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With the absence of formal art programs in public elementary schools, Carnegie Picture Lab is a volunteer-run organization that provides art lessons to children in the Walla Walla Valley.
George Holden envisions a world without spanking. No more paddling in the principal’s office. No more swats on little rear ends, not even — and here is where Holden knows he is staring up at a towering cliff of parental rights resistance — not even in the privacy of the home.
Putting your physical fitness at a high priority can be a challenge at any stage in life. But when you’re pregnant or a mother of small children it can be nearly impossible.
Finding just the right fit for your child and your busy schedule can take some time when looking for a quality child care program or preschool.
There are lots of names for it. Within some social circles, it is often kept secret. As many as 45 percent of parents report that they have done it at some point within the first eight months of their child’s life.
Paul and I are sports enthusiasts. Especially when it comes to our kids. “Loud” would be apt.
“ I don’t spank my boys. Usually we try to come up with a compromise after we have heard both sides. This works very well with my 9-year-old. With my 13-year-old unfortunately he gets things such as his phone taken away or is grounded for a weekend. For me I just notice that yelling and spanking justifies for them that its OK to yell and hit back, and that is not the environment I want them to be in.”
Our family does a lot of celebrating this time of year.
“I put a big, black, yard trash bag out for them to see and then tell them to get to work. Totally kidding. Sort of.”
In the world of stereotypes, all women hate all sports.
In the kitchen one day I caught my two boys talking about their grandfather, my stepdad.
I was raised in a giving family that just happened to have a connection to the U.S. Marine Corps. My dad is a Marine (you never stop being one) and we were always involved in Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots in Seattle. When I moved to Walla Walla with my husband and realized that we did not have a local coordinator, I applied.
There’s a very cool world out there your can put in the palm of your children’s hands, giving them the power to create animation around your home inside or out.
Ask almost any grandparent over the age of 50 and they will readily recount tales of road trips with their kids to Mount Rushmore, Disneyland, Niagara Falls, and the Grand Canyon with little to no thought of seat belts, much less car seats — all without incident or injury.
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