by Lisa Crockett
With five children ranging in age from four to twelve, Castle Pines North resident Maureen Brown has learned a thing or two about parenting.
Now she’s working to teach other moms and dads across the country her homegrown wisdom. Brown is co-host of “Mom’s the Word,” a core-values based radio show on Castle Rock radio, a local internet-radio station.
“My friend and co-host Maura Ridder has three children and people were always coming to her for advice about their kids,” said Brown. “She was so knowledgeable, people kept telling her to write a book.”
After realizing that she had too many ideas to contain in one book, Ridder had the idea for a radio show and asked Brown to come aboard. The weekly show, which celebrates its first anniversary this month, features listener and host discussion of a “daily dilemma,” as well as nationally recognized authors and celebrities and a back-to-basics approach to parenting.
“We want to empower parents to take back the art of parenting,” said Brown. “We see a trend toward what I call ‘over parenting.’ As parents, many of us have gained a lot of good knowledge, but we need to remember to instill things like respect, punctuality, chores and cleanliness. The ‘little things’ really aren’t that little.”
Brown thinks that the abundance of parenting information can prove daunting to many busy parents. “With our show, parents can tune in and get some great advice in an hour, rather than having to read all the books and searching for good sources of information.”
“Mom’s the Word” is on the internet at www.castlerockradio.com or www.momsthewordshow.com. The show airs live every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
by Anthonette Klinkerman
Teenagers should have a voice in the goings-on of the new city of Castle Pines North, and Mayor Shul is putting out a second call for a Youth Advisory Commission. As the new city grows, the mayor feels it is important that all residents “have a seat at the table,” and make suggestions and voice concerns in order to further benefit the community.
Shul stated at the inception of this idea, “Teens should be given a direct line to the city’s government.” The youth of the fledgling city have much to contribute, she knows, and stresses that it is never too early for teens to become active participants in the happenings of their local government.
Residents of CPN who are 13 to 18 years old are urged to contact the communications department with a letter of interest and intent at Contact by email .