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The Disorganized Child

By Kim Heitzmann We’ve all had moments of frustration with our children. Does it take them too long to get ready for school in the morning? Are they constantly losing their homework or forget to turn in completed work? Do they forget to do a chore immediately after...

Overcoming Anxiety

By Adam Issacs As we finish the year, my wife and I reflect on the progress our son, Charlie, has made since starting kindergarten two years ago. In the beginning, every morning Charlie thought he was saying goodbye to us forever. His eighth day of kindergarten was...

Avoid the Summer Slide

Contributed by the City of Tempe Librarians Every year many students suffer from what’s known as the “summer slide,” which is varying levels of learning loss that occurs once the school year ends. This makes going back to school even more of a challenge since those...

Storytelling

By Colin Macpherson, M.A., CCC-SLP Children need to have good spoken language skills in order to be successful in early literacy events. Research has shown that children’s ability to tell a good story with grammatical sentences predicts later reading success. What...

Keep Kids Learning Over Summer

The last bell has rung, backpacks are tucked away and children all over Arizona are headed to pools, camps and family road trips. But that doesn’t mean that learning should stop. In fact, summer is a great time to learn as a family and help to prevent “summer brain...

Family Staycations

By Nora Heston Tarte Summer is almost here and that means it’s time to plan your summer vacation! Lucky for Phoenix families, there’s no need to travel far to enjoy a little fun in (and out of) the sun. These vacations offer opportunities for families to rest, relax,...

Packing for Camp

By Christina Katz No one at your kids' camp is hoping you will over-pack. Camp staff are busy scheduling the type of summer adventures that make lifelong memories. So resist the urge to over-pack your kids for camp. Keep your approach simple. Here are a few tips that...

Parents Ask: Summer Eye Safety

Q: We spend a lot of time outside in the mornings, days at the water park and visit the beach. I often worry about the damage the that bright reflections, sand and water could be doing to my children’s eyes. What can I do to help keep their eyes safe during summer? –...

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