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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.
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.
We’ve just gone through a season of goodbyes with the loss of family members on both sides of our family tree.
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.
"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.
Walla Walla is our home. We love it here. Our lives are rich with children, family, friendships and the joy of living in a small, tight-knit community. As with every other family, we experience our share of blessings and heartaches.
What is your favorite local summer activity to do with your children?
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.”
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