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Top 10 things to Know About The Oregon Garden

Top 10 things to Know About The Oregon Garden

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Oregon Garden, located in historic Silverton, Oregon, is full of beauty and wonder for your whole family! Here are the top 10 things you should know about this special destination: It’s FUN for the whole family! The Oregon Garden features a Children’s Garden with a hobbit house to play in, a miniature train garden, […]

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Where the Wild Things Are: Camping with Babies and Toddlers

Where the Wild Things Are: Camping with Babies and Toddlers

| August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the summer, campgrounds are crawling (sometimes literally) with babies, toddlers and young families. But many new parents may hesitate to head into the wild, as they wonder whether camping with a tot will be safe, enjoyable or worth the hassle. Don’t abandon your dreams of an al fresco vacation quite yet — camping with […]

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Northern Exposure: The Next Generation

Northern Exposure: The Next Generation

Fantastic script writing, endearing characters, a beautiful small town setting … all of these factors got me hooked on the hit TV series, “Northern Exposure,” when it originally came out in the 1990s. I adored the simple yet profound story lines of this show. At the Beaverton City Library several months ago I came across […]

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Yoshida’s Back in the Sandbox Again

Yoshida’s Back in the Sandbox Again

| July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sand in the City began in 1996 with Junki Yoshida and 13 corporate teams working together to raise money in support of The Kids on the Block Awareness Program, a non-profit children’s program using puppets to help educate children to be more accepting of others with disabilities and differences. Yoshida’s and the Hoffman Construction Company have […]

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Sustainable Summer

Sustainable Summer

| June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Attention Earthlings: Summer is upon us, a great time to be kind to Mother Earth. Oftentimes, however, eco-friendly ideas don’t coincide with frugal lifestyles. In an effort to dovetail these two purposes, we offer 22 budget-friendly ways to go green this summer. Sign up for the “no solicitation” registry.
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The Nature of Childhood

The Nature of Childhood

| June 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

During a peewee soccer game, one tiny player stared up into the sky, his eyes intently following the path of an orange butterfly. The coach and many spectators loudly called his name, but the ball rolled right past him without notice. His attention was elsewhere … in nature. Children innately love nature. They crave connection […]

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Why Playing Outdoors Makes Children Smarter

Why Playing Outdoors Makes Children Smarter

| April 2, 2013 | 18 Comments

Author and clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison writes, “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” It is through unstructured, open-ended creative play that children learn the ways of the world. While playing outside, children explore with all their senses, they witness new life, they create […]

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Self-Determination at Summer Camp

Self-Determination at Summer Camp

Parents spend a lot of time trying to motivate kids. We use chore charts, checklists, reminders and rewards to get them to feed the dog, clean their rooms and complete schoolwork. But these techniques don’t change behavior long-term. Real motivation must come from within. The psychology of summer camp Time at camp may be all […]

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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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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

| September 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Living in Portland offers many advantages; beauty, livability, food carts, cool people. One thing we do miss, however, is our own major league sports teams. Although it’s great that Portland has the Trail Blazers, some also love to get their sports on with football and baseball in a major league way. For that, we have […]

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