Parents and teenagers debate many issues but technology and social media usage is one of the hottest, hot buttons I’ve discussed with my parenting friends. The time spent on phones, tablets and computers is overloaded with conflict and many differences of opinions. Social media usage and even how much time parents themselves spend scrolling and posting affect our kids and demonstrate what we value as important.
Cookie exchange or cookie swap parties are a popular around the holidays. The idea is to invite a group of friends over and have each person make enough of one kind of cookie to share. You can sample the...
Every year around this time, not so coincidentally about when students start getting into the 6s, 7s, and 8s, I receive more phone calls than normal from parents of 3rd and 4th-graders. "My daughter is struggling with multiplication and she...
Over the past few months, my husband and I have been trying to find a bit of margin in our lives – to have time to read the fiction book, or bake that loaf of bread for a friend,...
If you're anything like me, you're constantly trying to find some new playground areas for your kids.  I'm featuring some of the favorites of my family, as well as the families of our contributors and readers. We asked for your...
As parents, we have many hopes and goals to build our kids up during their childhood. While college, a good driving record and fun birthday invites are all things I pray for, the ultimate project for my tiny humans,...
As you can imagine, as the proprietor of a math learning center, I spend a fair bit of time interacting with new students who are somewhat reluctant to think they could ever enjoy mathematics. Usually some ice breaking is...
I loathe all things plastic, and yet after having a kid, my house is full of the stuff. Ironically, my child’s favorite toys lately are made out of recyclable plastic. Never mind the toys, though. There’s plenty of other...
The annual Riverbend Festival begins today! Riverbend has been a summer staple in Chattanooga for over 35 years. Most Chattanoogans are familiar with the annual eight-day event, and while "family friendly" might not be the first thought to come...
I am fairly certain anyone who has met my four children would tell you they are a bit wild. I'm not sure where they acquired this gift, because my husband and I are both pretty quiet and mild-mannered. It...

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A Chattanooga Family’s Guide to January 2020

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It's a new year - isn't it exciting? Chattanooga has a lot to offer this month, no matter what the weather may bring! Venture out...