This is my 6th grader’s first year playing club sports. For us that has meant extra practice nights, away games that might require a couple of hours of driving or even an overnight stay here and there. When we...
 "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they...
If you are new to the area, have young kids who are starting to be interested in sports, or have an older child who's just becoming interested in soccer, you've come to the right place! This guide exists to...
I have fond memories of watching TV shows with my family when I was a kid; Mork and Mindy and Happy Days were some of our favorites. Now everyone has their own device, which means that one person can...
School is back in session, football season is here, and Halloween is just around the corner. Fall can be a busy time, but there's also so much to enjoy in our area. Get your calendars ready, and choose a...
There’s a pretty good chance I’m never going to win Mother of the Year. First of all, I’m not even sure when they give those awards out, or where you go to accept them. It might be broadcast on...
When I walk through the library I am used to seeing clusters of teenagers all looking at their phones. Recently I realized those same teenage groups are now talking to each other while looking at their phones. My initial...
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My Greatest Parenting Wish

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My husband and I were sitting in the living room the other night, talking about our day, when our oldest came in and sat down nearby. She was listening at first, but then she started contributing to the conversation....
Smart phones. Nearly every woman, man, teenager, child, and dog has one. Okay, maybe not the dog, but you get my point. Smartphones are everywhere and used everyday. Mine recently took a “vacation” to my brother’s house two hours...
Halloween is one of our family’s favorite holidays. Each year we all get in on the spooky fun, from dressing up and trick-or-treating, to Halloween-themed activities. With a family as large as ours, it can be difficult to find Halloween...

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Iowa City Area Guide to Family Holiday Activities: 2020 Edition

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As with everything else in this crazy year that is 2020, holiday events – and therefore this holiday guide – will look a bit...