Training for success
Why chores are important for children

By Sandy McDaniel A parent is training each child to be a successful human being. Success in one’s personal life usually involves living in a home or apartment, which must be cared for. Beds need changing, dishes need washing, floors need mopping, furniture needs dusting, bathrooms need cleaning, rugs need vacuuming, etc. If your children,…

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Throw a party
Don’t spend a big bundle of cash

By Melanie Nelson Why is it that birthday parties always end up costing more time, energy and money than you planned? I think that sometimes, as moms, we get caught up in the “Pinterest-Perfect” mindset, meaning that everything has to look and be perfect in order for anyone to have fun. I, too, get caught…

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FLC & BUGS
Teaching kids a love of the natural world

Caption for Children in Outdoor Preschool: Children in the Outdoor Preschool program enjoy playing and learning in nature at the Foothills Learning Center. (Photo provided by FLC) By Gaye Bunderson Nature surrounds us and, yet, we frequently fail to experience it to the fullest. Helping people of all ages get the most from nature’s bounty…

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Summer fun
‘Messy play’ and its many benefits

By Macaile Hutt Summer is now here after what felt like an endless cold season, so I thought it would be fitting to share some fun and easy summer activities to get outside, promote messy play, and stimulate the sensory systems of our kiddos. It’s important to encourage messy play anytime we can to help…

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Top 5
Must-haves for your baby … and why

By Heidi Christianson There are many lists and must-have items for expecting parents, but how much of this baby gear do you really need for the first six months? Besides a safely installed car seat, diapers, and breast milk orformula, here are the top 5 must-haves for parents-to-be: Co-sleeper: Instead of a crib, which might…

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