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Half day or full day: The great kindergarten debate

January 24, 2010 – 3:36 pm

Earlier this month, I wrote a story about Gov. Jan Brewer’s new budget proposal that includes eliminating state support of full-day kindergarten. Under legislation passed last year, school districts could still provide full-day kindergarten, either …

Diaper drive needs help

January 21, 2010 – 11:04 am

I got this message through e-mail and thought I would pass it along: The 11th Annual Baby Diaper Drive is underway with a goal to collect 100,000 diapers and raise $50,000 for emergency funds. …

Music soothes dinner time blues

January 20, 2010 – 5:15 pm

Last week I discovered something I should have been doing for years: turning on the radio when preparing dinner.
After a long day of shuffling kids to schools, work and getting them again, this mommy can …

Sleep, please come this way

January 19, 2010 – 4:43 pm

I know at some point in the last year my daughter slept soundly in her own bed. And if she did wake up, she could crawl into my bed without me hardly noticing.
That isn’t the …

Is it time for another season of sports?

January 14, 2010 – 10:21 am

The spring sports registration reminder arrived in my e-mail yesterday.
I confess, I did look at the dates and the schedule. Registration is the first part of February. Games would run through May.
I also found myself …

Juggling the work schedule

January 12, 2010 – 1:31 pm

A friend sent me a post from one mom who wrote about six ways working parents can get more time with their kids. I’ve done a few of these – actually, more than a few. …

'Mom, where's the snow?'

January 12, 2010 – 11:35 am

As my kids and I drove along the I-10 this weekend, my son saw the mountains and asked, “Mom, where’s the snow?”
It was the first of many such “snow” conversations in our house this weekend. …

Bugs, slugs and other creepy things

January 7, 2010 – 10:52 am

My daughter came home from school yesterday and explained to me that bugs are “bad.” “They’re gross, creepy and ants are the worst.”
I just laughed out loud. I’ve TRIED not to create a girly-girl, freaked …

Welcome back, 'Harry Potter'

January 4, 2010 – 12:04 pm

Following advice from my son’s teacher, I took him to an optometrist the week before Christmas. Sure enough, he’s nearsighted and needs glasses (no surprise, since I’ve worn them since I was 12).
At first, he …