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Ask Dr. Doug: Signs of Depression in Teens

Q:  As this pandemic drags on, I am getting worried about my eighth-grader. He’s doing well in school, but I can’t get him very motivated about it. All he wants to do is play video games. He seems sadder at times. How can I best support him?  A:  I hear you — I think we …

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Tech Guidelines for Kids and Tweens

We reached out to Anne Bryan, CEO of Circle, a company that helps parents manage and monitor their children’s screen time, for suggestions of age-appropriate tech use for kids and tweens. Bryan is mother to four boys ages 17 and older, and also a former chair and current member of the Beaverton School Board. Here’s …

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Kids to Know: Oregon’s Top Volunteers

PDX Parent's editor Denise Castañon loves sharing new ideas with other Portland parents. You can find her cooking, eating, crafting and writing in Southeast where she lives with her husband, 5-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.
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Recent Roosevelt graduate Kaiya Laguardia of Portland and 13-year-old Jacob Van of Beaverton were named Oregon’s top youth volunteers of 2020 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.  Kaiya produced a 16-minute documentary video on the movement opposing the construction of a military base …

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Field Trip: Stronger Skatepark

Sarah Vanbuskirk is a writer based in Portland. She is the mother of five kids, Violet, 15, Charlie, 13, Hank, 11, Noah, 9, and Walter, 6, and is currently working on a memoir.
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Good vibes and cool terrains make the indoor Stronger Skatepark in Milwaukie a hot spot for kids to skateboard through the winter.  My kids have grown up skateboarding — their dad gave them each (all five of them, ages 8 to 16) skateboards for their first or second birthdays. Still, Portland’s rainy winters and my …

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Portland’s Top Skateparks

From our friends at evo, a skate shop, bike shop, surf shop, wake shop, ski/snowboard shop, camping store, and lifestyle retailer all under one roof For many kids, sports present a great outlet for their energy, provide great exercise, and they also teach valuable life lessons of hard work, dedication, and resilience. After all, one …

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Field Trip: Topgolf

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The driving range goes high tech at Topgolf in Hillsboro. Ah, Spring. That time of year when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … golf? Okay, that may not be just as the poet Alfred Tennyson intended that line. But it’s true enough for my son, who on the first spring-like weekend …

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Winner & Top 5: Adventure Attractions

Our 2020 reader poll winners for adventure parks and activities for kids near Portland. WINNER: Mt. Hood Adventure Park at SkibowlThink Mount Hood is only fun in winter? Think again! Come summer, the whole family can play to their heart’s content at the adventure park at Skibowl, where you’ll find everything from mountain biking to …

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