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ABCD sets kids on a path for good oral health

The result of early dental and medical attention: fewer Walla Walla County children with painful oral disease and a significant savings in oral health care costs.

The Moms' Network question: How do you monitor screen time?

“We have two kids, 5 and 2. They each get to pick two shows per day on weekends only, half an hour per show."

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Support group helps parents to nurture healthy teens

When I think of health I usually think of nutrition, but there are many additional factors to consider when looking at your teen’s health.

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Good stories draw us together — no matter the age

In the primordial makeup of our humanity there is still a pull to gather, to hear and share stories spoken aloud.

Prep for the Oscars with a movie-watching date

See if you can watch all the films nominated for Best Picture.

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‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead’

"Would my life and my family's life be better if I was a stay-at-home mom?"

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Nurturing creativity at home

One of the most delightful aspects of parenting, bringing art and creativity into a child’s life is a process.

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Spend time intentionally creating a family culture

After days, months and years of doing certain things, those things turn into habits that recur without much thought.

Preserve kids' mental health with an ounce of early identification

Only 20 percent of children and adolescents with mental illnesses are identified and receive appropriate intervention services.

Mom's Network question: What is the best baby shower gift you ever received?

Mom's Network question: What is the best baby shower gift you ever received?

For kids, back to school means back to sleep

As we transition back to school, I thought I would discuss a subject near and dear to my heart: sleep. Summertime usually produces later nights and slower mornings. Coupled with vacations, reunions, camps and sleepovers, our children’s normal sleep routine often disappears during the summer break.

Parenting Teens Together a resource for Walla Walla-area families

The goal of Parenting Teens Together is to provide a safe place for the parents of teens to share experiences, obtain knowledge and access local resources, serving as a reminder that we are not alone on this journey. The group’s core values consist of confidentiality, respect, empathy and grace.

What our children learn when we say the final goodbye

We’ve just gone through a season of goodbyes with the loss of family members on both sides of our family tree.

Fall a great opportunity to take a harvest date

Fall in Walla Walla is a busy time. It can be a tough adjustment to move from the last lazy days of summer into the grueling routine of school, practices, games and homework. But fall in the Valley offers perhaps the most glorious weather and scenery of the year. Get out of the back-to-school routine for an afternoon and enjoy it with your partner on a harvest date.

Local agencies can help those who can’t afford diapers

"Low-income mothers who cannot afford diapers are also more likely to report symptoms of depression and anxiety,” states Dr. Megan Veenema Smith, from the Yale School of Medicine. This quote is from a new study published in the journal Pediatrics on the stressors that impact the mental health of moms — especially their ability to bond with their kids.

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