Turning your Santa believers into Santa helpers one magical moment at a time!

Keeping the Magic of Santa  Turning your Santa believers into Santa helpers one magical moment at a time! By Julie Atkinson Photos by Heidi Lea Photography As Thanksgiving rolls around this month, I can’t help thinking about the next big holiday ahead. From decorations to spending time with family and friends, Christmas is simply a wonderful time of year. As the mom of two little elves – I mean boys – Chris ...

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Local pharmacists Andrea Burns and Tara Storjohann tackle a common, painful summer ailment

Swimmer’s Ear Local pharmacists Andrea Burns and Tara Storjohann tackle a common, painful summer ailment. QUESTION: My 11-year-old son spends a lot of time in the pool this time of year, and we constantly struggle with him getting swimmer’s ear. What causes swimmer’s ear, what is the best treatment, and is there a way to prevent him from getting it? ANSWER: These are great questions, and they’re very common ...

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Ditch the boring brown bag and opt for one of these stylish options for food transportation this school year

Sack Lunch Ditch the boring brown bag and opt for one of these stylish options for food transportation this school year. By Sondra Barr BUILT Lunchpack––Verdi Tote Bag, $39.99 @builtny.com  VW Campervan Blue Lunch Box, $34.54 @thedesigngiftshop.com  Fender Amp Tin Lunch Box, $12.99 at @amazon.com  Feathered Friends Lunch Bag, $30 @dabbawallabags.com  Green Rocet Lunch Box, $30.95 @us.soyoung.ca   ...

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Meet five local educators who make students and learning a community priority

Educational Leaders Meet five local educators who make students and learning a community priority.  Compiled by Sondra Barr Rita Robinson School: Starting Blocks Academy, 42105 N. 41st Dr., Anthem Position title: director Number of years in position: Starting Blocks Academy is a new school. We’ve been open one year. Previously, for seven and a half years, I was the assistant director of Alhambra Preschool P ...

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Anonymous donor supports NVCA by encouraging others to donate

$750,000 Challenge Grant: Great Hope for New Campus! Anonymous donor supports NVCA by encouraging others to donate North Valley Christian Academy recently received a three-year $750,000 challenge grant from an anonymous foundation. The grant will match dollar-for-dollar all donations from supporters who have not previously contributed to NVCA. NVCA, an independent Christian school located in Anthem, recentl ...

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Video Games and Reading

Video Games and Reading By Mark Cheverton In the history of child development, the use of video games is not only a relatively new phenomenon but a widespread one, too. Ninety-seven percent of children and adolescents in the United States play at least one hour per day, according to the American Psychological Association. Naturally, many parents and educators worry that this game time is subtracting from he ...

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Teach Your Daughter Well: Life coach Dr. Chris Wylie talks about the influence a father can have on his daughter’s worldview.

Teach Your Daughter Well Life coach Dr. Chris Wylie talks about the influence a father can have on his daughter’s worldview. As a father of two amazing girls, I wanted to speak to the fathers out there. As a life coach, I teach parenting classes, and more and more fathers are coming and asking questions that really hit home!   The main point I try to teach fathers is that they matter in their daughters ...

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Family Reset: Reset Your Family’s Mind, Body, and Soul

Family Reset Life coach Dr. Chris Wylie offers six tips on how to reset your family’s mind, body, and soul this summer. 1. Create a to-do list and take out the bottom five. If you’re like every mother and father in the country, your life is full of drop-offs, pickups, time schedules, and planned activities. With so much family stuff, you may need to reevaluate what activities are necessary to include and wh ...

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The Teenage Years: Parents must adapt their parenting skills as their children enter the teenage years, says life coach Dr. Chris Wylie.

The Teenage Years Parents must adapt their parenting skills as their children enter the teenage years, says life coach Dr. Chris Wylie. Parenting teenagers is not the same as parenting a young child. As your children grow, so must your parenting skills! Here are a few tips detailing how you will need to develop as a parent in order to guide your teens through these years. The most important thing you’re try ...

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Show Some Love: Local psychologist Chris Wylie offers suggestions on how to show your sons and daughters you love them!

Show Some Love Local psychologist Chris Wylie offers suggestions on how to show your sons and daughters you love them!   Fathers, here are a few ways you can communicate love to your daughters!    Write a note and enclose a gift. Give it to her before she goes to school. Do this when she isn’t expecting it! Keep it short and sweet. Let her know how much you love and cherish her. A few flowers won’t hur ...

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