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Squish Into Summer

As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher—and wonderful learning can take place when you play together. You don’t need expensive toys or gadgets to entertain and engage your child. In fact, the best learning and play comes from items you can find around the home and your imagination! For this reason, Parenting Now’s …

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Exercising Your Child’s Creativity

Kids are naturally creative, and your unique child is going to express their creativity in their own special way. Some kids express themselves through singing; others like to smear paint all over a canvas; and some kids like to make patterns out of items found in nature. Point is, it’s ALL good and it’s ALL …

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Volunteer Spotlight: Christy Rigopoulos

This spring, Parenting Now was lucky to have Christy Rigopoulos as one of our stellar interns. Christy, a senior at the UO, worked hard to support our local, deserving families by coordinating a Healthy Families Care Package fundraiser. She raised over $850 dollars in a few weeks to provide care packages for the families that …

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STEAM in the Kitchen

Cooking and baking alongside your toddler and young child results in so much more than just a tasty meal or snack! When we cook with our child, we provide opportunities for learning science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). STEAM is a way of looking at learning that explores many subjects within the same activity—and …

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Ways to Encourage Your Toddler to Try New Foods

There are few parts of parenting that are as notoriously challenging as encouraging your toddler to try new foods. It might be an uphill battle to introduce new snacks, flavors, and textures, but it doesn’t have to be that way!  Here are some simple ways to encourage your toddler to try new foods. Tips to …

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Backyard Pool Safety

Summer weather is upon us and parents and kids alike are chomping at the bit to get out the goggles and cannonball into the swimming pool. But with COVID-19 restrictions still in place, more families are opting for a backyard, above ground swimming pool or wading pool. Swimming and water play bring endless joy to …

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Playtime and Quiet Time for Baby

As a new parent, you may feel inundated with information about stimulating your baby’s budding brain with interactive toys, books, things to look at, etc. But just as important as stimulating playtime is quiet time for your baby to reflect and recharge. Learning how to balance the two is something all families can benefit from …

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Waking in the Night and Ways To Prevent It

As an exhausted parent of an infant, you may have dreamed of the day that you would finally get a full night’s sleep again—only to find that your toddler is still waking up in the middle of the night! Parenting is about learning along the way and adjusting expectations for your particular child and their …

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Teaching Your Child to Become Resilient

Changes and challenges – big and small – are part of life, and all children will face them at some point. While we can’t protect our children from every hurdle or disappointment they face, teaching resiliency skills to our children can help them bounce back from life’s setbacks. In addition, resiliency also has other benefits, …

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4 Spring STEAM Activities for Kids

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) projects are great for enriching your child’s cognitive and emotional development. From winter to spring, summer and fall, STEAM activities can be done any time of year, both indoors or out. While there are hundreds of STEAM educational activities to choose from, here are four of my favorite …

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