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Empowering Families, Protecting Children

Child Abuse Prevention Month: Empowering Families, Protecting Children April is a significant month for child safety and well-being. As the flowers bloom and the days lengthen, we also raise awareness about preventing child abuse and neglect. In Oregon, this critical mission is championed by our staff at Parenting Now, who are dedicated to supporting families ...

Chores and Cleaning Up

Your kids learn from watching you, they want to grow up and be just like you- and that includes cleaning the house! Kids benefit from participating regularly in chores in many different ways. Chores teach childrenresponsibility, pride in their belongings and their home, routine, and other lifelong skills that willhelp kids become more successful and ...

Managing Stress as a Parent

High levels of stress can make it hard to be calm and consistent with our children. Stress is a natural response to a threat or a challenge. It's our mind's and body's way of preparing us to respond to something difficult or unexpected. When we experience stress, our bodies have a physical reaction, and our ...

Getting Creativity Flowing with your Elementary Schoolers

Giving your children opportunities to express their natural creativity enhances their braindevelopment. When they have fun expressing themselves with activities like music, arts, andcrafts, they learn to actively solve problems and look at situations in new ways.Creative expression is an important part of life! The arts provide opportunities to explore cultureand develop thinking, communication, and ...

Thinking About Winter Safety For Kids

Many parents who had a childhood environment that brimmed with bountiful snow storms each year often marvel at the idea of providing the identical whimsical winter they experienced down to their children. We are excited about the prospect of seeing them fly down their first sledding hill, flop down on the ground to make snow ...

Sharing is Caring

Toddlers are just beginning to learn about ownership and belongings, so sharing is a difficult skill to master. In their mind, your toddler is the center of the world (or at least your world!) so working with others and sharing toys is a big concept for them to understand. They may grab things, push other ...

Combating The Winter Blues

The winter season brings the company of gray skies, dropping temperatures, and a departing sun. This transition can pose a precarious, difficult situation for parents. You may witness a drastic change of moods in your child. Fortunately, this is a common issue that many families experience each year: you are not alone. With preparation, routine, ...
Parents shopping with child

Making Shopping With Your Preschooler a Breeze

  Bringing your young kids along for a shopping trip can be a rewarding experience for the entire family, but it can come with challenges. Young children are still in the process of learning how to manage their emotions and behaviors, especially in new and unfamiliar situations like shopping. Without your guidance, your preschooler might ...

Developing Screentime Routines

  Developing Screen Time Routines These days it's to be expected that toddlers will have at least some screen time, and that's okay! Phones and tablets are a part of everyday family life and can be included in a healthy lifestyle for your child. Guidelines from The American Academy of Pediatrics include encouraging parents with ...

Back to School Behaviors

What to do when your child is acting out at school? School has been back in session for a little while now, and you think your child is doing great! But then you get a phone call from the teacher about some troubling behavior, and find out that they've been acting out at school - ...

Fun Fall Crafts!

The leaves are falling, school is in full swing, and the weather is changing! This season brings about a lot of change, including keeping your kids indoors more with the rain and cold. Try one of these fun fall crafts to keep them - and you! - busy on your next rainy Sunday inside.  PAPER ...

Balancing Work and Family

As summer starts to wind down and families begin to adjust their school/work schedules, it's important to consider how you balance work and family. Often, balancing work and family can feel challenging because stress from one may pour into the other. Ideally, your goal is that you feel calm and controlled regarding your time both ...
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