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Inspired, Expressive and Smart

Your Guide to kids technology gifts for this year's holiday shopping season.

Community Involvement and Kids

Setting the Foundation for an Active Future for our Kids

Respecting Temperarments While Leaving Room for Personality

Some insights on the subtle difference between personality and temperament and how that relates to you and your loved ones.

Taking Care of Young Teeth

Healthy teeth and a healthy mouth give children more than just a beautiful smile. A healthy mouth supports overall health, and it can help children perform better in school. But far too many children have preventable oral health problems far too young.

Guest Response: Raising Girls

In response to the <a href="http://www.oregonfamily.com/2011/08/raising-girls-in-todays-world/" target="_blank">“Raising Girls”</a> Article in Oregon Family Newspaper, as a counselor, professor, woman, wife, and mother of a young girl, I just wanted to add some thoughts on the topic of Raising Girls in Today’s Society.  Our hope is that we raise our girls to have confidence and positive self esteem.  Almost everyone has either a female friend, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a niece, a grandmother, or a wife, so this issue really does affect everyone in the immediate/extended family and larger culture.

There’s Nothing Wrong with a Little Failure

From birth to adulthood the idea of failure takes a dramatic turn for the worst! When babies begin trying to hold their heads up, roll over, crawl, pull themselves up and walk they are encouraged to “keep trying” and applauded for each attempt. Do they fail until they ultimately succeed? Absolutely! Are they criticized for failing? Absolutely not! It is understood that they are progressing through a learning process and they are encouraged.

Reading is the Road to Success

<!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} span.s1 {letter-spacing: 0.0px} -->Reading is the foundation for a child’s education. Without strong reading skills, it’s harder for any child to succeed.

Lessons For Life

<strong>Teaching our children positive problem solving skills</strong>

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the owners who were swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. ”Move!” he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not ten feet away, their nine-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, “Daddy!”

Summer and Siblings

Ahhh… summertime. Ninety-nine blissful days. Lemonade, barbeques, and… major stress?