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August 16, 2016

Breastfeeding: Let’s be honest

by Kelly Hamilton As a first time mom who aimed to breastfeed exclusively, I’m proud to say I’ve made it ten months so far, and I intend to keep going. While I might not say I’m going strong, I’m still going, and my daughter is healthy. In the grand scheme […]
August 9, 2016

The stuff in between

by Mary Cornforth Cawood Tomorrow is the first day of school. For the past week, we parents have been scrambling to buy school supplies, schedule check-ups, haircuts, teeth cleanings and whatever else we need to do to get through the next few months with our sanity relatively intact.  We are […]
July 26, 2016

Beat the Heat

by Lindsay Maurer It’s summer.  The season that is between spring and fall, the hottest part of the year, the best season, the worst season.  However you want to describe it, we all have a common thought in mind: STAYING COOL.  As someone who spends a lot of time outdoors […]
March 21, 2016

Mom(ME) Time: Finding Balance in Motherhood

by Lindsay Mauer EP, LMT, CKTP Moms everywhere tend to put themselves on the bottom of the priority list. Well, it’s time that mom puts herself on the top rung of that ladder. What we won’t do for ourselves we will do for our children. Do you want them to […]
March 9, 2016

MYOP Sunday Dinners

by Heather Gerson What’s for dinner?  On Sunday nights, I like to have an early family dinner but I don’t always have the time to cook after a weekend filled with activities.  I like to get everyone settled and to bed early on Sunday nights because it is very likely […]
December 7, 2015

Put to the test by holiday stress

by Mary Cornforth Cawood The calendar is filling and it is only December 1.  I already feel behind. According to my kids, we are the only ones who do not have any decorations up.  Did I mention it is only December 1? My mom used to have a rule that […]
November 9, 2015

Ride like a girl. No – like a Mom!

By Melissa Muhr There is nothing like racing your bike under the hot desert sun. You’re in the gate and your mind is racing. You ask yourself, what am I doing? I’m a 33-year-old wife and stay- at-home mother of two. What if I crash and break something? Who is […]
January 23, 2015

How to be a ‘good’ parent

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place No matter how many little siblings you grew up with, how many kids you babysat over the years, how many child development books you’ve read, you will never truly be prepared for parenthood when it happens. That’s because being a parent is likely to be […]
January 15, 2015

It’s time to talk about something unpleasant

By Fran Parker / Mesa County Health Department A month ago, I was intrigued when my friend Sherry told me about this year’s selection for the One Book, One Mesa County program. Mesa County Libraries’ choice for this year’s literary event was Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by […]
December 17, 2014

‘She’s starving herself to death’

By Fran Parker / Mesa County Health Department My mother died at the end of October at the age of 87. She didn’t “pass away” or “expire” or “depart.” She died. I’ve never understood why people use euphemisms rather than talk directly about death. Her death certificate says she died […]
November 20, 2014

The science and joy of making a mess

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place Little kids and messes. Well, they’re kind of a package deal. As adults, we all have different levels of tolerance for messiness, but in general, we like it a lot less than kids. We dislike it so much that we sometimes go to great lengths […]
August 8, 2014

School lunches even a mom can love

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place If you live in Mesa County, chances are your kids are back at school. And “back-to-school” for many of us means “back-to-trying-to-come-up-with-healthy-lunches-that-my-kids-willl-actually-eat.” Lunches that get eaten and lunches that are healthy, however, are not mutually exclusive. Like so many other things, it often comes down […]
June 30, 2014

Camping: One of the great joys of summer

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place Of all the things to love about summer, perhaps my favorite is that it’s family camping season. Sticky s’mores fingers, smoky campfire hair, endless games of Uno, rainstorms that force us to read our books and nap all afternoon … I pretty much love it […]
May 27, 2014

Service doesn’t always feel like work

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place (JUCO/STRiVE photos by Jim Cox)   I recently had the enjoyable experience of attending a picnic at The Botanical Gardens of Western Colorado, where JUCO teams and STRiVE clients and staff ate, played and bonded on a perfect spring evening. I brought my family, along […]
April 24, 2014

The power of teaching your baby to sign

By Sarah Johnson/The Parenting Place   I’ve always thought babies are a lot smarter than most of us give them credit for. Consider for a moment that 90 percent of a child’s brain is formed in the first three years of life, and more than 700 new neural connections are […]