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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,...

15 ways to celebrate dads on Father’s Day: Sunday, June 21

On Sunday, June 21, we will celebrate dads and all they do. Here are a few ways to be festive with food, fun and...

Shop local! 7 great cool-dad gifts for Father’s Day

Support local shops when you do your Father's Day shopping! Here are seven great finds our editorial team recommends.

When racism reared its ugly head in my own neighborhood

Our son was incredulous and angry when he and his friend returned to our home after a walk around the neighborhood. "Somebody called the cops!"...

Georgie and the Giant Germ helps kids (and parents) process COVID-19 anxiety

Georgie and the Giant Germ might look like a coloring book for kids — and it is. But it's also a guidebook for parents...

Being a mom: What’s changed, what hasn’t, in 30 years

A young East Valley mother talks with her own mom about parenting challenges both new and timeless.

Is screen time a COVID-19 parenting panacea? I wish!

Screen time. In my mind, this term stands for a conglomeration of tablet-based kids’ games, Cosmic Kids Yoga, and — most of all —...

Common Sense launches Parent Trapped podcast for families sheltered at home

Parent Trapped, a new podcast, aims to offer comic relief — along with common sense advice — for parents who fear they are dropping...

Mother’s Day: The Coronavirus Edition

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and we all know brunches, spa days and many of the usual traditions and gifts are not going to...

Surprise! Self-isolation suddenly puts self-care center stage

With newfound “me time” during the coronavirus lockdown, local moms are prioritizing self-care, and finding creative ways to recharge.

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.

Family Friday: Maintaining connection in the midst of a pandemic

Even though the world is unpredictable right now, children need to experience predictability within their family environment. There are many fun and playful opportunities to maintain the connection.

Work Together Wednesday: It takes teamwork to build a baby’s brain

Consistent, responsive, stable relationships with caring adults are the foundation for strong neural connections. Research shows these interactions support a child’s language and literacy development. Consider it an active, back-and-forth experience, like playing tennis.

COVID-19 poses added challenges to co-parenting and custody arrangments

Co-parenting in the time of COVID-19 has just become a whole new obstacle course. To help, the Arizona Supreme Court recently weighed in with a set of guidelines for co-parenting arrangements.

Our staff — and some local moms — share creative solutions to social distancing

Local parents are using creativity to confront this unexpected time of social distancing and sheltering at home. Here are three of our favorites.

Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee: Kids need to learn money-management basics

“Financial education empowers young people to achieve financial freedom so they can attain their personal and professional goals,” Kimberly Yee explains.



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