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Out + About

24–25 SEPTEMBER CALENDAR 26 F  ALL ARTS

Words to live by

8  NEWS AROUND TOWN 10 CRIB NOTES

How to make your kids care about art and what to see this fall

8 fun things to do before baby arrives

12 TEENS TAKE ACTION

Local teens make change happen

34 HEALTH

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37 AGES + STAGES

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46 SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW

Dr. Banks: The founding director of the UW’s Center of Multicultural Education

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Our September issue Summer Programs • Professional Development • RC Online helpswebsite: us creatively rethink our roles in our children’s education, within the visit our For more information, visit our website: classroom and far beyond it. www.RobinsonCenter.uw.edu www.RobinsonCenter.uw.edu Challenging K-12 students in an intellectualPhone: community 206-543-4160 One change you can apply this year: Email: rcys@uw.edu Phone: 206-543-4160 through early entrance and outreach learning programs. how we learn about the arts. With many Email: rcys@uw.edu “When we school systems sadly forced to cut their arts budgets, it’s on us parents to help SATURDAY ENRICHMENT Current Grades K-8 ‘arrive curious’ our kids learn about music, dance and Spring Session: April 7 – June 2 (Registration is now open!) visual arts. 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There is also an After-Class program available for an share practical tips and a rich array of additional charge from 2:20 – 4:30pm. Classes are small, and instructors are books to inspire family discussions about immigration (p. 37). Plus, learn a all specialists in their field. Application criteria can be found on our website. little from our Someone You Should Know. James A. Banks is the founding SUMMER STRETCH Current Grades 7-10 director of the University of Washington’s Center of Multicultural Education June 25 – July 26 (Registration is now open!) and a perfect addition to this year’s Global Issue. Here’s how he sums up Summer Stretch offers in-depth, intensive learning experiences as accelermulticultural education and why it matters: “It makes America ‘America.’” ated courses and enrichment courses. Summer Stretch runs 3 days a week (9:00am – 2:30pm) for five weeks beginning June 25 on the UW Seattle Still looking for inspiration? Turn to p. 12 and meet Tejas Raj. He’s a local campus.Classes are taught by specialists in their field with a high adult:child teen who’s taking part in September’s Seattle Design Festival. He shares how ratio. There is a substantial homework load; courses are graded and final he turned from a Lego-loving toddler into an inspired teen with a mission to transcripts are provided. Application criteria can be found on our website. get people talking through the power of art. RC ONLINE Current Grades 9-12 (Registration is now open!) “It’s a chance for people to come together and share a moment,” he says. 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are harder when you have a new baby because of the sheer amount of planning and stuff you need to get out the door. Enjoy sauntering out the door at the last minute and go somewhere fun and new with just your purse. 4 SLEEP You may have heard it a million times, but make sure to act on it and enjoy a lie-in from time to time. Don’t get too caught up in the frenzy of nesting; there will be plenty of time to order cute crib mobiles from Target when your baby is here. A lot of new mums worry that they don’t have all the stuff but remember: Your newborn needs very little, so try to relax and enjoy this peaceful time. Instead of schlepping to the store, order things online and enjoy a nice long nap instead. 5 SEE A CONCERT Meet your friends, dance and have fun. Your baby is well-protected and cozy in the womb and will enjoy a little movement and music. It’s hard to make time to see all

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your friends when you’re a new mom, so use this time to keep in touch. 6 GO TO A MOVIE Going to the cinema with a newborn is hard. Sure, there are cry baby shows where you can bring your baby, but it’s not the same. Going to the cinema without kids is a luxurious experience. Book the best seats, buy the popcorn and stretch out. 7 INVEST IN YOUR WARDROBE Most women (ambitiously) think that as soon as the baby is born we can toss away all those wellworn maternity clothes. The fact is, you’ll probably be wearing those maternity clothes for a good few months after the actual birth. Now that you have a little time on your hands, invest in some sensible and comfortable shoes and maternity clothes that are will make you feel good after you’ve had the baby. Buy some new accessories that will make those jaded maternity clothes feel a little more stylish post-baby.

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teens take action Meet Tejas Raj continued from page 12 “It’s a chance for people to come together and share a moment,” Raj says. “That’s unusual in our world where we’re often like ‘You do you and I’ll do me’ and then we move along with our day.” Raj got his first real taste for that kind of interaction thanks to a weeklong workshop at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. A sophomore at the time, Raj admits that he hadn’t given much thought to his future. “I planned for like one day ahead,” he says. That changed after he attended the Take Action workshop. There, he met local students who were as motivated (and sometimes quite a bit more so) than he was at the time. “Everyone had an amazing attitude,” he says. “Most importantly, they all wanted to take action.” Inspired, Raj applied for an affiliated program at Gates: the yearlong Youth Ambassadors

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Helens peeking around hills and through trees. My kids

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person. Like many families in Washington state, we were spending a summer weekend exploring our state and camping as a family. But we were also using this trip as a learning opportunity. As a

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around the Pacific Northwest and abroad. Based primarily in Originally coined by well-known Suquamish, Washington, he has been worldschooler Eli Gerzon in 2008, worldschooling his sons since last the term “worldschooling” has been year. quickly gaining popularity. At its “I think it’s our job as parents to most basic level, worldschooling not only use travel as a means of uses travel as a fun, but also a tool basis for a child’s for teaching our kids education. Gerzon to be human beings,” himself describes Worldschooling: says Taylor, who is a worldschooling as writer for a popular “when the whole world When the whole family travel website, is your school, instead world is your 2TravelDads. of school being your For Phoenix S., whole world.” school, instead a homeschooling The concept is tied of school being parent in Seattle, to homeschooling, incorporating a which has rapidly your whole global perspective grown in popularity world. is important for her in the past decade daughter’s education, — more than 1.5 especially since million kids were Phoenix herself is homeschooled in 2007 part of a multicultural with 3 percent of the school-age family of Asian and African descent. population homeschooled in the “I grew up biculturally and 2011-12 school year. Worldschooling transcontinentally,” she says. “I can’t takes homeschooling a step further imagine raising and teaching my by incorporating travel into daughter any other way.” education. For my own family, the choice to But if I’ve learned anything in worldschool corresponds with our my own research, it’s that every family’s current endeavor to travel family has its own interpretation around the world for three years. of worldschooling. Some see it as Rather than enrolling our two kids an extension of homeschooling, in traditional schools in different where the learning is done both on countries, we are opting to use the road and at home. Others use worldschooling as our primary way worldschooling as a supplement to to educate them. traditional schooling by making their But as I prepared to worldschool, vacations more educational. I learned more and more about how Rob Taylor, a father of 6- and there’s really no one right way to 3-year-old sons, uses worldschooling >> do it. as a means to enhance family trips

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parents navigating the world of worldschooling. “I really rely on Facebook groups to connect with other worldschooling families and get ideas,” says Seattle mom Christina Garcia, who worldschools her son. Garcia also relies on her own experience in education and those of her friends who teach “to see what matches the personality and learning style of my son.”

Some families follow a specific educational philosophy, from the imaginative play-focused Waldorf philosophy to a childled, nonstructured unschooling approach. Other families enroll their children in online school. Still others cobble together their own approaches, taking bits and pieces from their favorite educational models to make one So, does it Worldschooling customized to their work? can benefit own kids. It’s easy to be skeptical Taj Munson, a of an education children Seattle father of model outside the by helping two, let his kids’ 3:50 PM chalkboards-and-desks ages inform his them gain an approach many of family’s take on us grew up with. So, appreciation worldschooling. does it really work? “My kids are early of different Will kids really get a enough in their good education from cultures. education where there worldschooling? is a lot of foundational Mary Jereczek, a stuff that we can still teacher at Ballard High help them with,” says School, thinks so. She Munson, whose children are 5 and 8. recognizes how worldschooling can “We’re not worrying too much about benefit children by helping them extremely rigorous academics.” gain an appreciation of different The more my husband and I cultures. learned about worldschooling, “It’s so important to be able to the more we realized how many understand other people and other resources were available to us. cultures,” Jereczek says. “We need Online learning websites like Khan to be able to look at things through Academy and Time4Learning make other people’s eyes.” Worldschool can it easy for parents to have access to help kids be less isolated and more prepared curricula, and websites like in tune with a world outside their Lynda.com and Mango Languages everyday lives, she says. offer online courses that are free and Angelina Vasquez, a teacher in Mukilteo, echoes that sentiment: available to Seattle Public Library “Having that additional experience members. gives students more understanding Also online: a community of

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believe my kids will learn so much of cultures in the world and how to more from their travels than what interact with people.” they can learn in a classroom. And But both Vasquez and Jereczek so, off we go! acknowledge that there may be some drawbacks to worldschooling. For But how do one thing: a lack of stability. you afford it? “Worldschooling may be As we planned our trip, my something that disrupts the husband and I thought a lot about education [of a child who needs how we would be able to afford more stability],” says Jereczek. “[That worldschooling. We’re fortunate child] might actually to work remotely as we do better in a more travel, which will help traditional setting.” finance our trip. This applies to Other worldschooling Fortunately, testing, too. families we know are you don’t have “High-stakes renting out their houses testing is a big part on Airbnb; house-sitting to pack up of our educational or pet-sitting as they and travel to system,” Vasquez travel; or finding deals 0918_lynnwood_kids_dentist_1-4.indd says. “Not being get some of on airfare or hotels, prepared for that including working for the benefits of may be a drawback airline companies to for families who worldschooling. get free airfare. Their worldschool, strategies are as diverse as One idea: Read. especially for the ways they’re teaching those planning to their kids. transition their kids Fortunately, you don’t back to traditional have to pack up and school.” travel to get some of the benefits of When our own family decided worldschooling. One idea: Read. to embark on a life of full-time “We check out books from the travel and worldschooling, my local library on the topics of our husband and I worried about destination,” says Portia Smith, that. We’re also concerned about an Arlington, mother of two and what worldschooling will mean in a lifestyle and travel blogger at terms of education, both social and Obsessed by Portia. academic. Smith uses worldschooling to For my 8-year-old, worldschooling supplement her children’s traditional means saying goodbye to her close school education. “We utilize paper school friends. For my 5-year-old maps so the kids can understand the son, it means missing out on the geography of an area,” she says. “At traditional experience of the first day the end of the day, we chat about the of kindergarten. places we visited and what stood out >> Still, despite these drawbacks, I the most.”

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When the World Is Your Classroom continued from page 21 The family of Marcie Cheung, a mother of two and blogger at Marcie in Mommyland, makes a point of participating in cultural activities when they travel. A recent trip to Maui saw her preschoolers making their own ink and stamping traditional Hawaiian kapa cloth as part of a cultural tour. Immersive experiences like those don’t require a plane ticket, either. (See the sidebar for six ideas on how to bring the world closer to home without packing your bags.)

What’s next I know that over the next three years of our trip, my family will change and grow as we travel. How could we not? But no matter where we are in the world, we plan to use our lessons from traveling to teach our kids. In fact, we’re already doing it. Weeks after our visit to Mount St. Helens, my kids are still talking about what they learned from that visit, even telling friends about the trip. For a parent like me, it’s moments like these that make me smile. n Astrid Vinje loves experiencing new cultures with family. She blogs at The Wandering Daughter (thewanderingdaughter.com).

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Pool Playland. It’s the last week for an outdoor splash. Daily, 11 a.m.–Noon through Sept. 9. $3.75–$5.50; under 1 free. Ages 0–5 with caregiver. Pop Mounger Pool, Seattle. seattle.gov/parks/aquatics Live at Lunch. Pack a lunch and bring the kids to enjoy acoustic indie tunes outdoors. Tuesday–Thursday through Sept. 13 (locations vary). Noon–1:30. FREE. City Center Plaza, Bellevue. bellevuedowntown.com

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Green Lake Bat Walk. Learn all about bats as you search for them in the twilight sky. 6:30–8:30 p.m. FREE. Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake, Seattle. batsnorthwest.org Magic Monday. Local magicians perform in the cozy quarters of the bookstore the second Monday of the month, 7–8 p.m. FREE. Third Place Books – Ravenna, Seattle. thirdplacebooks.com ONGOING EVENT

Story Time for Kids. Get comfy and listen to dramatic readings of great kids’ books, old and new. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. FREE. Ages 3–7. University Bookstore, Seattle. ubookstore.com ONGOING EVENT A Child’s-Eye View of Fort Nisqually. Last week to experience a day in the life of a child of the 1850s. Daily, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. through Sept. 16. Included with admission; ages 3 and under free. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma. fortnisqually.org

Bremerton Blackberry Festival. Live music and fantastic kids’ entertainment, fun runs, car show and loads of berries. Saturday–Monday, Sept. 1–3. FREE. Louis Mentor Boardwalk, Bremerton. blackberryfestival.org End of Summer Blast. Three days of nonstop enriching animal fun to mark the end to summer. Saturday–Monday, Sept. 1–3, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Included with admission. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma. pdza.org

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Meet-Up Monday. Meet up with friends for discounted play. Mondays, 10 a.m.–noon. $7.70 with discount; adults and under age 1 free. Kids under 48 inches in height. WiggleWorks Kids, Bellevue. wiggleworkskids.com Low Sensory Play Time. Special play time features a limited number of participants and calm surroundings. Monday and Thursday, noon–2 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. $20; preregister. Ages 0–10 with adult. Roo’s World of Discovery, Kirkland. roosworldofdiscovery.com ONGOING EVENT

Detective Cookie’s Chess Club. Drop in to learn and practice chess skills; new members always welcome. Tuesdays, 3–5 p.m. FREE. Ages 7 and up. Seattle Public Library, Rainier Beach Branch. spl.org ONGOING EVENT Reading With Rover. Trained therapy dogs listen patiently to kids practicing reading. First and third Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. FREE. Ages 5–10 with adult. Half Price Books, Redmond. readingwithrover.org ONGOING EVENT

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Shoreline Indoor Playground. Banish rainy-day wiggles playing in the gym. Monday-Friday, 9:30–11:30 a.m. $2–$2.50. Ages 1–5 with caregiver. Shoreline Spartan Recreation Center. shorelinewa.gov ONGOING EVENT Toddler Time. Open-early play gym lets the little ones burn off energy with bikes, slides and toys. Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.– noon. $2; adults free. Ages 3 and under with caregiver. Issaquah Community Center. ci.issaquah.wa.us ONGOING EVENT

Lil’ Diggers Playtime. Favorite giant sandbox re-opens for the season, with digging in the sand for kids and wifi for grown-ups. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 9:30–11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. $8. Ages 5 and under with adult. Sandbox Sports, Seattle. sandboxsports.net ONGOING EVENT Visit the Animals at Kelsey Creek Farm. Visit pigs, ponies, sheep and rabbits. Daily 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. FREE. Bellevue. farmerjayne.com ONGOING EVENT


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Small Frye. Dramatic story time at the museum followed by a related art project. First Fridays, 10:30–11:45 a.m. Ages 3–5 with caregiver. FREE; preregister. Frye Art Museum, Seattle. fryemuseum.org ONGOING EVENT Late Play Date. Hurry up and finish homework, then head to the museum for fall season crafts, activities and fun. 6–8 p.m. FREE. Ages 3–12 with families. White River Valley Museum, Auburn. wrvm.org

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Jugando con Música. Enjoy stories and songs in Spanish and play with musical instruments. Thursdays, 1–2 p.m. Included with admission. Imagine Children’s Museum, Everett. imagincecm.org ONGOING EVENT Race Night. Test your racing aptitude in the Speed Zone with thrilling racing simulators! Second Thursday of the month, 5–8 p.m. Included with admission; ages 5 and under free. America’s Car Museum, Tacoma. americascarmuseum.org ONGOING EVENT

St. Demetrios Greek Festival. Join in for some delicious Greek food, music, dancing, and other cultural festivities. Sept. 14–16, Friday–Sunday. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Seattle. seattlegreekfestival.com Puget Sound Bird Fest. It’s bird-mania with many guided bird walks, kids’ crafts and interpretive activities. Friday–Sunday, Sept. 14–16. Some activities free; others with fee. Various venues, Edmonds. pugetsoundbirdfest.org

Frog Frolic. Explore a 5,000-year-old peat bog and enjoy live music, food truck fare and kids’ activities. 1–5 p.m. Donations appreciated. Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, Renton. shadowhabitat.org Fishermen’s Fall Festival. Catch a trout, build a toy boat, watch exciting survival suit races and more. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. FREE. Fishermen’s Terminal, Seattle. fishermensfallfestival.org

Pacific Seas Aquarium Grand Opening. After two years under renovation, it’s time to marvel at hammerhead sharks, giant octopus and more. Daily, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Included with admission. Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Tacoma. pdza.org San Gennaro Festival. Italian music, cooking demos, kids’ activities and more. Friday–Sunday, Sept. 7–9. FREE; food for purchase. Georgetown Neighborhood, Seattle. sangennarofestivalseattle.org

Pioneer Days Festival. Get a taste of early settler life with crafts, storytelling and panning for gold. Noon–4 p.m. FREE. Job Carr Cabin Museum, Tacoma. jobcarrmuseum.org Night Market and Autumn Moon Festival. Food, music and performances. 4 p.m.–midnight. FREE; food for purchase. Chinatown/International District, Seattle. cidbia.org

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Free Tacoma Museums. Romp (gently) around the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum. FREE on the third Thursday evening of the month. museumofglass.org, tacomaartmuseum.org, washingtonhistory.org Power of Produce Club. Kids, try new foods and earn farmers market credit. Thursdays through October, 3–7 p.m. FREE. Ages 3–12. Bellevue Presbyterian Church. bellevuefarmersmarket.org

Mommy Matinees. Tot-friendly movie screenings Fridays: see website for titles and times. $10; ages 4 and under free. Babies with caregiver. The Historic Admiral Theater, Seattle. farawayentertainment.com ONGOING EVENT The Great Wallingford Wurst Festival. Games, crafts, tasty brats, live music and beer at this popular end-of-summer festival. Friday–Saturday, Sept. 21–22. FREE; food for purchase. St. Benedict School, Seattle. stbens.net

Museum Day Live. Register for free entry to local museums. FREE. smithsonianmag. com/museumday Free Entrance to National Parks. Free access to amazing places today. FREE. nps.gov Seattle Children’s Festival. Multi-cultural family fest with music, dance and kids’ activities. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Suggested donation $10/person or $20/family. Seattle Center. nwfolklife.org

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Tugboat Story Time. Get your sea legs on and board a tugboat for stories and fun. Second and fourth Thursdays, 11 a.m.– noon. FREE; donations welcome. Ages 1–8 with caregiver. Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle. cwb.org ONGOING EVENT Kitty Literature. Call ahead for your child to practice reading with shelter cats; 20-minute sessions. Monday–Friday, various times. FREE. Ages 5–10. Seattle Humane, Bellevue. seattlehumane.org ONGOING EVENT

Tot Shabbat. Gather with other families to celebrate with singing, dancing, stories and more. 11:15 a.m.–noon. Ages 0–5 with caregiver. FREE. Temple B’nai Torah, Bellevue. templebnaitorah.org ONGOING EVENT Fossil Friday. Play paleontologist in the fossil lab, create dino-themed crafts and more. Noon–4 p.m. Included with admission; ages 4 and under free. Burke Museum, Seattle. burkemuseum.org

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival. Dig into our local maritime heritage by getting out on the water in historic wooden boats. Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 29–30, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. FREE; some activities have fee. The Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle. cwb.org Salmon Saturday. Come honor the end of salmon’s long journey and the beginning of spawning season with salmon-themed arts and crafts. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE. Ages 6 and up. WET Science Center, Olympia. wetsciencecenter.org

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A 2015 National Endowment for the Arts survey of 15 years’ worth of research found connections between the arts and the development of social and emotional skills, such as “helping, caring and sharing activities,” not to mention greater independence, emotional regulation, openmindedness and self-expression. Other studies have shown that students who receive arts education are better at setting and achieving ambitious goals and are more likely to go to college. Those results don’t surprise Sarah Bloom of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). “Learning through the creative process feels very different from traditional learning, but it builds all these skills that kids can take back to the classroom,” says Bloom, who is the senior manager for SAM’s teen, family and multigenerational programs. Parents may not be familiar with decades of research confirming the academic and

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developmental benefits of the arts, but educators are. “That is why Washington state requires art as a core subject and defines five arts that students should be studying every year in school: music, dance, theater, visual and media arts,” says Danielle Gahl, executive director of ArtsEd Washington, an advocacy organization for arts education in Washington state. But despite the research, Gahl says, “when budgets are tight, schools cut art, in part because parents believe it is auxiliary.” The state doesn’t even track how many schools are in compliance with the recommendation of five arts to study, although one survey of King County found that music — the most commonly taught arts subject — was only offered in roughly half of surveyed schools. This lack of arts education in school makes it even more important for parents to expose their kids to art at home. “Art is fun. It’s much easier to enjoy learning about art than memorizing times tables,” says Gahl.

REASON NO. 2:

You can do it together “Kids learn by example,” says Gahl. “One of the best things you can do is model love for the arts. Go to that prelecture at the opera [or] take the kids to SAM,” she says. “Make a family outing of it.” Bloom adds: “Families learning together is so important. [Kids] seeing someone they respect learn something new is a different experience from coming with a school group.” This doesn’t just mean buying a season subscription or annual membership; you can make art together, too. SAM offers Family Fun Workshops, which combine viewing art with making art. Tacoma Art Museum’s drop-in TAM Studio is always available for families inspired by the museum’s exhibits to creates. Even places like the Living Computers Museum + Labs host creative events; that museum has offered sessions for making LED Father’s Day cards, and drop-in labs where kids can explore pixel art. >>


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REASON NO. 3: It’s fun

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These days, going to the museum or seeing a show isn’t the boring experience you might remember from your own childhood. Today’s arts organizations are working hard to make everyone feel welcome. SAM has playrooms and open studio space. Seattle Children’s Theatre and Village Theatre both offer soundproof viewing rooms so that parents don’t have to sweat about crying babies or restless toddlers. Seattle Symphony performs short, informal Friday-night concerts that let you get home by bedtime. Seattle Opera puts on multimedia preshow lectures that can include cartoon clips, animations and quiz games. But don’t feel limited by a “traditional” definition of art, say experts. “Art is anything that gets creative juices flowing in a child,” Gahl says. “It’s about communication and sharing feelings and ideas.” This can mean interactive and kinesthetic activities, especially for younger kids. Give kids the opportunity to dance, whether it takes place in a studio or the kitchen. Make some noise with handmade instruments at home, then play with the real thing in the Sound Lab at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop). Go to the free Festál performances at Seattle Center, where sitting still is not required.

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However you get out there this fall, use your experience with the arts to ask open-ended questions. Ask “Why?” to encourage kids to have confidence in their own ideas while accepting that different opinions aren’t necessarily wrong. “Building the skill of close looking is something we try to instill in children and caregivers together,” Bloom says. “Looking at art is a skill that you build over time.” And remember: Making or seeing art doesn’t have to be a formal experience. Sing in the car. Sit and color as a family. Encourage your Instagram-loving teen to start creating interesting content themselves. The point is to get those creative juices flowing. “Art teaches people important skills for the 21st century: creativity, communication, exploration, problem solving, valuing your own opinions while respecting the opinions of others,” says Bloom. So, from visiting museums to watching live shows, make a habit of having fun with art — it’ll make life richer for the whole family.


SHOWS AND EXHIBITS To See This Season

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Animals: Wild and Captured in Bronze

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay

At the largest exhibition ever staged at MoPop, remind your kids that artists created the iconic pictures, costumes and props from their favorite comics and films.

For kids who prefer sports to sitting still, try a play about the world’s most famous boxer, Muhammad Ali. The draw may be sports, but Seattle Children’s Theatre’s (SCT) story about the determination and hard work of the 12-year-old who would grow up to make history will also teach kids about perseverance and civil rights. SCT consistently produces intelligent, nuanced work for children. With “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show,” “The Velveteen Rabbit” and “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” also on the calendar, season tickets are an excellent idea.

Through Jan. 6, 2019 MoPop

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Sept. 12–13 Seattle Symphony

Corduroy

Sept. 8–30 SecondStory Repertory

Animals: Wild and Captured in Bronze

Ongoing Tacoma Art Museum

This ongoing sculpture exhibit features wildlife that inhabits the American West. Examine the way that likenesses captured in bronze convey shape and movement differently from twodimensional paintings.

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Now in its 20th season, SecondStory Repertory’s Theater for Young Audiences opens its season with the beloved picturebook teddy bear Corduroy. Also this season, look forward to Freckleface Strawberry, about learning to love the skin you’re in, the musical “Sparkle Fairy’s School for Formerly Vile Villains,” and adaptations of “Around the World in 80 Days” and “The Phantom Tollbooth.”

Lots of people who think they don’t like classical music don’t realize that it is actually woven into their everyday lives. Bring your video-game-loving kids to this live Seattle Symphony performance in which video and music combine to immerse the audience in the beloved, fantastical world of Final Fantasy XIV. The composer will be in attendance.

Oct. 11–Nov. 25 Seattle Children’s Theatre

Polaroids: Personal, Private, Painterly’ Oct. 12–Mar. 24, 2019 Bellevue Arts Museum

This curated collection of popular photography and photographic ephemera focuses on the instant Polaroid. Instantly printed photos were a revolutionary technology in their time, one that fascinates kids today and is having a resurgent moment as a novelty. The exhibit inspires discussions of privacy and points out the art in the mundane. Be Marvel: Universe warned, though: of Super Heroes The unique selling point of the Polaroid was privacy. Some images include weapons or suggested nudity. Parents concerned about this content may prefer the upcoming BAM Biennial, “Bam! Glasstastic” (Nov. 9–Apr. 14, 2019).

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In this adaption based on the popular picture book, Braid Beard and his shipmates enlist young Jeremy Jacob to help them bury their treasure. Adventuring can be lots of fun, but Jeremy learns that love and home are treasures, too — and besides, he doesn’t want to miss soccer practice!

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You can’t help but love and root for Roald Dahl’s brilliant, bookish heroine Matilda. With awful adults and gross-out pranks, Dahl kept his signature perverseness in “Matilda,” but the happy ending is perfect fodder for musical theater.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker Nov. 23–Dec. 28 Pacific Northwest Ballet

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cancer. Conn’s genetic test revealed a BRCA1 gene mutation, which increased her risk for breast cancer by nearly sevenfold. Soon after, Conn had a double (or bilateral) mastectomy, which removed both breasts and

cancers, but their treatment; in 2017, the FDA approved a new drug called Keytruda, which targets a tumor’s genetic makeup, regardless of where the tumor originated. Treatments like these that target a tumor’s genetic markers may help the body’s

“The tests empower patients to make better choices about their health, both now and in the future.” dramatically lowered her lifetime risk for breast cancer. After surgery, Conn’s doctors told her that the cancer that had been in her right breast was more aggressive than they’d originally thought — and that previously undetected precancerous cells were found in her left breast. “That’s why I say that genetic testing saved my life,” Conn says. “Without it, this outcome could have been much different.”

Customized cancer care Now more accessible, informative and affordable than ever, genetic testing has shifted the landscape of cancer care, says Shih. Modern genetic tests can help determine not just the detection of

own immune system fight cancer without damaging healthy cells, as radiation and chemotherapy do. But how does all this science affect you? Here’s what to know about inherited cancer syndromes — and testing that could save not only your life, but those of your loved ones.

What are hereditary cancer syndromes? Also called familial cancer syndromes, these inherited gene mutations account for about 5–10 percent of all cancers. Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome involves mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes (well known thanks to Angelina Jolie’s 2013 “New York Times” op-ed). The BRCA1


Award-winning healthcare mutation found in Conn’s genes can result in a lifetime risk for breast cancer of 46–87 percent, compared to the general population’s risk of 12.5 percent. This mutation also increases the risk of ovarian, pancreatic, prostate and male breast cancers. Another hereditary cancer syndrome called Lynch syndrome increases the risk for colorectal and uterine cancer, along with stomach, ovarian, small bowel, hepatobiliary tract, urinary tract, brain and skin cancer. Li-Fraumeni syndrome is a rare inherited cancer syndrome linked to sarcomas, leukemia and brain cancer.

Who should get tested?

In general, Shih says, people who have blood relatives with a youngerthan-average diagnosis of cancer are candidates for testing, particularly in families with multiple diagnoses of the cancer in the same organ, like breast or colon cancer, or diagnoses of rare cancers like male breast cancers, ovarian cancers or sarcomas. Don’t get hung up on whether a cancer primarily affects males or females, says Shih. “A man should consider testing even with a significant family history of ‘female’ cancers,” she says. “He may be at increased risk for another type of cancer like prostate, and his daughters and/or granddaughters may be a high risk for breast and ovarian cancer themselves.” Modern genetic testing has advanced so rapidly that people who previously tested negative for hereditary cancer syndromes may want to consider retesting. “Anyone concerned about their personal or family history of cancer should consider genetic counseling,” says Shih.

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Costs have fallen in recent years; tests that used to costs thousands now cost hundreds of dollars, says Shih. Prices typically range from $250 to $2,500 (sometimes more); many tests are covered by insurance if there’s a concerning personal or family history. When people already have some information about their inherited cancer risk — for example, their sibling tested positive for a genetic mutation that causes Lynch syndrome — patients may be able to order tests for that specific mutation at a fraction of the cost of more comprehensive screenings.

I tested positive. What now? “I recommend that patients work with a genetic counselor rather than just order off-the-shelf kits on their own,” says Clarfeld. “Genetic counselors can connect patients who test positive to experts and information they need for their next steps.” Genetic testing may seem intimidating, but it isn’t scary, says Conn. The tests empower patients to make better choices about their health, both now and in the future, she says. When the time comes, Conn says, she’ll talk to her daughter and son about their inherited cancer risk and genetic testing. Whatever those tests reveal, they’ll deal with the information together — as a family. n Malia Jacobson is a Tacoma-based freelance writer specializing in health topics.

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t’s a talk that many parents would rather avoid, but the topic is too important to ignore: immigration. “A lot of parents don’t have the luxury of avoiding these conversations. They have to talk as a matter of survival,” says Jesse Hagopian, the first ethnic studies teacher at Seattle’s Garfield High School, a founding member of Social Equity Educators and a Black Lives Matter at School activist. “As long as there are families who can’t escape the conversation, it is incumbent on all of us to have that talk about what we’re going to do about it.” But where to begin? Forty-five years ago, Alma Ramiro Alonzo immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines with her family. Now a teacher at Van Asselt Elementary School in South Seattle, Alonzo often fosters conversations about immigration. At Van Asselt, 4 percent of the students identify as white and 43 percent are English language learners. Here’s where she starts when talking to kids about immigration: 1. Start with your own learning. The more you educate yourself, the more you can teach your kids.

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child questions to make sure you are addressing the real issue they are curious about. 3. Be reassuring. Kids need to feel safe

and know that parents are there for them. Don’t sugarcoat the truth, but do let kids know that they can help the people who are already working to make things better. Also, don’t ignore race. In 2015, 26.9 percent of immigrants to the U.S. came from South Asia or East Asia, and 26.8 percent from Mexico. Racist rhetoric — subtle or not so subtle — is often used in conversations about immigration, and it’s important to acknowledge why, even when talking with kids. Overwhelmed? That’s okay. Here are tips to get you started, broken down by age.

“I have never had a young kid hear the explanation for why a racial slur is hurtful and still want to use it.”

When children use offensive terms — be they about immigration, race or something else entirely — they’re often testing taboos or expressing anger with words that they don’t truly understand. A matter-of-fact approach to teaching young children the history of racist words can help them understand the difference between potty talk and words that inflict real harm. “I have never had a young kid hear the explanation for why a racial slur is hurtful and still want to use it,” says Alonzo, who notes that the “observation of difference is not bad in itself.” What’s bad is when kids take differences — skin color, accent, country of origin, dress — and use them to bully other children. Alonzo points to the example of a white child mistaking dark skin color for dirtiness. Instead of quieting your child, use the opportunity to teach values. “Shushing can make children internalize the idea that the topic is bad or that there is something shameful about race,” Alonzo says. “Instead, say, ‘That person has a different skin color than you. Isn’t it great that there are so many pretty colors of skin?’” >> parentmap.com • September 2018 • 37


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Elementary Your kids are always learning. Unfortunately, it’s not always from credible sources. “They’re learning from [President Donald] Trump, music videos, racist friends. They absorb these messages and by sixth grade they’ve started to believe in stereotypes and take on stereotyped roles,” says Tracy Castro-Gill, a teacher at Denny International Middle School in West Seattle. Castro-Gill serves on Seattle’s Ethnic Studies Task Force, which is developing a districtwide ethnic studies curriculum for Seattle

Public Schools. Often misunderstood as a specialized subject, ethnic studies teaches a more comprehensive approach to social studies than traditional textbooks, with research showing that teaching ethnic studies improves self-esteem and empathy in both children of color and white children. But whether or not your child has access to an ethnic studies class, you can still use the pillars of ethnic studies in your conversations with kids. • Identity safety: Identity safety, or providing a space where individuals feel they can safely and freely share their personal information

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without fear of negative ramifications, lays the groundwork for an understanding of intersectionality. Talk with your kids about your family history and how all the things that describe them can’t fit in one word. Consider indigeneity (i.e., where you come from). Only Native Americans and Mexicans are indigenous to North America. The rest of us came from somewhere else, often for reasons similar to those of the people who are coming here today. • Power and structure: “One thing I deal with

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So You Want to Talk About Race by local author Ijeoma Oluo This nononsense yet compassionate book specifically addresses the questions and misconceptions of well-meaning white people who want to do better, but it’s also a must-read for anyone who wants to talk intelligently about race.

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester Introduces race as one of many chapters in any individual’s personal story.

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf Gives a child’s perspective on the refugee crisis.

Special editions for teens of two classic multicultural textbooks: A Different Mirror for Young People by Ronald Takaki

Star in the Forest by Laura Resau Explores life for the daughter in an undocumented family whose father has just been deported back to Mexico.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez A novel about coming of age in a MexicanAmerican family.

Teaching for Black Lives co-edited by local teacher Jesse Hagopian This book contains curriculum materials for educators as well as essays, including some written by teens, that both parents and teens will find informative. The Line Between Us by Bill Bigelow The author explains how adults can help students understand the immigrant experience and conditions at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The American Wei by Marion Hess Pomeranc Neighbors from various cultures assist Wei Fong in his search for his lost tooth on the day his family receives U.S. citizenship. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi A classic story about fitting in while still being yourself. Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi Lailah, a recent immigrant, navigates her first Ramadan in Peachtree City, Georgia.

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The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz Inspired by true events, a story of a boy who feels that leaving his home and risking everything is his only chance to escape violence. Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai Sheds light on the complicated situation in Syria through one girl’s journey to safety.

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Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi An honest and approachable memoir recounting the financial, legal and social challenges of being an undocumented teen. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon This bittersweet love story of the son of documented Korean immigrants and a Haitian girl facing deportation is being adapted for film.

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CAMPS • ARTS • ACTIVITIES Raise a Creative Kid With These Fun Ideas During a typical day, kids and teens check out YouTube, watch TV, play video games, scroll through social media feeds and listen to music. Overall, they’re passive consumers of the content they love — which is fine. But with a little nudging — and the right tools — they can be using that time to build creative skills while sharing their stories, opinions and ideas. If they have an inner artist, it probably won’t take much prompting to get them to draw or paint. But sooner or later, they’ll want to expand their horizons. If your little kid loves to color, give them more inspiration with apps that introduce famous artists. Older kids who don’t claim to be artists but love superheroes, comics or manga can create their own cartoons with panels, dialogue balloons and unique characters. Or if they have an ear for music, letting them bang on pots and pans is a good place to start — but they can take that experience with them using apps that let them play around with sound. Little kids can start to learn about instruments and how sounds fit together into music. Whether they’re budding musicians or just appreciators, older kids can use tools to compose, stay motivated and practice regularly. Get more ideas at parentmap.com/creativity. —Common Sense Media

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“People use words to dehumanize others,” says Hagopian. “Calling people ‘illegal’ rather than ‘undocumented’ makes it easier to tear children away from their parents.” Also, now is a good time to review intersectionality. “I teach ethnic studies in • History of resistance: a diverse classroom where Children of all races benefit from affluent white students sit next to understanding the contributions immigrants who may have been that historically marginalized separated from their families,” communities have made to Hagopian says. “We talk about American history. Africanhow we all have overlapping Americans are more than a identities, each of which is subject chapter on slavery, while refugees to different social norms and forms left rich cultures and complex of oppression.” circumstances to Teens are build the country naturally inclined to we live in today. question authority. “ C alling people • Action: Kids Asking questions ‘illegal’ need to know like “Who benefits that everyone rather than from borders?” can be part of ‘undocumented’ requires young the solution. people to examine Participate in makes it easier the issues for Black Lives themselves. to tear children Matter at School The important week; attend a away from their thing is to talk, even May Day rally for if you’re worried you parents.” workers’ rights; won’t get it right. volunteer as a “We’re going to family with an make mistakes, organization that but we can’t let fear stop us or we helps refugees. won’t move forward. Parents have a responsibility to try,” Hagopian Middle school says. “When we get it wrong, we and high school have a responsibility to say, ‘I said it Tweens and teens can begin to wrong, and now I know better.’ That understand more nuanced aspects is important modeling for your kids of what they learned about race to see.” n and immigration when they were Gemma Alexander is a Seattle-based younger. Even if you’ve already freelance writer with two daughters. talked about things like racist She blogs about the arts and spends language targeted at immigrants, it’s too much time on Twitter (@ worth revisiting the conversation as gemmadeetweet). kids get older.


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James A. Banks

The founding director of the University of Washington’s Center of Multicultural Education By Shaunna Payne Gold • Photo by Will Austin

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Help your children to develop a positive physical identity with their racial and ethnic groups. This is especially needed for Black and Latinx children raised in White communities. Children can internalize racism; therefore, it is important for children to have a strong self-concept, while simultaneously going beyond borders. My daughters were raised in the suburbs of Seattle, and [my wife and I] actively helped them feel good about being Black. We currently live in a very vocal and agitated country that not only has vast differences in opinion, but also differences in understanding diversity and human rights. How do you suggest going about uniting the country with a focus on children?

Multicultural education, in essence, makes America “America.” We need to reclaim common values of justice and equality. This will require that we not live in a time of “alternative facts,” but one that considers the “moral dilemma” inconsistent with American values of freedom, equality and democracy. 46 • September 2018 • parentmap.com

How do you feel that technology can be used to educate small children concerning multicultural topics?

Media including simulated experiences and multicultural movies can have very positive effects on children at very young ages. People don’t have to be next to someone to understand their culture. Children as young as preschool come to school with preconceived notions about difference that may or may not have been taught by parents. Media, peer influences and houses of worship help images of diversity to crystallize for them. If you had to deliver a “last lecture” to parents about educating their children, what would be the topic and its premise?

My last lecture would be entitled “Teach Students to Know, “To teach our to Care and to Act to Make Our Nation children to and the World More know and even Just and Humane.” The lecture would be to care is not reminiscent of Dr. enough. We Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous quote: must also teach “The arc of the moral them to act.” universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” We often read of the plight of people of color in textbooks, but my adult daughters, who are both professors, are faced with some of the same challenges: stereotyping, prejudice and microaggressions. … It seems that we walk 10 miles and get pushed back three. But it’s imperative to keep pushing on. To teach our children to know and even to care is not enough. We must also teach them to act. n Shaunna Payne Gold, Ph.D., is a scholar-practitioner who focuses on inclusive excellence, cultural competence, assessment and organizational development. She’s a mother of two sons.


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