Entries by Amy Carney

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Bearizona Family Fun in Williams, Arizona

Our family spent part of our summer vacation exploring our home state of Arizona. We headed up north a couple of hours and visited Bearizona for the first time. Bearizona is a wildlife park featuring a wide variety of North American animals. You can experience a scenic 3 mile drive through the Ponderosa Pine Forest […]

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Family Fun at Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course

One of our core family values is adventure, so it was only fitting that our family headed to Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course during our summer travels to northern Arizona. As our children get older, it can be difficult to figure out how to connect and ‘play’ as a family, so I try to seek out […]

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Sharents: Why You Need To Pause Before You Post

We’re headed off on a week-long family trip, and in our excitement, we post pictures on Facebook of our departure from the country. Our son receives a prestigious award at school, so we proudly post him holding his certificate on Instagram. #proudmom It’s our daughter’s birthday, so we lovingly celebrate her by sharing a collage […]

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How To Avoid a Passport Family Fail

As I scrolled Facebook, a post from a writer friend in California stopped me in my tracks. Arlene Pellicane announced that her family had to cancel their epic Italian vacation because the kids’ passports weren’t in compliance for international travel. Next, I received an email newsletter from my professional organizer friend, Danielle Wurth, talking about […]

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6 Things You Should Do When Your Kid Has a Smartphone

Who’s bright idea was it to think that giving our youth iPhones was a good idea? And why have we continued to follow along knowing that giving our kids iPhones isn’t smart? I’m not sure how our family fell into society’s technology trap, but we did. Our teenagers have personal smartphones, but they don’t come without limits, rules, […]

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HAPPY CAMPERS: New Book Review and Giveaway

Our screen-obsessed, competitive society makes it harder than ever to raise happy, thriving kids. But there are tried-and-true methods that can help. Instead of rearing a generation of children who are overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and who struggle to become independent, responsible adults, parents can create a culture that promotes the growth of important character traits […]

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3 Actions You Should Take During Screen-Free Week

Screen-Free Week brings awareness to the most significant battlefield we face as parents raising children in popular culture today- Technology. However, technology is not the problem- our time and habits on our screens are the real issues. I know the importance of purposely providing kids with a screen detox. It’s one of the reasons we […]

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4 Tips For Giving Kids an Allowance 

Don’t pay your kid for scoring goals in a game. Don’t pay them for achieving A’s on their report card or for eating their vegetables. Don’t pay your child for doing the dishes, sweeping the floor or scrubbing their toilet. Instead pay your child a consistent allowance because he is a contributing, valued member of […]