The quiet blessings of “interesting times”

Perhaps it takes living in “interesting times,” to recognize quiet blessings — the birds at the windowsill, the butterflies in the garden.

Raising Outdoor Kids: Enjoy fall scenery on colorful Arizona hikes

Although we’re surrounded by cactus and desert landscaping in Phoenix, there’s no shortage of fall scenery to explore on a day trip to other parts of Arizona.

Chandler High School Spanish teacher is Arizona’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

Sara Wyffels, a Spanish teacher at Chandler High School, was named Arizona’s 2021 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Tips for safer trick-or-treating during COVID-19

Dr. Cara Christ suggests "trick-or-treating can be done safely, but it’s no time to let down your guard since COVID-19 is still active in our communities."

Arizona Teacher of the Year to be announced Oct. 23

More than any year in recent memory, 2020 has reminded families how important teachers...

Helping children face their fears

Children can’t help but feel fearful. With the right support, that fear can become a great learning opportunity.

Bringing hope to life through art, even ­— and especially — now

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona became even more important during the pandemic. Children need to use the arts to get rid of icky, scary feelings.

4 ways to celebrate Día de los Muertos

Here are four ways your family can participate in Día de los Muertos, a celebration of art and culture related to the Mexican holiday.

Invest in Education Act: What is Prop 208?

Proposition 208, known as the Invest in Education Act, would create new funding for...

Here’s how voting affects Arizona education

As the year winds down and Arizona families enjoy fall weather, many parents are...

Care Card shopping fundraiser is back Oct. 16-25

The 2020 Care Card program gets underway this month. The charity shopping event is...

You now have until Oct. 15 register to vote in the Nov. 3 election

Nov. 3, 2020, may be the most significant national election of our lifetime, and...

A new way to fast-track students to bachelor’s degrees

Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC), a public school district dedicated to career and technical...

The City of Mesa schedules reopening of its family-friendly museums

Two popular Mesa family attractions — the Arizona Museum of Natural History and the...

Pandemic road trip: A short beach escape proved worth the risk

After months of sheltering in place, my soul was calling for an escape from...

Study: Autism diagnoses come years later for Black children

A new study highlighted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found racial inequities in...

Celebrating 10 years of open doors and open hearts at Ryan House

For 10 years, Phoenix-based nonprofit Ryan House has provided pediatric respite and end-of-life care to Arizona’s most medically fragile children and their families.

Raising Outdoor Kids: Hammock camping offers minimal gear, maximum star-gazing

Anyone who has camped has experienced the frustration of fumbling with a tent —...


The joys of grandparenting

When I gave birth to twin daughters 32 years ago, I never imagined my babies becoming parents. It seemed light years away. But in...

31 (somewhat) spooky Halloween books for kids

Every holiday celebration helps cultivate children’s roots — those strong, deep connections to family, traditions and values. Halloween festivities can help kids develop and...

Spooky Slime for Halloween

If your children don’t mind getting their hands dirty, work together to create this delightfully disgusting slime. Empty a four-ounce bottle of school glue...