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How to Teach Kids About Consent Years Before the “Sex Talk”

While it’s a common belief to think you need to wait until puberty to teach kids about healthy relationships, experts recommend modeling respect for partners far earlier. “Waiting till the pre-teen ‘sex talk’ to start teaching young people about consent is far from ideal,” asserts Natalie Hamam, an occupational therapist whose focus on sexuality and disability includes teaching parents and caregivers about consent. “The good news is you can start teaching kids about consent from a very young age, without confronting discussions about rape or sexual violation. Parents can model and talk about the foundation skills for learning about consent from as early as the toddler years, and then slowly build the ideas as the child develops.” In her article for ABC News, she provides tips to teach kids about consent and establishing healthy, respectful boundaries long before they enter the dating world.

Hamam encourages parents to teach kids bodily autonomy from a young age, for example, by teaching kids that hugs and kisses have to be agreed upon by both parties. “You can insist on them being polite with a handshake or a high-five, eye contact and just saying ‘hello’…. don’t force them to kiss friends and family members when it’s clear they would rather not” — and if they want to give a friend a hug or a kiss, make sure they ask first. A helpful all-purpose rule should be that “good friends play games that both friends want to play.” If you hear your child pushing a friend to play a game, tell her, “It’s not OK to make our friends play games they don’t like,” and model a compromise by helping them pick a game they both enjoy.

If you didn’t start establishing these habits with your kids early, don’t worry; it’s never too late to start! Hamam says that “conversations about consent during middle childhood and the teenage years are still very valuable because by this stage, children can discuss hypothetical situations and reflect on events they have experienced or witnessed. Older children might also be more capable of understanding that consent is not a ‘once only’ discussion, but rather an ongoing agreement that can be changed at any stage.” By doing so, you can lay the groundwork for a healthy understanding of how consent works and be confident that your kids will develop positive relationships in the years to come.

To read more of Natalie Hamam’s tips for teaching consent to young kids, visit http://ab.co/2rnTYw3

For books to start teaching children — girls and boys alike — from a young age about the need to respect others and their personal boundaries, we recommend: “My Body! What I Say Goes!” for ages 3 to 6 (http://www.amightygirl.com/my-body), “Your Body Belongs To You” for ages 3 to 5 (http://www.amightygirl.com/your-body-belongs-to-you), and “I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private” for ages 4 to 7 (http://amzn.to/2pDSNH2)

For older children, issues of body autonomy, boundaries, and consent are discussed in more comprehensive books that also address topics such as puberty, sex education, and health, including “It’s So Amazing!” for ages 6 to 9 (http://www.amightygirl.com/it-s-so-amazing) and the more detailed “It’s Perfectly Normal” for ages 10 and up (http://www.amightygirl.com/it-s-perfectly)

Contest: Elitch Gardens Fright Fest Celebrates 20 Seasons of Screams

Elitch Gardens’ Fright Fest is now alive for its 20th annual presentation of screams with shrieks, shrills and thrills for all wanting to get their scare on. Fright Fest is Denver’s largest Halloween event. This month-long festival of fright boasts tricks and treats for the little ones throughout the day and terrifying haunted houses after the sun goes down.

Family by Day festivities invade the park from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Little ghosts and goblins can find free candy on the Trick or Treat Trail and pick out a free pumpkin in the Elitch Pumpkin Patch. Other activities for kiddos include a costume contest, best scream contest and various themed challenges.

When night falls, Fright by Night begins! Starting at 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Fright Fest will come alive with the gory trappings of fear. Prepare to be scared in the park’s haunted attractions Big Top Freaks, No Vacancy, Séance and TERRORtorries. Guests will find flesh hungry clowns, zombies and monsters of all kinds lurking around every corner of these multi-sensory experiences.

Fright Fest Fun Facts:

250,000 pieces of candy
12,000 pumpkins
2,700 feet of cobweb
600 tons wood panels to build sets, props and haunted houses
275 gallons of fog juice
5 weekends, 16 days or 122 hours of Fright Fest

Fright Fest opens this Friday, September 29 and runs weekends through October 29. Guests can enjoy all of the Fright Fest activities plus all their favorite theme park attractions. Fright Fest is free with park admission while some haunted attractions are an additional charge. Dare to visit ElitchGardens.com/Fright-Fest for all the creepy details, discount tickets and additional haunted packages.

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Explore Denver’s Past Today

More families are moving to the Denver area because of the unbeatable weather, lifestyle and child-friendly activities. But long before this was an emerging metropolis, Denver was a mining town. The Denver Public Library has a wealth of great photos and books in its Western History Collection, but if you want to learn about the city as you walk around some of its more historic locations, Explore LoDo is another option. Explore LoDo is a free mobile app that lets you take a self-guided tour as you discover histories of some of the area’s most unique buildings and sites.

Here are just a few things you can learn using Explore LoDo:

  1. The Elephant Corral on 14th Avenue and Wazee Street was never a corral for elephants. The first structure on this site was built in 1858—the same year Denver was founded. Emigrants watered and fed their livestock, traded their prairie oxen for mountain mules, and bought, sold, and rented four-footed transportation
  2. The Sugar Building at 1555 Blake: What is said to be the oldest working brass open-cage Otis elevator west of the Mississippi is located here. Peek inside the main doors of the Sugar Building to take a look.
  3. The original Wynkoop Street Railway Bridge was among many Denver bridges destroyed by floods from the Cherry Creek. Now rehabilitated, this bridge is a popular access point to LoDo for cyclists and pedestrians.
  4. Trains were first introduced to Denver in 1868 to accommodate all travelers. Owners of the four main railroads built Union Station in 1880. You can still catch a train ride from this historic landmark today or stay and play in its fountains.
  5. Denver may no longer be a cow town, but there’s still proof of its cowboy heritageat the Rockmount Ranch Wear Building. Founded in 1946, this is Rockmount’s flagship store and museum and THE place to buy classic western wear. The store also features a “celebrity gallery,” showing famous musicians and actors modeling Rockmount Wear they’ve purchased.

The Explore LoDo app was developed by Explore Denver was developed by Envie Media for the LoDo District in partnership with Historic Denver and the Denver Public Library. You can download the app from the App Store on an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and from Google Play for use on smartphones and tablets. For more information visit lodo.org/app.

13 fun events in Denver this week

There are plenty of fun events in Denver this week including Jared’s Giant Pumpkin Festival, the Firefighter Chili Cook-off, Kids Clothes Swap and more. See our event calendar for more information. 

12th Annual Jared’s Giant Pumpkin Festival & Weigh-off at Jared’s Nursery 
Sept 30, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The 12th Annual Jared’s “Giant Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off” is coming up and is expected to be bigger and better than ever. Jared’s hosts the largest pumpkin weigh off in the state with state records being set 8 times in the past 12 years. The day is capped off with a pumpkin drop from a crane about 100’ feet in the air and local bands playing till 5 pm (or later). In addition to the excitement generated wondering which pumpkin will be the heaviest, (The largest weighed was over 1500 pounds) there will be other activities for the children and adults.

30th Annual Firefighter Chili Cook-off at Larimer Square 
Sept 29,  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
It’s going to be hot on Larimer Square as Denver Firefighters Local 858 and Señor Gordon’s Foods host hundreds of firefighters from all over the state to compete for the best green and red chili! There will be refreshing craft beer from Chain Reaction Brewing Company, music, local celebrity judges and the Colorado Firefighter Calendar! All are welcome to attend. Proceeds benefit MDA Rocky Mountain.

Stamp & Scrapbook Expo
Sept 29 – 30
Stamp & Scrapbook Expo events cater to paper crafters of all types and experience levels. Card Makers, Stampers and Scrapbook enthusiasts can find new products and designs from vendors. Swap ideas with like-minded crafters and learn new techniques by taking a workshop.

Celebrate Summer
Sept 29, 5:00– 9:00 pm
Enjoy an evening in the city with family and friends as we celebrate the end of summer! A rock wall, live band, food trucks, community mural and local vendors will come together to throw the biggest party of the summer, and you’re invited. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Final Friday at Golden Triangle Creative District 
Sept 29, 5:00– 9:00 pm
The Final Friday Art Walk (Final Fridays) gives visitors, residents and folks who work in the Triangle an after-hours opportunity to explore the many creative spaces in our special corner of Denver, including the chance to engage with the quirky, cool, and sophisticated art and creatives which define our eclectic neighborhood.

Kids Clothes Swap: Broomfield Family Clothes Swap at Calvary Church Broomfield 
Sept 30, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Have you heard about the family clothes swap? It happens twice a year in the spring and fall and is coming to Broomfield! This is a great opportunity to swap out your gently worn clothes and baby equipment and find what you need. Bring your stuff in a container that is labeled with your name and number on Friday and come on Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. to swap. 

Free Coffee Party at Boyer’s Coffee Cafe 
Sept 29, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Boyer’s Coffee is once again celebrating National Coffee Day by hosting a FREE COFFEE PARTY. Not only will the party feature free drip coffee all day long, but patrons will also be offered discounted specialty Café beverages, fresh roasted coffee bags at discounted prices, breakfast and lunchtime food trucks, chances to win various prizes, live performances from local musicians, and more.

Maize in the City at Maize in the City 
Sept 30 – Oct 31 
Enjoy a convenient, simple and fun rural experience at Maize in the City with several fall attractions including free attractions for families to enjoy. Started in 2001, and located just 15 minutes from downtown Denver, Maize in the City offers hours of daytime activities to families and others seeking fall attractions including a 20-acre Crazed Corn Field Maze – voted best corn maze by Denver Westword – a mini maze, petting zoo, pony rides and more. 

Family Tour at Clyfford Still Museum 
Sept 30, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Enjoy a free art adventure for the whole family! Designed for children ages 5 through 10 and their adults, family tours are an interactive way to explore the art on view. Every tour features games, close looking, and an art project to take home. Discover a new and different theme–such as color, line, shape, movement, music, and architecture–in every tour. 

Truck Stop, A Community Food Truck Rally 
Sept 30, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
On Saturday, September 30th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., dozens of food trucks will line Welton Street from Park Avenue to Downing Street for Truck Stop, a rally featuring Colorado’s fleet of amazing food trucks. This rally will explore the ever-evolving world of food truck fare through small-bite offerings, local craft beer and cocktails, and a soundtrack of live soul and funk tunes.

Wine & Menopause at Angelo’s Taverna & Carboy Winery 
Sept 30, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Wine and menopause – what more could a woman want on a beautiful Saturday afternoon? BOW Talks features a very important topic that isn’t often openly discussed. Four amazing women share their personal stories relating to menopause, including Kerry Temple-Wood, the founder of The Art of Conscious Aging, and keynote speaker Hope Engsberg, MD, owner of AgeWellMD, an Anti-Aging Functional Medicine clinic.

TheBigWonderful’s 4th Annual Oktobergrass 
Sep 30 – Oct 1 
What’s New: Oktobergrass’ BEERFEST will take place daily from 2-6 p.m. TBW is unveiling a new and improved BEERFEST footprint, in which BEERFEST vendors will be interspersed within BAZAAR vendors, rather than separate from them. This shift promises to enhance both the BEERFEST and BAZAAR experience for attendees and vendors!

2017 Sacred Art Tour Cultural Pageant 
Oct 1, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
The crowning celebration of the Tibetan monks’ visit will be a spectacular Cultural Pageant. With the monks in traditional costume, the unique extravaganza will feature Tibetan prayers, dances, chants, and a debate demonstration. Tickets are $10/person and available at both the Museum and the Senior Center. Prepare to be awed and amazed!

 Colorado’s Best Bike Paths and Trails

Cycling opportunities prevail in Colorado, and getting to know our beautiful state atop two wheels offers a bounty of benefits. Here are a few of Colorado.com’s favorites. 

Bike-friendly Fort Collins.  Road cyclists will appreciate the 285+ miles of relatively flat, wide bike lanes, trails and paths, including three main bike trails offering 19 miles of paved surface: the Poudre trail that follows the Cache La Poudre River; Spring Creek trail following the creek; and Fossil Creek trail covering miles of open prairie. 
 
Blue River Trail in Silverthorne.  The Blue River Trail is Silverthorne’s link to the county-wide paved trail system. The 3.5-mile, hard surface paved trail begins at the top of the Dillon Dam and ends at North Pond Park. The Blue River Trail offers a meandering, family-friendly paved trail with spectacular views.
 
High-Desert Biking in Eagle.  Eagle is a high-desert town, which means an extended biking season and trails that are open into mid-December. Over 100 miles of single-track mountain biking trails and paved recreational trails are accessible. Riders can start on beginner trails like Haymaker and Eagle Ranch Loop and then advance to the technical Mike’s Night Out. Eagle Ranch Loop is great for families and various skill levels.
 
Maroon Creek Road in Aspen.  Few bike rides in the world can match the drama of this eight-mile road ride. Riders will round a bend and suddenly view the iconic Maroon Bells, two 14,000-foot peaks striped with snow year-round. The trek takes riders 22 miles round-trip through a moderately difficult ride with unparalleled views.  
 
Mineral Belt Trail in Leadville.  Biking is a favorite sport on Leadville’s famous Mineral Belt Trail, where riders can see the tops of the towering Sawatch Range and remnants of 1880s silver mines, all on a paved, 11.6-mile loop around town. Portions of the trail follow old railroad grades, making for a pleasant ride around North America’s highest incorporated city, set at 10,152 feet. The trail winds through Leadville’s historic East Side Mining District.
 
Monarch Crest Trail in Salida. Thanks to the diverse ecosystem in Salida, there’s always great singletrack to be ridden in the middle of winter or during the heat of summer. The Monarch Crest Trail should be included on the Colorado mountain bike bucket list. From the Monarch Crest trailhead at Monarch Pass, riders will encounter singletrack, doubletrack, fire road, smooth and packed trails, rocky and loose trails and great views of nature and wildlife.
 
Trailheads in Niwot.  The town of Niwot in Boulder County is known throughout the cycling community as one of the best spots to begin or end a ride. Home to mammals, birds and amphibians, these trails are perfect for nature-lovers. The 6.4-mile Niwot trail system is composed of easy trails and provides breathtaking mountain views and shady cottonwood-lined paths along irrigation canals.
 
Winter Park, Aka “Mountain Bike Capital, USA”.  With over 600 miles of cross-country trails and two downhill bike parks, Mountain Bike Capital USA™ has it all: mellow rides, heart-thumping singletrack adventures and gravity-fed adrenaline. Winter Park plays host to numerous bike races and events all summer long. For the novice, seasoned cross-country biker, downhill racer or the want-to-learn-more-skills casual biker, there are a variety of events and trails to choose from.
 
Fruit & Wine Byway in Palisade. Choose from three different loops from five to 25-miles-long through mapped points of interest for those who want to stop and experience the agriculture and industry of the area. Explore historic downtown Palisade, tour along the scenic Colorado River and enjoy some of the best vistas of the Grand Valley, all while savoring fresh fruit from the beautiful orchards, or enjoying the lavender gardens, world class vineyards, premium wineries and fresh farm market fruit stands along the way.
 
7-Eleven Olympic Velodrome in Colorado Springs.  Built in 1983 in preparation for the 1984 Olympic Games, the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome is the official training venue for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic track cycling and USA Roller Sports. The Velodrome features a 333.3-meter banked cement cycling track, which wraps around a 200-meter track for roller sports. The 1,000-seat facility is open to the public for community racing, and hosts local, national and international events throughout the year.

How to make your own sinus-clearing bath bombs

Bath bombs are everywhere these days. The colorful, chalky, scented spheres are sold everywhere from cosmetic stores to farmers’ markets to drug stores. When you add to them to your bath or shower they slowly fizz and dissolve, releasing their scent.

And they are surprisingly easy to make yourself.

You can use any essential oils you want, but since it’s almost that time of year when nearly everyone in your office, school and in the grocery store starts sniffling and sneezing, 9News has a recipe that’s perfect for cold and flu season.

Go to 9News for the recipe.

Deals: FreeRange Playground, Oktobergrass and More!

Way back when,  I would spend an occasional Friday night home [gasp]. But honestly, the TV shows were pretty great. I loved TGI Friday. Now TGI-HULU brings back some favorite Friday night sitcoms.  They are streaming over 800 episodes from TGIF – America’s favorite Friday night lineup from the 1990s!  Hulu debuts the iconic television favorites: Full House, Family Matters, Step by Step, Perfect Strangers,Hangin’ with Mr. CooperDinosaurs and Boy Meets World. Starting SEPT 29 only on hulu. 

FreeRange Playground. Bring your kids ages 12 and under to this pop-up adventure playground at the Montessori School of Denver from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. There will be a primary play area for supervised, child-led, parent-free play with repurposed and recycled materials for 5 – 12 year olds, as well as a dedicated space for parents to play with their youngest children (4 and under). The pop-up playground incorporates PVC pipes, cardboard boxes, tires, plastic crates, burlap sacks, bike tires, yarn, computer parts, foam pieces, zip ties and so much more.

Oktobergrass will feature 2 days of BEERFEST, with unlimited tasting from 2-6 PM each day, Bluegrass all weekend long, including an afterparty on Saturday night featuring Everyone Orchestra (full lineup below), an off-leash dog park from 11am – 6pm daily, a cornhole tournament on Saturday, and of course TBW’s signature craft and boutique shopping and food trucks. Oktobergrass have a bouncy castle obstacle course for the kids, and Sunday will have a mini-golf course set up on-site — lots of family fun!  
 
Colorado Pumpkin Patch. There are TWO Mile High Mamas Days at the patch on Sunday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 15. Anyone who visits us at 4600 E. Hwy 86 in Castle Rock from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 1 and says they’re with MHM can get in for $8.50/person…PLUS each get a small pumpkin to take home. You have the option of upgrading to a larger, carving pumpkin for a few extra bucks.Normal admission is $9.50 for adults ($11 for kids in mid-October), so the $8.50 rate with a pumpkin is a great deal! Kids 2 and under are free. Or try the Family Pass:  One day use for 4 people (any age), 4 drinks (any size), and 1 pumpkin ($5 value). This is a great value at $38 to save families cash when they visit. If you really love pumpkins try the Season Pass:  Unlimited admission from Sept. 23-Oct. 29. $20/person, regardless of age.
  
FabFitFun Box. I may have mentioned before that I am a sucker for those monthly boxes in the mail with great products. Only, I honestly can’t afford that MONTHLY. That is a lot. So I was super excited when I found FabFitFun. It is only quarterly and packed full with fun stuff. Plus, with the code PUMPKINSPICE you will get $10 off your first box. 
 
Good Buy Gear.  If you’ve heard of high-tech kid consignment, but need to see it to believe it, now’s your chance!  Good Buy Gear is hosting a Pop Up Garage SaleThursday, September 28 at their warehouse (6076 W. 55th in Arvada) so you can try on the carriers, take that stroller for a spin and just enjoy some good old-fashioned, hands-on browsing and shopping! Those who have stopped by, mention their surprise at the amount of incredible inventory they have in stock.  Please consider this your personal invitation to come to the Good Buy Garage this Thursday afternoon to say hello, get your hands on some Good Buys and maybe even use that $10 off Birthday Coupon before the end of the month.
                                           
prAna Discount. Where do you prAna? There’s no place more glorious than Kenosha Pass in the fall and don’t miss our guide to Colorado’s best leaf-peeping! Also, get 15% off your next prAna purchase http://www.prana.com/ with discount code MHMAJ15. Offer valid until Oct. 3, 2017.  
  
Broncos Fans. When the Broncos play you can get a couple deals: a free Conoco coffee from 6 a.m to 10 a.m. the day following a game, score a Big Mac or a Sausage McMuffin with egg for just a $1 with the app or if the Broncos score 2 or more touchdowns get an Arby’s classic for just $1. Go Broncos!
 
Avalanche Family NightFamily Nights are back at Pepsi Center! Bring the whole family to Colorado Avalanche games this season and get 4 tickets, 4 chicken tenders and 4 Pepsis for only $120! Grab your Family Night package today!
  
Winter is Coming. No, I’m not talking about the line from Game of Thrones. I’m taking about the awesome deals that you can get for yourself and your kids in the fall for the upcoming ski season.
·         Vail Resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone) are once again offering their Epic School Kids. Four free days at each of the resorts, one beginner ski lesson and equipment on the day of the lesson. You need to take your kids to a Ski and Golf/Ski and Sport/Boulder Sport location along with proof of them being in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. This is only available through October 8 so get it NOW.
·         Colorado Ski Country’s Passport is back as well. Register your 5th or 6th grader for their free pass. The pass includes most of the state’s ski areas (at 21 awesome Resorts). 5th graders get to try three times at each resort, 6th graders pass has a very minimal fee (of just $105) but you get 4 times at each of the resorts. The pass also includes a beginner level lesson and equipment on the date of that lesson.
·         Nobody loves kids like Crested Butte. All kids ages 12 and under visiting Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) Nov. 23 – Dec. 15, 2017 and April 1 – 8, 2018 ski or ride for free. No strings attached, no parent ticket required, no lodging stay required, no advance reservations, no purchase of a bottle of wine (though it’s not a bad idea), just a good ole free ticket for the littlest rippers. We’re also proud to say, kids ages six and under ski free at CBMR all season long.
·         Junior Trade lets you score a deal on rental gear for kids. Purchase a used setup (both ski and snowboard setups available) at Colorado Ski and Golf (Ski and Sport OR Boulder Ski Deals) locations for around $100 use it all season long. Feel free to trade it back in if the kids grow out of it mid-season. Then, bring it back in the spring for 50% money back.
 
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How elephants may help find the cure to childhood cancer

After talking to one friend whose child had cancer (and is now a survivor) and a survivor of childhood cancer, I decided to dig in a bit and find out a little more. I wanted to see what is really being done.
 
The background statistics of childhood cancer are staggering to say the least. Over 16,000 children are battling cancer in the United States every day. Sadly, the disease claims the lives of 2,500 children every year just in the United States.
 
From the stories that I heard no one really thought about cancer as being what was “wrong” with them [their child]. In the cases that I heard, there were other reasons to visit the doctor. One thought she had spider bites (a rash) that were causing weird bruises, one had enlarged nodes in her neck and the other had a crying child who used her mother’s intuition to fight and say – it has to be something more. In each of these stores the origin of the diagnosis really had nothing to do with cancer.  
 
So what causes cancer? The types of cancers that develop in children are often different from the types that develop in adults. Childhood cancers are often the result of DNA changes in cells that take place very early in life, sometimes even before birth. Unlike many cancers in adults, childhood cancers are not strongly linked to lifestyle or environmental risk factors.
 
The treatment typically includes chemotherapy (also called chemo). Children’s bodies also tend to handle chemotherapy better than adults’ bodies do. On the other hand, children (especially very young children) are more likely to be affected by radiation therapy if it is needed as part of treatment. Both chemo and radiation therapy can cause long-term side effects, so children who have had cancer need careful follow-up for the rest of their lives. But honestly, wouldn’t it be cool to find a cure not a treatment? What if elephants might be the answer?
 
Elephants rarely get cancer. Dr. Joshua Schiffman, teen cancer survivor, teen cancer survivor, renowned Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist and cancer researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah, was part of the team that discovered elephants have 40 copies of a cancer fighting protein called p53 in their DNA – which may help protect elephants from cancer. Humans only have two copies of p53 in our DNA and some children that get cancer have only one. Since discovering the power of the elephant p53 protein, Dr. Schiffman and his research team have been working around the clock to bring the discovery to human trials in the fight to end cancer for people of all ages. He is seeking a cure not just a treatment.
 
As parents, don’t we often dream about or at least think about what I kids will become into their adult years? What kind of profession? How will they have a profound effect on the world around them? Dr. Shiffman is an example of the heartache to victory that I’m certain his family felt at having their son diagnosed with cancer at age 15 but then, taking that experience and doing amazing work in trying to find cures for childhood cancers.  
 
You help support your kids through their trials and tribulations – maybe, after a bad day (especially this September), you can take them over to Kneaders’ for a Hope Fights Childhood Cancer Campaign elephant cookie (or several other elephant themed items). Every purchase helps support Dr. Shiffman’s ground-breaking research preventing childhood cancer.

6-year-old raises money for hurricane victims

There’s an office in the Lombard family home in Aurora dedicated to arts and crafts for the kids- where Lily and her sister create masterpieces.

6-year-old Lily’s latest artwork is dedicated to her recent vacation to Turks and Caicos.

“And the water was crystal blue, the sand wasn’t like in my picture that I’m drawing right now, it was almost white,” said Lily.

But, while she and her family were there, they saw so much more than a beautiful island.

“Well our flight was canceled because it was on the same day as the hurricane,” said Lily.

Find out what Lily is doing to help and how she has raised over $1,000 so far! 

Visit Lily’s YouCaring Page here.

Humor: For all those parents suffering through math with their kids

Dear parents suffering through math homework with their kids: The Holderness family’s new parody “It’s such a pain learning Algebra” to the tune of Toto’s “Africa” is for you! 

We also love their message:

Dear Math,

We do know that you are important to learn, and you are an integral part in millions of people’s careers, and those who teach you deserve a special place in heaven. But we aren’t very good at you, and rhyming Africa with Algebra was just too much fun. No hard feelings, mmmmkay?

Sincerely, the Holderness Family

Because why cry when you can laugh?

Related: This is our all-time favorite video about trying to teach someone math.