The Holiday Hack: Your Co-Parenting Survival Guide

From our friends at Gevurtz Menashe Written by Tiffany J. Jensen, mom of two, and a family law attorney at Gevurtz Menashe. She is a member of the Oregon, Washington and Idaho State Bar(s) and focuses her practice exclusively on family law issues including divorce, child support, and custody and parenting issues.  The holidays can …

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Young Trailblazer Aanaiyah Jones to be Classical Ballet Academy’s First African American Clara

Meg Asby is our Web Content Coordinator. She is a mom of two in SW Portland and loves nothing better than a cartful of books from Central Library.
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Ballet has historically been an art form performed by mostly white dancers, but that is beginning to change. Now little girls and boys have posters of Misty Copeland or Desmond Richardson on their walls, and 10-year-old Aanaiyah Jones, a student at Portland’s Classical Ballet Academy, is joining that legacy. She will dance the role of …

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Top Kids' Resale Items

By Carmen Ripley Wilson, owner of Beanstalk Children’s Resale As parents, we know that our children go through their clothing and shoes quicker than we can do the laundry – and our bank account can’t always keep up. Real money is saved when you buy used. With high-quality clothing, shoes, books to enjoy, toys to …

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This Mom Life: Tips for a Low-Screen Summer

Toni Hammer helps boss moms get over their fears and doubts so they can boldly share their stories on social media and attract their dream clients. You can find out more at tonihammer.com.
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Summer is right around the corner, which means parks, camps, sleeping in and lazy days at home. With screens. So many screens. In my apartment, we have TVs and cell phones and Nintendo Switches and the list goes on. As a work-from-home mom in the social media space, I am on my laptop and phone …

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Choosing Summer Activities to Inspire Learning

Dr. Jeri Janowsky is the Executive Director of Saturday Academy, Portland’s leading nonprofit organization providing hands-on learning experiences through classes, camps and internships for more than 6,000 children annually in grades 2-12 in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She taught and did research for 30 years on the brain basis of learning and memory during early development and in aging at the University of California, San Diego, University of Oregon and Oregon Health and Science University. Jeri holds a bachelor’s degree from Reed College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.
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By Dr. Jeri Janowsky, Executive Director of Saturday Academy The Dogwood trees are in bloom and the sun has started to make its debut in the Pacific Northwest, which also means we’re in the home stretch of the school year. If you’re like many parents, now is also when you’re planning summer activities for your …

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Is Cannabis Safe During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding?

Alice Callahan, Ph.D., is a writer, college instructor and mother of two children in Eugene, Oregon.
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Some new and expecting moms perceive cannabis and CBD as safe and natural remedies for pregnancy and postpartum ailments. But science doesn’t back that up. Since the 2014 legalization of recreational cannabis in Oregon, pot has become a commonplace part of Portland’s landscape (on sunny days, it can feel like its’ scent permeates the entire …

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Estate Planning For New Parents

For new parents especially, estate planning assures that your children will be taken care of—physically, emotionally and financially—should something happen to you.

Discover The International School: Now Enrolling

Discover The International School: An Education Bigger than A Neighborhood. PRESCHOOL & ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSEFriday, April 26, 9 am – 12pmClick here for Location & RSVP Information For our children, a world of possibilities awaits. And if we are to send them out to explore beyond the bounds of our neighborhoods we must prepare them …

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Music Matters: Music-Making in Early Childhood

Early childhood is a remarkable time in human development in which children’s brains, bodies, and abilities are growing more rapidly than at any other time. It is also a time when our littlest humans are forming their most significant life-long relationships; they are learning the sense of love and belonging that comes with being in …

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Discover The International School: Now Enrolling

Discover The International School: An Education Bigger than A Neighborhood. NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL 2019Preschool – 5th Grade For our children, a world of possibilities awaits. And if we are to send them out to explore beyond the bounds of our neighborhoods we must prepare them for the journey. Mentally, emotionally and linguistically. For a …

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Wanted: Mom Friends

Kat Merck is a freelance writer and editor who admittedly spends way too much time online. A Portland resident since 2006, she also enjoys reading, cooking and exploring the city with her husband and young son.
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File under the things no one told you about being a mom: Finding new friends is hard. But many moms are building their village with the help of websites and apps. Among the litany of indignities in the transfer of parenting knowledge, little is said about what might be one of the most difficult parts …

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You Better Work

Finding time to work out as a parent can feel like a no-win situation: You can wake up early and miss sleep, work out late and miss sleep plus partner time, or try to work out during your child’s naptime, which somehow only guarantees they won’t sleep. When we first moved to Portland back in …

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Montessori 101

What makes Montessori different from traditional curriculum, plus Montessori schools in the Portland area.

Tips for Family Volunteering from Hands On Greater Portland

These tips are brought to you by Hands On Greater Portland.  Volunteering as a family can seem overwhelming- but it’s really not! Here is a quick guide to help you find the perfect volunteer opportunities to fit your family. 1. How old is everyone? The age of your little ones or not so little ones makes …

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This Mom Life: A Little Extra Help

Toni Hammer helps boss moms get over their fears and doubts so they can boldly share their stories on social media and attract their dream clients. You can find out more at tonihammer.com.
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Talking about mental health so the whole family can understand. Happy New Year moms and dads! I hope your home is still full of holiday cheer and that your children go back to school soon. Like many of you, I don’t do the New Year’s resolutions thing. There’s a lot of smart scientist people who …

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New & Fun November 2018

Top 5 places to get your grilled cheese on, a foodie getaway to Seattle and kid-lit picks from Portland Book Festival authors.

Five (Mostly) Calming Facts about Lice

Michelle lives in Southwest Portland with her husband and daughter. When she's not working, Michelle is watching gymnastics class or basketball practice, and checking the Kids Calendar for a new activity to explore.
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As soon as someone starts talking about lice, I start scratching my head—and worrying about the impending infestation. Lice is one of those topics that makes many parents anxious, so we got the facts from the experts at Lice Knowing You. Janet Kennedy, Director of Operations, got us grounded with these five key takeaways: 1. …

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The After-School Divide

Melissa L. Jones is a public school kid who grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been in Oregon for 16 years and has one son in Portland Public Schools.
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The 50,000 students in Portland Public Schools get the same math curriculum. More or less the same English, social studies and science, too. Elementary school students attend school the same number of days and hours, whether they attend Woodlawn in Northeast Portland or Maplewood in Southwest Portland. But when it comes to what happens after school at …

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