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All Families Can Afford This FREE Exhibit at Arte Italia

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When I wrote the book “100 Things to Do in Reno Before You Die,” I wrote about “Thing” #77, arte italia, almost entirely from the perspective of their culinary arts programs — a few times a year, the downtown destination invites revered visiting chefs to cook for lucky attendees in …

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Modern Day Meltdowns

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  If you’re like me, I was raised in the era of stern voices and spanking. Just the threat of the wooden spoon and we snapped into order. But what we know now begs for a different tactic on this discipline style. Spanking and yelling at kids teaches them that …

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Back-to-School Shopping? Don’t Forget the Floss!

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It’s hard to believe another summer break has come to a close for most of our kids, yet here it is. Though my own children are now in college, I will never forget the days of school supply lists and figuring out what they would be wearing on their first days …

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Recognizing Speech Delays in Your Child

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Kids are a hilarious, exceptional, a miracle. I give my 8-month old a leaf and she’s happy for about two hours to just wave it around in front of her face. She is growing every minute, every second, and watching her change and develop is so unbelievably exciting. All of …

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Testing the Waters at Silver Bear Swim School

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I didn’t learn to swim until I was 11 years old. I remember being frustrated when I went to the pool with my friends and I couldn’t hang out with them in the deep end as easily. There was one time, I remember trying to play “lifeguard” with my cousin and …

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Why Water Wings Are The Devil

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It’s that time of year again, when we all start hitting the pools, and the lifeguard in me starts fuming when I see kids bobbing around in the pool in water wings, life vests and suits with flotation inserts. Why? As a former swim coach, instructor, pool manager, and lifeguard, …

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Keeping Older Kids Busy During The Summer

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Summer is fast approaching. As a mom who works from home full time, I’m a bit nervous about the kids being home while I’m trying to work a full-time job. OK, a lot nervous. Up until now, every summer I had the kids booked in camps for most of the summer, …

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