These local companies are looking out for parents
Claim your space as a nursing mother
Experts on trauma and child well-being offer perspectives on collective healing
Publisher's note for ParentMap's February 2019 issue
Go beyond tolerance
The one gift your partner really wants you to get her
Why is it so hard?
the devastating impact on kids
What to do when your kids walk in on you having sex
A Seattle mom on the true cost of the government shutdown
Why this strategy pays off
New doo-doo ditty overcomes one mom’s reluctance about potty-training tunes
Being child-free is not an invitation for insensitive comments
“Is this the best a man can get?”
A mom’s celebration of her introverted, anxious child
Five ways to handle your (or your child’s) “eco-anxiety”
...but a family crisis changed that
How to avoid being insensitive and what is the right thing to say
Why this mom ignored the preschool teacher
Washington ranks 3rd... and that isn't a good thing
10 small changes to make you feel slightly healthier, happier and less stressed
It's time for change and it's starts here
Parent Day Jobs: Meet Tiffany Spanier, M.D.
How to cope and get out there with the kids
Don't let the holidays distract from your kid's special day
A father reflects on his increasingly independent daughter
A mother's plea to relax this season
Struggling with sleep schedules? Here are some solutions
Our future is in great hands
‘Set up. Pack. Drive. Repeat until all the kids are fed.’
The best gift of all? Sanity
Three single moms on how they parent their kids
How to get through the holidays and keep the peace
Two families meet from worlds away
Food, fun and nature are all part of education in France
A mom on how she coped after several failed adoptions
The unexpected upsides of having a third kid
It's okay to punch the bully?
The answer is...
Because sometimes you run out of batteries
A note from ParentMap's CEO and publisher
Wine o’clock is a problem — not a solution — for Mom
Meet John Kahan of First Steps for SIDS
Where to get fit while your kids get to play
'I want my kids to see me speaking up — for myself, for them, for others.'
Looking for more and better options for her child, this mother moves abroad
How to be a good parent coach and help the whole team thrive
Advice from a mom raising a child with special needs
How this mom had to rethink Halloween when her kids went solo
You'll be singing "Come Fly With Me" in no time
How to approach and discuss a complex topic with your kids
Ariane Gauvreau is helping teachers understand what kids with special needs really need
It pays off for everyone
Author KJ Dell’Antonia shares the recipe for easier parenting
Staying at home counts as work experience
How to motivate your kid and ask the right questions
The unexpected regulations of foster parenting
"Establishing relationships with people of color is important, but so is how you do it."
It was one of two big events during Labor Day Weekend 2018
This advice from a parent who's been there actually works
Plus, volunteering ideas to inspire the whole family
The pros and cons of Fortnite and a very useful tip for parents
These conversations are essential to raising kind, empathetic kids
Here are some words to live by
How a mom and her tween survived some sleepless sleepovers
A visit to Green Lake unsettles this local mother
ParentMap answers a reader question from #SeaHomeless 2018
Best backpacks, lunch boxes, water bottles and lunch bags
These tips will save you
Local organization has launched new groups this summer with more on the way
Two weeks before her daughter leaves for college, this woman realizes how she's coping
Don't break the bank
"Children easily see, name and embrace differences, so use the momentum of their observances to talk about such topics."
Sneak in a date night some evening this summer
10 things to keep in your house on wheels
6 ways to make date night actually happen
Seattle mom Marlo Mack shares her experience
As part of #SeaHomeless, we're looking for your ideas on stories to tell
Sharing the household chores when both parents work can be tricky
A call for submissions from writers of color
A researcher at the University of Washington on swing shifts and parenting
Mark July 16 in your calendar if you're looking for a bargain
"Saying I feel alone is an understatement"
Hint: Don't tie chores to allowance
From Paris to parenting, what one man learned about being a dad
How this mom is getting her sons to pitch in this summer
Plus, a list of ideas for age-appropriate chores
And how you can help
This year's winners and finalists
The Seattle-based storyteller on making wild spaces accessible
Bypass summer chaos and stay on track with these tips
My kids have six grandparents — how we welcome them all
A Latino mom shares her advice
Nurture confidence and self-reliance during the summer break
"If you want to stand out, work.”
The Washington State initiative looking to change the conversation
Where to leave the kids when you need to get some work done
"It’s not like you can say no when there are a hundred of your peers watching in the lunchroom."
Advice: Date your spouse
5 questions with the author
On the list: Be kind to yourself
When trying to correct your own parents' mistakes backfires
A father of twins looks back on their first six months
"Exactly how bad of a dad did they think I’d be?"
A father and son find life lessons in playing chess
"As my kid grows up, we'll grow apart — and that's okay"
A mom strives to find her inner dad
In honor of Father's Day, we asked writers to tell us what fatherhood means to them
Using baseball to teach the importance of failure
Kyler Parris took on a leadership role in the March for Our Lives
Running ParentMap takes a village
Meet Sarah Scherzer
10 inspiring quotes from awesome commencement speeches
Using the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as a global history lesson
Even months-old kiddos will benefit from these tips
3 tips to help make the hunt easier
5 questions with Heidi Durham
"Message received: Mothers and their babies were clearly unwelcome"
"I wasn't raised to be ashamed of my heritage or my skin."
"Establish a routine to give you a sense of being normal."
4 questions with illustrator and SAHM Betsy Zou
How to deal with grandparents who don’t play fair
Too much screen time? Here are 10 ways to encourage learning at home
"It never really seemed possible that they wouldn't be around some day."
"Stitch this on a sampler and put it where you can see it."
5 questions with researcher, mother and author Hana Schank
Do your teens possess this valuable life skill?
What does motherhood mean to you?
In honor of Mother's Day, we asked writers to tell us what motherhood means to them
The moms behind the new Washington Preparatory School in Bothell
A note from our publisher in May 2018
“Oh, so it’s like Mommy has a weed in her brain.”
Parents, you'll like these too
Fly on, Tammie Jo Schults
"Maybe it's supposed to feel like her body is still being wrenched from mine."
"Basically, I drive a garbage can on wheels."
Avoid the meltdown before it even begins
As her mother succumbs to Alzheimer’s, a woman reflects on their relationship
And then she left
Encourage caring and generous kids with these ideas
You don’t need special powers to make a difference
Finding light after the dark days of Parkland
A Q&A with the founder of Beautiful Soles
A Q&A with the director of Skate Like a Girl Seattle
A Q&A with the president and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League
A Q&A with the vice president of Northwest Center Kids
A Q&A with the owner and artistic director of Northwest Tap Connection
A Q&A with the director of the Haring Center
A Q&A with the executive director of Open Arms Perinatal Services
A Q&A with the Seattle dad fighting to end lunch shaming
A Q&A with the head football coach of Garfield High School
A Q&A with the lieutenant governor of Washington State
Solo play is healthy, entertaining and essential
Words and photos from those who marched
“Do I want my kids to see me dying in front of them or truly living as the mother they recognize?”
One mom explains why this misconception is way off-base
Utah close to signing bill into law
A mother comes to terms with her daughter's decision
Backyard homesteading and parenting have plenty in common
What we can learn in Washington State
Married financial planners offer their advice
How one mom changed her thinking about what it means to 'have it all'
Don’t get screwed figuring out finances
Keep your sanity — and financial stability
Your post-kid financial checklist
Meet Pwint Htun
A word from our publisher in March 2018
Having it all isn't the same for every woman
A relationship guru shares his expert advice
The unexpected downsides of having a second kid
One mom reflects on the mental toll of her ideal life
'Don’t people who are financially struggling still deserve to make food choices for themselves?'
What one mom learned about herself when she began traveling solo
How do you cultivate compassion in children in a culture that centers vitriol and division?
How one mom shifted away from being #blessed to finding balance
It's not as hard as it may seem
Practical tips for keeping your cool
Should you (or your daughter) be tested?
What began as a punishment brought this Black family closer together
Why it's worth it to pause (if only for a moment)
Help this up-and-coming generation embrace adulthood
Try less talk, more action
How he helps Seattle youth find a new path
And how to talk to them if they are
Consider Singaporean 'kangaroo parenting' instead
A mother refuses to pass her fears on
A word from our publisher in February 2018
A dad reflects on parenting his daughter
Organizers offer their safety know-how
The death of WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinski is a call to action
Her social media post is going viral — and for good reason
Kid-friendly salons and barbers that specialize in kinky, curly tresses
'Achtung Baby' offers an alternative to helicopter parenting
First, leave jealousy at the altar
7 ways to make it happen
Simple ways to break down gender norms at home
A word from our publisher in January 2018
See the groundbreaking film that will help your family tackle anxiety
As we reflect on the year past, and dream of the year ahead, here are three parenting intentions worth setting
From marriage to porn, here are our best pieces from 2017
Start the new year on the right foot
'It got to the point where I began to actually empathize with the Grinch'
How one pregnant mom is coping with bedrest over the holidays
Tame the holiday circus with these simple strategies
A Santa-loving mom comes to terms with her son's disinterest
'I tend to think these parents have more money than self-awareness'
The tree, as we first saw it, was a balm for a grieving daughter's heart
Gift-giving is expensive — and maybe even unnecessary
'I cringe when the teacher talks about glitter and then hands out wands'
Co-parenting isn't a blessing for every family
Let’s face it, $10 a survey isn’t going to pay for that $800 phone on your partner’s wish list
Nothing says happy flight like a hungry toddler
How to create a diverse wardrobe for your kids
“Please revise and resubmit.”
24 essential tips from parents like you
"I'm the most church-going atheist my friends have ever known."
"If someone hurts you, it’s not your fault."
An out-of-work single mom struggles to create holiday magic for her son
A nanny-turned-mom has some choice words for parents who don't appreciate their child's caregiver
One family's offbeat Christmas story
One mom's story of kids who won't stop believing
A look at how Seattle's growing atheist population celebrates the holidays
"I do believe: I believe in being a good person and in doing good."
Make a tough conversation easier with these reads
Modern moms are criticized for choices that don't feel like choices at all
A well-known local toy seller talks about the future of play
A word from our publisher in December 2017
What one mom learned when her kids didn't follow her plan
Tips for raising grateful — not greedy — kids
What one mom learned when her child asked her to stop complaining
This is about lifting all women up
Help your kids be financially literate
Long-term family travel and what it means for modern families
It doesn't have to be the most expensive time of the year
A mother and son figure out what they both need to thrive
Finally make it happen
How this Dupont military mom channeled her grief
Kind kids start with mindful parents
A word from our publisher in November 2017
5 black parents weigh in on the holiday and their kids
Here's how to fit a beauty routine into your busy schedule
How to foster emotional intelligence in your children
New UW report finds that Seattle is rapidly becoming unaffordable for families
Should we or should we not ask for them?
Soccer great Abby Wambach and wife Glennon Doyle open up during Seattle event
'I hardly think that kissing his scrape or giving him an extra long hug is going to make him never want to leave me'
'Parenting While Queer' panel Oct. 14 seeks to educate Seattle allies
Moms seem to get a bad rap in fiction and in life
Julia Louis-Dreyfus's son pens touching note after his mom's diagnosis
Enjoying a quiet, restful day in bed isn't an option for most moms. So what’s a sick mom to do?
Tips on how to talk to your kids about difficult events
7 essays written for parents, by parents
A mother’s diagnosis helps inform her daughter’s
Reflections from a mom of an Asian American child who has Down syndrome
A mom on trusting her gut
Learning to cope, one year at a time
Why special needs aren’t so special
Moving forward on an unclear path
How a family pet helped a boy communicate
Here's someone you should know: Wendy Stone, Ph.D.
A word from our publisher in October 2017
'Critics ignored people like your daddy, who protect a country that sees them as less than'
The couple was forced to choose between medical care for their baby and the risk of deportation
What does tolerance look like in an increasingly violent world?
Parents are working more and making less time for fun to keep up with education costs
A licensed dog trainer shares her insider's knowledge
Retailer announces storewide price cuts
A parenting pro recommends you stay SOBER
'The biggest challenge hasn't been my gender transition at all'
The city was named the fourth best place to raise a family
The mom-to-be was refused service by a Marysville Buzz Inn
A Hindu mom questions what to feed her young son
Simple relaxation techniques that only take a minute
And lived to tell the tale
Fall's coming, but the good times don't have to end
No wonder we're all hanging on by a thread — or latte
Why I’m teaching my kids Chinese — and the price we pay
One woman’s mission to rethink what mindfulness means
Seattle’s latest population boom draws new residents
A note from our managing editor for September 2017
Pink's speech gives hope to moms like me
Celeb mom Whitney Port opens up about her breastfeeding challenges
This mom decided practice was optional
Get on their level, and other ways to capture shots your friends will envy
All of these women share the same rule: don’t call me mom
Good shopping requires good planning
I always make time for a lemonade stand
Think you're tired? This mom has you beat
We can't afford to sweep hate under the rug
“There appears to be a sasquatch in the pool,” people say as I swim by them
No stuffy maternity poses for this mom
The underside of “You look so good now!” is “You looked so bad before!”
New survey finds that moms would pay $107 for better shut-eye
The apology comes after backlash on social media
The Michelle Carter suicide texting case is a lesson for parents
Grooming doesn't have to be a struggle with these tips
All-too-familiar back-to-school shopping woes
Do the questions ever end?
Teaching your child the power of action
She's a writer, editor and mom of 7. We have questions.
"Black students are automatically seen as guilty"
A note from our publisher for the August 2017 issue
You know the name but do you know the port commissioner?
8 items that are sure to keep September sane
Print this out!
"It’s crazy, it’s beautiful. It’s your new life."
A mom deals with a litany of questions for her son's first haircut
Should you let your kids take to the streets alone?
ParentMap July 2017 Editor's Note
Why this psychologist advocates for making parenting playful
You'll want to save these ideas
We asked, you answered
Because ignoring the problem doesn't make it go away
"I know that to best process my feelings I need to create positive action"
The Eastside's sensory-friendly play space now doubles as your office
Two boys learned from an afternoon at Food Lifeline
Groom posts photos on imgur to find family
Why it's worth it and one place to start
And why shielding them can do more harm than good
"You will wear your shorts with pride, and I will support you every step of the way."
A provocative new book makes a case for presence
"Will he call me 'mother' in Hindi or in English?"
Jama'l Chukueke on what inspired Diversity Dad
On running the family business
4 parenting-on-stage dilemmas and how to cope
A note from our publisher for the June 2017 issue
Young children and elderly residents bond
The Seattle dad takes it one podcast at a time
Essential ideas for crunch-time discipline
One mom's journey to nirvana
Preparing my son for a life of random selections
You get a night out, your kids have a blast. Deal?
One word: hormones
Why I'm teaching my kids to challenge gender norms
How to motivate kids to help around the house without having to ask
How a Seattle Children’s clinical research scientist helps parents thrive
In pursuit of being the good-enough mother
A note from our publisher for the May 2017 issue
A set of 100-day challenges aims for big progress
A common refrain can help put things into perspective
John Gottman, Ph.D., shares his expert advice
Yes, and it can be bad for your health
How to help your teen cut out the waste and live more sustainably
How to connect with your children through bedtime rituals
5 ideas to help keep the peace
The 20-year-old talks poetry and new motherhood
The annual event in Bellevue celebrates its sixth year
Women’s Business Incubator offers working parents options in Green Lake
A young mother looks for a new home
The world could use a Superhero. We’ve got 10
A Q&A with the executive director of TeamChild
A Q&A with a Roots of Empathy instructor and professional doorman
A Q&A with a Garfield High School teacher
A Q&A with the music director of the Seattle Symphony
A Q&A with the clinical director of The Healing Center
A Q&A with a research biologist and the host of 'Finding Bigfoot'
A Q&A with the president and CEO of Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy
A Q&A with the Amara Parenting and Adoption Services staff and board
Publisher's note for ParentMap's April 2017 print issue
A Q&A with a police sergeant at the Seattle Police Department
A Q&A with the executive director of Step By Step
3 moms share their stories of striking out on their own
How to best support your child’s unique style
"Pranks are my family's way of showing love"
Uber launches family program in Seattle
"Freedom's progress depends on disobedient children"
Grandparents learn to speak "tech" to stay connected
Seattle parents share their work-from-home stories
A conversation with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner of MomsRising
Science and culture clash as a mother welcomes her first child
And how to get your kid involved
Embracing failure as a kid can help foster success in adulthood
A word from our publisher in March 2017
This could finally happen
How can we raise kids to prioritize empathy and kindness?
'Living alone with my kids and financing our life alone, I created a sensible budget that met our needs'
Balancing activism and parenting while keeping your sanity
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin share their advice for building diversity
It's our Valentine's Day surprise for 2017!
What's in a name?
Join us on Feb. 1 to shine a light and show support
Really? A more mindful mom?
4 unexpected ways parenthood changed one woman’s marriage
Seattle-area families share their various experiences
What cohabiting with little monsters really feels like
The world of parenting podcasts — downloaded
Dr. Jeff Sperring shares why it’s so much more than a hospital
Dear Reader: This New Year's Resolution Is On My Mind
How the Bennett family gives back and keeps grounded
Motivated for the new year, a Seattle family discusses donating and volunteering
Follow the experts’ advice to buy your dream house
Cut through kid clutter to a more perfect home
Puget Sound–area families explore home-shares and cohousing
Local organizations mobilize to make paid family and medical leave happen
After a deeply divided election, one mom muses on moving forward
Thoughts from a mom after the 2016 election
3 military families share the stories and struggles of military life
Giving back from your kitchen table, block and car
Paid parental leave remains elusive but these companies offer some help
The reboot of the beloved series brings up fond memories
After divorce, a mother connects with her son through flower arrangement
10 years after cancer, a family heads to a Marymoor obstacle course to raise money for blood cancer research
5 things parents should know about keeping their children healthy
Here's how to approach their post-election feelings
Women's Business Incubator hostsworking events that include child care
How to identify your kid's unique learning style
This American mom shares her family's experience amid the refugee crisis
An author's highly practical guide to harnessing your daily habits for good
It's boring work, but the payoff is amazing trips at huge discounts
Encouraging compassion and empathy
University of Washington educator rolls up her sleeves and helps kids learn
What happens when you recognize the symptoms in yourself?
Bill Gates talks with Washington State Teacher of the Year for 2016 Nate Bowling
More and more parents are going back to college while raising children.
Research suggests marriages break up most during these two times of year
How climate experts juggle the globe’s climate emergency and their hopes for their kids
Support your student with these DIY ideas
Aside from making you laugh until you cry, 'Bad Moms' gives a voice to the moms who are always stressed out
3 conversations to have when your adult kid moves in
Social media that makes science come alive
Tips for buying clothes that are great for kids — and the environment
The Boy Who Lived returns and he's got a 'Cursed Child'
Lawyers offer their advice on ensuring your family's future
Did you know the International Fountain has its own DJ?
The Space Needle has reinvented itself in recent years
The American Academy of Pediatrics releases a new report on fatherhood
Recent high school graduate Nick Rubin talks about his political financing app
Meet the latest Golden Teddy winners
It can be done! Try these 4 tips to make your day easier
Twig frame, fun planter or coasters make for perfect, easy-to-craft gifts
Guilt: Who needs it? Treat yourself kindly and see how it benefits your family
Families mobilize to support transgender youths and stop Initiative 1515
From making breakfast to 'Dad's Day' fun, how Ethan Stowell connects with his kids
Learn self-sufficiency and green living from these three families
Dear Reader: Counter Hate With Love
Don’t worry about hormones and periods: Just be a dad
Help your children maintain a connection with their grandparents
This state representative talks politics, family and making it all work
8 tips for making it through a remodel with your family
Catching up with the director of the University of Washington Center for Child and Family Well-Being
Will Washington workers be next in the push for parental leave?
Get the answers you need about child support payments
A clever mother uses her son's love of Minecraft to fuel a new passion: reading
Honoring the Village
Our annual issue of champions for Washington families
Try these 5 tips to reduce stress and find more happiness
Are you a new member of the Sandwich Generation? Common questions, answered
Moonjar helps kids learn about saving, spending, sharing and more
Warning: deep breathing required
Everything you need to know about college savings.
ParentMap talks with Global Family Travels founder Jennifer Spatz about the family service and adventure trips they offer, plus her inspirations and more
Building community with Families of Color
Dear Reader: Forget the College Fund and Fall In Love, Again!
Win some free child care with this 2016 giveaway!
Paid leave, child care and more are on this mom's mind
"Our goal is to improve our world for families who struggle daily"
6 easy steps to making New Year's parenting resolutions that stick
One family's story of significantly downsizing
Inspired ideas for conquering chaos
The Force is strong with us parents
Help with focus, task-juggling and remembering homework
Books and movies that teach compassion and kindness
How to reinvent and restructure your family meetings by focusing on positivity, problem solving and schedule planning — plus, some tips for success
Q&A with the cofounder of Hollow Earth Radio and teaching artist helping to reinvent The Makery
No matter how many camps, vacations or days you’ve planned to avoid those two dreaded words (“I’m bored”), summer always brings a sense of freedom.
What happens when protective parents hoping to build their kids’ independence loosen the leash a little? This summer, three families from different neighborhoods with kids of different ages found ou
A look at whether the Pixar film gets the neuroscience right, and how parents can use it to build bridges
As the lone woman in a house of boys, one mom chronicles the farts, boogers and other things that push her into 'testosterone overload'
One mom and scientist gives a resounding 'Yes!'
Our winners for 2015!
The reality of combining a fantasy travel career with family life
Who doesn’t love to say “Papua New Guinea?”
Reading and dinner routines, family meetings and more to supercharge learning and family bonding this summer
What to do, and what not to do, from a mom who has been there
A call center called Child Care Resources provides the critical link between parents and information regarding childcare facilities and programs
Millennial workers' push for flexible jobs could help parents and working moms
10 tips for making sure you don't overstep your parenting boundaries when you become a grandparent
How to pick a high-quality program for kids
One mindset helps kids succeed, the other holds them back
Wine, dine, hike, bike and rekindle that spark
One mother shares why employers should give parents like her a chance
Reader-voted favorites for food, classes, camps, activities and more in the Puget Sound
When it comes to the work-family juggle and parental and sick leave, American parents are playing a different ball game than our European counterparts
Why being left alone for a week with 6-year-old twins isn't terrifying
ParentMap Learning, 2014
Put that flood of kids' art to work!
Lego bins, stuffie buckets and more craft toy storage ideas
Love each other; love your kids; cut each other some slack
A self-diagnosed helicopter mom fails the L&L test
One mama shares the truth about being boy-crazy
Learning to live with the stresses and heartaches of parenting
A serial mom dater offers advice for meeting like-minded moms
Learn how to get to the next stage with your relationship
'You can always have them take a nap tomorrow... they're never going to forget this'
"If my child is at risk in water, then anyone's is."
Feed the homeless, do a clothing drive, donate funds and more
The famous love doctor talks about trust, betrayal and how to stay strong
The conductor is dedicated to community, education and innovation
Is sleep the new sex?