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Happiness is … (Reflections on life and parenting)

You find happiness in the tiny things that surround you, but you have to pay attention. And the best way to give it to your children is to find it yourself.

Breastfeeding 101: Modern Milk owner shares common breastfeeding hurdles, plus tips

Stephanie Nguyen, a registered nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, started Modern Milk as a gathering spot where new moms could find breastfeeding...

One mom’s journey: Tips for breastfeeding — when you’re over it!

Breastfeeding my boys has been a privilege and a burden. To be able to breastfeed and pump has both saved money and taken a...

4th Trimester Arizona hosts March 7 conference at i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa

The 4th Trimester Arizona — a nonprofit that works to support and empower Arizona families during their transition to parenthood — hosts its third...

Preparing kids (and parents) for summer sleepaway camp

Sleepaway camp conjures images of idyllic sunny days filled with sing-alongs, matching T-shirts, lake activities, close friendships, crafts, and, with some luck, a few...

Learn to camp as a family during AZ Family Campout Program weekends

Have you thought about taking the family camping but didn’t feel confident in your wilderness skills — or your kids' attention spans for roughing...

Here’s the problem: We’re not teaching kids to be problem-solvers

No matter where our sons and daughters go after they graduate high school — whether to college, trade school, the military or into the...

Study: Emotional intelligence improves school performance

Kids who better understand and manage their emotions perform better in school, according to a new study published in the American Psychological Association’s journal...

My toddler is doing all the things I used to judge other parents for

When I had a dog — and it was just Nick, me, and our jobs — I was an incredible parent. My “kids” were...

The joys of minimalism — at Christmas and beyond

When she saw the $20 bill I had folded and put in front of her, her eyes grew three sizes. She needed a minute...

National Charity League: Mother-daughter bonding via weekend volunteering

If your daughter isn’t yet rolling her eyes at everything you say and still wants to spend time with you, embrace the moment. All...

Rage Rooms are popping up in greater Phoenix — some even cater to kids and families

For some moms, stress relief comes in the form of a great foot massage during a pedicure. Others unwind with retail therapy at an...

Kids are spending more time than ever watching YouTube (and much less time reading!)

Half of the kids in the U.S. will own smartphones by age 11, and phone use is on the rise for kids as young...

Using Common Sense: Parenting tips for managing kids’ screen time

At a crowded Mexican restaurant in north Phoenix recently, my husband and I were seated between two lovely families — one with three kids...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Let ’em climb — indoors and out

If given the option, kids generally wouldn’t choose a documentary when they’re handed the TV remote. But “The Dawn Wall” was different. Our five only...

The time machine of now: Relishing those precious moments of childhood

You know how well-meaning strangers tell you to enjoy every minute with your small children? I’d like to give you permission to throw this...

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