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Pick programs that actively engage your little watchers and don’t let the tube replace play.

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It’s finally fall! I’m normally excited for this season, but this year even more so. We need some joy, right? Speaking of joy, let’s talk vegetables. Okay, that’s a joke, but I do have some re…

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If 2020 has taught me anything it is to think outside the box. We had organized a baby shower for our daughter, fully planning to have 50+ guests at a venue with catered food and decorations. …

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When we think about physical activity many of us think of all the physical benefits. For example, it helps with weight management and reduces our risk of injury and disease. Being physically a…

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From choosing cute face coverings to ordering restaurant takeout, the COVID-19 pandemic has created experiences families couldn’t have imagined a year ago. One of the most nerve-wracking can b…

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Tired and agitated, Sara got ready for bed. What had happened to the day? She had woken up fresh that morning, ready to have a productive day. During breakfast, Sara’s assistant called to aler…

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We love our horses here in Eastern Oregon, home of the Round-Up and many other rodeos. We get excited when we see them coming in the parades, as beautifully decked out as their riders. However…

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You may have found yourself recently telling your child, “You won’t be going back to school, yet.” Those words may have a multitude of valid feelings attached. Those words lead to uprooting yo…

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The kids are still out of school, the weather is decent, and you’ve got paid time off you need to use. Sounds like the perfect time for travel plans! Except, 2020 doesn’t care about your plans…

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As adults, it is our job to help children learn to be awesome adults. Part of this is to have the hard conversations that make us unsure and uncomfortable, on topics like discrimination. So he…

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I’m not a doctor or a scientist, but I’d like to go on record saying that these past few months have caused humans the most stress in the last 50 years. I’d venture to say that even the Persia…

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Summer has arrived and with no sleepover camps for children, families will be looking for things to do to maintain their collective sanity. Many wonderful day trips in our area are not only fu…

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Summer is a great time to turn off the TV and go outside, or least that’s what I yell at my kids every day. Recently, my daughter decided to build a porch swing that she saw on Pinterest. The …

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As communities reopen and parents return to work, child care is just as important as ever – but it looks a little different in the time of COVID-19. Much of the job of keeping parents and chil…

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More events are planned for July, however many are still on hold. As of press time, most libraries remained closed, though some are offering outdoor activities. As always, call ahead to verify.

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Imagine a couple of eight-year-old friends downing full glasses of beet smoothie for their afternoon snack, a huge bowl of kale chips completely disappearing into the mouths of preschoolers, a…

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Although Umatilla County is beginning to reopen, not enough events were offered this month to run the Kids’ Calendar. Instead we are listing any June activities here. As of press time, most li…

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We all need a certain amount of attention from others to thrive and survive. The late Virginia Satir, a family therapist, said that we need four hugs a day to survive, eight hugs per day to st…

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“When will we go back to school?” “Why can’t I go to my friend’s house?” These are common questions children are asking us adults as the school year comes to an end. With the transition to dis…

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Whether you have a senior graduating from college or from high school, you may be wondering what exactly you can do that could ever make up for the loss of the last part of his or her senior y…

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As face masks become more common during the COVID-19 pandemic, some families may be confused on which rules apply to them. The Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control and Preventi…

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When thinking about playing in nature I’m immediately taken back to my childhood and the freedoms I was given. I was the kid that was outside all day and only came home when I heard my mother …

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The Public Library Association released a survey on April 1. The topic? “Public Libraries Respond to COVID-19.” I’ll confess, I was nervous when I opened the document. It’s hard to know if wha…

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Just like with everything else, we are all sitting around with our fingers crossed — and some family members are dreaming of sitting around a campfire. May is the month we typically devote to …

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We are most certainly living through an unprecedented time unlike any of us have lived through in our lifetime. With schools closed and stay-at-home restrictions in place, parents have had to …

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Teaching your child to cook isn’t only so that you can sit back with a glass of wine and be waited on hand and foot. I mean, that’s a benefit, but there’s so much more to it. Teaching kids to …

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With school cancelations, social distancing, and shelter-in-place rules in some areas, families are adjusting to having kids at home. Keeping children well occupied is a multi-level challenge.…

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Sanitation and hygiene have always been useful tools to reduce the risk of infectious diseases for both adults and children. In recent years, we know they are even more vital in the prevention…