The Perfect Note

By Michelle Talsma Everson Music lessons – whether they are instruments or voice – are nearly a childhood rite of passage. “Thousands of scientific and academic studies have shown that music education improves academic achievement, builds communication skills, fosters...

Fun Once the Bell Rings

By Christa Melnyk Hines After-school activities are an essential and fun way to round out your child’s overall educational experience. Integrate both structured and DIY activities that complement your child’s disposition, age and interests. “Students in these...

Healthy Competition

By Denise Morrison Yearian Competition can sharpen kids’ skills and drive them to achieve their personal best. But when undue emphasis is placed on winning and excelling, it can be detrimental to a child and his relationship with others. As a result, the child...

Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

What parents and caregivers should know about Pokémon Go By Michelle Talsma Everson It just debuted two months ago but Pokémon Go has become the biggest mobile game in U.S. history, according to a recent infographic released by Touchstone Research. With millions of...

Teens Making a Difference

This past spring, 32 Arizona teens took home the highest award in Girl Scouting: the Gold Award. “One of the most impactful parts of Girl Scouting is earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. “This...

Backyard Fantasy

Compiled by Michelle Talsma Everson Springtime in Arizona, it’s the perfect time of year to be outdoors—and, what better way to start your outdoor adventure than in your own backyard? With the weather near perfect, now is the ideal time of year to create a paradise to...

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