Parenting

Preschooler SmartStart

Preschooler SmartStart

You’ve picked up your child from her 2s, 3s or 4s program, with the rest of the day or the weekend ahead of you. Now what? It’s a common dilemma. “So many parents ask me, ‘What do I do with my child when we get home?’” says Elissa Sungar, a former preschool teacher at Stanford University […]

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Travel

Your Next Great Adventure: Family Camp Out

Your Next Great Adventure: Family Camp Out

Camping has become an increasingly popular family activity, and it’s not hard to see why. There’s no better way to experience all of nature’s offerings. A leisurely hike, jumping fish, s’mores around the campfire—it all adds up to hours of stress-free quality time with the ones you love most. And even the plushest camping accommodations […]

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Teenagers

Stepping Up From Middle to High School

Stepping Up From Middle to High School

The transition from middle school studies to an early high school curriculum can be an exciting yet daunting experience for students. In the transition, teenagers tend to realize that their study habits need an upgrade. However, not all ninth graders know how to upgrade their scholastic systems, and may find themselves falling behind in school […]

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Nutrition

Beat the Sweets: Breaking a Sugar Habit

Beat the Sweets: Breaking a Sugar Habit

Here’s the sugary scoop: American kids consume far too much of the sweet stuff. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), toddlers are getting 12 teaspoons instead of the recommended 4 (19 grams), and school-aged children who should have no more than 3 teaspoons (14.2 grams) are consuming 21. Preteens and teens take the cake; […]

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Other Recent Posts

Achieving A Better Life With Down Syndrome

Achieving A Better Life With Down Syndrome

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

There is nothing more a parent wants for their child than to be like everyone else.  Right now, it is tough for me to be able to give the same things to both my kids.  My 13 year-old son, Isaac, has Down Syndrome, and as a parent, I am not able to save for his […]

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Back-To-School Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Back-To-School Pedestrian Safety Improvements

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

As efforts continue to increase funding for longstanding transportation safety and maintenance needs throughout Portland, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer joined local and state officials and community partners today to celebrate the installation of new pedestrian flashing beacons at five busy East Portland intersections. The five new beacons, which flash yellow when a pedestrian pushes a […]

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Dodging Sports Injuries

Dodging Sports Injuries

Participation in youth sports is on the rise, and so are sports injuries. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 30 million children and teens participate in youth sports in the United States. The Journal of Athletic Training estimates that more than 3.5 million children under 14 years of age […]

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OKTOBERFEST: Food, Festivities, Fun

OKTOBERFEST: Food, Festivities, Fun

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ah, fall in Oregon’s Willamette Valley: a heady blend of crisp mornings, hillsides alive with brilliant color, and eager anticipation of an annual rite of seasonal passage: Mount Angel’s iconic Oktoberfest. This year’s celebration, September 11 through 14, 2014, promises all the magic, entertainment and authentic flavors visitors have come to expect from one of […]

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Make a Homemade Lava Lamp

Make a Homemade Lava Lamp

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lava lamps are cool things to stare at for hours. Here’s how to make a similar type of display (without the cool lights), along with the science behind this model and the actual lava lamp. Materials: An empty glass bottle (preferably one with a wide mouth for dropping something into it) Water Oil Alka-Seltzer tablets […]

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Leading the Healthy Living Movement

Leading the Healthy Living Movement

The sunny daylight I’ve enjoyed during my early-morning summer walks is starting to fade. As the days get shorter and school starts, I realize that the challenges of balancing work and family demands are starting to ramp up again! Here comes the line-up: budget forecasting, strategic planning, almost weekly out-of-town travel, a busy season for […]

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