Living Abroad with Young Children: One Family’s Pilgrimage to Spain

I thought I was an experienced world traveler having spent time living and working in Europe. But when my Spanish teacher husband first broached the idea of taking a six-month sabbatical in Spain with our three young children, I had a moment of panic. Knowing how difficult it was just to keep my head above water with 5-year-old twins and a … [Read more...]

Choosing Afterschool Activities

The intense demands of schoolwork may cause you to hesitate when it comes to afterschool time. Although you don’t want to overload you child’s schedule, the academic, social and physical benefits of extracurricular programs are hard to ignore. The Afterschool Alliance, an information clearinghouse and advocacy group, reports kids who participate … [Read more...]

Toddlers Need Exercise Too!

Cardio is not only for adults. With the growing childhood obesity problem, it’s important to get your older baby and toddler up and active. It’s easy to do, as young children are naturally motivated to move. A child’s wonder years begin in toddlerhood, says Karen Ronney, a tennis pro, National Special Olympics coach, and mother of three children … [Read more...]

Adopt-A-Class Program Is Accepting Donations For Its 14th Year Bringing The Arts To School Children

For the 14th year, businesses and individuals can enrich schoolchildren’s educational experiences by adopting a local class to see an exciting Field Trip Series performance through the Adopt-A-Class program at CSU, Chico. Every child in the area deserves an opportunity to enjoy the thrill and excitement of a live performance. Linking businesses, … [Read more...]

Famous Artists Program at Turtle Bay Exploration Park

The Famous Artists Program (formerly the Art Docent Program) is designed to serve as a supplement to a kindergarten through eighth grade art program. It complies with the California and National Visual Arts Standards and is used by well over a 100 schools in and outside of California. Its focus is to open a door into the wonderful world created by … [Read more...]

Along Came a Playhouse

As a whole, being given the opportunity to design a playhouse and work with local nonprofit Caring Choices’ Recreation and Dreams for Kids with Cancer Program (RAD) and other local Chico businesses was a pleasant experience. Designing the playhouse gave me the opportunity to put my architecture knowledge of to work. During this process I was also … [Read more...]

Girl Scouts, Celebrating 100 Years

Girl Scouts will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2012, so it is a great time to be part of the organization! The fundamentals of Girl Scouting are the same today as they were in 1912, but the way in which girls participate in the program is constantly evolving to stay current with the changing world and interests of girls. The mission of … [Read more...]

BMX Racing – Playing In The Dirt Has Never Been Such Fun!

What do a 3-year-old boy named Diesel and a 31-year-old woman named Erin have in common? They both spend a couple of evenings a week “playing in the dirt” at the Nor Cal Boomtown BMX track in Shasta Lake City. And they’re not alone. Boys and girls of all ages are spinning their wheels at BMX (Bicycle Motocross) tracks across the nation. The … [Read more...]

Safer Sports: Preventing Sports Injuries in Children

Sports injuries are sidelining more young athletes than ever before, a trend that concerns doctors, coaches and parents. According to the STOP Sports Injury Campaign, 2 million sports injuries strike high school students each year. Doctors are seeing serious injuries in children as young as 5; kids under 14 account for 40 percent of sports-related … [Read more...]

Bullying – An Age-Old Problem But One With Solutions

Confrontations. Unkind Words. Exclusion. Aggression. Harassment. Intimidation. Are these the acts of a bully? It depends, experts say. Conflicts involving one or more of these behaviors are a normal part of growing up and learning social skills. However, educational psychologists and Co-Directors of the Bullying Research Network, Drs. Shelley … [Read more...]