PDX Parent September 2016

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Play Room
Take the kids with you to Wine Country (really!), plus teenage inventors and the straight scoop on kids and lead.

The Hard Sell
What’s behind the direct-sales boom among PDX parents? By Kat Merck.

Making it Work
Saluting a few of PDX’s most family-friendly employers. Story by Toni Tabora-Roberts. Photos by Irene Tejaratchi Hess.


The Gap
School ends at 3 pm. Work goes until at least 5 pm. Enter after-school care. By Alison Wilkinson.

Moving To
To avoid the close-in bidding wars and get more space, a family heads east. By Heather Lee Leap.

Field Trip
Portland’s arcade scene is on fire. By Julia Silverman.

Hands On
Eggshells make the perfect base for tiny fairy gardens. By Jess Graff.

Baby Steps
What to do if the elusive double-car nap catches you unaware. By Catherine Ryan Gregory.


Family Supper
Get your paleo on at Dick’s Primal Burger. By Denise Castañon.

Recipe File
A fresh and flavorful spin on chips and dip. By Bert Godinez.


After-School Guide

Editor’s Note

Some parents work in a corner office. Some parents work at a corner coffee shop. And some parents work at the corner of the kitchen table. In the issue, we celebrate all of these, and everywhere in between, in our first-ever issue devoted to parents in the workplace. You’ll find profiles of three of Portland’s most family-friendly workplaces, along with a close examination of the direct sales phenomenon, which has made huge inroads in the PDX parents community. Plus a field trip to an old-school arcade, a family house hunt that ends in an unexpected place, and the scoop on the city’s best new burger joint.


On our cover:
Local photographer Irene Tejaratchi Hess shot this photo as part of this month’s “Making it Work” feature, for our first-ever issue dedicated to parents in the workplace. We chose this shot, of Asian Pacific Network of Oregon employee Jeanice Chieng and her two boys, ages 4 and 2, because it perfectly captures the delicate juggle that so many of us perform each day.

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