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Welcome to Language through Fusion

Welcome to Language through Fusion

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Did you know that numerous studies have shown that multilingual learning benefits students’ brain function, as well as their social skills? Many educators tout the benefits of language-immersive education, and there are plenty of good reasons to consider a bilingual, multicultural learning environment for your child. This is why the German American School of Portland […]

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Finding Quality Child Care

Finding Quality Child Care

| July 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

Most of us will be there at some point: we need to find a child care provider we can trust with our children. We might start with asking friends or searching online. But those in the know highly recommended that we start with our local Child Care Resource and Referral agency (CCR&R). By starting with […]

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Three Numbers for Help: 211

Three Numbers for Help: 211

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kemmie Giarde is a single mother of three boys, ages 3 (twins) and 6. They live in a rural area of the Columbia Gorge, where “the kids are in heaven,” she says, with a bit of room to be rambunctious without disturbing the neighbors. But before they landed there, Kemmie was under incredible stress while […]

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Picky Eater or Timid Taster?

Picky Eater or Timid Taster?

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever tasted? Do you remember how you felt as you put it into your mouth? Hold onto that feeling. Chances are, that’s exactly how your reluctant taster feels each and every time you ask him or her to sample something new. The scariest thing I’ve ever tasted is a fried […]

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My Son, the Teenage Father

My Son, the Teenage Father

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

I did not know what to say when my teenage son, Rob, told me one winter afternoon that he was going to be a father. That didn’t stop me from mumbling something like, “I hope you’re happy. This is the kind of thing that happens when you think you know everything.” I was angry. Yes, […]

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Equal Parenting

Equal Parenting

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Father of two Billy Farrow can throw a tea party like nobody’s business. He gets plenty of tea-drinking practice as the main caretaker for his daughters, Gwen, 5, and Jane, 3, while his wife Tanya Farrow works as a second-grade teacher. In between his night and weekend shifts as a restaurant manager, he spends most […]

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Child Development Goal Through Soccer

Child Development Goal Through Soccer

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Many of us know from experience that fitness is a habit. The earlier it’s established, the sooner the behavior is set, the more it simply exists in the context of how a person sees him- or herself. The critical development window of ages 0-5 is the best time to set healthy habits—so why not do […]

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Plan a Homeschool Graduation

Plan a Homeschool Graduation

Your homeschooled teenager studied hard for four years and now the time is drawing to a close. You would like to recognize him for his efforts, but you don’t belong to a group that hosts a graduation for its members. What do you do? We’ve graduated four of our six children from homeschool, and we’ve […]

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Honoring Father’s Day

Honoring Father’s Day

| May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

How can you ensure that your Father’s Day efforts hit the mark? First, think about how the father figure in your life demonstrates his love for others. According to Dr. Gary Chapman, a marriage counselor and author of “The 5 Love Languages,” each of us has a primary way of expressing and interpreting love. It […]

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Should You Bank Your Baby’s Cord Blood?

Should You Bank Your Baby’s Cord Blood?

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Five days before her first birthday, Peyton Connelly had been crankier and sleepier than usual. When her mom, Shelly, went to retrieve Peyton from her crib after a lengthy nap, “Peyton stood up and fell over,” Shelly says. Alarmed, Shelly and her husband, Travis, 32, took their toddler to the local hospital. There, they were […]

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