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Learning at home: measure up!

Measuring --- whether in the kitchen with measuring cups and spoons, or a ruler, tape measure or 10-foot pole --- is an ideal way...

Learning at home: Old-school skills rule on alphabetizing

Old-school learning skills are still valuable. Learning to spell a word, alphabetize a list or use a paper dictionary is good for your child's brain.

Learning at home: how to memorize

Children need to memorize their address and phone number, just in case. Here are some "learning at home" exercises that help the brain retain information.

A conversation with early childhood advocate Rhian Evans Allvin

Saying goodbye to friends, family, colleagues—a cross-country move when you’ve lived most of your life in Arizona can be bittersweet. But for longtime early...

Hiking birthday party

For a child who loves adventure and outdoors, turn a hike into a birthday party.

Bike race birthday party

When there are lots of neighborhood friends who love to ride their bikes together, host a birthday party that feels like an official bike...

Island birthday party

Pool parties are popular in Arizona. Make a stylish upgrade at your next birthday party by incorporating décor and details that will transport guests...

Roller Derby: These girls are rough, tough and really fast

Roller derby is a fast, physical sport infused with lots of fun, family and great iconic style. But for these girls and their parents, derby isn’t just a sport. It’s a lifestyle.

Helping tweens, teens (and parents!) survive braces

Do you have a cranky tween or teen in braces? They’ll probably thank you some day, but for now their life in braces can...

Growing a child’s relationship with nature

By Larissa Gaias and Mary Anne Duggan If we want children to be better stewards of the natural world, we need to actively help them...

How to support military families

Angela Carmean is due any day. And while the Marine Corps spouse looks perfectly stylish with a burgeoning belly and glowing skin, her pregnancy...

National Park Service children’s music CD gets kids thinking about the environment

Here's a fun way to get kids thinking about the environment. “Songs for Junior Rangers,” a National Park Service CD, features 20 catchy tunes...

What it means to be family

My staff needed a quick consult during a week when I was out of town. As the text message popped up on my phone,...

Valentine’s Day unplugged

I made it through the winter holidays and I don’t plan to commemorate Cupid by caving. I refuse to buy a Nintendo DS, iPod...

Give me back my vote!

I had a moment of entrepreneurial exasperation yesterday that has me seriously regretting my "yes" vote on Proposition 100. The measure, which passed easily on...

Sandra Day O’Connor: Cyber civics from an irrefutable source

Since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired from her seat on the Supreme Court in 2006, life’s been busy. Recently, the Arizona native has been...

Party Articles

Out-of-the Box Birthday Party Ideas

Wanting to do something a little extra special for your child’s next birthday party? Maybe it’s a milestone birthday—like turning double digits or entering...

Party Etiquette

Whether you’re hosting a party or attending one, you may be wondering—do people really RSVP anymore? What about goodie bags, are those still a...

How to Throw a Birthday Party that Won’t Break the Bank

I remember the days when birthday parties consisted of colorful balloons, streamers, a simple cake, and the classics like musical chairs and tag with...

How to do a drive-by birthday party

As we get deeper into quarantine, people have gotten creative with birthday celebrations. One result: the drive-by birthday party.

Home pool party? Hire a lifeguard!

Drowning happens silently and quickly. That’s why children are at risk even when — and sometimes especially when — adults are nearby. Even a "designated...