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Building positive early-childhood memories

Parents make an effort to give children pleasant memories to carry into adulthood. They plan elaborate birthday parties and excursions, fret over special gifts...

Bad days and good days

A really bad day starts out when your preschooler wakes the baby. Then she fusses about whatever is available for breakfast, asks for something...

Fear No Evil: Raising a trusting child in a violent world

I awoke with a start one night to see our son, Kevin, standing at the side of our bed. "Mommy," he cried. "I can't fall...

Teaching “polite”

In a world filled with incivility and vulgarity, how do we teach young children to be polite? Being polite is more than saying “please”...

Getting a summer job as a camp counselor

Arcadia High School junior Kelly Dannerbeck 17, of Phoenix, scooped ice cream for a few months to earn extra money. But then she decided...

The power of the pause

Adults forget that young children need time to process what is said to them. Preschoolers understand the words, but thinking about them and then...

The trouble with princesses

Thirty years ago I parented a little girl growing up in Arizona. As I do it again now, I’ve noticed that times have changed...

Talking to kids about sex

I don't remember my parents ever having the BIG TALK with me. I think I just asked my mom questions about sex as they...

How to respond to preschool tattling

Many parents put more energy into scolding about tattling than they do about teasing, pushing or generally disobeying. They worry that their children will...

Dressing preschoolers

You wouldn't think that issues related to clothing would emerge for children ages 2 through 6 but, in the age of Barbie dolls and...

At the playground

Forget the fancy, flashy restaurant with video games and dancing animal figures or tunnel slides. Forget movie videos, remote control cars and GameBoys. When...

The indispensible comfort item

Do yourself a favor. If your child has not already attached to a special stuffed animal, blanket or small toy, keep offering one anyway...

When parenting drives you crazy

Being a good parent is hard, emotional work. When children won't cheerfully do something that is important for them to do — like holding...

Eye exams before kindergarten

Several states require eye exams prior to school enrollment, but Arizona is not among them, according to Jane Lynch, executive director of the American...

Television woes

A study in Pediatrics tells us that all kinds of television can be bad for children age 3 and younger because it increases the...

To tell or not to tell

If you haven't yet fielded questions like these from your tweens, you will. Invest some time now in thinking about how you'll respond. A...

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...