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Parents need to teach kids the importance of voting

August 28, 2012 – 10:30 pm

I sat down at our breakfast table with my early ballot Tuesday morning.
Several times in the past, my husband and I have taken our kids to the polls with us, even to just drop off …

Kindergarten can wait, parents say

August 27, 2012 – 2:38 pm

Did you “red shirt” your kindergartner this year?
A story is out today about a trend growing in the country: holding off kindergarten until kids are 6.
Given today’s academic pressures, I’m not surprised. Teachers will tell …

Homework surge hits home

August 23, 2012 – 10:31 am

School began more than a month ago for the Reese household. So for the big kids (fourth- and second-graders) homework’s been part of our routine nearly every night for the last three weeks.
It’s been SO …

‘Mega Wedding’ highlights importance of family

August 13, 2012 – 9:54 pm

Every now and then I look back at a story I’ve done and realize I got to share something special.
A story last week hit that note completely.
Wednesday of last week I found myself at the …

Team mom or soccer coach? Which role do you play?

August 9, 2012 – 12:12 pm

My 7-year-old daughter announced this she wants to play soccer for a fifth year in a row. We’re signed up and ready for our season, which begins in October.
Here’s the catch: Last year, I was …

Ready, set … start the school year!

August 7, 2012 – 7:03 am

While my kids have been in classes for a couple of weeks now (I helped make photocopies of blank quarterly report cards yesterday), the vast majority of East Valley students head back to school this …

Moms: What awaits you this weekend?

August 4, 2012 – 10:01 am

A little 2-year-old woke me around 6. We snuggled for awhile. Then we were joined by sister, who immediately started picking out clothes for a church event we’ll attend later today.
Big brother came in the …

What would it take to raise an Olympian?

August 3, 2012 – 3:10 pm
U.S. Olympian Gabby Douglas with her gold medal after the all-around gymnastics competition. (AP Photo)

“I want to do that!”
We’ve heard that statement several times in the last few days as we’ve watch Olympic gymnastics, diving and swimming competitions each evening.
I’m sure we’re not alone.
In the last week, I’ve signed …

Lice, the hallway trampoline and figuring out school

August 2, 2012 – 12:40 pm

Did you see the glazed-eyed woman in the checkout line buying two bottles of lice shampoo yesterday? The one trying to keep the toddler from grabbing ANOTHER bag of M&Ms from the register counter?
That would …

Homework time! Kids discover their desks

August 1, 2012 – 10:32 pm

Homework began at our house last night.
After a fun afternoon with friends, we arrived home about 7 p.m. Since I’m still getting used to the idea that my kids are back in school (and so …