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Summer Safety Tips for Kids

Summer Safety Tips for Kids As temperatures rise, it’s essential to prioritize safety while kids enjoy the great outdoors. Here are some practical tips to keep your little ones safe during the summer months: Protect Kids’ Skin: Sunburn is a common concern. Apply sunscreen with at least 15 to 50 SPF before outdoor play. Reapply ...

Nurturing Your Relationship: The Key to Positive Parenting

Nurturing Your Relationship: The Key to Positive Parenting Parenting is a journey filled with joy, challenges, and countless decisions. One of the most significant factors in successful parenting is the relationship between partners. When parents work together, communicate effectively, and support each other, they create a stable and loving environment that benefits the entire family.Common ...

Navigating the Emotional Transition: From School Year to Summer Break

Middle grade students outside walking up stairs with backpacks. As the school year draws to a close, parents and children alike anticipate the arrival of summer break—a well-deserved respite from early mornings, homework, and packed schedules. However, this transition isn’t always seamless. The shift from structured routines to the uncharted territory of summer can pose ...

Keeping Kids Safe in the Home

Children love to explore and having a safe home environment allows them to do this to the fullest extent! The more opportunities kids have to safely explore, touch, taste, smell, and look at things, the more they develop and learn. Children are curious and love to experiment- that’s how they learn and master skills. We ...

Getting Along with Others

Getting Along with Others Toddlers have a lot of big emotions - they’re learning how to exist in the world and how to navigate day-to-day experiences while managing their emotions and feelings. They often don’t have a filter or even know what is or isn’t appropriate to say or do, and at times this can ...

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, ...
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