Babysitting on a Budget

Hesitant to empty your bank account for traditional daycare, but not interested in employing the nearest pimply teenager to watch your bundles of joy? We totally get it. Check out these babysitting alternatives that will keep your mind—and wallet—happy. Friends & Family: Family is your […]

All Aboard!

It’s the perfect time of year for a magical journey, and Sacramento’s own California Railroad Museum has got you covered. Just hop on board their Polar Express and enjoy a roundtrip ride to and from the North Pole! Depending on your ticket purchase, you will […]

Beat the Back-to-School Jitters

Ever since she was a little girl, Jane Steinkamp knew that she wanted to become a teacher. She remembers helping her father, an English and German teacher at Stagg High School in Stockton, put up bulletin boards inside his classroom in preparation for the first […]

3 Must-Have Back to School Items

In addition to the laundry list of school supplies every district requires, these extras will make starting school something to get excited about! Monogrammed backpack and lunch pail Let’s face it, kids lose stuff. And sometimes classmates have duplicates. Keep your child organized—and ensure lost […]

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Twinkle Toes Dance Studio

In a world where it’s too easy to plop your child in front of an iPad, TV, or smartphone, physical activity is crucial for both a child’s physical and mental development. Equally important is tending to their capacity for creative expression—fortunately, providing all of this […]

Summer is Booked

Summer is meant for exploration and adventure, so encourage kids to turn off their screens and foster their love of the great outdoors with these new summer releases. These five books explore the world from the wonders of our own nation to faraway seas, towering […]

Princesses with a Purpose

Just three years ago Jennifer Shields stood in the doorway of a dance studio as her six-year-old daughter cried, afraid to join the other students. Now Jennifer watches her confident nine-year-old perform in front of live audiences at events like the Asparagus Festival, even encouraging […]

Fostering Community

Being placed in foster care means losing your support system. It means changing homes and families, schools and friends. For the nearly 1,400 foster care children in San Joaquin County, it can be an isolating experience. This is why Parents by Choice prioritizes creating a […]

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How To: Pack a Lunch

An emphasis on healthy eating, a no-microwave policy, and heavier restrictions on what can and can’t come to school in a lunch box doesn’t make meal planning for school-aged children any easier. Check out these cool tips—and gear!—to make lunchtime more enjoyable, affordable, healthier, and […]

Last Word: Little Miracles

The years are short but the days are long. Why is it every cliché rings truer as I get older? It’s really easy as a parent to become bogged down by the days. Especially in summer when schedules are up in the air and there’s […]

Exspearience Asparagus

Ever been so desperate to get your kids to eat their vegetables that you’ve considered resorting to veggie-based desserts? This year’s Asparagus Festival has the solution to your woes: asparagus churros and asparagus ice cream. This April the popular festival is back to serve up […]

Learning to Speak, Again

Cleaning up your vocabulary is part of getting pregnant. It’s like the day you learn you are with child you start actively avoiding the expletives that probably found their way into your conversations more often than you’d like to admit. And then, you get lucky, […]

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