December 2023 Issue

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Happy Holidays from Auburn-Opelika Parents! As the festive spirit fills the air and the holiday season unfolds its magic, we’re thrilled to extend a warm and joyous welcome to you! Whether you’re a seasoned visitor or a first-time explorer, we’re delighted to have you join us in celebrating the wonders of this special time of year!

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Mom to Mom with Emily Matz

AOP: December is filled with holiday festivities. Do you have any special traditions that you and your family are looking forward to? EM: One of the most important traditions we […]

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Dinner’s Ready: Shanon Wiggins’ Kalua Pork & Cabbage

E Hoomau Maua Kealoha in Hawaii means ‘may our love last forever’ and this old Hawaiian proverb is one Shannon Wiggins is seeking after for her family. Shannon, a native […]

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From the Publisher – December ’23

As I finish the final touches to our Christmas tree, I can’t help but reminisce about all the special moments around our tree throughout the years. Memories of all the […]

Student & School Spotlights DEC AOP

December 2023 Student Spotlights

Every month we compile a list of students and schools doing great things across our community.  We have so many talented students in our area.  Greater Pensacola Parents joins with [...]
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Dave Says Dec

Teach Them to Be Givers… And Be an Example

Q. With all the commercials and marketing that accompany the holiday season, how can parents teach their young children about giving and putting others first at this time of year? […]

Holiday Traditions For You & Yours to Treasure

Holiday Traditions For You & Yours to Treasure

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid al-Fitr, Bodhi Day, or the winter solstice, holiday traditions are a fun way for families to bond and create fond memories. The traditions […]

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The Importance of Risky Play for Children

In 2023, Ellen Sandseter, PhD and her team of Norwegian researchers determined the importance of “high risk” play. They found that children across the globe engage in six types of […]

Teens and Screens Dec

Unearned vs. Earned Education Preparing to Kick Off the New Year Informed

I have been on the road frequently speaking at student and parent conferences. One of my favorite things about what I do, other than getting to meet parents and students, […]

Gifts Kids Can Give on a Small Budget

Gifts Kids Can Give on a Small Budget

Nothing is more heartwarming than a gift made by a child. Handmade gifts are affordable, fun to make, and can be given to parents, grandparents, teachers, and siblings. Here are […]

Taking the Lead in Sportsmanship

Taking the Lead in Sportsmanship

We’ve all seen it—the parent standing on the sidelinescriticizing the decisions made by coaches and officials, yelling at his own child for making a mistake, hurling rude remarks at the […]

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