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Did you know that each of us have a play personality?! Our contributor, Dawn, unravels how to make play part of everyday!  “It isn’t something to do—it’s a way to be.” - Robyn Gobbel, author When you hear those words, “Mommy, come...
How to Help Your Child Thrive at School, Even if They Haven't Before. How’s the new semester going?  Recently, I asked this of one of our students. He commented that he was happy for the fresh start because he didn’t have...
The new year is a new horizon. It’s a fresh sunrise, a new mercy, hope in the morning. It’s the putting on of a new self, the shedding and letting go of the heavy and the cumbersome. It is...
I think I'm getting a Harry Potter Chess Set for Christmas from my children. How do I know? They haven't mastered the art of whispering. I overheard my youngest whispering to their Nana (my mother-in-law) about Potter and Mama...
Right about this time of year the stress and anxiety bubbles up as you begin to plan and execute a holiday season filled with activities, gifts and celebration. Soon your feed will be filled with places to go, people...
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -Maya Angelou There was a time when everyone used to smoke it seemed. Even doctors smoked in the halls of the hospital. That sounds...
If you've ever wished you had a friend that was also a pediatrician that you could just sit down and chat over coffee with, our series with Phoenix Children's Pediatrics is exactly what you are looking for. These pediatricians...
Kiddos are freaking out? Facilitate 10 ways of finding calm. Explore below to help them learn or improve on how to smooth things over within themselves. Whether your kiddo just “needs to calm down”, could stand to develop more...
As we prepare to keep our families healthy through the holidays, Dr. Ali Thompson shares tried and true advice from her experience as a pediatrician. Dr. Ali Thompson is a pediatrician at the Phoenix Children's Pediatrics - North Phoenix. https://youtu.be/r7COCd9P2is Dr....
The dopamine dilemma and pruning - Kids brains and screens We all have been there.  “Just one more show, Mom!” “Five more minutes, pleeeeeaase!”  We all have a certain Mom-sense that too much screen time isn’t good—for our kids or for...
Modern motherhood is difficult, and that’s not news to anyone who’s become a mom over the past couple of decades. It’s stressful from the moment you find out you’re pregnant. Then there’s the sleep deprivation of the baby phase –...
Does everything seem intensified with your teens? Feelings, beliefs, disappointments, fears and hopes? Parenting teens is often challenging. Add to that their parents going through a divorce and it can get even trickier. As a mom, how do you...
10 Ways to Launch Great Days? Tap Morning Mindfulness! Your kiddos’ perspective on each new day can greatly benefit from your modeling and/or facilitating the practice of purposefully paying attention to the present, internally and externally, otherwise known as...
Are you struggling to come up with a unique party theme for your daughter’s 13th birthday? We’ve got you covered with some excellent ideas that will definitely excite your soon-to-be teenager. And these five party themes won’t break the...
September is Suicide Awareness Month, and earlier this year there was a report put out by the CDC in regards to youth mental health that was – to put it mildly - alarming. One of the statistics included in...
In the ever-evolving landscape of education, homeschooling has gained immense popularity for its flexibility and personalized approach. Homeschooling empowers parents to take charge of their child's education, tailoring lessons to meet individual needs. One name that's been making waves...
Empower your child to de-stress through mindfulness! Help your kiddos benefit from the practice of paying attention on-purpose, to the present, without judgment. While we’re trying to manage our own stress, our kiddos are still learning a lot about...
Perform To Learn Academy has been an award winning program in Arizona for over 6 years. P2L has now ventured into elementary school education with our play-based, performing arts program. The P2L philosophy allows learning through exploration, supporting independence and...
When we’re in the trenches of parenting our kids, it’s often easy to find ourselves “losing it.” I know you know what I mean when I say that. On many days we feel like we lose our patience, or...
Do you know your child’s love languages? I kept hearing about love languages but I honestly didn’t care very much. What did it matter? You love how you love and that’s all there is to it. Also, I really wasn’t...
  From slammed to glam in 5 minutes with this go-bag? YES! But first, Mama, let me say, it's ok if you don't remember how to get ready to go out like a normal, grown-up woman. And, it's even going...
Back-to-school season is upon us! Whether you are sad to see the summer end or you are dancing through the back-to-school aisles at Target, there are two essential, and free, steps you can take right now to prepare your children...
As a community in Scottsdale, we understand the importance of finding the best educational path for our children. If you're considering homeschooling, you've come to the right place. This comprehensive resource guide aims to provide you with valuable recommendations...
Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics just opened their fourth valley location in North Scottsdale, conveniently located on Pima Road in the Grayhawk area. The dental team has been cleaning and caring for Arizona children's dental needs for ten...
Wait! Stop! Don’t scroll past this post because of the creepy crawly critter in the picture! Anyone with a child (grandchild, takes care of a child, knows a child) this is a MUST read! Living in AZ, I’ve squashed scorpions...
Thrivers are not born; thrivers are made! For children to shine their brightest, a structured, loving and safe childhood also needs to include experiencing competency, agency, and autonomy. As educational psychologist Michele Borba discovered, it turns out that there...
  Traits, tips, and advantages of a highly-sensitive child? Pleasantly surprising is that current research findings are backing society’s philosophical shift toward a kinder perspective that embraces, rather than traditionally rejects, the highly-sensitive personality.  Some experts are even touting the...
One of my favorite things about living in Scottsdale is all of the local and accessible hiking trails. I love hiking and I want my children to love hiking too. Bringing children along can sometimes sound intimidating, so here...
Recently, I have noticed an influx of clients in my therapy practice who are struggling with fertility woes. These range from moving forward with a fertility specialist to secondary rounds of IVF as well as closing this chapter of...
Thinking about having another baby? Wait, back up!....Have you had your first baby yet? (Start there, first, trust me!) Regardless, when it comes to wanting to have children, some girls “know” from childhood, or thereabouts. Some girls begin to...

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