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Handy Homework Strategies

Handy Homework Strategies

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

As I overheard a conversation with a parent discussing her child’s routine and the late hour the child completed her homework the night before, I thought about how easily we allow our kids to slip into procrastinating habits that result in disastrous consequences. Instead of encouraging behavior toward meeting their responsibilities, we allow distracted effort […]

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What a Shame!

What a Shame!

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the Era of Over-sharing, it’s not surprising that parents post photos of their kids on social media. What’s truly startling is the popularity of something that has been called, for better or worse, “kid-shaming.” The idea of taking a photo of a sign hanging around a loved one’s neck seems to have started with […]

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Preschooler SmartStart

Preschooler SmartStart

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

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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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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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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