Gretchen, Senior Writer

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Gretchen has lived in Colorado since she was 12 and never wants to leave. She has a 13-year-old son who is into having a good time, especially with sports and Fortnite. Together, they are navigating the teen world of puberty and growing up. She has a wonderful husband, having been surprised and blessed with a second chance at love. Their family enjoys playing board games, watching Avengers movies, and sharing dumb jokes over good food. In her free time, she loves to read, shop for purses, play games, watch football, laugh with her family, cook delicious food, and dream of the next home improvement project.
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Raising Kids Who Are Excited to Vote

I am a proud American voter. My birthday is November 8, and I remember being crushed in 1996 when my 18th birthday fell several days AFTER the presidential election. However, as soon as I...
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Things To Do: Visit the Pueblo Zoo

Fall is one of the best times to spend time outside in our beautiful state! One of my family's favorite outdoor activities is visiting the zoo. Tried and True Zoos If you’ve been to our local...
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I Don’t Know What To Say

We’ve all been in that conversation where someone shares something personal or painful with us and we just don’t know what to say. Do we apologize? Is this the time to say “deepest sympathies”?...
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FINALLY! A Safe Smartphone!

If your kid is anything like mine, they’ve been asking for a smartphone for a while now. Maybe you’ve been avoiding it like me. I’ve been saying “no” to a smartphone since my son...
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Helping Your Kids Sit Still to Read

As moms, we tend to say the same things over and over again. Consider all of the times that you’ve said sentences like “be careful,” “don’t hit your brother,” and “eat your dinner.” One...
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You’re So Old Fashioned: Timeless Teachings for our Kids

I recently came across a list of 40 things that today's kids need to learn. I read through the list and it got me thinking about the stuff I have taught my son or...
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Blast from the Past Movies

We’re all staying home a lot more lately, and we’re constantly on the lookout for fun activities to do as a family. Grab the Pop Rocks and Runts to enjoy these classic movies from...
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“Mom, I Have a Question…” Talking with Your Kids About Sex

Be available. Make sure that you have time to talk with your kids. If they ask something that needs time, make the time. Schedule a special time to talk, go out to eat or talk a walk together. These conversations matter. If they don't get the information from you, they'll get it somewhere.
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Sleep Tips for Anxious Kids

My son has been the worst sleeper since the day he was born. I remember being in the hospital with him. When I laid him in the bassinet, he cried incessantly. He wouldn’t sleep;...
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More Than Just a Bike

In April 2019, my excited sixth grader told me about a new club starting at his middle school: a bike club. Every week, the club would gather after school to take a ride around...