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

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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Frozen Donor Eggs & Pregnancy

Frozen Donor Eggs & Pregnancy

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

For one in eight couples in the U.S., infertility is a challenge standing in the way of having a family. Women who pursue motherhood later in life or who have undergone cancer treatment may discover that they do not have healthy, viable eggs with which to have a family. For these women, a donor egg […]

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Preserving Children’s Artwork

Preserving Children’s Artwork

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Preschool and school-age children love to create works of art for us to admire. And we do need to give our children’s efforts the attention they deserve. But, from spelling tests to craft projects, if we kept it all, we would soon be unable to find our children amongst the towering stacks of papers. Here are a […]

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