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While the 2020-2021 school year has come to a close, there are plenty of ways for local students to keep learning during the summer months. Local educators said keeping kids academically engaged during the summer can help them grow as learners, as well as make the transition back to school in the fall a little...
“I don’t know how you do your job every day.” “I have children. I couldn’t do it knowing kids are being hurt.” “How do you do this work day in and day out?” People who work in child welfare hear these comments often. But my answer is always the same. “If I don’t do it,...
While the 2020-2021 school year has come to a close, there are plenty of ways for local students to keep learning during the summer months. Local educators said keeping kids academically engaged during the summer can help them grow as learners, as well as make the transition back to school in the fall a little...
Want to encourage kids to move more? The latest technology, gear and apps can help make movement and exercise fun. Here’s how: Learn online From dance to yoga to martial arts, there are a range of online classes available that are designed just for kids. These are perfect for a time when there remain extracurricular...
W ith the encouragement and support of parents, a love of learning can begin early and last a lifetime. To inspire kids to have fun while learning this summer, consider the following tips: Reward curiosity. Children naturally are curious, and the way you respond to their questions, stories and observations about the world around them...
Before you know it, summer will be in full swing. And even though the past year didn’t play out quite like parents might have expected, many will be looking for activities to keep their keep kids’ brains and bodies active once the school year wraps up. Here are a few ideas, with additional resources to...
For the past year, many of us have lived, played, worked and gone to school at home, making clutter inevitable — especially when it comes to kids’ bedrooms and playrooms. No matter how many times parents tell their children to clean their rooms, the collection of clothes, schoolwork and toys seems to build endlessly. Take...
Before you know it, summer will be in full swing. And even though the past year didn’t play out quite like parents might have expected, many will be looking for activities to keep their keep kids’ brains and bodies active once the school year wraps up. Here are a few ideas, with additional resources to...
Before you know it, summer will be in full swing. And even though the past year didn’t play out quite like parents might have expected, many will be looking for activities to keep kids’ brains and bodies active once the school year wraps up. Here are a few ideas, with additional resources to help parents...
Before you know it, summer will be in full swing. And even though the past year didn’t play out quite like parents might have expected, many will be looking for activities to keep kids’ brains and bodies active once the school year wraps up. Here are a few ideas, with additional resources to help parents...
There is a close-up photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking from a podium, holding on to it firmly as if he is leaning in to the enormous task ahead. In the new book, “That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World,” that photo is paired with a portrait of Rochelle Riley’s grandson,...
Katherine and Rebekah have seven children between them, degrees in education and psychology, experience as educators and developmental therapists. Parenting experts, right? No, we’re all amateurs. As mother (Katherine) and daughter (Rebekah), we believe “children should be seen but not heard” is pond scum advice. But we also have contrasting experiences. In the 1980s, Katherine...
“When I have kids, they are not going to watch TV.” “When I have kids, they are not going to have such an extreme number of toys.” “Oh, I will never let my kid play video games.” “iPad? Are you kidding me? Never will my kid’s beautiful little eyes be exposed to a screen.” These...
When you’re looking at the college admissions timeline, now is the time for parents to be planning ahead. There are two key items that need to be addressed: Campus visits This is when families need to get serious about which colleges they plan on visiting during spring break, if it’s possible. Surprisingly, some college tours...
Children look forward to opening birthday presents and gifts for special occasions. However, there are some things to keep in mind to make sure gifts are safe and appropriate. To help you make savvy selections, PlaySafe.org from The Toy Association, a leading site for toy safety information, is offering the following guidance: Avoid shady sellers...
With kids and teens spending more time online than ever these days due to social distancing guidelines and remote-learning, you might believe the time is now to graduate them to their very own device. However, as a result of all that additional screen time, families should be doubly sure that kids use their devices safely...
The words “empty nest” have become so synonymous with children leaving home that psychologists even have a term for the parental depression that often accompanies it: Empty nest syndrome. Although we know from the moment they’re born that raising a child to be an independent soul is the end goal, letting go can be painful....
1. Thou shalt offer neither suggestions nor commentary regarding names for thy expected grandchild, even if the proffered name is that of a fruit, an animal or a day of the week. 2. Thou shalt not permit thy grandchild to cheat at games; neither shall thee stop playing until said grandchild has won. 3. Thou...
While pregnancy can be a joyful time, there can be a lot to think about. Whether you’re a first time parent or you have a growing brood, welcoming your newest family member is a big task. Here are some tips for staying organized throughout the process: Do your research While certain parenting skills are intuitive,...
Katherine and Rebekah have seven children between them, degrees in education and psychology, experience as educators and developmental therapists. Parenting experts, right? No, we’re all amateurs. As mother (Katherine) and daughter (Rebekah), we believe “children should be seen but not heard” is pond scum advice. But we also have contrasting experiences. In the 1980s, Katherine...
1. Thou shalt offer neither suggestions nor commentary regarding names for thy expected grandchild, even if the proffered name is that of a fruit, an animal or a day of the week. 2. Thou shalt not permit thy grandchild to cheat at games; neither shall thee stop playing until said grandchild has won. 3. Thou...
The words “empty nest” have become so synonymous with children leaving home that psychologists even have a term for the parental depression that often accompanies it: Empty nest syndrome. Although we know from the moment they’re born that raising a child to be an independent soul is the end goal, letting go can be painful....
“When I have kids, they are not going to watch TV.” “When I have kids, they are not going to have such an extreme number of toys.” “Oh, I will never let my kid play video games.” “iPad? Are you kidding me? Never will my kid’s beautiful little eyes be exposed to a screen.” These...
There is a close-up photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking from a podium, holding on to it firmly as if he is leaning in to the enormous task ahead. In the new book, “That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World,” that photo is paired with a portrait of Rochelle Riley’s grandson,...
Children look forward to opening birthday presents and gifts for special occasions. However, there are some things to keep in mind to make sure gifts are safe and appropriate. To help you make savvy selections, PlaySafe.org from The Toy Association, a leading site for toy safety information, is offering the following guidance: Avoid shady sellers...
With kids and teens spending more time online than ever these days due to social distancing guidelines and remote-learning, you might believe the time is now to graduate them to their very own device. However, as a result of all that additional screen time, families should be doubly sure that kids use their devices safely...
During cold and flu season and amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be more medicines in homes being used to treat symptoms. You can keep curious kids safe by keeping medicine up and away and out of sight and reach. The Up and Away campaign, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
The New Year is the perfect time to hit “reset” and start over with fresh dental habits that can help improve your health. “As we move into the new year, so many of us are looking at our health and wellness through a new lens,” said Ruchi Sahota, American Dental Association spokesperson. “Your oral and...
We are celebrating the winter holidays during a unique time in our history. There are many feelings swirling in our minds as we contemplate what life will look like in the weeks ahead — worry, fear, confusion, anger and sadness to name a few. While most of us want to make this holiday season as...
We are celebrating the winter holidays during a unique time in our history. There are many feelings swirling in our minds as we contemplate what life will look like in the weeks ahead — worry, fear, confusion, anger and sadness to name a few. While most of us want to make this holiday season as...
November is the month that we celebrate Thanksgiving and is a time when we are seasonally prompted to reflect on gratitude and the many things we are thankful to have in our lives. Gratitude, however, doesn’t have to be relegated to just one month of the year. In addition to simply being a humbling and...
As we prepare for gift giving, I would like to share some thoughts with you about the most precious gift you can give when caregiving. Presence can mean many things to each of us. I am referring to presence in caregiving, which the caregiver is fully engaged as they care for another. Presence is the...
Of all the gifts my parents bestowed upon me, the greatest is the love of reading. Reading can be life-affirming, arousing, argument-provoking, even terrifying. I can still hear my father, looking down through wire-rim glasses, licking his forefinger to turn the thin pages, then in an ominous voice that almost was a whisper, reading the...
As we prepare for gift giving, I would like to share some thoughts with you about the most precious gift you can give when caregiving. Presence can mean many things to each of us. I am referring to presence in caregiving, which the caregiver is fully engaged as they care for another. Presence is the...
“Never in the history of calming down has anyone calmed down by being told to calm down.” A truer statement probably has never been said, and yet, we often ignore these words when interacting with others — especially children — who are experiencing strong emotions. “Calm down.” “You’re overreacting.” “It’s not that big of a...
(Almost) all I ever needed to know, I learned from babysitters — that is, having one, being one and hiring many. My parents were homebodies, and my sister and I only had one babysitter when we were growing up: Mrs. Piermont from across the street. Oh, how to capture her in words. The smeared bifocals...
Parents vary widely in the diets and nutrition they believe to be best for their families. Dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and vegetarian diets have all become common in our culture, and our grocery store aisles reflect this trend. For many families, it is members with health issues and food allergies that determine which ingredients are...
Self care is important. The old adage that we can’t pour from an empty cup, meaning that we can’t help others with their needs before we’ve met our own, is true for everyone, especially those who care for others. If you’re anything like me, however, you nod your head when people talk about the importance...
“Breastfeeding is an instinctual and natural act, but it is also an art that is learned day by day.” — La Leche League Becoming pregnant, giving birth and breastfeeding a baby can be defining moments in a woman’s life. Breastfeeding as an art form is illustrated through the intricate dance of communication between a baby...
There is a wonderful children’s picture book about a little girl who prides herself on being perfect. Every day when she awakes, she puts on matching socks, performs her chores without error and makes a sandwich with an exact 1:1 ratio of peanut butter to jelly. When she steps out the door on her way...
“There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story.” — Tyrion Lannister, “Game of Thrones.” Stories are a universal part of the human experience. The exchange of stories has taken place since human beings first started communicating. Ancient ancestors passed down cultural histories through oral storytelling, and village elders taught children morals and...
I recently heard a story about a couple who had to cancel their anniversary celebration vacation to Las Vegas because of the pandemic. My heart broke for them. I think many can relate to this disappointment of canceling a vacation. I already have had to cancel two trips to Orlando, Fla., a wedding in Sweden...
My husband, Kevin, and I had the most fun traveling pre-kids during our camping trips. We had a big travel trailer that we would haul around to all sorts of different destinations. We would leave on Thursday afternoons and come home on Sunday nights. It seemed as though the entire summer literally was a vacation...
Today, many parents are seeking ways to keep their kids engaged and learning beyond the schoolwork remotely assigned by teachers. Here are a few fun and creative ways you can use the power of the written word to help create special moments for kids, while imparting valuable lessons: Share life skills Adjusting to this new...
W ith the unprecedented closure of schools in the area in response to COVID-19, parents are faced with the challenge of keeping their children from boredom. The struggle is real. We feel you. We reached out through social media to Dubuque-area parents to find out what they’ve been doing to keep gray matter and creative...
Imaginative play has long been the trademark of childhood. Dolls, tea parties, dress-up, pretend battles and action figures are what many of us associate with good, old-fashioned child’s play. Parents today face intense criticism about the amount of time children are spending on electronic devices when they could be engaging in imaginative play. Technology has...
In the raising of her twin 9-year-olds, an ongoing question persists for Stacy Raap: When does she give them their first cellphone? They already have classmates that have phones. But she is certain that now is not the right time. “We haven’t set out an age when we think they should get a phone,” Raap...
During the past several years, the word YET has been popping up in classrooms across the country. “I don’t know how to add big numbers YET, but I will learn if I keep listening in math” wrote one first-grader. “Writing in cursive isn’t easy for me YET,” stated a third-grader. “But I’ll get better if...
Parenting — one of the hardest things I have ever done, with hardly enough training. (Marriage is the other.) Now, I had some training. I read all of the parenting books. I attended Lamaze classes. And I would have watched all of the videos and subscribed to the blogs if they would have been available...
Screen time is a hot topic for parents and researchers alike. While digital devices are the norm, and children can certainly use them to their benefit, parents can also help children learn healthy digital habits. Research is working out the long-term impact of devices on children. Here’s what’s known so far, and what you as...
Three-year old Kyra Waterman already is a seasoned globetrotter. She has traveled to Hawaii, Sri Lanka and South Africa with her parents, Brock and Becky. And she’s about to add another stamp to her passport. The Dubuque family will be traveling to Belize this month, and Kyra will have a fellow traveling companion in 8-month-old...
I remember the date like it was yesterday. It was Nov. 1, 2010. My husband, Kevin, and I were celebrating our two-year anniversary, and I was hung over as hell. I remember us going to dinner at a fondue restaurant and him giving me a diamond pendant necklace. We both were excited to finally say...
Having a baby typically is one of the happiest times in a couple’s lives but also one of the most transformative experiences a couple will go through. No longer is a couple focused only on each other, but now, they are responsible for the care of a newborn. While this can bring great joy, it...
Whether it’s dance lessons, computer projects, art class or yoga, kids are busy bees. But experts say that many aren’t spending enough time doing something much simpler and every bit as important as structured programming: Playing outdoors. “Finding time for the kids to play outside can be such a challenge for parents,” says Keri Wilmot,...
Parents today might be a bit conflicted when it comes to the best ways to discipline their children. On one hand, they are urged to be aware of the whole child and to use positive discipline techniques when it comes to molding young minds. On the other hand, however, parents often are criticized for being...
Whether it’s dance lessons, computer projects, art class or yoga, kids are busy bees. But experts say that many aren’t spending enough time doing something much simpler and every bit as important as structured programming: Playing outdoors. “Finding time for the kids to play outside can be such a challenge for parents,” says Keri Wilmot,...
While the gear, clothes and toys kids possess are signs of a joyful childhood, keeping it organized is essential for health, safety and even fun. Here are eight tips to clean up the clutter: Provide bins: Organize toys, art supplies and games. While clear bins make it easy to identify contents, colorful bins are visually...
This holiday season, keep in mind that what your children play with can have a large impact on their interests and brain development. So when it comes to a walk down the toy aisle, parents are becoming more discerning, leading smart toy makers to design toys with a learning component that‘s equally as important as...
When it comes to putting a smile on kids’ faces during the holiday season, video games are a pretty safe bet. So, how do you make buying decisions that make both kids and parents happy? And how do you choose video games that are fun for kids, but also safe and educational? Here is what...
Play is important for everyone, no matter their age. And when grandparents, parents and children play together, that’s where the real benefits of unstructured fun are discovered. “Play time with adults of different ages is not just a chance for families to bond, these interactions with positive role models can help children develop a range...
A large amount of food in the U.S. is never eaten. However, there are many easy ways families and communities can eliminate food waste in their daily lives, while also protecting the environment. Each year, more than 66 trillion gallons of water is used to produce food that is estimated to be lost or wasted....
School supply sales are in full swing, which means it’s time for the kids to go back to school. This can be an exciting time for children and their parents. But for some families, this time of year can be flooded with stress and anxiety. The 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health found a wide...
For many area students, the past two months have been filled with basking in the sun, vacations, sleeping in and a much more relaxed schedule. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. It’s August, and we’ve all seen the back-to-school ads. With a new school year comes new challenges for parents and children....
Even after years of encouraging girls to become more involved in science, technology, engineering and math, women remained underrepresented in those fields. The most prevalent discrepancy is in the science and engineering careers, according to a 2017 Girls Collaborate Project study. Whereas the overall workforce breaks down 50% men and 47% women, in the S&E...
Every parent has a plan for introducing little ones to something new, and brushing their teeth and teaching a good oral care routine is no different. The makers of CloSYS toothpaste, oral rinses and oral sprays offer tips and insight on starting kids off right when it comes to oral care. 1 Baby teeth erupt...
Dubuque author and illustrator Lindsey Chapman has published her second children’s book, “Clark & Cleo.” It features a giraffe that has trouble making friends at school because she’s self-conscious about how she looks. She learns not to dwell on her physical features, and instead, to focus on being kind to others and to herself. Her...
Ah, yes. Back-to-school. Back to early morning scrambles to make it out the door. Back to book bags, new shoes and sack lunches. Back to the normal routine. I know for some that your routine is anything but routine. Rushing here and there, juggling schedules for yourself and multiple kids. Healthy, home-cooked meals often don’t...
Someone once asked me when I was seven months pregnant with my second set of twins, “Did you know that the divorce rate for couples with multiples is 70%?” Umm … no. But thanks for letting me know. So basically, my chance for divorce then is 140%? OK. Listen, marriage is work. It is hard...
At your child’s next check-up, don’t be surprised if your pediatrician recommends a healthy dose of play. Beyond the typical preventive care strategies for healthy child development, more pediatricians are recognizing play’s multifaceted benefits. Play is fundamentally important for developing 21st century skills, including social, emotional, language and cognitive skills, according to a recent clinical...
The definition of an overachiever is someone who goes above and beyond their daily responsibilities to make a positive impact on the world. Celebrated actor, author and humanitarian Priyanka Chopra Jonas is a true overachiever. As the new G2 Overachievers spokesperson, she is sharing tips for discovering the overachiever in all of us and how...
A vacation from school is no excuse for a vacation from thinking. Not only can learning be made fun, but you also can avoid a rusty return to school by keeping kids’ minds active all summer long. Here are a few fun ways to make thinking and learning a priority, while not detracting from the...
For families — and everybody else for that matter — protecting skin should be a top summer priority. After all, there is no shortage of summer skin woes you’ll want to avoid. From protecting skin from sun to repelling disease-carrying insects, here are some top insights that will help you and your family enjoy a...
Summer is on the horizon. And you know what that means. It’s time to start planning that vacation … from your kids. You love them to bits. But even the strongest of parents needs a break from time to time. And a smattering of area summer activities not only provides that but also offers ideas...
For parents of campers heading to sleepaway camp, spring can mean a whole lot of shopping, finding duffel bags, labeling clothes, packing… And then they’re off! And THEN it’s time to think about popping a little something in the mail so your camper can have the thrill of receiving a care package. But what to...
Kids spend hours having fun at day camp, their summer schedules brimming with swimming, boating and aiming for that bull’s-eye. Through all the laughs and memory-making, though, they’re also getting something else: a boost to their social development. “Because there is so much social interaction, you see an acceleration of kids’ friendship skills, conflict resolution...
Inclusion is a core value shared by many summer camps, and in recent years there’s been a lot of discussion in the camp community about how to help transgender and gender-nonconforming youth succeed. Tom Rosenberg, president and chief executive officer of the American Camp Association, says the group is doing more every year to support...
For thousands of teens, the ideal summer camp has nothing to do with roasting s’mores over a fire. It’s about devoting an intensive week or two — or maybe the entire summer — on a college campus, immersed in the world of policy debate. Researching and practicing arguments in a top-notch university library. Getting a...
Molly Coyle is playing Mom to the best of her ability as she and her husband, Tom, raise four girls, ages 8 and younger. She stays at home, as her mother was able to do. She is the disciplinarian and shares in getting the girls to their many activities. And she knows that, even though...
When her first baby was ready to eat solids, Briana Cushman turned to the same food many other parents have — rice cereal. Early on, though, the rural Dubuque mom began second-guessing her approach. Especially when her son’s iron count came back low. “I was already cooking from scratch for my husband and me, and...
When it comes to car travel, families know that keeping baby safe and happy is essential. Understanding the latest expert recommendations is one of the best ways to help keep children as safe as possible. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its recommendation on how long children should ride in rear-facing car seats. The...
You are told to embrace your postpartum figure. Your body has done a miraculous thing by growing a new life, and the process of giving birth is even more incredible. This is all true, and I’ll be honest, in the immediate weeks following the birth of each of my four darling girls, I was not...
Bringing home a new baby is a big adjustment and can feel overwhelming for parents, particularly when it comes to safety. While certain statistics can be alarming — there are approximately 3,600 sudden unexpected infant deaths yearly in the U.S., according to the most recent government statistics — parents can take comfort in knowing that...
The pregnancy test came back positive. The gender announcement party has taken place. Now, it’s time to decorate the nursery and do some baby-proofing to welcome your new arrival. Room theme Do you need a theme for the nursery? It’s up to you. A newborn isn’t going to notice the theme until they are older....
Leo, Lincoln, Nora and Amelia topped the list of local baby names in 2018, according to data from Dubuque’s hospitals. Leo was the most popular boy’s name at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center, and Nora, the most popular girl’s. Lincoln and Amelia were the top names at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital. “I think we’re seeing a trend...
January and February marked frigid and snow-covered months in the tri-states, with school delays, early dismissals and consecutive snow days. We asked moms on our Her — A Magazine for Women Facebook page how they were helping their kiddos pass the time. Here’s what they shared with us: “We’re spending time the best way: Playing...
For many parents, a pacifier is an essential product for soothing baby. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents consider giving a child a pacifier at night and for naps during the first year. But how can you be sure you are choosing the right type of pacifier? With so many options...
For children, social-emotional development is one of their most valuable aspects. Focus on toys for preschoolers that will build children’s empathy, communication skills and the ability to resolve conflicts and navigate challenges. Here are a few ideas: Experiential A petting zoo can be a great place for kids to learn about compassion. A puppet show...
Some people are content being single. But for those who are actively looking for a significant other, Valentine’s Day can be a frustrating and even depressing day because it reminds them they have not been successful in their quest. “Don’t fall for the illusion that the world was suddenly overtaken by loving, happy couples eating...
When it comes to celebrating their wedding, many couples are forgoing tradition to reflect their unique personalities. “There’s really nothing that’s the common way to do things anymore,” said Nicole Dempewolf, catering coordinator at Hotel Julien Dubuque. “Don’t be afraid to be creative. Do what creates a fun day and fun environment for you, and...

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