Education: A Choice Decision

By Denise Yearian There are a host of reasons why parents decide to send their child to a particular school. Here in Arizona, there is a plethora of choices, including the local public school, public charters and private schools. For some it is a smaller...

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...

Progress Meter

As parents, there are numerous growth and development milestones we watch for to know our children are healthy and on track. For example, we chart their height and weight and anxiously await their first steps and first words, and we can’t help but compare our children...

Learning Starts Early

By Ofelia Gonzalez When Lisa Zorita’s daughter was born, the Phoenix business woman put her career on hold to care full-time for Catalina. “My primary role while she was young was to be present for her,” Zorita says, adding that she had no idea all that would entail....

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...

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...

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