ParentMap, January 2006 Issue

Published on: January 01, 2006

ParentMap January 2006 issue


Feature: When a teen comes out

Ages & Stages:

Getting School Ready:State prioritizes early learning

Out & About:


Hero:  Debra Sullivan, Praxis founder


Accidental Parent:  The self-centered parent


Media: View featured media


From our readers: Letters to the Editor


About this issue

Dear Reader:

Here’s my public New Year’s resolution to you, our readers. ParentMap will continue to devote our editorial team’s energy to publish compelling stories about current issues that challenge, educate and advance our thinking as parents and professionals. We also aim to elevate your family’s fun in ‘06 with exhilarating excursions both near and far in our Out & About section.

Our Community Focus remains Getting School Ready. We believe, as Gov. Gregoire recently stated, that “children who are intellectually, socially and emotionally better prepared at an early age are more likely to succeed in school.” The possibilities for young children look brighter today because of our Governor’s commitment, along with private partnerships with business and Foundations. You will also have exceptional learning opportunities at the Pathways 2006 Lecture Series.

My brother-in-law Jimmy, famous for great one-liners, said, “If work was fun, you wouldn’t need two words for it.” I have the blessing of calling this passionate commitment of mine “work.” Linda Morgan (our Getting School Ready columnist and education/feature writer, “When a teen comes out,”) and I were giddy with excitement in the photo above as we felt like we were encircled by the Madonna/Brad Pitt of Early Learning. Only local angel Yaffa Maritz (Foundation for Early Learning board) could gather Daniel Siegel, M.D., (UCLA, Parenting from the Inside Out) parenting expert and author T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., and Brazelton’s protégé, Josh Sparrow, M.D., — to name just a few of the celebs in attendance — for the launch of a new local Parenting Center Advisory Board.

But the most fun I had on the job was watching Will Austin shoot this month’s cover photo as my talented and sweet niece Sophie prepped my 4-year-old for her first violin lesson with their gifted teacher, Irene Mitri (“How to find the right music teacher”).

A Happy and Healthy 2006 to you and yours,

—Alayne Sulkin, publisher/editor

Alayne Sulkin

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