Do you remember your first job? I don’t mean babysitting or lawn mowing; I mean the first one with a real paycheck and a W-9 form and everything. I remember mine. I was really nervous, but so proud to bring home my first real paycheck. I was in heaven.

Nothing can wear you down as quickly as a whining child. You may think you are patient, kind-hearted, understanding and virtuous beyond vocabulary. Five minutes with a whining child can make all those golden qualities evaporate. And let us not forget whiny adults. Whining isn’t just a youngs…

I do not spend as much time with my children as I would like. I’m a professional father and my work often keeps me in the office late hours, and I’m away from home about one week a month. The time that I spend with my children is limited, so the quality of that time must be of the highest im…

This month marks 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took a giant leap for mankind after landing on the moon on July 20, 1969. Millions of families huddled around black-and-white TVs, watching the Saturn V rocket launch and staring wide-eyed as Armstrong took his one small step ont…

Providing children with entertaining playthings doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Many hours of fun can come from something as simple as a cardboard box and some water-based markers. The box can become a rocket ship or whatever your child’s imagination creates. When your child loses…

Not all parents in Eastern Oregon speak English. Many may be trying to learn the language; English-learning programs at Blue Mountain Community College and with local organizations often fill quickly. But when parents don’t speak English well, they may turn to their closest interpreters: the…

In 1987, 10 Minnesota regional library systems got together to develop a summer reading program. The intention was to choose a theme, create thematic artwork, and select incentives that libraries all over the region could incorporate. It was a way to help libraries offer a professional, crea…

It’s a fact. Men and women are different. And while many would ascribe to the notion that “anything you can do, I do better,” that’s just not always the case. It’s not supposed to be. Men and women weren’t created to do all the same things in all the same ways … we were created to do everyth…

“Throw rocks into the pool one more time and we’re leaving the party,” Jonathan’s parents told him. It was a surprise party for his grandparents’ anniversary. When Jonathan threw in the next handful of pebbles, nothing happened.

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Winter came late this year and then refused to leave. Spring kicked in with rain that didn’t want to end. What will summer bring?

Spring is coming and that means shopping trips for warm weather clothes. If your kids are anything like mine, they’ve outgrown everything and are in desperate need of new apparel. And if you’re anything like me, a little something for mom makes everyone happy.

As young parents there are times when our “littles” do something naughty that make us frustrated and perhaps even angry. But, in retrospect, sometimes those situations can be quite creative and, dare I say, humorous. I recall being a bit perplexed when relating what my children had done to m…

Traditionally within many tribal communities, the responsibility of parenting relied heavily on an extensive kinship network working together to ensure the healthy development of children. Each entity had a role in shaping the child. This kinship network involved not only parents, but grandp…

All around you, women are silently grieving, attending meetings and potlucks — going about business as usual. Their bodies and hormones are freshly postpartum, a time that needs great support, care and emotional nurturance. It is easy to understand a woman with a new baby who stays home to r…

Your local library has a celebrity booster. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) is a book-gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth through four years old. Kids receive their last book when they reach their fifth birthday.

I frequently see postings on social media, mostly by 18- to 30-year-olds, lamenting what they wish their parents had taught them before leaving home. It runs the gamut from how to do laundry to investing for retirement. I taught my children the basics; however, there is always the issue with…

Kindergarten preparedness – what does that mean to you as a parent? What does it mean to your child’s teacher? As children and families prepare to enter the world of education there are many pieces that must fit together to make the school experience positive and purposeful. As a parent of f…

As parents, we’re always looking for ways to connect with our children. Knowing your child’s love language is a great way to build on the relationships that are already there. According to author Dr. Gary Chapman, there are five different love languages:

When trying to schedule a night out, my friends and I often run into a problem: Monday is Cub Scouts or hockey or play practice; Tuesday is Girl Scouts or choir or softball; Wednesday is church youth group or gymnastics; Thursday is ballet or dance or play practice again. By the time we get …

Ever think, “Man, I could have handled that situation better!” You aren’t the only one. As a parent I have “oops” moments. You know, that moment when you lose your cool, everyone breaks down into tears, when you are just trying to get out the door in the morning, praying that you haven’t for…

Three eight-year-old boys in my classroom created a serial story of comic strip characters. Set in another universe, each character had special super-hero qualities. Some abilities were unique. Other attributes emerged only in conjunction with the skills of associates, or the task at hand.

 Confession time: In 1997 I was told by my doctor that I needed to learn to pace myself and not try to be Super Mom. He said he felt that my inability to relax and take time for myself was contributing to a serious health issue — that if I did not learn to pace myself, I could open the door …

Something parents may not realize about vitamins, minerals and other supplements is that that they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. The government has established recommended daily allowances (RDA) for vitamins and minerals. Although many of these vitamins and supplemen…

They call it vaping, JUULing (pronounced "jewel"), or hitting. There are cloudchasers and vape artists and wizards of vape who go viral and become internet sensations. And this smoke tastes like bubblegum and mango and crème brulee – not the overwhelming tobacco of “analog” cigarettes.

When working with the newborn to three-year-old population, the question frequently comes up: “What do I do with her? She’s already in the Terrible Twos.” There has to be help for parents who want to experience “Terrific Twos”!

Holiday celebrations add long-term memories, but most of us would rather avoid having emergency responders crash the party. Keeping your holiday celebrations safe often involves being aware of what is going on and where potential hazards lie. Local experts say holiday fires fall into three m…

Some days go by in a blur and you struggle to remember what you did with all of your time. Adults can become stressed and overwhelmed by responsibilities throughout the day and forget that the smallest people in their families often need the most attention. But what can we do to connect with…