Month: September 2017

Teaching Your Daughter About Her Menstrual Cycle

Even today, menstruation is too often a taboo topic and, as a result, what information girls hear about it is frequently negative or incorrect, and even school health classes that discuss the subject often focus on the “nuts and bolts” without ever touching on the real, practical experience of a monthly cycle. As a result, menarche — a girl’s first period — can be a disconcerting experience for many girls. But parents, mentors, and friends of Mighty Girls can turn this milestone of womanhood into a much more positive and empowering experience. By providing lots of accurate information and practical advice, girls can learn to view their menstrual cycle in a totally different way: as an important element of their female nature and as a key sign of coming adulthood. In our newly updated blog ...

Making Morning Good-byes Easier

My husband still gets weak in the knees when we reminisce about dropping our young son off at school. Our little guy would stand at the window and wave with one hand and blow kisses with the other—often with tears in his eyes. It was hard on all of us, and it went on for years. So I’m not sure I can describe myself as an ‘expert parent’ at separating from my son in his early years, but as a teacher I’ve learned some helpful tips for successfully saying good bye to your little one when the transition is difficult. Parents and teachers often expect that a child may struggle on the first day or two of school, but then assume that the separation will be easier. The truth is, though, that’s not always the case. It’s normal for a child to experience difficulty with saying good bye to a parent fo...

Target’s popular car seat trade-in program is back!

Have an old car seat lying around? Whether it’s too small for your growing tot, too old or simply time for a new model, Target will gladly take it off your hands…again! After the popularity of their first car seat trade-in program this past April, they’re teaming up with their friends at TerraCycle to recycle your used car seats, just in time for National Baby Safety Month. They’re committed to ensuring that kids and babies have the right car seats that meet current safety standards and they’re always looking for ways to make recycling easy. So what better way to accomplish both, than with one stellar program? From Sept. 10 – 23, most Target stores will accept car seats to be recycled. In turn, guests will receive a 20 percent ...

17 things to do in Denver this week

Fall has officially arrived with awesome events that include 16th Street Fair, Festival Italiano, the Doggie Plunge and the Colorado Fall Home Show. See our event calendar for additional information. Getaway 10K & 5K +Kids Run at Cherry Creek State Park  Sept 10, 8:00 – 11:00 am Sun, Fun, Run! Escape to the Getaway 5K (and 10K!). This experience is designed for the entire family. No matter what your age, you’re sure to have a good time. The Denver event will feature a 10K, 5K, a one-mile walk and a fun run designed especially for the kids. The fun begins before the race, continues on the course and culminates in our beach-themed post-race celebration which will include vendors, music, food & beverage and a play area for kids. Mile High Mamas has an exclusive dis...

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Carina’s Story

  Each day, 42 families in the United States will receive the devastating news that their child or teen has cancer. A couple years ago, I could not have told you anything about it. I can now tell you that September is Childhood Cancer awareness month and that an orange ribbon signifies cancer awareness – like red signifies AIDS or pink signifies breast cancer.   How did I find this out? Two years ago now, my friend and colleague informed everyone that her precious daughter, Carina, had Leukemia (cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system). To further complicate matters, Carina also has Down syndrome so her diagnosis was more complicated. I sat down with Carina’s mom Stacie and asked her a few questions. &n...

Deals: Fall Ski Deals, Colorado Art Fest and More

Do your kids complain that they have to study things in school have no application in real life? Mine too. That is why I was intrigued when I heard about the XQ Super School. With the concept that the world around us has changed dramatically but the concept of American High School has not changed celebrities, parents and educators are coming together for a discussion. The live event will be on several major television networks on September 8. Kids deserve a choice to have their voice be heard and have some choice in their learning.   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. ·        &...

Where Do You prAna? Fall Guide to Kenosha Pass!

Where do you prAna? There’s no place more glorious than Kenosha Pass in the fall! Located atop a large granite batholith that forms the spine of the Front Range along the eastern side of South Park, Kenosha Pass is a part of the Colorado Trail. Colorado’s premier long-distance trail extends 500+ miles from Denver to Durango and this particular portion of the route is a cut of autumn heaven with swaths of endless aspen groves that look like golden pipe cleaners and staggering views of the Rocky Mountains and South Park Valley. prAna’s clothing is versatile enough for any lifestyle and adventures, whether it’s work or play.  So, when my daughter Hadley and I were asked where do you prAna? our first thought was Kenosha Pass. Located less than an hour...

When it comes to volunteering, you gotta put up or shut up

I swore last year that we would never go to Cub Scout Day Camp again. After three days of loosely planned activities, other people’s ill-behaved boys, wind-whipped hair and a sunburn (my mom told me that I needed to wear sunscreen, even on overcast days but I didn’t listen), I decided that next year I would plan our summer vacation for the same week as Cub Scout Camp. Even though we registered weeks in advance last year, the first day of camp we stood in line for an hour and a half to check in. I’ve never stood in line for that long for anything. (Well, except for tickets to the Star Wars movies, but that kind of mania is another post for another day.) Have you ever stood in line for an hour and a half with 150 eight to ten year-old boys? Not fun. I did all the standing. ...