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 libraries did not have firm opening dates for June, with story times continuing online and many craft …

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 stay at a strong emotional level and twelve a day to grow.

“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 distance learning comes unknowns about how (or if) school will come back in the fall, what child care w…

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 year. Fear not; we have you covered.

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 Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have each released guidelines for using and wearing masks…

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 calling me in for dinner. My parents gave me a lot of opportunities to explore in our neighborhood, …

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 what you are doing is right when it’s never been done before. More than 2,500 libraries responded to th…

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 our entire issue to the Summer Camp Preview. This year things are looking a little different.

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 figure out how to educate their children themselves. Fortunately resources are available, thanks to …

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 cook leads to healthier bodies and budget-conscious adults. It supports brain function, memory, and …

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. Many parents are working from home and need to be able to focus, but children also need to be exerc…

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 of spreading germs and bacteria throughout our homes and schools.

With public schools in Oregon now closed until further notice, parents are left wondering how they can ensure their children retain what they have already learned and continue to maintain grade level requirements. In an effort to provide resources for parents who want to help their children,…

From the accordion to the xylophone or, more likely, the drums to the violin, helping a child choose a musical path can be overwhelming. Should a child choose an instrument based on size? Sound? Should band win out over choir or orchestra because that’s where her friends are?

We have all heard that if you want to build your child’s math brain, expose them to music. Some parents start playing classical music during nap and bedtime to calm them, in hopes that their sleeping baby will be the next Einstein. However, did you know the power music has on building the fo…

It’s not always easy to show home economics is a true science. This diverse field includes clothing and textiles, foods and nutrition, consumerism, interiors and design, and more – all areas with a basis in both science and math. One of my favorite things is to show children (and adults) how…

“I’m dropping out of school!” My heart dropped. Can you imagine your first grader yelling this at you? Especially being an elementary educator myself. Seeing the hurt and confusion all over his little face, I took a deep breath and calmed my voice.

As a mother of boys, I am very aware of the parental struggle to find computer or video games that don’t include blood, zombies, guns or federal offenses. So many games these days are filled with killing, stealing and beating the clock that there is actually a Twitter thread (The Safe Room) …

Many families look to the new year as a time to reset their eating habits and focus on making healthier choices. However, adults aren’t the only ones who could use a menu refresh as children may also need to focus on healthier food choices.

“You can’t help your child learn anything if you don’t teach them to listen and pay attention. That’s what you have to do first.” I overheard Tricia, a mother of three as she visited with a father at a parent get-together.

As the saying goes, you should avoid talking about politics, religion, or money. But in today’s volatile political climate, our responsibility as informed citizens means having those conversations with our teens.

As we start this New Year (and a new decade), we might be tempted to set a goal for ourselves. Usually this involves life-altering choices that require us to have self-control and good decision-making skills. And about a week later we fall back into our old habits. Why is it so hard? Because…

College is expensive. So what can parents do to prepare to help their children pay for a post-secondary education? The Oregon College Savings Plan is our state’s version of a 529 plan that allows individuals to contribute tax-free to an account intended to support a child’s college education…

Gone are the days when you force your neighbors and friends to sit down for two hours to view a slightly out-of-focus slideshow of your family vacation to the Poconos. Now you post your pics on Instagram or Facebook after carefully choosing the best ones and putting them through a few filter…

When I was pregnant with my first child I was quick to sign up for childbirth classes. I read up on pregnancy and downloaded any and all apps promising to guide me through the process. It was easy to acknowledge that I had no experience growing a human and that research was required.

Did you know? The average household will go through four rolls of wrapping paper and throw away seven batteries over the Christmas season. A roll-and-a-half of sticky tape will be used per household, and three-and-a-half black bags full of packaging will be thrown out. That’s not all. Accord…

When the holidays are mentioned, what is the very first thing that comes to mind? For many it’s time with family, a certain meal, and thoughts on how to make the holidays “especially special” for our children, no matter if they’re young or grown. Yet, we as parents often stress about making …

Holiday traditions are as varied as the families that have them. From creating specific foods to rewarding the person finding the pickle in the Christmas tree, to providing meals to those in need, traditions abound. In some instances, people have a tradition and do not recognize it as one, i…

Perusing the web, there are tons of articles about teaching young boys to respect women. As the only daughter in a family of four children, I never felt “less than” for being a girl. I suppose I should preface that by revealing that my dad was a male nurse In the 1960s and 1970s, and that wa…

Losing baby teeth is a rite of passage for kids all over the world. In my life, it’s the last step before the inevitable braces, but that’s another story. At the crux of it, it’s just another reason for me to have to get out of bed in the middle of the night. For the kids, it’s just awesome.

Learning to control impulses is an important task for our children, and all of us, to learn. Until our children learn to control urges to hit, kick, punch, pinch, bite, spit, name call and more, we’ll see all those behaviors emerge when life becomes overwhelming.

Have you ever walked through the store with your children and intentionally avoided the toy section because you know that all you will hear is “can I get that?” Sometimes it seems like all children know how to do is ask for stuff, especially after you just bought them something else. Wouldn’…