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Using Common Sense: Talking to kids about insurrection and other disturbing news events

From coronavirus and social injustice to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — which played out on national television and social media...

Pandemic parenting: Forget perfectionism

If the pandemic has taught me anything in the last seven months, it’s that we all handle stress differently, and these differences create conflict...

Giving thanks: 3 ways to practice genuine gratitude

Could gratitude give us a reason to keep going when the going gets tougher than ever?

Helping children face their fears

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

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 — getting caught while threading the supports through, or working through...

Proactive pandemic planning protects your family

Fewer than half of Americans have done their estate planning. Even if you have, COVID-19 creates new considerations. As the Covid-19 crisis continues, we hear...

Creating safety for children through gender-inclusive language

As a transgender teacher, I socially transitioned while teaching in the classroom. Socially transitioning is a process that a transgender person may choose to...

A mother’s letter to her daughter in the time of COVID-19

You are growing up in a difficult time. The world is at a tipping point, and you and your generation are going to be...

5 strategies for teaching tolerance that is authentic and sustainable

My naive upbringing in Upland, California led me to believe that racism and discrimination were evil traits from the past. My elementary teachers would...

Using Common Sense: Media literacy skills help kids navigate what’s true and what’s “fake news”

Parents are consuming a mountain of information from multiple media platforms as they follow news about COVID-19, protests following the death of George Floyd,...

Estate planning: A global pandemic is a stark reminder to make sure the kids will be OK

Creating an estate plan is something that often sits on parents’ to-do lists for years — one of those unchecked boxes we’ll get to...

Building anti-racist families

Twelve-year-old Jarem Bailey stood in front of a crowd of about 400 peaceful protestors. He paused, momentarily unsure. His face reflected the deep emotions...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Staying active during quarantine (and after)

We first sensed something strange was happening while looking for bottled water during a quick trip to Los Angeles in early March. We visited...

Self-compassion, stress and children with psychological disorders

Parenting is challenging, but the challenges can be so much greater when you're raising a child with a psychological disorder. A clinical psychology doctoral student...

When a son becomes a father, during a pandemic

Fewer distractions are more welcome these days than a text message that reads, “You guys home?” The messages come every few days from our son,...



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