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Publisher's Note, May 2013
Inspiration From Our Barista “Why be someone else, when you can be someone better?”— Lashay “Alfa” Hordges JohnsonStarbucks Tabit Square on Mercer Island (ParentMap’s #2 official work place) is our quick mid-stop breakfast pick-us-up as Maya (11) and I rush from home to school on weekday mornings.Read More »
Volunteer Opportunities for Kids
General Opportunities United Way of King County Has many different kinds of volunteer opportunities, including one-time and ongoing projects. Volunteermatch.org Helps match volunteers up with interests and location. Treehouse for Kids A retail-like store (clothing brand) environment whRead More »
A crucial foundation for early learning
Every day, some children, for the first time in their whole lives, see the door crack open. Beyond is a brilliant world. It is not the world they feel and smell and hear and touch. It is a symbolic world that they can share with the best storytellers, generals, athletes, and poets; with the best sciRead More »
Calming family battles with 'reflective parenting'
The battle lines are drawn, and you are facing off against a formidable foe: your child. Whatever you're arguing about, you've been down this road before. Why does your child behave this way? Frustration mounts as you struggle to keep your temper in check. Welcome to yet another "white-knuckleRead More »
Tips for limiting TV time
Tips and resources for parents, caregivers and day care providers, provided by Seattle Children's Hospital. For babies: Avoid TV for children younger than age 2. Choose activities that promote language development and brain growth, such as talking, playing, reading, singing and enjoying music. FRead More »
From retirement to requirement: Parenting . . . the second time around
An unknown voice on the other end of the line…Could she just come and get the child? Within an hour, Jane, a single 62-year-old mother and grandmother, was driving across three counties in Western Washington to reach a child at risk. Not just any child — her 2-year-old grandchild. OnRead More »
TV in kids' rooms? Why not!
Call me old school, but I can’t seem to muster any real indignation over the fact that my just-over-2-year-old granddaughter loves “Blue’s Clues.” And “Sesame Street.” And “Baby Einstein.” In fact — and I get that I’m treading on confessional territory here — she actually asks her parents if she canRead More »
Toy recalls: Stay in the know and keep your kids safe!
Toy safety recalls are coming in so fast these days that it’s hard to keep track of them! We’ll make it easy for you. Here’s a link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) page on the latest toy recalls: www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/category/toy.html Sign up here to receive email noRead More »