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Does Your Family Have A COVID-19 Plan?

We are several months into COVID-19 and, unfortunately, it’s looking like we are in it for the long haul. Perhaps, your family has already established a plan for keeping safe and healthy during COVID-19, or maybe now, under new regulations that mandate the use of facial coverings in public, you are having to come up …

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Boredom Busters: Tips for Keeping Kids Busy

We’ve made it to summer break! We can say goodbye to remote learning responsibilities (at least for awhile) and gloomy weather, and say hello to the carefree days of summer! Right? Well, almost carefree. As COVID-19 continues to run its course, safety precautions will continue to dictate how and where we spend our summer vacation, …

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Children Need Routine—Especially During Uncertain Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our daily routines. Work schedules have changed, kids are at home instead of in school, work meetings are happening at the same time as your child’s classroom meeting—it can feel like chaos at times. Routines build a strong foundation for children of all ages, and it’s important that, as parents, …

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Live Discussion: Routines

Join our Parenting Educators for a live Virtual Parenting Support discussion on “Routines,” with a Q&A to follow. Topics include: Why routines are helpful. Ways new routines can shake up challenging habits. How we can adapt our routines in these challenging times. email vps@parentingnow.org to register and receive your link to the online discussion on …

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Building Resilience In Ourselves and Our Children

Many of us are parenting through uncharted territory right now. We have been told to keep our children out of school for 1 ½ months, to stay home, away from playgrounds, other children, extended family members, and the public spaces we love to frequent during the rainy season. And while we try to stay hopeful …

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New Year, New Parenting Goals

Have you ever stopped to wonder why we make New Year’s resolutions? It turns out that the tradition dates back all the way to the Babylonians, some 4,000 years ago. Of course, they weren’t making resolutions to eat healthier, hit the gym more, or spend less on frivolous coffee drinks. Instead, they were making promises …

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Managing Parenting Stress Over the Holidays

Managing Parenting Stress Over the Holidays  Sometimes it seems like the demands and stresses of parenting just keep building up! For some parents, it just seems like there is too much to do each day—especially  during the holidays! The good news is there are ways you can handle the very real stresses of parenting through …

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Let’s Eat! Tips for Stress-Free Mealtimes as a Family

As a fresh school year approaches, many families are gearing up for busy days ahead. With hectic mornings and long days at school and work—coupled with homework, afternoon activities, and social engagements—it’s no wonder that many families struggle to find time to simply connect and focus on one another. Knowing that you can count on …

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In The Moment: Being a More Present Parent

Our children are connected and attached to us! Sometimes that attachment is overwhelming and it seems like they just want our attention all the time. Whether it’s an infant’s cry, your older son endlessly talking about Minecraft, or your toddler needing extra snuggles at the end of a long day,  it’s built into their DNA—and …

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The Lazy—and Learning—Days of Summer

August has always been my favorite part of summer—first as child and then as a teacher. For many of us, the school-year calendar dictates our schedules and time available to relax and play in the summer sun.  My family moved to Eugene 21 years ago from a small town on coastal Maine. Our first summer …

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