Monday, November 4, 2013 1:32 pm
One of my dearest friends recently gave birth to twin baby boys. Although I haven’t seen them in person, I have seen photos and I can vouch that they are indeed the cutest little things. They’ve got jiggley jowls and rolls of chub and big, curious eyes. Before they were born, my friend wondered whether they’d be identical. As it turns out, they’re not; one has blue eyes and the other has brown. The less observant among us can also tell them apart based on their arms. One baby was born without an arm from the elbow down, the result of amniotic band syndrome. Like me, my friend is a huge fan of all things Disney and so when the doctor delivered the news, she couldn’t help but think of her son’s stub as his “lucky fin”, like Nemo’s. As you can tell, my friend took the news in stride and focused immediately on the blessings these boys have brought into her life.
Thursday, October 3, 2013 4:44 am
(NAPSI)—The phrase “child’s play” means something very different today than it did 10 years ago. According to a report by the Institute for the Future called “Transformative Changes for Children at Play,” from 1981 to 2003, young people had nine less hours of free time per week—and they’ve got even less today. Their time is spent online and on devices—with access to an average of 12 apps at all times—and they are visually literate, preferring things like YouTube video instruction over reading articles.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 4:00 am
The morning was unusually quiet.
Friday, September 13, 2013 2:24 pm
I read a blog post earlier this week in which the author suggested sixteen things kids should decide for themselves. The first thing he named was religion. His point was very succinct; basically he stated that parents should take their children to church (synagogue, temple, etc) in the early years and then let the child decide beyond that whether or not he or she would like to pursue that religion. As a churchgoing mother of four, I most vehemently disagree. My oldest daughter is nineteen and was raised going to church and Sunday school regularly. In high school, she also participated in youth group. Her participation was mandatory and nonnegotiable. The same is true and will continue to be true for her three younger siblings.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 4:00 am
Close to 700,000 Americans live with a disease for which they may never see a cure.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 9:05 am
1. BULGER CONVICTED IN BOSTON MOB KILLINGS
Monday, August 12, 2013 10:52 am
I read an article the other day about how we, as parents, tend to sell our kids short in regard to the household chores they are perfectly capable of completing, even from a very young age. The piece I read suggested that a child as young as six could cook scrambled eggs. Or that an eight-year-old could wash the family car. I totally agree. A six-year-old could scramble a few eggs and an eight-year-old could wash a car. Of course, that six-year-old might burn the house to the ground in the process and the eight-year-old may very well leave the front windshield so stained with hard water spots that you can’t see through it to save your life. But, eh, who am I to split hairs.
Monday, July 22, 2013 11:14 am
I’m teaching my daughter to drive. Again. And no, it’s not a remedial driving course because the first lessons didn’t take. Rather, we’re starting all over with a second daughter—my newly-permitted driver. She just got her permit this week and I’ve allowed her to take the driver’s seat twice, which equates to about two times too many.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 4:00 am
As a child, Marana resident Linda Williams had the odds piled against her. Alongside her six siblings, Williams grew up in poverty in a two-bedroom, one bathroom trailer on Tucson’s south side. Her mother was an immigrant who didn’t speak English. Her father struggled with alcoholism. The family had no hot water, no neighbors, and no other relatives living in the United States.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 4:00 am
The country is having an important debate about how much of our personal information the government should collect. The privacy issue is making for strange political bedfellows, with people on the left and right staking out a wide range of positions. But regardless of political stripe, we all should be able to agree that no one should be gathering private and personal information about our children to put onto one gigantic national database, right?
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 4:00 am
On Sunday, we will honor all the dads out there for Father’s Day. For many, the dad is overshadowed by mothers but plays such a key role in the growth and development of our children that they should never be forgotten.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:00 am
The following is a Facebook post on one of my grandsons’ Facebook page. “My beautiful mom she means the world to me I don’t know what I‘d do without her! I have the BEST MOM IN THE UNIVERSE!!!” It also had a picture of her smiling and making a victory sign. This brought tears to my eyes. This grandson has grown through a pretty difficult life and I realize the depth of his statement. He is 20 now, has his own apartment, works as an assistant manager for Jimmy John’s, attends Pima County Community College, and is an aspiring artist.
Friday, April 26, 2013 8:34 am
Q: I saw your video on how to turn off in-app purchases (http://youtu.be/9P4wFB6d7gM), but what if I want to allow my son to buy age appropriate items on his iPod touch but limit how much he can spend? — Daniel
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 1:04 pm
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:00 am
Do you wish those late-night TV commercials for magic anti-aging serums were true? Well, if you’re looking for a miracle cure that can make you look and feel younger, as well as help prevent disease and increase your lifespan, then look no further than the nearest gym.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:44 am
Following the viewing of “Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” at the request of many of my friends, I promptly drove to the nearest post office, bought a stamp, and mailed off my man card.
Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:46 am
When my youngest daughter was born nearly 13 years ago it was only a matter of hours before they told me she likely had Down syndrome. I distinctly remember lying in the hospital bed—that tiny, almond-eyed babe in my arms—worrying about the future. I didn’t know enough then to worry about the things that mattered: potential heart defects, behavioral issues and increased risk of countless health conditions. My focus, instead, was centered on fears of how Down syndrome would color the lives of my two older girls. My heart broke as I imagined the teasing they would face—the hardships that might come hand-in-hand with having a sister with an intellectual disability.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 3:29 pm
Growing up, there were some things my mom was not good at. To her, anything that came from a box and had to be mixed at home qualified as “from scratch” cooking or baking. My brothers and I grew up thinking it was perfectly normal to eat cold cereal for dinner. What? Is it not?
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 1:27 pm
Side two opens with "Opus Insert" and the harmonies within the song are truly what makes the song great. This is one of my favorite tracks on the record and it is a musical journey from start to finish by steering past typical song structure. The songs message is a powerful one, and the music conveys it perfectly with the lyrics. Lyrically, the song deals with social relationships between people as the artist associates each person with a book, each one having stories to tell and lessons to learn from their individual lives. The words also show that there is so much more to each person beyond just what we hear from them in normal conversation as shown in the verse "between all the lines, so much that you can find." The song encourages us as individuals to use this information to speak with and learn from others, going on to say that though there are so many people with so many stories to tell, many of them are living "empty lives" where so much information never gets the opportunity to be shared.
Friday, June 29, 2012 1:59 pm
Kicking off the Independence Day festivities this Friday, June 29, The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain will be hosting a whole weekend of dining and entertainment for guests big and small. Friday evening features a CORE Wine Experience for adults, and a Cosmic Slide Party at the pool for all ages.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 12:00 am
Barrel racing may be a true sport of the West, but its appeal is
universal, and its popularity spans the ages from child to adult
for men and women.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 11:00 pm
Three candidates are running for two seats on the Amphitheater
Unified School District governing board on the Tuesday, Nov. 2
ballot. All candidates were asked: "How do you approach continuing
to offer quality education with a decreasing budget?" Their answers
are presented in alphabetical order.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:00 pm
'Founding Fathers,' Constitution poster given to local
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:00 pm
A correlation between poverty, incarceration rate can be
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 11:00 pm
New principal at Rattlesnake Ridge school