Playing outside and getting messy may just seem like fun to kids, but playtime actually has an important role in child development.
Exposure to books in the early childhood stages plays a key role in a child's reading development, and while most parents and caregivers know that children benefit from reading time, many struggle to fit it into their children's hectic schedules.
Today’s tech-savvy kids have a world of digital and social media available at their fingertips. They can call, text, e-mail, surf the web, watch TV and movies, play music and games, take and share pictures and video – all from their mobile devices.
“Daddy, why did the lady give you money?” asked my daughter Marie back when she was 5. We had just crossed a toll bridge and Marie was trying to make sense of the transaction at the booth.
It was midnight. Three other fathers and I were sitting around a campfire, talking, drinking illicit beer and staring into the flames. We were on a YMCA Adventure Guides camp-out. Our kids were asleep in the cabin, their marshmallow-smeared faces glued to their pillows.
Here are some tips for getting unplugged on vacation, and some trip ideas that will keep you and your family engaged with each other and the world around you.
<a href="http://www.oregonfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/fruitheart.jpg"><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-565" title="fruitheart" src="http://www.oregonfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/fruitheart.jpg" alt="" width="156" height="156" /></a>This Valentine's Day, share the love with friends, family and neighbors by making these sweet treats or fun crafts. There are also lots of events happening in and around the Eugene area, giving you lots of choices for how to spend your day.
Okay, this time it's For Real folks! Oregon Family is taking our community connection and commitment to quality to a whole new level with the launch of our New and Improved, Bigger and Oh So Much Better, interactive and dynamic website! And, we're doing it just for YOU!! (ok, maybe a <em>little </em>for me - cause I need an outlet too....)
School's Out! What's a family to do? Well, in Eugene, you'll find a wealth of things to keep your child busy. From toddler to high school, our Summer Camp Directory will help you find activities to enrich, educate, and entertain.
Oh the holiday gluttony! We sampled sugar cookies, drank gallons of eggnog, and enjoyed all kinds of edible treats over the course of the last month. Now our pants feel tight and we long to work off the holiday girth. Does our quest for fitness have to be littered with plastic bottles and energy bar wrappers? Is it possible to lose weight while saving money <em>and</em> the planet? Absolutely!