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Torrence Dunham

Ripley’s Believe it or Not to open at Arizona Boardwalk in Scottsdale

Ripley's Believe It or Not is bringing its popular zany exhibits to Scottsdale when it opens at the Arizona Boardwalk on Feb. 9.
2 years ago
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Free autism screenings could lead to early intervention, help for children

Parents who are concerned that their children may have autism can start a screening process with a phone call so see if early intervention could be beneficial.
2 years ago
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Torrence Dunham

Family of Cave Creek boy with autism performs on Disney’s Fam Jam

An 8-year-old Cave Creek boy with autism and his family will appear on Disney Channel's dance contest show "Fam Jam" Monday night with a chance at $10,000.
2 years ago
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Downtown Chandler to present ‘Sugarland,’ a new holiday display

The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership will debut a brand-new interactive display of decorations at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West from Nov. 28 to Jan. 3.
2 years ago
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KTAR, Arizona Sports to broadcast Bully Free AZ program on Tuesday

The "Bully Free AZ" simulcast on Tuesday will give parents and kids tips on how to identify and help solve the issue of bullying in Arizona.
2 years ago
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Arizona Enrichment Centers adds child care for grocery store employees

Gov. Doug Ducey on announced an expansion of the Arizona Enrichment Centers program to provide child care for grocery store and food bank employees.
3 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

Book can help you talk to your kids about war

As parents, we are constantly inundated with a litany of introspective and surprisingly philosophical questions from our kids. Even as a college graduate (and I like to think a well-versed person), I am very often stumped, as I’m sure many of us are. Now, I didn’t say I was a MENSA member but I know […]
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

You’ll find someone

“Don’t worry, you’ll find someone” I keep hearing this statement. I used to smile politely and say something like “well, hopefully so. I need someone to start paying my bar tabs” and then do a fake laugh (even though it would be nice… booze is expensive, you know.) The last time I heard it was […]
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

The best New Year’s resolution is appreciating your kids

With the new year rapidly approaching, the onslaught of people creating, posting and sharing their resolutions will be upon us.
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

8 realistic things to get your kids this holiday season

If you have ever felt the horrific pain of stepping barefoot on a Lego, you should read this.
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

It’s not about the things, but about the people, on Thanksgiving

This holiday and every day, grab your friends and family and hug them tight.
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

We should take the same fun approach to life as our kids

Kids are cool. Way cool. Cooler than us, in fact.
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

The hell and irony of the school drop-off area

Every morning on the way to take my kids to school, there comes a moment about a mile out where I feel a head-to-toe change come over me.
8 years ago
Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

H A Double P to the Y

I won’t get into details but the bottom line is I’m at a complete loss for most of my waking hours based on specific events that have happened to me lately. As I’m not one to sit around and wallow, I have tried to work on what might help me. I’m sure there is a […]
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

So no one liked your One Direction backpack, so what?

Charlotte Wilson's young daughter marches to the beat of her own drum, even when other children don't like her One Direction backpack.
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

The best parenting advice I ever received

I was a newly-single mom at a trampoline park with my two monkeys.
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

Politics and pigtails

I am sure that just like me you are all beyond sick of the political messages being shouted at us on a daily basis this time of year.
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

How our kids remind us to look for the good in people, life

When I am completely frantic, desperately fighting for pole position in line at school drop-off, sipping on a cup of tepid coffee while barking orders at the children in my backseat like I am Churchill, I try to remember what it was like spending my days with my daughter when she was 3. It always […]
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

Your kids won’t remember bed time, they’ll remember time with you

“T-minus.” My children hear these words all too often at my house. “T-minus 15 minutes until bed.” “T-minus 10 minutes until dinner.” “T-minus one minute before I turn off ‘Dog with a Blog’ and watch ‘TMZ.'” It is a constant countdown to what we need to be doing, when we need to be leaving to […]
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

Robin Williams reminded us all that laughter is the best medicine

Everyone has a favorite character, joke, and imitation, of Robin Williams. For me, it is in “Good Will Hunting” when he tells the story about the first time he met his wife after passing up a Red Sox World Series ticket and the comedic genius of Mrs. Doubtfire — “It was a run-by fruiting!” It […]
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

In this world being taken over by technology, find a breath of fresh air occasionally

I find myself torn by the impact technology has on everyday life, particularly my kids’ lives. I understand it can be a good thing overall but what concerns me is my children being brought up in the midst of this humongous wave of change. My son asks me daily questions that I cannot answer. Like […]
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

Dance to your own tune, and your kids will too

The moment I found out I was going to be a mom was the most magical and terrifying moment I’ve ever had. After I picked my jaw off the floor and started talking to my pinpoint-sized fetus, I was overcome with panic. I say “dude” 24 times a day. I wear Pumas and Wonder Woman […]
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

Family photos can be stressful but in the end are worth it

Family pictures. Are there two more stressful words in the English language? A close second could be root canal or tax day, but I’m pretty sure that combination takes the cake. Just thinking about them gives me a tightening in my chest. I remember two instances specifically from my childhood where I committed the worst […]
8 years ago
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Charlotte Wilson, special contributor to KTAR.com

Not to be judgy, but why must we judge?

I was at my daughter’s soccer game watching her gleefully score a goal for the opposing team when I heard a mom say to her husband, “Oh, don’t forget we need more bento boxes for the kids’ lunches.” Come again? Bento boxes? My daughter ate a spotted banana on the way here. I immediately began […]
9 years ago