a day. The free public festival celebrates all things DIY — but with a high-tech twist and an emphasis on collaboration. The Saturday, March 11, event offers interactive exhibits, workshops and demonstrations to inspire […]

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