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Giving Back: 17 Seattle-Area Organizations That Offer Help During the Holidays
Looking to give back or volunteer as an individual or a family during this holiday season? There are many great organizations in our area that could always use an extra hand in the kitchen, those old baby clothes stashed away in the closet or most of all, the community's support in helping others wRead More »
Help Foster Youth Have a Happy Holiday Season
ParentMap and Carter Subaru have partnered with Treehouse to bring readers information about and perspectives of those impacted by foster care. This month: Helping Foster Youth Have a Happy Holiday Season. The holiday season is a magical time of year, and the team over at Treehouse is fortunate toRead More »
Nose in a Book: 12 Kid Reads Exploring U.S. History and Patriotism
Fireboat by Maira Kalman The John J. Harvey fireboat was the largest, fastest, shiniest fireboat of its time, but by 1995, New York City didn't need old fireboats anymore. So the Harvey retired, until a group of friends decided to save it from the scrap heap. Then, one sunny September day in 2001,Read More »
Treehouse: Blazing a Path to Graduation for Foster Youth
In addition to providing essential support services to 6,000 foster youth and their caregivers each year, Treehouse has committed as an organization to a bold mission: To ensure that foster youth in King County graduate high school at the same rate as their peers by 2017. ParentMap and Carter SubarRead More »
You Can Help a Child in Foster Care
Wondering what you can do to make a difference in the life of a child in foster care? Twenty-eight thousand youth age out of the foster care system every year, many without family or friends to guide them. Currently, there are 1,300–1,500 youth in foster care in King County alone. ParentMap and CarRead More »
Learn About the Issues: The Facts About Foster Care
On any given day there are 1,300 to 1,500 children in foster care in King County, and about 10,000 children in foster care across the state of Washington. These most vulnerable among us need our understanding and our help. The difference you can make to help a foster child have a childhood and futurRead More »
Teaching Children About Politics
It's a hyper-political year with the upcoming presidential elections in November. It's hard to miss the election coverage with 24-hour cable news shows, TV ads, the internet, social media, newspapers and other media outlets constantly surrounding us. Often this coverage is filled with negative messRead More »
Living Green: A Deeper Look at Seattle Families' Eco-Friendly Lifestyles
When it comes to green living, Seattle mom Kathy Cowles considers her family pretty typical: They recycle and compost, avoid meat, buy organic and local foods, and use public transit whenever possible. But to friends and relatives in other cities, the family is the epitome of eco-consciousness. SeaRead More »
Parenting Children with Special Needs
Not long after Rachel Trindle’s twin son Daniel was born with cerebral palsy, she noticed the friendships she’d cultivated with other parents just “withered up and died away.” After all, her life as a mom had changed dramatically. No longer could she connect with parents of typical children as sheRead More »
Protecting Play By Building Playgrounds: An Interview with Darrell Hammond
Darell Hammond, CEO and founder of KaBOOM!, grew up with seven brothers and sisters at the Mooseheart Child City & School, a residential group home outside of Chicago. There, he learned about volunteerism and leadership, and began to understand that great playgrounds make a big difference to kidRead More »
Playing Favorites: Do We Treat Our Kids Differently?
If you’re like most parents, you place a pretty high value on “equality,” which, in the parenting universe, means treating all your children the same. That concept is reinforced by practically everyone: your friends, your parents and probably most of all, your own children. Who hasn’t heard the rallRead More »
Roots of Empathy: Mary Gordon and Stuart Shanker at Town Hall Seattle
Roots of Empathy Mary Gordon and Stuart Shanker: Science, Self-Regulation and Citizenry Town Hall Seattle November 29, 2011 7-8:30 p.m. Admission is free; use promo code: Empathy How do we grow a more caring, peaceful, and civil society? By creating better citizens -- citizens who recognize tRead More »
International Adoption: Are The Kids As Healthy As They Look?
When Portland, OR. resident Mishelle Rudzinski adopted her 5-year-old daughter, Bakha, from Kazakhstan in 2006, she was prepared for life with a special needs child: The child had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Bakha didn’t walk at all until she was 4, and then did so wiRead More »
Mind + Body, August 2011
A new wrinkle study shows possible link between facial lines and osteoporosis That deep furrow between your eyebrows could indicate something more serious than a lifetime of squinting in the sun. WebMD reports that a study from the Yale School of Medicine has linked the deepness of a woman’s facialRead More »
Mind + Body, June 2011
Diet distress File this under “things that make sense, given how hard it is to get ‘me time’ when you have a baby.” Women may monitor their diets during pregnancy, but a new study published in Pediatrics reports that mothers of young kids don’t eat as well as women without youngsters — consuming moRead More »