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ParentMap, July 2007 Issue

ParentMap July 2007 issue
Our July issue features favorite places to shop, eat, play and more as we bring you the results of our annual reader poll of regional top picks. We also talk with Dr. Graciela Italiano-Thomas from Thrive by Five, cover age-appropriate fitness ideas in Ages & Stages and dig up the dirt on dinosaurs and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Out & About. Getting School Ready goes to the zoo, and we follow up on our June climate change article with concrete tips for what you can do to reduce your impact on the atmosphere.

Feature:  ParentMap Picks

And don't miss ParentMap Picks South Sound if you hail from the South Sound.

Ages & Stages:

Getting School Ready: Going ape

Out & About:

Voice: Parenting for peace

Issues: Dr. Graciela Italiano-Thomas: Washington's new early learning dynamo

Talk: A tantrum survival kit

Media: This month's featured media

From the readers: Letters to the Editor


About this issue

Dear Reader:
Alayne Sulkin
“There is something special going on here,” says Graciela Italiano-Thomas, referring to the miraculous support for advocacy, action and measurable outcomes in early learning in our state. We are lucky to have this energetic, charismatic, intelligent woman in the pivotal leadership position at the state’s partnership for early learning, Thrive by Five.

But luck did not get Graciela Italiano-Thomas here.

Years of gritty work and determination by many devoted souls with a clear vision did. From my position, beginning 6 years ago as a Foundation for Early Learning board member (thanks to the soft-spoken great force in Seattle for early learning and peace, Listening Mothers’ founder, Yaffa Maritz, Voice) to my present place as ParentMap publisher, I have witnessed the astonishing progress that has been made. Early learning advanced because government, businesses and many hundreds of people dedicated their time to a long list of nonprofits and foundations with a common purpose to “get every child in our state ready for school by the age of 5.” (Update.) We are delighted that Italiano-Thomas picked Washington State!

ParentMap Picks gives an amusing voice to your serious votes on the best places to eat, shop, play and share in our neighborhoods! Can you measure the crazy fun your family will have checking off each winner — ice cream, toy store, pizza, sunny-day-play and ethnic eats?

Be sure you are walking or biking to these chow adventures!

This month’s Ages & Stages on keeping fit will stop you in your grazing tracks! Get Moving, Girl! references a study stating that teens who are physically active are less likely to have sex, smoke, drink or drive drunk, use illegal drugs, miss school or have low self-esteem. As our kids’ first and most important teacher, ask yourself: Are you moving your own body enough and setting a good example?

Enjoy July!

 —Alayne Sulkin, Publisher/Editor

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