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Raising Arizona Kids wins 4 national Parenting Media Association awards

Raising Arizona Kids was recognized for excellence in writing and design in print and digital media during the Parenting Media Association's annual conference.

Debra Citron wins Arizona Press Club Award for profile of illustrator Molly Idle

The Arizona Press Club announced this week that Raising Arizona Kids writer Debra Citron won a first-place writing award in the “community personality profile”...

Oh, the places they have gone!

I can’t think about summer without remembering the many summer interns who have passed through the doors at Raising Arizona Kids over the years....

Spellicy brothers: Big hearts and big dreams

Sixteen-year-old Colin Spellicy bounded past my front door with a bromeliad plant in his arms, its spiky, hot-pink blossom adding a festive touch to...

THEN and NOW: Bryant, Garrison and Lauren Mais

It was the fall of 2001 and 4-year-old Garrison Mais was sitting comfortably on his big sister’s lap in a red-painted train car at...

THEN and NOW: Rachel and Jeff Geiser, 10 years later

The way Rachel Geiser remembers it, her mom dropped the news the night before. It was something like, “Oh, by the way, I entered...

THEN and NOW:Teaching ballet is a “two-way magic wand”

Yen-Li Chen-Zhang was nearing the end of a 13-year career as prima ballerina with Ballet Arizona when she and her daughter, Emily, then 5,...

THEN and NOW: Tiny “supermodel” is now a thoughtful “old soul”

Few people knew what was going on behind the scenes the day we photographed 2-year-old Annabelle Stern for our November 2003 cover. Her parents wanted...

THEN and NOW: Cochlear implants and “a lot of work” to overcome hearing loss

When Svetly brothers Joey, then almost 4, and Conner, 8 months, appeared on the cover of our February 1996 issue, their hearing aids were...

THEN and NOW: The Brose triplets

It’s easy to tell that the Brose fraternal triplets are related, though they sport different personal styles. They even work together, along with their older...

The more things change…

Pushing a stroller around our neighborhood was a way for me to escape the “cabin fever” of a hot Phoenix summer—and to lose some...

THEN and NOW: Sheri Heitner-Anderson, Abbi & Ari

Often during a cover shoot, a young child will have a whining-and-sobbing meltdown. The result is red eyes and a runny nose—hardly the ideal...

THEN and NOW: Claire and Ashley Tasev (March 2009)

Ashley Tasev was 4 years old when she and her mom, Claire, appeared on our March 2009 cover. That was the month we celebrated...

THEN and NOW: Javen Jacobs (November 2007)

In February 2006, we received an email from the very proud mom of two young sons. “I was curious to find out how the cover...

THEN and NOW:Deborah Brewer and Charles Brewer (March 1990)

Mom gushes: “He was truly heaven sent. It’s been wonderful every day of the 25 years.” Son adds levity: “She’s full of it.” Stay tuned. He...

In search of two former Girl Scouts

It was a quiet Friday afternoon in mid-October. No deadlines were looming; my "to do" list was uncharacteristically short. So I was determined to...

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