Kids (57)

Three Ways To Beat a Snow Day

All parents know that trying to get a stroller past a nasty pile of icy untended sidewalk, with precious cargo on board, can be a major hassle. And we all have cabin fever, young and old alike. So how do you get through the times when the snow is falling and there’s no hope at all for getting out this morning, or even this afternoon? Well, here are a few ideas that we have to…

That Time of Year Again...

It’s February vacation. The kids aren’t old enough to leave them at home alone. Their aunts and uncles work nine to five, like you, and they already have your nieces and nephews to worry about. Could we put them all in a room with a TV and a fridge and tell them to stay there while we’re at work? Why don’t they just have school year-round, maybe forty hours a week, like us? What if…

Should Your Kid Question What's Accepted?

Remember how the Red Hen was making a loaf of bread, and any animal that said, “Not I,” when she asked, “Who will help me?” didn’t get any of the fresh-baked bread? And remember how the ugly duckling, the one that all the other ducks picked on, ended up developing into a beautiful swan? Well, forget all that. It’s The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Jack’s giant snacks on the Red Hen,…

Somewhere To Turn

Most parents would tell you that raising a child, with all the challenges the job entails, is the most wonderful blessing they’ve experienced in their lives. We think our children are divine beings, brought to this planet to teach us, as we’re teaching them. We have someone who will always be the most important person in the world to us, including ourselves.   Some parents face an especially difficult challenge, however, when their child exhibits…

The PSO Takes Kids Out of This World

Did your son or daughter hold their breath, perching on the edge of their seat, the first time they saw a Sith Lord stalk onto the silver screen, while that ominous music boomed throughout the auditorium? That music is John Williams’ Star Wars Imperial March, and it’s only one of the galactic-themed pieces that will be performed by the Portland Symphony Orchestra at their second Discovery Concert: Outer Space Symphony, at Merrill Auditorium on Sunday…

Turning Everyday Drama Into Gold

We all have that one friend we swear would have a really easy time as a television writer because all they’d have to do is write down what happens to them in their daily life. Chances are, your teen has a friend about whom they feel the same. Some lives are just full of drama, sweeping change and challenges overcome. In our country’s history, there is a woman who must have been the marvel of…

The Afternoon Imagination Series Is Under Way

Many of our kids are back in school after the holiday break now, new toys and gadgets now just a few more items in their self-entertainment repertoire. The young stars are once again with their friends and teachers, safe within the walls of wisdom. But, if you work nine to five, your children still might be on their own or with your sitter for a couple of hours before you get home. You may be…

Kids Need Culture Too

It would be hard to argue that music and art are not key components that any parent would want to see included in their child’s education and development. In rural areas or especially poor ones, it can be hard to expose children to these opportunities. However, luckily for those who live and work in Greater Portland, the culture here allows for quite the opposite: a lot of dedicated professionals creating a lot of innovative children’s…

Royalty on the Rink

Skating the edge. Skating on thin ice. Just skating by. With all the English idioms like those, it would seem that ice skating is a shameful pursuit. But any mom or dad (steps included) who has given that last push before their child starts to kick and glide on their own, knows that skating can light up a kid’s world, for days, stretching into evenings, at a time. And the youngsters are going to want…

Author and Illustrator Hazel Mitchell Reads from 'Toby'

No one wants to bring baggage into a new relationship. So, when it’s just ourselves, we work on our issues, sharpen up, and try to be better now than we were back then. It is easy to imagine a new pet, especially one who has been in a human family before, being anxious about making a good impression, to leave their old selves behind. But animals don’t generally have the ability, as we do, to…
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