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Author Archive | Krista Hagenbuch Rider

kindergarten

What to Consider When Considering Kindergarten

To kindergarten or not to kindergarten? That is a question for many parents with children who have birthdays on the months immediately preceding the cutoff date. In a time when expectations of young children are increasing, and kindergarten in Oregon is now full-day, families are choosing to delay entry into the formal school system. While it is a […]

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groundhog day

A Groundhog Day Tradition

Groundhog Day is a special holiday for my family, with a memorable, fun tradition from my childhood. The telephone would ring several times before it was answered. I could visualize my grandma making her way through her apartment to where the black rotary dial phone rested on a side table. Her hello was warm, welcoming and so familiar. I […]

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Grandparents Day

The Gift of Grandparents

Grandparents and gifts; two words that often go together. On Grandparents Day, I find myself reflecting not back on my own relationships, but at the relationships my son is building with all six of his grandparent relationships. Gifts, however, go far beyond the tangible items offered. It’s the gift inside that holds the true treasure; the lessons […]

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Winning the Mom Olympics

The XXXI Summer Olympics are upon us. The world’s greatest athletes are gathering in Rio de Janeiro to display their best and compete for the coveted gold medals. Eight weeks into summer, I feel like we have our own Olympic games taking place. The flexibility of unstructured days is enjoyed, as is the spontaneous nature. However, there are […]

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