How a Community in Denver Was Designed to Create Interaction of Its Residents – The Story of Highlands’ Garden Village

Elitch Gardens amusement park moved to downtown Denver in 1990. That left 27 acres to be developed only 10 minutes from downtown. Most developers would have created blocks with houses or put up big apartment buildings. Fortunately for Denver, the … [Read more...]

What Can You Do To Keep Your Neighborhood Safe and Vibrant?

What are you and your neighbors doing to keep your neighborhood a great place to live? There is no such thing as a perfect neighborhood that will meet all of your needs but there are things you and your neighbors can do to improve it. Keep crime … [Read more...]

The Cost of Raising a Child for 17 Years – $235,000

The Agriculture Department's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion released a report saying that it will cost $235,000 to raise a child for seventeen years. That's a 3.5 percent increase from 2010. What goes into this $235,000 amount? Housing … [Read more...]

Father’s Day – My Father Was a Special Guy

Today is Father's Day. I often think about my father because he was a special guy. He was 92 when he passed away in 2006. There are so many times that I want to ask him questions. It might be anything from "who are the people in this picture" to … [Read more...]

Do You See Humor In Your Life?

I heard an entertaining speaker yesterday at the DTC-CBW meeting - Karyn Ruth White. Her humorous talk had us wiping tears from our eyes because she was so funny. Karyn told us to look for humor in situations, especially when the situations are … [Read more...]

Fears Parents Have About Social Media

How many social media accounts do you have? How many do your kids have? Most teens have at least a Facebook page and maybe a twitter account. With teens spending two – four hours a day online many parents feel anxious and worry about what their … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day With My Family

I remember a Mother's Day when I was a kid that we forgot to celebrate Mothers Day. My mom let us know that she was not happy about that! My mother was a terrific mother. She was strong-willed and assertive when most mothers of that era were not. … [Read more...]

Helicopter Parents Handicap Their Children

This weekend I had a conversation with a gal who said she rescues her son when he gets in unpleasant situations even though she knows it is not the best thing to do. I was saying that I think it is good to let kids find solutions to problems on … [Read more...]

Teens and Digital Media: A Parents Challenge

We live in an era of the so-called “digital revolution”. With the growing popularity of social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, etc. kids are so engrossed with texting and gaming while paying less attention to household chores and … [Read more...]

Bond With Your Children in the Garden

Spring is here in Denver. I love this 70 degree weather before the hot summer arrives. This is a perfect time to work in the yard and get it ready to plant the garden and flowers. Do you have your children help with this process? It is important … [Read more...]