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West Hylebos Wetlands trail (Photo by Susan Elderkin)

Best Hikes With Kids around Western Washington, Part 1

Editor’s note: While the weather is still gorgeous, are you trying to pack in as much outdoor times as possible? If you have little ones, hiking can be a challenge. This excerpt was adapted from hiking expert Susan Elderkin’s book, “Best Hikes With … read more

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kids summer reading

How to Inspire Summer Reading

While summer is the perfect time for kids to take advantage of days spent away from the classroom, remember not to put valuable skills, like reading, on the back burner. In fact, research estimates that one to two months’ of learning loss can … read more

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pet therapy

Dogs Are All Ears in New Pet Therapy Reading Program

When 3-year-old golden retriever Brody walks through the halls of Minter Creek Elementary School, there is no doubt that this four-legged friend is regarded as the school’s newest “star pupil.” His arrival is greeted by happy hugs and huge smiles from both students … read more

Empty Bowls Fight Hunger

Empty Bowls Fight Hunger one Child at a Time

One Saturday each February, excitement builds as the line outside the Gig Harbor Boys & Girls Club lengthens and eager shoppers wait for the doors to finally open. At 11 a.m. sharp, the anxious crowd floods into the room and patrons scurry between … read more

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Trick-or-Treat

Trick-or-Treat for a New Kind of Thrill

For most kids, Halloween is all about costumes and candy, but it can also be a chance to demonstrate how helping others brings its own set of rewards. This October, children, families and schools across the country will join in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, … read more

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Tips on How to Successfully Read to Your Child

Five Tips on How to Successfully Read to Your Child

Reading has the enduring power to shape and develop minds, both in the home and classroom. The urgency to make the teaching of reading as effective and enjoying as possible should always be reinforced at home. The goal must be to show every … read more

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Children Helping Kitchen

5 Ways to Get Your Kids in the Kitchen (But Not Get in Your Way)

My three kids spend so much time with me in the kitchen. Daily, we chop, we mix, we bake, we stir, we do life together around our island and over food. At this point, they are trained professionals when it comes to helping … read more

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protect children

5 Easy Ways to Safeguard Kids’ Tech Devices from Predators

Summer vacation is almost here — which means kids are going to be looking for new ways to fill their time with entertainments. Mobile devices and computers are no doubt at the top of their lists. But before you let your kids loose … read more

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