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Painting for Compassion at Urban Roots Teaching Farm Delivers Messages of Hope

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On Saturday, the community is invited to come together for a special art project at the Urban Roots Teaching Farm, Painting For Compassion that is spreading positive messages of support and hope to the community while offering information and resources about suicide prevention. This event grew from a child’s question. Caroline …

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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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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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The Yoga Pod Student Pass: A Great Way to Enjoy Yoga Together!

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I avoided yoga for most of my life, but when Yoga Pod opened close to my house, I went to check it out and bought a 10-class pass. After taking one class, I just knew – I need more of this in my life.   I exchanged that 10-class pass …

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Your Guide to Summer Movie Deals in Northern Nevada

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Panicking about what to do with the kids this summer? You are SO not alone. But one thing I know for certain in the vast and often deserted landscape of parenthood: Kids love movies. And better yet, kids of all ages love movies — older kids, turns out, even find the “way beneath them” …

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Balance is a Lie

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I like to imagine “balance” as this peaceful state of mind. It’s this feeling that everything is occurring in symbiotic coexistence. My life, my work, my personal happiness, it’s all at this serene, cue ocean wave white sound noises. That’s what balance is, right? It’s the perfect (by definition) system, …

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Strategies For Talking To Your Adolescent About Sex

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Childhood is a brilliant time of exploration. Imagination runs wild, and innocent questions or quips likely pepper your dinnertime conversations — and probably at other times, too, such as: brief conversations about “private” parts explaining how girls and boys are different answering the infamous “Where do babies come from?” question Let’s be …

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Reclaiming My Identity with Water Therapy

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They say you can lose your identity when you become a mom, and I do feel that way, because I spend all day every day with my toddler daughter helping her learn and grow. The weekends when dad is home from work, I hope he takes her out of the …

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