Make the Most of the School Year

Make the Most of the School Year. The start of every school year brings excitement, nerves and anticipation. For both parents and students. There’s no shortage of things to address, including shopping for supplies, making time for meet-the-teacher night or completing all the necessary forms and paperwork.

Coping with Chronic Childhood Illness

By the American Psychological Association Parents want to protect their children and keep them safe. It can be particularly devastating to learn that your child has a chronic illness such as diabetes, cancer or juvenile arthritis. By managing your own emotions during...

Parents Ask: Stomach Aches and Pains

By Dr. Linda Lau, M.D., FAAFP Q: My daughter tends to have a lot of stomach problems. How do I know if it is just a regular stomach bug, a really bad virus, or even a parasite? Also, when should I see a doctor? A: As a parent, it’s not easy to hear your teary-eyed...

K9 Companions

Four-legged friends help kids with cancer By Nora Heston Tarte “Your child has cancer.” Nothing can prepare you for these four words. But they are the four words responsible for launching K9 Companions, a visit and placement program for assistance and therapy dogs to...

Animal Encounters

By Michelle Talsma Everson My 7-year-old son is absolutely in love with all things feline. He eats, breathes and sleeps all things cat related and dotes on our two 10-year-old rescue cats like they’re royalty. As a parent, it’s fascinating to observe the phases our...

Make Summer Learning Fun

by Christa Melnyk Hines Wondering how to help your child retain reading, writing and math skills that he or she gained over the school year this summer without making it feel like work? Weave learning into daily errands and interactive activities found in your own...

Parents Ask: Autism Behavior

Q: My six-year old son is autistic and I’m having problems with his behavior. What would you recommend I do to help him? A: Behavior is a problem for many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Because children with ASD often cannot effectively communicate...

Decoding Dyslexia

By Nora Heston Tarte As parents, we want the best for our kids. So, when Kim—a mom from Goodyear—noticed her daughter struggling in school, she was adamant about finding help. “I had to take her outside of the school for both a diagnosis and tutoring,” Kim explains of...

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