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AUGUST 2023 COLORADOPARENT.COM Helping Your Shy Kiddo Parenting With Courage Series 33+ Extracurriculars for Everyone
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Shy Kids? How You Can Help

Parents typically discover if their children are outgoing or introverted around the time the child is three or four. Kids who stay on the sidelines at parties or hug tightly to their mom’s or dad’s legs may be shy. Even though shyness isn’t a bad thing and introverted children have wonderful qualities to contribute to the world, being overly shy can prevent kids from having their voices heard–especially if they are being bullied or someone has violated boundaries. Parents can help shy children come out of their shells with a few simple strategies.

• Discuss new places and people. Prepare children for new situations, which can be overwhelming for children who are shy. Talk about what is expected in a new classroom, moving to a bigger school or even a family party with a lot of people in attendance. Touring a place in advance can make it more familiar to a shy child, helping him or her feel less anxious.

• Buddy up with other shy kids. Parents of shy children can seek out others in similar situations. A friend to hang around with in new situations can make it much easier, as these two children can rely on one another.

• Try not to label the behavior. It’s one thing for you to understand your child is shy, but sharing that classification with others could lead to unwanted labeling that further exacerbates the problem. A child who constantly hears he or she is shy may not make an effort to change his or her behaviors.

• Empathize with your child. Share your experiences of when you were feeling shy with your child. Talk to them about what you did to overcome your feelings.

• Model confident behavior. Whenever you can, be outgoing in front of your children when meeting new teachers or other children’s parents for the first time.

• Provide opportunities for children to express their feelings. Create a safe environment for your children to share their feelings with you, whether through play or arts and crafts. Find an environment where they can openly express how they feel.

• Offer praise as often as you can. When a child acts bravely, tell him or her about how proud you were when you get home or to a private place. Doing so in private may help the child feel more comfortable and less embarrassed.

• Speak of different clubs or activities. Suggest your child participate in various group activities so that interests are explored and new friends can be made.



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Shyness is something many children grow out of over time. In the interim, parents can provide support.

The Park People’s Work

“We were founded 54 years ago by a bunch of Denver residents who could see that Denver’s parks and open spaces didn’t have all of the funding and support that was needed to really maintain them,” Yuan-Farrell says. “So they started banding together to raise money for park improvement projects. Our work is on the park’s front, but [it’s] really about supporting the livability and the resiliency of our community through our green spaces.”

This organization has several ongoing programs that are restoring and reviving our beautiful city. One of the largest programs is Denver Digs Trees, which has provided Denver residents with over 60,000 free and low-cost trees over the last 35 years.

“[Denver Digs Trees] is how we show up in every Denver neighborhood, every single year,” Yuan-Farrell says. “We have a spring tree distribution in which we provide between 1,000 to 2,000 free and affordable trees to Denver residents. We provide street and yard trees, and it’s all about empowering residents to engage and become active stewards of the urban environment.”

Creating a Healthy and Resilient Future Filling Denver with Trees

The Importance of Trees

Trees play a vital role in our cities, from filtering out air pollutants and slowing down the flow of rainfall water to supporting our urban wildlife and pollinators.

Throughout the streets and neighborhoods of Denver, some communities have little to no tree canopy cover, which is impacting their natural environment and health.

“In our cities that are filled with pavement and concrete, tree service plays a really important role in helping to shade and cool our neighborhoods,” Yuan-Farrell says. “Those neighborhoods where there’s very little tree cover get really hot. You see a 15- to 20-degree difference between a shaded street and one that doesn’t have shade cover.”

Not only is an area without trees unpleasant to look at, but the temperature difference is really significant to the point that people who live in these areas spend less time outdoors and aren’t as physically active because their environment is not welcoming, Yuan-Farrell says.

Besides the ecological benefits, there is research to support the social, mental, and physical benefits trees provide. Yuan-Farrell says viewing and interacting with natural elements helps to restore our cognitive function.

Ways to Get Involved

Our man-made society has physically altered the natural world by burning fossil fuels, deforestation, overpopulation, and other unnatural practices and materials. Yuan-Farrell mentions that children now have grown up with much more information on climate change than any other generation before.

“I have a 10-year old and an almost eight-year old. My 10-year old already feels bits and pieces of the climate anxiety that some young people and adults feel,” Yuan-Farrell says. “Kids are becoming aware of these issues, and climate change is a big daunting one that can feel overwhelming.”

According to Business Today Organization, “100 companies are responsible for 71 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, with ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, and Chevron holding the top slots for investor-owned companies emitting harmful gasses.”

Planting trees and improving the quality of neighborhoods isn’t going to stop the changing climate, but it’s a step in the right direction, and it can give children and adults an outlet to take action.

If climate change is overwhelming and you’re discouraged or worried, hop online to The Park People’s website to volunteer or find other ways to get involved.

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The Park People, a nonprofit organization in Denver, focuses on working with communities to plant trees and improve parks for a healthy, resilient future. Kim Yuan-Farrell is the Executive Director of The Park People organization, and she shares the importance of their work.

Keeping Costs Low for After-School Activities

Between the fees, uniforms, and equipment, kids’ extracurricular activities can be expensive. These expert tricks and tips will help you save a substantial amount of money, while your child still reaps all of the benefits of participating.

Know what you’re getting into. Before you register, calculate the costs associated with an activity over the course of the season or year. If you are unsure of the various expenses, ask the coach, group leader, or another parent. Add 10 percent to cover surprises and see if it fits into your budget. If it doesn’t, move on to more costeffective options.

Prioritize activities. My children want to do every activity you can think of at

one time. Look for activities that allow you to drop in once before signing up for a full commitment. After they have tried it and decide to commit, stick to it and resist adding any new activities until the session is over, or for a certain length of time you decide.

Find cheaper options. Nonprofit or school-based programs tend to be a fraction of the cost of private offerings. Many schools offer sports and arts for a small fee or no fee at all. Find introductory classes for music, language, or individual sports like ice skating, at local recreation centers and libraries.

Rent or buy gently-used equipment. Kids grow quickly and can lose interest often, so used equipment is typically in good condition.,

second-hand stores, and equipment swaps are great options to find inexpensive equipment, for sports, music lessons, and more.

Volunteer, barter, and ask kids to pitch in. You may be able to exchange services to help cover the costs of extracurricular activities. Ask the organizer or studio owner how you can help to offset costs, and if scholarships are available. Also, consider having your children chip in some allowance money for fees or equipment. At a minimum, talk about what trade-offs you have to make to pay for their lessons.

Extracurricular activities can be expensive, but they don’t have to break the bank. The trick is to be proactive both in your budget and your choice of activities.


After-the-Bell-Rings Activities


5630 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge (303) 995-5634

1075 S. Yukon St., Unit LL 12, Lakewood (218) 341-7040

Sloan’s Lake Park in Wheat Ridge

All ages

Altitunes is committed to nurturing a genuine love for music, strengthening family and community bonds, and offering children and their families opportunities to explore, learn, and enjoy music.

Apex Performing

Arts Collective

209 Kalamath St., Unit 16, Denver (720) 707-2339

Ages: Vary

Our mission is to provide high-quality artistic opportunities to the Denver community, to entertain and uplift audiences through musical theatre productions, and to offer a collaborative and educational artistic experience for children and teens.

Art Garage

6100 E. 23rd Ave., Denver (303) 377-2353

Ages: 3+

Private lessons at the Art Garage provide a supportive, expressive, and technique-based one-on-one environment to help children, teens, and adults take their art to the next level.

ARTistic Fox Art & Design Academy

6050 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Ste. 100, Greenwood Village (720) 216-7586

Ages: 10+

Observational and self-expressive art in painting and drawing is the main focus of these classes. Students will begin to develop visual arts vocabulary, become more aware of their surroundings, and learn the relationships between colors.

Artistic Fusion

5660 W. 88th Ave., Westminster (720) 929-1820

Ages: 2-18

Artistic Fusion is a nationally-acclaimed dance studio that trains students in the art of dance and the beauty of life. Our goal is that each student experience life lessons as they grow in an artistic environment.

Youth Theater

401 W. Mineral Ave., Littleton (303) 564-1569

Ages: 5-18

Audience of One Youth Theater is celebrating 15 years of shining for Christ and serving our youth community through award-winning theater productions and education.

Babcock Studios

1221 Pecos St., Denver (310) 696-9599

Ages: 13+

Babcock Studios is a professional acting studio for film, television, and theater created by Hollywood teacher, filmmaker, and actor Todd Babcock.

Boulder Ballet School

2590 Walnut St., Boulder (303) 443-0028

Ages: 2+

The Boulder Ballet School provides ballet training for all ages, preschool through adult, in an atmosphere of creative excellence. New students are welcome to enjoy a free introduction class at our school.


Performing Arts Co.

4847 Pearl Pkwy., B4, Boulder (303) 859-4195

Ages: 5+

Our classes are for kids to have fun! We want to develop and nurture creativity and, most importantly, build self-esteem.

Challenge Island

Southeast Denver

3990 S. Spruce St., Denver (505) 604-6254

Ages: 2-18

Our STEAM teams visit different island destinations each week and tackle challenges using only materials in their treasure chests and their boundless imaginations.

Colorado Ballet Academy

1075 Santa Fe Dr., Denver (303) 837-8888

Ages: Ages 3+

The Academy shapes students into wellrounded, dynamic dancers by empowering our students to freely and creatively express themselves while cultivating their technique and musicality.

Colorado Budokan, LLC

3547 S. Monaco St. Pkwy., Denver (720) 253-7473

Ages: 4+

We provide professional instruction in the art of karate and promote the history, philosophy, and techniques of traditional Karate-Do.

Colorado School of Acting

9651 M.L.K. Jr Blvd., Denver (720) 233-4832

Ages: 5-19

If you are serious about acting, ready to take it to the next level, and looking for a program that provides not only acting classes, but also tools, support, and opportunities for your acting development, then you’ll want to try a workshop, and then audition for our Elite Program.

Denver Academy of Musical Arts

1485 S. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 130, Denver (720) 708-3251

Ages: 8-11

We think learning should be fun and rewarding, and that’s why we incorporate games and props into lessons. We specialize in piano, voice, and guitar lessons, preschool classes, and acting workshops.

Hero Kids Sports

Multiple locations (857) 400-8858

Ages: 2-12

Hero Kids Sports is a non-competitive sports enrichment program teaching the fundamentals of sports and the values of teamwork, all while having fun!

Kidcreate StudioBroomfield

5025 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield (303) 578-8060

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All ages

Weekly classes, camps, workshops, and homeschool classes are age-specific and are tailored to provide each student with the curriculum that suits them best.

Mad Science of Colorado

8380 Zuni St. Unit 105, Denver (303) 403-0432

Ages: 4-12

Our unique approach gives children a solid scientific foundation that goes beyond the classroom. Children engage in hands-on activities, watch spectacular demos, and take home an educational science toy every class.

MindCraft Makerspace

2501 Dallas St. #228, Aurora (303) 341-4065

Ages: 5+

The cutting-edge equipment and a knowledgeable team make our programs a unique experience.


Music and Theatre

2501 Dallas St., Ste. 130, Aurora (720) 378-3668

Ages: 4+

Neighborhood Music offers private lessons to students ages 4 to 104 in a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, drums, voice, brass, woodwind instruments, and violin.

Ocean First Swim School

3015 Bluff St., Boulder (303) 444-7234

Ages: 6 months+

At the Ocean First Swim School, we provide a fun, supportive, and comfortable environment to learn new swimming skills.

Parker Arts, Culture, & Events Center

20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker (303) 805-6800

Ages: Vary

Parker Arts is the perfect venue to engage your children in performing arts for the first time.

Personal Achievement Martial


3964 Youngfield St., Wheat Ridge (720) 287-3796

Ages: Vary

Martial arts is not just self-defense. It’s a tool we use to help kids become leaders. Hundreds of Wheat Ridge parents can’t believe the incredible transformation.

Pi Q Math

3250 E. 6th Ave., Denver (720) 263-5502

Ages: 5-14 (1st-8th Grade) Dedicated to instilling joy and confidence in math, such that children embrace math for the rest of their lives.

Reel Kids

3063 Sterling Cir. #5, Boulder (720) 212-1244

Ages: Vary

What started off as a small-town educational company has now become one of the most recognized performing arts organizations in the Boulder area and beyond. Since opening its doors, Reel Kids has managed to captivate the hearts of audiences nationwide with their state-ofthe-art film classes and interactive theatre.

Robert & Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts

2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver (303) 871-7720

All ages

As a cultural anchor for a thriving, dynamic, and diverse 21st-century Denver, the Newman Center provides programming and educational opportunities for students of all ages, in addition to a robust professional development program for K-12 teachers.

Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre

216 S. Grant St., Denver (303) 476-0222

Ages: Vary

Our mission is to teach children the skills they will need to cultivate healthy relationships, build self-esteem, and generate positive attitudes.

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids

5311 Western Ave., Ste. 135, Boulder

3425 S. Broadway, Englewood (303) 245-8150

Ages: Varies

Our after-school classes focus on teaching basic acting, vocal, and dance techniques. We create work along with our students in a creative process style to nurture imaginative play.

Stagebugz Theatre

7300 W. Elmhurst Ave., Littleton (720) 295-5389

Ages: Vary

Stagebugz is a nonprofit committed to providing fun, safe, and positive performing arts experiences while fostering

creativity, compassion, and confidence in young artists through theatre.

Spotlight Performing Arts Center

6328 E. County Line Rd., Unit 102, Littleton (720) 443-2623

Ages: Vary

It is Spotlight’s mission to operate a positive and professional learning environment where clients of all ages can receive quality instruction and loving support.

Talk to the Camera

Several locations

Ages: 6-12

Hours vary

Talk to the Camera’s STEAM-based after-school classes and camps spark imaginations and boost self-confidence through moviemaking and video creation.

The Little Gym of Westminister

10141 Wadsworth Pkwy. #300, Westminster (720) 573-1450

Ages: 4 months+

At The Little Gym, we believe kids should be able to act like kids. We also believe fun environments are especially conducive to the kind of learning that prepares them for life’s adventures.

Town Hall Arts Center

2450 Main St., Littleton (303) 794-2787

Ages: Vary

We seek to build communities by creating engaging theatre learning experiences for everyone. We offer programs yearround for students of all ages and levels of experience with theatre arts.

Warriors Martial Arts

10958 E. Bethany Dr., Aurora (720) 400-0023

Ages: 5+

Our children’s classes consist of active, high-energy instruction with a curriculum designed to develop children’s bodies and minds. Children develop strength, stamina, speed, and flexibility through wellmoderated physical instruction.

Young Voices of Colorado

99 Inverness Dr. E., Ste. 150, Englewood (303) 979-7464

Young Voices creates young musicians and lifelong singers with high-level skills that serve them for the rest of their lives. Whether they become professional musicians or music teachers, doctors, or attorneys, we are proud to know that they are better for having spent some time with us.


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Uncovering the World of Dance Competitions

The benefits of enrolling your child in dance classes are many: while they are being physically active, they are also making friendships, learning important life skills, and establishing routines in their young lives. If your child loves these dance classes, you may want to consider enrolling them in a competitive dance team. Competitive dancing is a big, yet rewarding, commitment for dancers looking to take their passion to the next level. You may even find it rewarding as the dancer’s parent. Amy Foreman, our publisher, discusses what it means to be a “dance mom” and what it takes to be a competitive dancer.

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A Day in the Life of a Dance Competition

“Kylee has been dancing since she was two-and-ahalf years old, and she’s been competitive dancing for the past two years,” Amy says of her daughter, who competes with her local dance company. Her competitions range from local to across the South, from Biloxi to Texas or Florida. No matter where they take place, they are an all-day affair.

“We typically go to four competitions per season...which can last from Thursday after school until Sunday night,” says Lauren Giangregorio, owner of Mile High Dance Center. “We had 74 routines last year. As a studio owner, I get there whenever it starts, and we pretty much live there three to four days straight.”

Kylee has four to five competitions per year. On top of that, she has two conventions where she learns different dances. The competitions require about three days of practice per week, but for a national competition, they are practicing for two weeks straight, four hours per night.

For the Mile High Dance Center team, dance competitions are more like a competition against yourself because you are competing to get a high score, but you are not competing against someone else. Dance competitions are undoubtedly an exhausting sport, but the hard work pays off when your team is awarded a trophy, medal, or even a scholarship. Even if you don’t win, there are still plenty of benefits to being a competitive dancer.

Understanding the Benefits of Competing in Dance Competitions

Speaking of winning, your dancer will learn all about how to handle life’s wins and losses as a competitive dancer. They’ll learn how to take turns, build tenacity, and develop empathy for those who aren’t on their team. An even greater development takes place within the team.

“They learn teamwork and how to work out conflicts,” Amy notes. “They are constantly critiquing each other and building each other up.” Competitive dancing will also help your child develop social skills by interacting with other children and becoming friends with them.

This camaraderie will in turn give your child a confidence boost as they develop a support system that will extend beyond the studio. Plus, your child will be prepared to take on life’s challenges.

“There is something to be said about going up onstage because it gives the dancers a level of confidence that translates into the classrooms,” says Giangregorio. “It also helps with things like public speaking, job interviews, essentially any time you have to perform in front of other people. Kids find something they are good at and use that to help with everything else they do.”

The cons, however, should be considered as well. Dance competitions are a big financial and time commitment. So, if you have the funds for your child to enroll in a competitive dance team, keep in mind that your child will be spending more time away from home and in the studio or at a competition, which can take place over the course of multiple days and require them to miss classes.

Debunking Stereotypes and Myths in the World of Dance Competitions

The biggest stereotype of parenting a child who dances competitively is that you are a “dance mom,” which refers to the TV show, Dance Moms, in which moms are notoriously too demanding of their daughters, who participate in dance competitions across the world. However, this doesn’t make the reality TV show, well, a reality. “It is not this Abby Lee situation,” Amy laughs. “I have only encountered one group of crazy ‘dance moms’ in the last two years, and nobody liked it. We did our changes and got out as fast as we could. Otherwise, I’ve made a lot of friends with these moms. We are there to support our girls, even if we are on different teams.”

“Some myths are that it is very pageant-y, but it’s definitely not. In Colorado, it’s definitely an art form,” says Giangregorio. “The dancers are required to have stage makeup, but not spray tans or fake hair. We use makeup as a way to elevant natural beauty under stage lights. Even our

costumes aren’t thousands of dollars; they can be a hundred dollars at most.”

Mental Effects & Combatting These Issues

Being a dancer requires a lot of work on your selfesteem; you have to build yourself up and accept lists of critiques of your craft. These critiques will ultimately make your child a better dancer and learn that nobody is perfect, but it can be detrimental to a young person’s mental health if you are not careful.

“One challenge is, even though you are competing against yourself, you do compare yourself to other dancers up there, so we’ve been making sure every child knows they have different strengths they can bring to perfection,” Giangregorio notes. “Some kids excel in showmanship, some in flexibility or acrobatic tricks; just because you don’t have all the same skills doesn’t mean you can’t win or can’t do a good job. We try to highlight what they are good at instead of focusing on their challenges or weaknesses.”

Giangregorio has experienced competitive dance atmospheres that felt less-thancomfortable for the dancers, which has a direct influence on how she runs Mile High Dance Center.

“By keeping it level and not trying to make them some Disney star, we have been able to avoid mental health issues,” she adds. “Dance should be a safe place where they can get away from mental issues; they can find a release here. I’ve seen what happens when you have weigh-ins and costumes that expose a ton of skin, so we try our best to not do any of that. We find costumes that make everyone feel like a million bucks.”

Most of all, it’s important to understand that winning isn’t everything because dancers grow in technique, strength, and confidence whether they win or lose.

If your child is ready for the commitment, dance competitions can be a rewarding experience for both of you, even if you don’t bring home a trophy at the end of the day.



The Dos, Don’ts, and Benefits of Taking Children to the Theater

The performing arts are an integral part of human history. For hundreds of years, this has been the medium used by our ancestors to tell stories, share history, and express their interpretations of the world around them. As a storytelling tool and as a way to explore historical context (both ancient and modern), it’s important to take children to the theater for a variety of reasons. But how does it benefit your child? What is theater etiquette?

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The Denver Center for Performing Arts’ Director of Communications and Content Marketing, Suzanne Yoe, and Allison Watrous, the Executive Director of Education, weigh in with their expertise.


Theater is largely a tool for self-discovery and education which in turn sparks creativity. After their first theater show, your child will likely be more interested in how they can get involved with theater productions and may even foster a lifelong interest in the art.

“We have amazing students who come to our programs that are very interested in theater as a career, acting as a career, or directing as a career. But, the benefit is miles beyond that,” says Watrous. “It’s about confidence, it’s about putting your voice into the world, it’s about the empowerment of self in the world, telling your own story, and carving your own path in terms of an artistic process which can transfer to so many different pathways in life. It’s really about activating curiosity and creativity and what they do to fuel a person, especially a young person.”

Another benefit of going to the theater, especially as a family, is having a shared connection and an experience to talk about. After the show, Watrous and Yoe encourage parents to talk about what they’ve seen, the lessons in the performance, and how things like special effects and surprises made the experience so exciting.

“How fabulous it is to share stories with your family!” gushes Watrous. “Stories help connect us to humanity, to each other, and learn something.

You can have a powerful conversation if you’ve shared and seen something together. It’s possible to have a family come to the show together so you can talk about it and share that experience because the live experience is happening there, and you get to share with your young person the power of storytelling and what we can learn about the world and each other through the power of story. That is powerful at any age.”

Theater Etiquette

In classic theater, there are plenty of etiquette rules to adhere to. It’s a good rule of thumb to arrive early, visit the bathroom before the show and between acts, keep your space clean, and minimize talking and other noise making during the performance.

For children’s theater, there are different sets of expectations when it comes to etiquette and behavior. Since the Denver Center offers plenty of child-friendly productions, children are welcome to make noise, laugh when a joke lands, react to the stimuli on stage, and generally be responsive to the action on stage.

Being responsive in this respect is about being engaged–actors enjoy seeing people lean in and support the watching experiences of themselves and other audience members while being able to express themselves through their reactions. Theater isn’t entirely about sitting still and just watching; it’s meant to be a sensory and emotional experience.

Ease Your Parental Anxiety

When you do settle in for the performance, a pre-show announcement will further explain the etiquette expected of you along with other relevant information like where exits and bathrooms are or sometimes even content warnings for the show.

Additionally, it may be a good idea to seek out a sensory guide that warns both parents and children of any special effects that may be used, making the experience more friendly for both neurotypical children who may be anxious about what to expect and neurodivergent children who may have sensory sensitivities.

Other than that, if you’re still nervous about how your child may behave or even if they will disturb others in the audience, Yoe shares her personal experience introducing theater to her young daughter.

“I took my daughter when she was five to her first musical: Mama Mia. I, of course, was just terrified that she would be misbehaving and I’d have to tell her to sit down, not move, don’t dance, and I think my advice to parents is to also be mindful of the people around you. If you take your cues from the people around you, as a parent, I would have been so much more reassured than I was at that moment because they were actually enjoying that musical more through her wiggling, her enjoyment, and the thrill of it.”

All-in-all, going to the theater is an enriching experience that opens doors for your child to explore the arts, get involved, and give back to their community by finding something they really enjoy and may like to pursue themselves.

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Parenting with Courage: Brain Science

Welcome to the second installment of our four-article series on Parenting with Courage. Last month, we explored values-based parenting, and your homework was to spend time during the month clarifying your family’s values. Each month for the next three months, we will explore a different pillar of Courageous Parenting, along with actionable steps you can take to implement each one in your family life. The goal of courageous parenting? To find a values-based approach to parenting where you can access ease, joy, and self-trust by parenting with awareness and choice, rather than constantly being reactive.


So, let’s get into this month’s pillar of Courageous Parenting. Now, brace yourselves because I’m about to share a parenting secret that can, if you allow it to, completely transform how you parent, and therefore how much peace you experience in your home. Ready? The first pillar is that ALL BEHAVIOR IS THE RESULT OF AN UNMET NEED. Understanding this truth will bring generosity, empathy, and a renewed feeling of connection to your family life. How do I know? Well, countless studies have shown that when we delve beneath the surface of our children’s behavior and address their unmet needs, pure magic happens. Improved communication, stronger connection, reduced behavioral challenges and long-term feelings of worthiness and self-trust are just a few of the many benefits that result from the willingness to see underneath children’s behaviors to the unmet need. For an excellent resource on this topic, check out Dr. Mona Delahooke’s book, Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges

Now, just as I ask parents to do with their children, let’s dig a bit deeper. Our children’s behavior is like a secret language, an intricate code they use to express their needs. When they “act out,” throw tantrums, or withdraw, they’re speaking to us in their unique way (the best way their brains know how, given where they are in their development). Another way to think about this is that when children are born, they come wired to feel all the same feelings we experience, but none of the strategies to feel them in productive, healthy ways. When we expect our children not to “act out,” we’re literally expecting them to do something they have not yet developed the capacity to regularly do. Our job as parents, after all, is to teach them the skills to effectively communicate their feelings and needs to us. But how will they learn? Through us compassionately getting curious about what the need might be underneath, and modeling this process ourselves.

So what exactly are those needs? I like to think about needs as two levels: the basic and the advanced. The basic level needs are things like food, water, sleep, temperature regulation. So, you might ask, are they tired? Hungry? Thirsty? Too hot/cold? If you can check those off, then you go to the advanced-level needs, which include safety, variety, belonging, play and fun, connection, autonomy, growth, and contribution.

Safety: The need to feel secure and free from physical and emotional harm. Variety: The need for unique experiences, change, and access to new information.

Belonging: The feeling of being seen, understood, and appreciated by others. Play/Fun: Opportunities for unstructured time to socially engage for its own sake.

Connection: Feeling that we belong to a community and that we give and receive love.

Autonomy: Having ownership over the choices and decisions we make.

Growth: The desire to do better, to gain expertise in areas of life that matter to us.

Contribution: Being of service to others and making the world a better place.

I want to tell you about a client of mine named Shay, who was finding themself constantly battling their five-year old’s meltdowns and aggressive behaviors. They couldn’t help but feel lost and overwhelmed, and sometimes wondered if they were failing as a parent. But Shay’s journey took a remarkable turn when they embraced the concept that behavior is a form of communication. By deciphering their son’s

need for autonomy and variety, they completely transformed their relationship. Shay came to realize that they’d been home the entire summer together, and their son had very little say in what they did. He was also feeling bored by the same day-to-day routine. Through understanding and compromise, power struggles gave way to cooperation and problem-solving, and meltdowns transformed into moments of growth and connection. Shay’s son was able to share that he wanted more variety, which included visiting new playgrounds, having picnic lunches, and seeing grandpa more often. Working together to add these things into their week profoundly shifted how they related to each other. Shay’s son not only stopped having such intense meltdowns, but he also became more helpful around the house, knowing that he had a voice, that his ideas mattered, and that he was making important contributions to the family.

As we wrap up this month’s installment of Parenting with Courage, I invite each of us to commit to decoding our children’s behaviors to see the need underneath. When your child’s behavior baffles you, take a moment to breathe, don your detective hat, and uncover the hidden messages of their tender hearts. Respond with compassion, love, and a genuine desire to meet those needs. As we do this, we help them understand that their feelings and needs matter, and that they’re worth figuring it out. Importantly, from this place of connection we can also guide them to find behaviors that are more productive in getting their needs met, all while modeling clear, compassionate communication.

This simple (not easy!) shift in perspective will nurture a parenting journey filled with confidence, warmth, and connection. And finally, let’s remember that we are not alone on this path. Together, we create a web of love, laughter, and beautiful moments that our children will remember as they grow. If you’re in need of support to help make this pillar more sustainable, I’ve got you covered.

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Moffat County Hot Air Balloon Festival

Enjoy live music entertainment all day, along with mesmerizing hot air balloons. The balloon launches all three days at 6:30 a.m. Aug. 4-6. Craig.

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

August 4 is the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, so the National Parks in Colorado are having a free day! Aug. 4. National Parks, Colorado.


Annual Block Party

The Brent’s Place Block Party is a carnival-themed event that promises community-building through games, water activities, music, and food trucks. Aug. 5. Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora.

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

This music festival features renowned folk artists and singer-songwriters performing in a beautiful outdoor setting. Aug. 11-13. Lyons.

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6 Pirates and Princesses Week

Help find the hidden treasure and celebrate with a root beer social, but don’t forget to bring your pirate gear for the free KOA Holiday Event. Aug. 14-20. KOA, Colorado Springs.

Mini Camp

This festival celebrates the region’s delicious peaches with activities like peach and wine tastings, live music, arts and crafts, a parade, and a peach-eating contest. $8-20. Aug. 17-19. Palisades.

8 Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never before. $35. Aug. 24. Kirk of Highland, Denver.


Colorado State Fair

The Colorado State Fair, held in Pueblo, is an annual event featuring livestock shows, rodeos, concerts, carnival rides, food vendors, and more. $7-$200. Aug. 25-Sept. 4. Pueblo.

Kids aren’t the only ones who have fun at camp, so Adventure Unlimited created a Mini Camp for adults. Have your own adventure in a spiritually nurturing atmosphere with horseback riding (advanced and beginner), cycling, hiking, kayaking, challenge yourself on the ropes course, or just relax and enjoy the views of the Rocky Mountains.

From horse activities to mountain and water sports, there’s an activity for everyone. Hone in on specific skills you want to perfect, or try something entirely new, like rock climbing, cowboy-mounted shooting, or canoeing. The camp also offers group bible lesson study, archery and riflery, and even a beautiful fireplace to read a book. This Mini Camp allows adults to create their own custom summer camp experience that’s as active or relaxing as they would like. There are several activities to choose from, so you can do something different every day. Adventure Unlimited offers full sessions and half sessions throughout August. The full session occurs on August 20-26 and costs $995. The half session happens August 20-23 or August 23-26 and costs $625.

To prepare for your outdoor adventure, check online and view the links provided by Adventure Unlimited Ranches. There’s general admission, the itinerary for what to pack, travel details, maps, and more.

Adventure Unlimited Ranches, Buena Vista.

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1 Tuesday Colorado Day


The Centennial State celebrates its 147th birthday on Tuesday, August 1, with a free event at the History Colorado Center. Arts and crafts, live music, snacks, and alpacas, are just the tip of the snow cone at this carnivalesque gathering fit for an entire state. History Colorado Center, Denver.

Junior Firefighters Academy Camp


Each four-day camp lets kids from 1st-3rd grade experience the life and work of a firefighter. From learning fire safety behaviors to fire science to an

obstacle course that puts it all together, your kids will love this half-day camp! Registration is $60 per child, and space is limited. Denver Firefighters Museum.

2 Wednesday ArtPark Al Fresco

Family Nights: Art Cars


Some folks just can’t leave their art in a museum and would rather travel around with it or even inside of it! In this workshop, you’ll design your own tiny art cars using toys, googly eyes, and other fun objects. This event is free, with all supplies included, but you must pre-register. RiNo ArtPark, Denver.

Metro Denver Farmers’ Market


Metro Denver Farmers’ Market is the oldest farmers’ market in the Denver area. Many of their farmers are from generations of Colorado farming families, locally grown in all ways! The Aspen Grove farmers market recurs every Wednesday until September 27. Aspen Grove, Littleton.

3 Thursday

Modern Arcana Film Premiere


The premiere screening of the feature film Modern Arcana is a kaleidoscopic reincarnation romance about two souls who met in the afterlife, and they take turns living lives of their choice. This showing is for ages 18 and up. General tickets are $20, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Meow Wolf Denver.

Wild Adventures: Herbal Foraging Skills


For ages 10-12, find and identify local native herbs as you explore mountain meadows and forests. Create your own herb ID book and other fun crafts using Brigette’s herbal expertise and guidance. Registration is required, and it costs $75. There is a shuttle available from and to Boulder. Wild Bear Nature Center, Nederland.

4 Friday

Friday Night Swing Nights


Each Friday night during the month of August, head to the Swing Night and Makers Market event in the parking lot at the BARBOX Garden. Enjoy live music, dancing, food trucks, and a cool Makers Market. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and make a night of it with family and friends. Aspen Grove,


Rotating Tap Comedy


Rotating Tap combines some of the best craft beer you can find with some of the funniest comedians from across the country. They feature comedians seen on just about every comedy program imaginable. This is a recurring event; jump online to see which events are free and require tickets. River North Brewery, Denver.

5 Saturday

Audi Denver Littleton

Twilight Criterium


The Criterium is a full day of racing, including professional men’s and women’s races. The Audi Denver Littleton Twilight Criterium is at the midpoint in a new national criterium series formed in collaboration with USA Cycling and America’s best criterium races. There will also be a beer garden, live music, and a cruiser ride for the family to make it a wicked day. Race registration starts at $40. Downtown Littleton.

Unicorn 5K (South)


Come frolic at the Unicorn Runner 5K in Highlands Ranch to finish off your summer! You’ll earn a sweet T-shirt and a flashy unicorn finisher medal. Costumes are encouraged, and there’s a Costume Contest for DIY costumeclad participants. Registration ranges from $17-41. Highlands Heritage Regional Park, Highlands Ranch.

6 Sunday

Colorado Scottish Festival


The Colorado Scottish Festival began 59 years ago in Golden and celebrates Scottish culture and athleticism. Join them for traditional Scottish music, piping and drumming competitions, and Scottish dancing. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $10 for children. This is a two-day event beginning Friday, August 5. Denver Polo Club, Sedalia.

Mile High Showdown


The biggest car show, Mile High Showdown Lowrider Car Show, hits the National Western Complex in Denver. This “can’t miss out on event” is part of the 2023 Lowrider Tour and the WEGO-Midwast Tour, which features lowriders from all across the Midwest. National Western Complex, Denver.

7 Monday Summer Camp: Team Fox


Enjoy a unicorn-inspired 5K on August 5.

HERO Kids Sports is a non-competitive sports enrichment program teaching the fundamentals of sports and the values of teamwork. For ages 4-12, the primary focus is to build your child’s self-confidence, learn leadership and teamwork skills, and connect with new friends. Registration is $36 for the week of August 7-11. Berkeley Lake Park, Denver.

The Beatles Camp


The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the most important rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time, and their songs have greatly influenced the direction of modern music. Students will spend Monday through Friday learning and practicing songs from The Beatles, culminating in a live performance. Space is limited, and students can be enrolled online. School of Rock, Lakewood.

8 Tuesday

Regal Summer Movie Express

Head to a Regal every Tuesday and Wednesday for the Regal Summer Movie Express. During the first show of the day, enjoy $2 tickets, and make sure to jump online to see the movie and times. On August 8, watch Curious George with your family at Regal Village at the Peaks. Regal Village at The Peaks, Longmont.



Children ages three to seven, with a favorite adult, experience stories through books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, and activities. This program encourages emerging reading skills by engaging children in a playful environment with shapes, sounds, rhythm, and rhyme. Fountain Library.

9 Wednesday

Music on the Green

Every Wednesday morning, enjoy the hottest weekly concert series of the season. The summer series is happening until August 16, and the artist playing on August 9 is Adia Clark Lay. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and sunscreen. With concerts lasting about 45 minutes, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer day. Yampa River Botanic Park, Steamboat Springs.

Seafood BBQ & Shellfish Boil


Head to The Sebastian on select summer evenings for a communitystyle dining experience featuring live music, mountain views, and chefprepared meals. Tickets start at $175, and you can reserve your spot online. The Sebastian, Vail.

10 Thursday

Movies at McGregor’s Square


Bring a blanket and find a spot on the lawn or choose a table in the plaza - both are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, and bar drinks are available for purchase. On August 10, head to McGregor’s Square to watch Antman and the Wasp: Quantamania McGregor’s Square, Denver.

Rooftop Karaoke


Join Desk Chair Workspace and DJ Robin Hood at your new favorite karaoke spot. There will be margarita specials, karaoke, and an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains. Make sure to reserve a spot online for $10. Desk Chair WorkSpace, Loveland.

11 Friday

Rocky Mountain Irish Gathering


The Rocky Mountain Irish Gathering returns to Fort Collins from August 11-13. Eleven renowned local, national, and international bands will provide the best in Irish traditional and contemporary rock performances, featuring special guests, the McTeggart Irish Dancers. Tickets range from $2080. Lincoln Center, Fort Collins.

Summer Films: Mean Girls


Get ready to go back to high school with the iconic movie Mean Girls. This beloved teen comedy has become a cultural phenomenon, and it’s still as funny and relevant today as it was when it first hit theaters. Film admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5 per person. Historic Elitch Theatre, Denver.

12 Saturday

Arapahoe Warrior 5K


Come out and support the Arapahoe Warrior Cross Country team at the 4th annual Arapahoe Warrior 5K. Registration is $35, and $10 of every registration goes directly to the Cross Country Booster team. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m. Arapahoe High School, Centennial.

Free Admission Longmont Museum

On the second Saturday of each month, head to the Longmont Museum, where all exhibits in the museum are free! Typically, exhibition admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors, and free for three and under. Longmont Museum.

13 Sunday

19th WWW Kids “Games of Old”


Join the old-fashioned fun at the free “Games of Old” for kids of all ages. Activities include panning for gold and gems, bubble blowing, apple dash, tic tac toe, sack race, cactus toss, marble race, and more. If you want to head over early, plan to attend the Family Pancake Breakfast, that’s $5 per person. Geneva Lodge Lawn at the Littleton Center.

Stanley Summer Series


Head to the Stanley Marketplace

every second Sunday of the month to shop for local produce at the seasonal farmers market. Enjoy live music from local music acts covering a range of styles and genres. Stanley Marketplace, Aurora.

14 Monday

Family Time


Gather the whole family for engaging stories, dancing, singing, and rhyming. This activity is suitable for babies, preschoolers, and toddlers. This recurring event is free, and families can meet in the Standley Lake Meeting Room. Standley Lake Library, Arvada.

Summit County Community Playgroup


Join the Summit County Play Group and become more connected with the community. This is a free event for parents and children (birth-three) to play and use their creativity to make beautiful art pieces. Teen Center, Frisco.

15 Tuesday Free Day

August 15 is a free day at York Street and Chatfield Farms. For free days, registration is required, and tickets sell out quickly. Jump online in advance to secure your spot. Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, Littleton.

Kids’ Introduction to Tae Kwon Do 6-6:45pm

Children 5-13 are invited to Lane Academy of Martial Arts on Tuesday nights for a free Tae Kwon Do introductory class. Karate lessons are very popular after-school activities and have proven to increase student focus and confidence in the classroom. Kids should wear sweatpants, a T-shirt and leave the jewelry behind. Lane Academy of Martial Arts, Arvada.

16 Wednesday Free Night

Satisfy your science curiosity during the SCFD Free Nights—no need to reserve your Free Day ahead of time. Walk up anytime during Free Nights and gain access to the Wildfire Halls or the permanent exhibitions. A separate ticket is required if you’d like to visit the planetarium, the new Infinity Theatre, or “Bugs.” Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

17 Thursday Jagged Little Pill

Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE–everything you want to see in a Broadway show is in the exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music. The musical contains strong language and adult themes. There are two show times on Thursday, one starting at 2 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. Buell Theatre, Denver.

Picnic on the Plaza


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Bring your picnic lunch and something to sit on, and join the fun at the Picnic on the Plaza. This event recurs every Thursday and features live music on the lawn. Festival Plaza, Lafayette.

18 Friday Free Day


Ride the dueling zip line, navigate the river, dig in the sand, stroll through the apple orchard, and explore the outdoors. Joy Park at Children’s Museum Marsico Campus, Denver.

Outdoor Toddler Storytime


Stories, songs, rhymes, and fun for toddlers and caregivers is at the Outdoor Toddler Storytime. Immediately following the program, play and social time in the park. This storytime is ideal for ages 2-5, and an adult must accompany their children. Dailey Park, Denver.

19 Saturday

Ed Sheeran Concert


The talented Ed Sheeran is coming to Colorado for “The Mathematics Tour” and to perform his top hits like Perfect, Photograph, and Castle on the Hill. Empower Field at Mile High, Denver.

Fort Collins Peach Festival


The Fort Collins Peach Festival is back and better than ever, with live music, local beer and drink vendors, food trucks, and local businesses and street vendors. Civic Center Park, Fort Collins.

20 Sunday City Skate


Bring friends and family to the roller rink every weekend. Skate rentals are $9 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Skyline Park, Denver.

Kids Create 4-4:30pm

For children ages five and under, head to the Children’s Library for a hands-on learning and craft experience. Children

and families will explore new materials and create together. This is a free, recurring event that does not require registration. Denver Public Library: Central Library.

21 Monday

100 Things to Do Before You’re 12 10am-2pm

This recurring event is full of fun and exciting outdoor adventures for kids ages 6-12. The theme for August is catching crawdads at the Sand Creek Regional Greenway. Registration is required, and it starts at $10. Eagle Point Recreation Center, Commerce City.

Let’s Play


Join Playcrafter Kids on a creative art adventure to connect, create, and play! The arts stimulate self-expression, creativity, and critical thinking while building confidence, body awareness, and communication skills. Register your toddler for the program online for $90. Foothills Unitarian Church, Fort Collins.

22 Tuesday

Baby Time 9:15-9:45am

Help the littlest minds develop and grow as you bounce, sing, rhyme, and read with your baby. Golden Library.

Kids Night 4-7pm

Kids 10 and under eat free at the Melting Pot on Tuesdays and Sundays. Melting Pot, Littleton.

23 Wednesday

Feeding Group


Colorado Birth and Wellness offers a free, weekly Feeding Support Group. Attendees will breastfeed, chestfeeding, bottle feed, discuss pumping, and connect with others. No sign-up is needed; just arrive with yourself and your sweet baby. Colorado Birth & Wellness, Denver.

24 Thursday

Chicken Fight

The everything fried chicken festival is back for another year at Elitch Gardens. This is an adult-only, private, one-night extravaganza for the senses. Chefs from 45 of the city’s top restaurants will compete for your vote to win the crown for the best in chicken wings,

Run for a great cause on August 12.
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fried chicken, bourbon chicken, chicken tacos, and more! Elitch Gardens, Denver.

Genealogy Assistance


Larimer County Genealogy Society has volunteer researchers to help you with your genealogy or family history. Loveland Public Library.

25 Friday

Breckenridge Hogfest: Bacon and Bourbon


Meat connoisseurs can taste their way through a spectrum of park samples, premium whiskeys, single malt scotches, and barrel-aged spirits while enjoying live music and mixology below Peak Nine. The Village at Breckenridge.

26 Saturday Family Day Out: Farmers’ Market Cooking


Head to Uncorked Kitchen and see how to use summer products that will make your taste buds sing. Uncorked Kitchen & Wine Bar, Centennial.

Film on the Field

Starts at Dusk


Pick up dinner and drinks-to-go at one of the Stanley Maketplace’s restaurants, bars, and breweries, and bring it out to The Field to enjoy with family and friends at this free event. On August 25, the exciting Super Mario Bros movie will play outdoors for all ages to enjoy. Stanley Marketplace, Aurora.

27 Sunday

Hot Rod Rock & Rumble


This Rockabilly festival features a pre’76 car show, drag racing, burnout and flamethrower contest, multiple bands performing on stages, and more. Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain.

Let’s Bowl 4 A Precious Child


The Bowling Tournament is one of the most loved events of the year, bringing together local community supporters, police, and firefighters for a friendly competition while raising funds to provide disadvantaged and displaced children with access to basic essentials. Bowlero, Westminster.

28 Monday

Military Monday

10am-3pm All military, first responders, and

teachers enjoy $5 admission on the 4th Monday of each month at the Little Monkey Bizness. Parents must show an ID at check-in to receive the discount. Little Monkey Bizness, Colorado Springs. coloradosprings.

Secrets of the Sea 3D

11:30am or 4pm

This film takes you on an underwater journey with an incredible variety of enchanting marine creatures, from pygmy seahorses and dazzling opalescent squid to majestic manta rays, tiger sharks, and even a clever coconut octopus. Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

29 Tuesday

FoCo Food Truck Rally


Every Tuesday, enjoy delicious food truck bites and free live music at City Park in Fort Collins until September 19. Every week a new musician is performing; on August 29, it’s TMULE & Friends. City Park, Fort Collins.

Virtual Rainbow Alley: The Vent Room


The Vent Room is a virtual space intended for high school students to connect with each other through

guided discussions. Virtually via Discord.

30 Wednesday

Preschool Wednesday

Morning Nature Walks


Take a morning stroll with naturalists through Broomfield’s open space areas. These walks are designed especially for preschoolers and their guardians. During the hour, you will learn about the animals and plants that are in your backyard. Tom Frost Reservoir, Broomfield.

Young the Giant with Milky Chance 7pm

The rock band Young the Giant comes to Red Rocks for an epic outdoor show and is accompanied by Milky Chance. Red Rocks, Morrison.

31 Thursday

Make and Pack Lunches for Youth


Volunteer with Project Helping to make lunches for the hungry and homeless youth of Denver. Children five and up are allowed to participate but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Project Helping, Centennial.

Hometown Half & 5k/10K

half marathon free photos, a “biggest team” contest, and a kids’ dash. The kids’ dash is an untimed race for children 10 and under. If your kiddo doesn’t want free swag, they are welcome to run for free. Celebrate after with delicious food and fun.

The annual Hometown Half Marathon, 5K, and 10K is back for another year at Westminster Park. Challenge yourself and sign up for the half marathon, or enjoy the outdoors and walk or jog a shorter race. This local-themed event is perfect for the whole family,

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whether the kids are cheering or running the race. By participating in the race, you receive fun swag to always look back on, including a designer shirt and custom medal. The race also offers chip-timing, custom bibs, live results and awards, pacers for

If you’re not a big runner, consider volunteering for the event. Course Monitors help maintain a safe course by redirecting traffic away from participants and guiding them in the right direction. Another way to volunteer is at an Aid Station where you provide water to participants as they pass, along with keeping the course clean for runners. All volunteers and supporters are encouraged to bring pom-poms, horns, musical instruments, signs, etc., and cheer on the runners.

Participants can sign up for the race online, and registration ranges from $15 to $50. You must register by midnight the Sunday before the race to be guaranteed a shirt. If you refer four runners to the race, your entry is free, and if you refer 10 runners you earn an exclusive jacket! If you can’t make the race but would like to still participate in the challenge, there’s a virtual option where you can run anywhere, at any time, and still earn the fun swag. This event is rain, shine, snow, or cold, so prepare for the weather!

Beginning at 5:30 a.m. is Packet Pickup, followed by the Kids Dash at 6:55 a.m. At 7 a.m., the National Anthem will be immediately followed by the start of the race. View the full race schedule online.

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When it boils down to it, if you put your heart into it and really work towards your goals, you can make all your dreams come true.

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