Living in Arizona means we have countless back-to-school options available to every family! Families can choose from microschools, traditional, homeschool, charter, private, and parochial schools. It is wonderful to have so many choices available to our children, but it...
We live in a culture that enjoys sporting events, that celebrates athletic competition, and that places a lot of pressure on athletes – from highly paid professionals all the way down to happy-go-lucky Little Leaguers. And as parents, many of...
At our recent Bloom event, Jacqueline walked us through a wonderful discussion on why reading to our children is so important! Reading books together connects parents and children through adventure and shared experiences. Setting aside a little time every...
Why I’m Proud of my Child’s D As my husband and I were sitting at an appointment, I received the alert announcing “report cards are now available.”  I immediately turned to him and said, “should I even look?” His (pragmatic...
Teaching our youngsters to be kind at the park can be challenging. Sometimes we visit with our mom friends, and we don't realize that not all the kids are included in playtime at the park. Let's face it; everyone's child is...
When you have triplets, followed by a new baby 18 months later, you are thrown into the deep end of parenting. This was just the beginning of Amy Carney's parenting journey. Amy Carney, local Scottsdale mom, is a joy...
This past school year has been like none other I could have ever imagined. With the Coronavirus pandemic in full swing, our family made the decision to withdraw our 2nd grader from public school and homeschool him. We didn’t...
Erin Stremcha took a personal gift to her son and decided to share it with the world. Allow me to introduce you to her new book, Power Up. Erin wrote a book for her son, meant to speak truth and...
Pre-pandemic, I lived a pretty typical suburban life. I spent my days taking care of things for my family - meal planning, shopping, brunch with friends, running kids to and from sports. Then one day, all of the “busy”...
We are so excited you found the Scottsdale Moms Guide to Surviving Summer. This is our 9th year of bringing you tips, tricks and things to do, all written to help YOU survive summer with your littles! We are hoping...
After a year in a pandemic, moms are feeling lonely. If you don't already have a good friend base, and even if you do, this experience has been isolating.  If you are like me, you have your good friends from...
It’s time to play again! A recent study found that the average American child spends 4-7 minutes a day in unstructured play, versus seven hours of screen time. As more and more schools cut recess time in favor of more...
Don’t you wish Mama could just take a time out? A time out that is as long as you are old. I feel like I would be a whole new person, able to recharge and continue my day. I...
Road trips can be a wonderful way to create memories, but let’s be real: although trips can be fun, they can be challenging, especially if you’re traveling with a baby and toddler. Here are a few tips to help...
One of the constant questions many of us ask ourselves as parents is, “Am I doing enough to make sure my child is happy?” We often wonder if we are providing the foundation they need in order to grow...
When I learned my unborn daughter would potentially be born with Down syndrome, an extra 21st chromosome, I wasn't the least bit surprised. I was 41, advanced maternal age, and working with families and children facing a life threatening...
I have dedicated my life to educating children. I received my degree in elementary education. I taught three different grades throughout my years as a classroom teacher. Since I started student teaching, I have always had a second job...
Kindergarten, here we come! Tutor Time® is here to give you peace of mind while your child taps into big fun with purpose! Our schools follow CDC guidance to ensure a healthy, safe environment. And our curriculum is designed...
Dear Blue Bell, What? Did you really think I forgot?? When a teensy, weensy listeria outbreak forced us apart in April of 2015, I choked down Blue Bunny in a rebound attempt. It's been nearly 2 years, and I’m not too proud to...
I will start by telling you the definition of a helicopter parent just so you can understand just how crazy I am! A helicopter parent is a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of...
I have to admit: Valentine's Day isn't my favorite holiday. I love chocolate, but I don't have much use for a heart-shaped box. I like flowers, but not at triple the price. I'm not a big fan of sappy...
It’s a new year, which means new beginnings, new insurance, and bigger smiles. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for your child this year, our partners at Dunn Orthodontics in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Litchfield Park have outlined a few common...
We are looking for new & diverse contributors to expand our team of regular writers! We need local (Metro Phoenix area) moms who are passionate about our community and love to share stories and wisdom with others. This is a volunteer...
Self-care is often overlooked and pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Especially this year, as stress and uncertainty has taken over a majority of our lives. Nonetheless, self-care is extremely important as it helps encourage maintaining healthy...
I adore the holidays. The magic, the twinkling lights, the sweaters. Who in Scottsdale doesn’t love getting out their riding boots and pretending it’s cold enough to wear them?  My love for Christmas begins to wane by mid-December. That’s when...
What if I were to tell you that I have a love/dislike relationship with Christmas?  I don’t normally tell people this because instead of trying to understand further, I’m usually shut down with hearing all about how much the...
Two weeks ago my youngest daughter started feeling sick. Because we knew numbers were going up and there was a chance she was exposed, we got her tested immediately with a rapid test.  Shortly after taking the test, we received...
If you are a parent already dreaming about a reset in 2021, you are not alone.  For many modern families an organized home life with a reliable work, home and school schedule sounds like the best holiday gift or...
My four-year-old little boy confidently hopped on a two-wheel bicycle for the first time this past weekend and rode off into the sunset like he’s known how his whole life.  He can thank the time spent cruising around on his balance bike...
In a time when it feels like the world is trying to suck the life out of me, there are a number of things that are actually giving me life.  Some of my “life saving” things are frivolous and...

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