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The Divorced Parents’ Guide to Travel

The Divorced Parents’ Guide to Travel

| March 1, 2013 | 4 Comments

Answers to your top travel questions Traveling has become one of the most difficult challenges facing today’s modern families, particularly those impacted by divorce. When is the last time your family got away and enjoyed quality time together? Maybe it was recently, or perhaps you’re long overdue. Whether you’re gearing up for a fun-filled beach […]

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‘Tis the Farm-Fresh Season

‘Tis the Farm-Fresh Season

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

With all the wonderful farmers markets about to open for the bountiful spring-into-summer season, we wanted to spotlight one of the area’s oldest institutions, the Beaverton Farmers Market. Ginger Rapport, longtime market manager, gave us some insight into what makes farmers markets such a wonderful experience for families. The Beaverton Farmers Market has been around […]

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The Family that Runs Together …

The Family that Runs Together …

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

35th Annual Shamrock Run The Shamrock Run has always been the kick-off for the outdoor fitness season for runners and walkers alike. I can remember the event when it was much smaller than the 35,000 expected this year—more like about 3,500 people. Come to think of it, I was smaller too. It’s hard for me […]

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Quality of Life is No Compromise

Quality of Life is No Compromise

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

My story is probably not much different from yours. Despite varying degrees of awareness and acceptance of seemingly “necessary evils” in our lives, we make choices every day influenced by our priorities and values. Sometimes it appears that constraints of time and money can limit access to better choices. Then I realized, Why should this […]

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Getting a Jump on Summer Camp Planning

Getting a Jump on Summer Camp Planning

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

I still remember the Excel spreadsheet my husband created when our son was in grade school. We were trying to patch together multiple summer day-camp options that would be fun and enriching for him and that would also, frankly, help us out with child care while we both worked. We talked with friends, read everything […]

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The Real Trailblazers of the West

The Real Trailblazers of the West

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Honoring Women’s History Month Celebrating the courage and enduring spirit of pioneering women is the new book, “Women of the Frontier: 16 Tales of Trailblazing Homesteaders, Entrepreneurs, and Rabble-Rousers” (Chicago Review Press). A vivid collection of abridged biographies of 19th-century women who made the 2,000-mile trek west, the book explores how these women spent months […]

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Is Organic Produce Worth the Cost?

Is Organic Produce Worth the Cost?

With the rising price of food, many parents wonder if organic produce is worth the added expense. Conflicting information about why organic produce is — or isn’t — a healthier choice is confusing for consumers. Here are three common reasons for buying organic produce along with arguments for and against each. Health: Many feel that […]

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Raising Leaders for the Modern World

Raising Leaders for the Modern World

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

What proud parent hasn’t envisioned their child as a leader? Whether parents picture their precocious tot in the Oval Office or a team captain’s uniform, their ultimate wish is the same: success. Our culture often equates leading others with achievement and material success, says David Cottrell, best-selling author of “Monday Morning Leadership” and “Monday Morning […]

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The Dance of Discovery

The Dance of Discovery

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Despite all of our attempts to raise children unencumbered by gender stereotypes, the would-be Billy Elliots of the world still are charged with educating the sometimes narrow-minded and uneducable among us. What happens when a boy decides he wants to take ballet? Even though when asked to name a famous ballet dancer, the names Nijinsky, […]

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