Marybeth Bock

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Marybeth Bock is a native San Franciscan, who spent 13 years living and working in two European countries and four U.S. states as an Army spouse. (Faves: Germany and Hawaii). She’s been enduring the heat of Arizona for 14 years now with her husband, two adult-ish kids, and one crazy coonhound. An alumna of UCLA (Go, Bruins!), she has a Master’s in Public Health and loves to research and write about all health topics, particularly the mental and physical health issues of adolescents and women. Her writing can often be found on the Grown and Flown and Blunt Moms websites. As a new empty-nester, she is thoroughly enjoying the role of “College Mom”, and is finding more time for crafting, hiking, Happy Hour and travel. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

Flip Flop Wreath {a Fun and Frugal Summer Craft}

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The long, hot days of summer have arrived, and so has the daily search for fun (but not too pricey or complicated) activities to do with your kids.  Flip flop wreaths are a great...

How to Avoid Summer Brain Drain

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Parents of teens: Raise your hands if you can’t wait for the seemingly endless days of kids sleeping until noon, daily requests for money, hours of video games, wet beach towels on the floor...

Encouraging Diversity in our Children’s Friendships

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Have you ever looked around in your child’s classroom, or at their friend group, and wished that there was more ethnic and cultural diversity? Sometimes parents can feel a bit awkward about this situation, and...

What Can Parents of Younger Kids Take Away from the College Admissions Scandal?

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The details of the college admissions cheating scandal have been trickling out in the news for more than a few weeks. Parents with kids who have applied to college in the last several years,...

Prepared Childbirth Tips for the Teen Years

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Many years ago, after my first child was born and I became fascinated with the whole birthing process, I became a certified childbirth educator. I loved helping couples overcome their anxiety about birth and...

Helping Children Avoid The Fear of Needles

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When my kids were little and I would announce that we were going to the doctor’s, the first frantic question out of their mouths was always, “Do I have to get any shots?” As adults,...

Giving Thanks for Special Friends

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None of us could survive motherhood without our friends. Spanning all the way from the fellow sleep-deprived Moms in our toddler playgroups to the other spirited parents on our kid’s high school sports teams, we...

Why Herd Immunity is So Important in Arizona

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Discussing childhood immunizations can sometimes become a rather heated topic. Parents are faced with making important decisions about their children’s healthcare from the minute they first find out they are having a baby. We consult...

The Only 3 Phrases You Need When Your Kids Play Youth Sports

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We’ve all seen them. We’ve definitely all heard them. Perhaps on occasion we’ve even been one. I’m talking about the loud and obnoxious “Sports Parent.” On the mild end of the behavior spectrum, they’re the...

A Heads Up About Kids and Concussions

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Summer in Arizona. Also known as the “Desperation Months” when we parents attempt to keep our kids busy so that we can maintain at least an ounce of our sanity. Often, this means our...

The Dog Park of Today is the Playground of My Past

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One of the many reasons I wish we had smartphones when my kids were little is that I would have liked to log the number of hours we spent at the playground. Both my...

Could Your Teen Be Addicted to their Cell Phone?

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Nomophobia. Ever heard of it? If you have a tween or teen living in your house, you’ve probably witnessed the effects of it. Defined as a state of stress caused by having no access to...

Older Kid Going on Spring Break? Help Them Travel Safely

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As spring break season approaches, high school and college students in Arizona usually have just one thing on their minds – time to hit the beach!  Whether the destination is San Diego, where many...

It’s January, Moms: You Need a “Daycation”

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The holidays are over and frankly, we’re all just a little exhausted. While December is a month that can be full of some wonderful time with family and friends, it can also be draining for...

Family Weekend at College? It’s More than Just a Football Game.

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Family Weekend season is in full swing on college campuses across the U.S. Whether your college student is 30 minutes away at ASU, down in Tucson, up in Flagstaff, or on the other side...