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Portland Style 101

Portland Style 101

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

You’ve probably noticed Portland is turning out more hot new designers than any other city, as evidenced by the sweep of Portland winners on the reality TV hit show “Project Runway.” We are officially a city with style. Is it our quirky, creative energy and spirit of individuality that inspires this design genius? We’re known […]

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Social Media & Moods

Social Media & Moods

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

You’ve probably seen headlines linking social media to depression, loneliness and other emotional problems. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a clinical report urging pediatricians to counsel families about something they called “Facebook depression.” Despite the headlines, much of the early research about how social media impacts mental health was contradictory. One study from […]

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Pay it Forward on Earth Day

Pay it Forward on Earth Day

Our kids will be living on this planet long after we’re gone, so they should learn to care for it. Why not throw a party to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) and use it to reinforce the importance of going green? Kids will have fun and make a difference in the environment with these Happy […]

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An Edible Education

An Edible Education

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

As our food system faces challenges, I believe our greatest gift to our children is an “edible” education. In America today, it is more common for our food to come from across the world than from our own backyards. Agriculture took a wrong turn a few generations back, replacing biodiverse family farms with industrial corporate […]

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It’s All Nature, Charlie Brown

It’s All Nature, Charlie Brown

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before Netflix, before cable and long before YouTube, there was a simple and coveted ritual of waiting for and watching special animated holiday TV shows. The annual airings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on primetime television were cause for celebration. Gathering to see the whole gang — Charlie […]

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Handwork as a Social Affair

Handwork as a Social Affair

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered whether handwork, such as knitting, crafting and whittling, is good for your child? Neurological research has shown that use of the fingers and dexterity challenges for growing children are interrelated with brain development. This research confirms the beliefs and experiences that Waldorf educators have integrated into their teaching curriculum for more […]

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Raising a Green Teen

Raising a Green Teen

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Teens are naturally oblivious to the resources around them. If the refrigerator is empty, their parents fill it. When the garbage cans get full, we bring them to the curb and they are taken away. At home, they have unlimited use of electricity and water. As our teens approach adulthood, now is the perfect time […]

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Book Touring, Family Style

Book Touring, Family Style

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

We were in our car, packed and steaming toward the Cloud & Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita, when our kids looked up and noticed the Evergreen Aviation Museum on Route 18. “Look at that!” my son cried, seeing a real, live airplane on a rooftop of all places. “Can we go?” asked my daughter. My husband […]

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Green Birthday Celebrations

Green Birthday Celebrations

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

You love your kids. You love your planet. Nothing can bring those two into conflict like the birthday party experience. When I find myself waffling over a parenting decision, I ask myself, “How will this impact my children long-term?” Often, it’s hard to be certain, but this I do know. The example I set in […]

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Children’s Garden: Developing A Lifetime of Learning and Play

Children’s Garden: Developing A Lifetime of Learning and Play

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Portland is a hub for young families. With amazing hiking trails and just a short drive to the coast or mountains, it has a little bit of something for everyone. Such a large population of families with young children means that Portland’s early childhood learning centers are an important part of this community. Indeed, there […]

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