Marriage While Parenting

Which is more important, your marriage or your children? The answer is your marriage, and the answer is your children. The answer is neither. The answer is both. The answer, actually, is to begin asking a different question altogether. Our kids should never be more important than our marriage, and they should never be less important…Family is … [Read more...]

Dating After Kids: Couples Connect with Fun

Once you’ve become a parent, planning a date can often feel like more work than it's worth. It can seem like those eagerly anticipated dates of early courtship become fewer and farther between as your relationship matures. However, the more often you orchestrate one-on-one time, the easier it gets. It just might be the key to keeping a relationship … [Read more...]

The Mouth-Watering Magic of Strawberries

Is there anything more delightful than a child’s wide smile…etched in the juice of fresh-from-the-field strawberries? Ripening on the vine by late spring, strawberries are often the first fruit to appear in Northern California and they seem to hold a special allure. Is it the luscious sweetness of these little fruits that makes them so appealing? … [Read more...]

Parent Clubs: The importance of Parent Involvement in Schools

When people think of public school parent clubs, they often picture a group of parents getting together to plan how to fundraise for school supplies, trips and other expenses. However, these clubs do so much more than help offset the costs of programs and resources. Supportive parent involvement is an integral part of creating a positive and … [Read more...]

Boys & Girls Club Opening Doors for Siskiyou County Youth

“It’s about relating to kids with a lot of respect,” says Noam Zimin. “The people involved in Boys & Girls Clubs really, truly care about youth.” These values drew Zimin, a teacher and clay artist with 25 years of worldwide experience working with children, to the Boys & Girls Club. In the last seven years, Zimin has helped bring art back … [Read more...]

Cooperative Preschools Help Families Start School Together

For more than 50 years, parents in Redding and Paradise have formed two cooperative preschools, an arrangement in which parents collectively hire a trained teacher to provide their children with a quality preschool experience. Parents, grandparents or nannies of each child work at the school throughout the week, taking an active role in their … [Read more...]

Be the Change: Shane Romain – Advocating for Chico’s Parks and People

“Children are the next stewards of our earth,” explains Chico Park Services Coordinator Shane Romain. “If they don’t know about nature, they won’t care about or protect it.” Shane works diligently to “artfully present”, or interpret, the beauty and value of nature in ways both children and adults can connect with and respond to. “Our culture has … [Read more...]

Capturing Birthday Memories with a Photo Booth

Birthday parties are a special time to create photo memories that will last forever. However, childrens parties are notoriously chaotic and it can be hard to juggle kids, presents, games and taking photographs all at once. Photo booth rentals are a perfect solution. Capture these cherished moments at your child’s next birthday party with the help … [Read more...]

Rare Air Trampoline Park: A North State Gem for Birthday Fun

Whether your child is a tiny tot or a teenager, Rare Air Trampoline Park is sure to turn your next birthday celebration into a hopping-good time. Owned by Ryan and Rachel Thomas, along with business partner Terry Smith, the park is a one-of-a-kind attraction between Sacramento and Oregon. The grand-opening of this North State gem in spring of 2015 … [Read more...]

A Festive Mess: Creative Birthday Activities For an Unforgettable Party

My husband and I have thrown quite a few awesome birthday parties over the years. However, when reflecting back over all the parties we've hosted, it's clear to me that the most memorable parties were not the most elaborate – or even the most expensive. They were simply the messiest. Messy and birthday parties go together better than you might … [Read more...]