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Portland Childcare Choices

When I went back to work after my first daughter was born, my grad student husband and my mom were able cover most of our childcare needs. And then we moved away from family to Portland. With Nana no longer around the corner and my husband now a busy assistant professor, I’ve been researching the […]

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Creating A Summer Go Bag

Spontaneous outdoor adventures often characterize sunny summer days with little ones. A toddler’s mood may be unpredictable so being prepared for whatever pops up can make any outing more enjoyable! I’ve learned to keep a “go bag” packed and ready to go on whatever next adventure we might take. Being packed up and ready to go […]

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(Portland) Kids Say the Darndest Things

We all know kids, especially young ones, say the funniest things; from brutal honesty about our appearances, to off-the-wall ideas, to insightful observations, and high-level questions with difficult answers. So what’s special about kids being raised in the Northwest? Reflecting some of the idiosyncrasies of the PNW in general, or Portland specifically, maybe you think your kids are […]

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Summertime! It’s all fun and games until someone loses (or fractures) a tooth

As parents, dental trauma is not something at the forefront of our minds as the kiddos end the school year and begin a summer full of fun. But, this summertime fun can put children at risk for increased dental trauma.  {We want to thank our our friends at Nelson Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics for providing and sponsoring […]

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Tiptoe Like a Chicken: Using Play to Parent

The two to four-year-old age group is unique. Sandwiched somewhere between baby and kid, their impulse control and ability to express and regulate emotions are still developing. This can be a challenge for parents used to communicating with those not a) screaming b) constantly in motion c) covered in breakfast and/or mud, or d) all […]

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