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contents September ’10 FEATURE ARTICLES

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Child Car Seat Safety Current state guidelines for all ages and sizes

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Infant Dental Health Habits Getting off on a good start

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Infant and Toddler Literacy Formal learning versus creative play

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Out of the Mouths of Babes Local kids tell it like it is

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Connecting to Grandparents Connecting with the older generation

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IN EVERY ISSUE

Infant and Toddler Literacy

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Editor’s Notes

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Must Read of the Month The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

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Local Business Spotlight The Tummy Team

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Your Money’s Worth Wallet-friendly Fundraising

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Dear Dana An adult child is caught in the middle of quarreling parents

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Calendar of Events & Activities

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Infant Dental Health Habits

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Connecting with Grandparents

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EDITOR'S NOTES

Vancouver fa mily magazine Volume 9, Issue 9

Inspiration, Rejuvenation

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weekend reunion with old girlfriends over the summer was just what I needed to glean a bit of rejuvenation and inspiration. Grown-ups though we are now, we parents can always use an extra dose of laughter and nostalgia, and the listening ear of a long-time friend can do wonders to heal even previously imperceptible ailments. With almost no children in sight (save for a couple of precious infants), old embarrassing videos and photos (thankfully none too scandalous) were displayed, juvenile inside jokes were rehashed, and our differing perceptions of history were compared. Since the day I dropped my very best friend off at the airport to part ways after this cathartic weekend, we’ve been busy reading books the other recommends, trying new recipes, sampling new music, taking our fitness and health to a whole new level, and generally acting on the inspiration that great friends provide without even trying. While my most recent inspiration to create, to improve, to elevate, came from good friends, my most enduring source of inspiration will always be from those two girls who didn’t accompany me on my girls’ getaway—my daughters, who were babies just yesterday it seems. I’m reminded, each time I watch someone take on the title of Mother for the first time, what babies represent: hope, love, trust, promise. Everything worth doing or accomplishing is inspired by these, and by our little ones.

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Feature Story: Child Safety Seat Checklist

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in children ages 3-6 and 8-14. Follow these guidelines, established by the Washington State Anton Skeen Act, effective June 1, 2007, and the life you save could be your child’s.

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A child’s booster seat is designed to be used with a child that is four to 8 years of age and weighs 40 or more pounds. Washington law requires a child that is less than 8 years of age must be properly restrained in a child booster seat.

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Children that are 8 years old and four feet nine inches or taller can use the motor vehicles safety belt if it can be properly adjusted to fit their body. Children under the age of 13 are to be transported in the rear seats of a vehicle whenever possible to do so.

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Feature Story: Baby Teeth TLC

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Feature Story: Infant and Toddler Literacy

Literacy Learning What is age appropriate? By Melissa Lindberg arents, teachers and scientists agree that informal education begins in the home. Infants learn to understand their parents by their tone of voice, the sound of their words and their responses to infant’s coos and cries, all of which help to define the infant’s understanding of the world. As the infant grows, he begins to learn even more about the world through trial and error. But with new products designed to teach babies to actually read complex words, what is most advantageous for infants and toddlers regarding literacy, formal or informal education?

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created large flash cards with red words that were designed to teach children to read. “The brain grows by use and reading grows the brain,” said Doman. Today, the Your Baby Can Read program, created by Dr. Robert Titzer, an educator and researcher in the field of infant learning, is a program similar to that invented by Doman. However, Titzer’s program includes a video, flash cards, books and other supplemental materials. The video is designed to be viewed by parent and child together, each interacting with the images and words on the screen. Vancouver native, Holly Kartchner, began using the Your Baby Can Read program in June of 2010. Her then seventeen-month old son was delayed in his language skills, using only three words before they began the continued on page 14

The toddler years are filled with “sensory living”—learning to walk, talk and interact with others. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASLHA) describes toddlers as “little scientists” who explore the world around them with their five senses. The time that parents and older siblings spend talking, exploring books, reading aloud and laughing with young children directly influences language development and the understanding of language and literacy.

Reading Babies In addition to the informal learning that takes place in the home, many parents want to give their child an academic advantage with early formal learning programs. In 1964 Glenn Doman, the founder of The Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential, wrote the book How to Teach Your Baby to Read. The book and concept were well received by many and are still widely read and used today. Doman strongly supported that parents introduce reading to their children from birth to age six. His approach was to teach whole words rather than the phonetic sound that is assigned to each letter. Doman 12

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program. Today, three months later, her son is able to read twenty words and has a greatly increased vocabulary. The debate of whether or not to teach infants and toddlers to read does not have an easy answer. Early formal learning versus free-play learning is as much a question of personal values as of academic priorities. Many supporters of formal academic programs will argue that early education provides a strong foundation for later academic strength. Science does not yet support this theory. What these programs are able to prove is that the increased interaction between parent and child supports the child’s acquisition of academic concepts at a younger age. “The more parents talk to their children, even in the earliest moments of life, the better their kids’ linguistic abilities become and the faster that improvement is achieved,” says John Medina, author of Brain Rules for Baby. In studies, “children whose parents talked positively, richly and regularly to them knew twice as many words as kids whose parents talked to them the least. When these kids entered the school system, their reading, spelling and writing abilities soared above the children in less verbal households,” says Dean.

Creative Play In contrast to the formal academic programs, many parents prefer to use creative free-play in their homes. Free-play does not mean that the child is not exposed to academic concepts; rather the child is actively exploring different ideas and concepts without academically guided instruction. Parent and child story times model the pleasure found in sharing a book, exploring language and the audible sound of letters when spoken alone and blended into words. Making predictions about a story, discussing the picture clues and story events, and running a finger under each word while reading are all educational tools actively used in creative play learning. The Alliance for Childhood has spoken out against academic instruction programs at such a young age, claiming that creative play controlled by the child is the center of their physical, emotional and cognitive growth. Child-lead creative free-play contributes to the building of social skills, problem-solving abilities, language development and future academic growth. Medina agrees that creative free-play is much more valuable for infants than formal academic programs. “The greatest pediatric brain-boosting technology in the world is probably a plain cardboard box, a fresh box of crayons and two hours. The worst is probably your new flat screen TV,” he says.

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Whole Child Approach Jodi Wall, Director of Childcare and Early Learning at Educational Services District 112 (ESD 112), supports the whole child approach to learning; providing opportunities for children to learn through doing, using the five senses to build meaning and context in the real world. Infants and toddlers develop meaning through repetitive exposure to music, rhymes, stories and other meaningful interactions. Meaningful play experiences where the parent and child are both engaged in loving and interactive play is one of the best ways to educate a child. When a parent interacts verbally, emotionally, introduces educational elements in a fun and entertaining format, the child learns without any sense of pressure or need to please. In this format, learning is for pleasure only and the academic development takes place. “Children learn through play,” says Wall. As with any topic of great importance, there will always be contradictory opinions. The important decision is for each parent to choose what they believe is the best fit for their child. Parenting is not a perfect science. Whether you use a formal educational program or creative free-play play in the family home, it is the bond you are building that has the greatest impact on your child’s development. Melissa Lindberg works as a freelance writer, educator, marketing consultant and writing coach. She owns and operates LindbergMarketing. She lives in Battle Ground with her husband and three sons. She is available at melissalindberg@q.com.

Resources American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, www.asha.org Baby Signs, www.babysigns.com Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina (release date October 12, 2010), www.johnmedina.com Einstein Never Used Flashcards, by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek Ph.D. and Roberta Michnick Gloinkoff, Ph.D. with Diane Eyer, Ph.D. The Gentle Revolution, www.gentlerevolution.com Hooked on Phonics www.hookedonphonics.com The Institute of the Achievement of Human Potential, Glenn Doman, www.iahp.org Your Baby Can Read www.yourbabycanread.com

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Feature Article: Funny Kids' Quotes

Out of the Mouths of Babes

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Quotes Contest Out of the mouths of babes . . . come some pretty hilarious quips. Over the spring and summer, we asked readers to send us their kids’ funniest quotes. Here are the ones that had us laughing out loud:

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On our way to OMSI to visit the dinosaur exhibit my 5-year- old grandson was sitting between his mother and myself in the backseat. Suddenly Tara said, oh no, I forgot my camera! And Cameron piped up, “No you didn't, I'm right here!”

“Mama, since this baby is in your belly, was I in papa’s belly?”

Pamela Petitt Watching my three children as they had fun on the playground, I decided to rest and sit down on a nearby stone wall. I said, "Oh, this is cold," and my 6-yearold son replied, "Well, what did you expect, Mom, a hot tub?"

Danelle Schaff After friendly bickering between my husband and myself about being a good example for the kids, Thurston, 7 years old at the time, says, "Don't worry Mommy, when I grow up I will be a good daddy. I will be just like a mommy."

Karey Amies I had been teaching my daughter, Lille, that you are only allowed to spit outside. One day she said she hated something and I told her we don't say that word in this house. She replied innocently, “Oh, we only say it outside?”

Annie Dong "I'm going to name my daughter Annie [Mom's name] when I grow up, then I can boss her around!"

Lori Volkman 4-year-old Cooper was at the barber shop with Dad. After Dad's cut was finished, Cooper hopped into the chair. "I want a Mohawk," he told the barber. Dad motioned “no.” "I want it long," he tried next. Still, Dad said no. Finally, in disgust Cooper looked at his Dad and

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then the barber and said, "Fine. Then I think I'd like to have a bald spot."

Melvin Ortiz My 3-and-a-half-year-old was asked when he was going to start using the potty. Without giving it a thought he answered, "Oh, when I get married."

Alison Veil At a year and nine months, my daughter Maya got sick and threw up while sitting on her daddy's lap. She said to him "Daddy, I spilled. Are you ok?"


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Feature Story: Baby Teeth TLC continued from page 10

The best way to prevent dental disease is to start early. protect your child’s oral health. Though preventable, dental disease is the most common chronic childhood disease in the country, five times more common than asthma, and has serious impacts. Children with dental disease have trouble sleeping, eating and playing. Dental issues are a leading cause of school absenteeism. Children in pain from a toothache have difficulty concentrating and doing well in school. Dental problems start small but can quickly become more difficult and expensive to treat. The best way to prevent dental disease is to start early. As a parent, you can give your child the best opportunity to start a lifetime of good oral health by taking the following steps: • • •

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Beginning at birth, wipe your baby’s gums with a washcloth or piece of gauze after feeding. As soon as you see baby’s first tooth, start brushing it with a soft “baby” toothbrush. Use a small amount (about the size of a grain of rice) of fluoridated toothpaste. Try putting your child’s head in your lap to make brushing easier. Avoid constant snacking on sugary, sticky or starchy foods or sipping sweet liquids throughout the day. Ask your child’s dentist or primary care provider about fluoride varnish, which is painted on the teeth to prevent or heal early decay.

Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle. If you do, fill it with water. Formula, milk, or juice increases your child’s risk for cavities. Make sure your child gets their first oral health screening by their first birthday by a dentist or physician. This can be done as part of a routine well-child visit.

The nonprofit Washington Dental Service Foundation has launched a campaign to draw attention to the importance of baby teeth and preventing dental disease. For more information, go to KidsOralHealth.org. Remy Eussen, DDS is a pediatric dentist practicing in Vancouver, and a Washington Dental Service Foundation Trustee. Megan Eussen, MD, married to Remy, is a pediatrician also practicing in Vancouver.

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Feature Article: Connecting with Grandparents

By Jennifer Gregory One of the best gifts you can give your children’s grandparents this year for Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 12, 2010 is to encourage a close relationship with your kids. By spending time together and getting to know each other, your child will create a stronger relationship with his grandparents. Kids enjoy having a connection to your family history through grandparents. In addition, your kids will benefit from having an adult to talk to who loves them, but is not entrenched in the day-to day tasks of parenting. Here are five ways that you can encourage your children to connect with their grandparents regardless of how far or close they live to you.

Set up a Date Although babysitting grandchildren is a good way to spend time together, it is also important for grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren on other occasions. For grandparents who live close by, set up a regular time each week or month for your kids to spend time with them. This establishes a relationship and memories outside of you and other siblings. The date can be for a few hours 20

Grandparents after school or for a sleepover on the weekend. By setting a regular schedule, such as the first Saturday of the month or every other Wednesday, this special time together is less likely to get overlooked. If your child’s grandparents live long distance, try to set up a date for your child to spend time alone with his grandparent during visits.

Use Technology to Communicate If you have teenagers, think about how your child likes to communicate with his friends. Encourage your child to communicate with his grandparents using text or instant messaging and if necessary teach Grandpa how to send a text or set up a chat. By using your child’s favorite technology, she will be more likely to share things in a spontaneous way and enjoy talking with her grandparents.  For grandparents who live long distance, consider setting up a webcam so that your child can have a video conference with his grandparents. Both you and your child’s grandparent will need a basic webcam that can be purchased for $30 to $40 from a local electronics store. Your child can see Grandma on the

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computer screen and her grandparents will enjoy being able to see your child’s expressions and how much they have grown.

Write Letters to Each Other While technology is a wonderful tool to keep in touch, writing letters to each other is a very personal way of communicating. While many people send email regularly, handwritten letters are special and more likely to be saved for years to come. Have your child and her grandparents pick out a journal together and take turns writing their thoughts in it. Encourage them to write stories about their life, share memories of each other, and ask each other questions. For long distance grandparents, take turns writing in the journal and mail the book to each other. If a journal mailing is an obstacle, have your child and his grandparents write letters to each other and store the letters in a special box.

Share a Book Books are a great way to connect generations and many classics are still loved by children today. For younger continued on page 22


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children, encourage grandparents to read your child one of their favorite pictures books. An option for grandparents who live in another town is to make a digital video recording of them reading a book to your child. They can either send the file to you or put the video on a video sharing website such as YouTube.  If they are unfamiliar with the technology, you can set up the tools for them on your next visit. While your child is watching the

video, have her follow along with her own copy of the same book. If your child is reading chapter books, have her ask her grandparents to read the same book that she is reading. Encourage them to talk about the book after they have both finished. Once they have finished with the book, have the grandparent pick out a book to read together next.

Start a Hobby or Project Together Another way for grandparents and grandchildren to connect is to share a hobby or activity. Encourage the grandparent to take an interest in your child’s hobbies and have the child teach the grandparent about things that she is interested in. If the grandparent has a hobby, such as fishing or sewing, have them introduce your child to the hobby. In addition to it being a fun way to spend time together, this is a great way to pass family traditions and memories to the next generation.

Another idea is for the pair to complete a project together, such as starting a garden together or a building a birdhouse. For grandparents living far away, pick a project that they can do during a visit and then talk about while they are apart. Encourage your child’s grandparent to pick a project that is age appropriate for your child. As your child begins to develop a close bond with his grandparents, be sure to step back and let the relationship flourish. Keep on the lookout for other bonding opportunities between the two generations. As they become closer, you will probably notice that your child and his grandparents start coming up with their own ideas for activities to share together. Jennifer Gregory is a mother of two kids and three dogs. Her mother-in-law has a weekly date with each of her kids where they enjoy cooking and playing games together.

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In Every Issue: Local Business Spotlight: The Tummy Team

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Kelly Dean, a licensed physical therapist specializing in rehabilitation, qualified instructor of the Tupler technique and owner of the Tummy Team, understands the importance of rehabilitating from diastasis recti, the separation of the right and left rectus abdominis muscles, Dean, mother of three children, began an intensive workout program following the birth of her third child. While her body responded to the exercise program, her stomach showed little benefit from the variety of crunches included in her routine. Soon, she realized that her waist was showing no improvement at all. “I was gaining inches around my waist,” says Dean. She suffered from increasing back pain and noticed a weak spot in her abdominal wall. Concerned, she made an appointment with her doctor. Diagnosed with diastasis recti, her doctor told her that exercise would not help and could actually make things worse. “I was told the best I could do was wear a girdle and have plastic surgery, that my insurance would likely not cover, and would take six to eight weeks for a full recovery,” says Dean. After her diagnosis and in an effort to

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Kelly Dean Technique training, Dean returned home and began meeting with clients in midMay. Her program, The Tummy Team, helps clients achieve a healthier core through the Tupler Technique four-step program. Under Dean’s guidance, clients learn how to insolate their transverse muscle and strengthen their core. Her detailed instruction assists clients in their overall understanding of how the core muscles work, and how the Tupler Technique benefits the abdominal muscles, back and pelvic floor. The Tummy Team offers a variety of different classes, for both men and women. Lose Your Mummy Tummy is perfect for any woman who has a diastasis recti. Women who are pregnant or have been pregnant have an increased chance of diastasis. The Prenatal Tummy Team Workshop is designed to help pregnant women understand how to strengthen and support the abdominal wall during pregnancy and how to effectively prepare their continued on next page

Dean's Tummy Team classes help with an abdominal condition called diastasis recti. Before (left), the connective tissue that connects the two sides of the abdominals is stretched wide and thin with a diastasis recti. After (right), the connective tissue is restored to its intended thick and narrow position and the abdominals are strengthened and pulled together. 24

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abdominals for childbirth and post natal recovery. This class is supplemental to the childbirth education courses women take to prepare for their baby’s delivery. Get Rid of Your Gut is a two hour seminar designed for men. Additional seminars can be scheduled for an

additional fee. In addition to scheduled classes, Dean offers one-day seminars, personal inhome training and private group classes. For additional information, contact her at thetummyteam@gmail.com. Melissa Lindberg works as a freelance writer, educator, marketing consultant and writing coach. She owns and

The Prenatal Tummy Team Workshop is designed to help pregnant women understand how to strengthen and support the abdominal wall during pregnancy and how to effectively prepare their abdominals for childbirth and post natal recovery. This class is supplemental to the childbirth education courses Upcoming Classes Lose Your Mummy Tummy (evening class) Tuesday Evenings from 6:15 – 8:30pm Balanced Physical Therapy, Salmon Creek Sept. 14, Oct. 5 and Oct. 26 Class includes all three dates Class Fee: $150

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Lose Your Mummy Tummy (morning class) Monday Mornings from 9:30 – 11:30am Public Conference Room at the Firstenberg Center Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 11 Class includes all three dates Class fee: $150 One-Day Seminar Lose Your Mummy Tummy Saturday, September 18 Public Conference Room at the Firstenberg Center 2:00 – 5:00pm Women Only Class Fee: $60

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In Every Issue: Your Money’s Worth: Wallet-friendly Fundraising

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rom preschool to high school and private to public, schools constantly scramble for new ways to raise extra money. And while dedicated parents would love to see their children’s playgrounds loaded with fresh equipment and libraries stocked with the latest books, we justifiably cringe at each school-sanctioned, over-priced fundraiser. If your heart longs to financially support your child’s school, but your wallet echoes with emptiness, you may want to consider one of these free-yet-profitable approaches to fundraising. Getting started can feel intimidating, but the steps are relatively simple and well worth the effort. To help get you started, here are instructions and suggestions for maximizing your fundraising potential.

Box Tops for Education With over 24 million Box Tops clippers in America, most people are at least familiar with those tiny rectangular labels on packaged food items worth ten cents apiece. In my son’s school, bi-annual contests are held to motivate students to turn in their labels. The class who donates the most by a certain date wins an enviable ice cream party. This spring’s winning class collected over 1200 labels, contributing $120 to our school’s playground equipment fund. Fierce competition yields big rewards for the entire school, and Bonus Box Tops certificates (often worth 50, 100 or even 500 points) make the biggest difference. Bonus Box Tops can be earned periodically throughout the year at local retailers and on line. Visit www. BoxTops4education.com to find upcoming Bonus Box Tops offers, participating Box Tops products, and money-saving coupons for many of those items. And while you’re at that site, consider shopping at some of your favorite retailers in the online Marketplace or buying books in the Reading Room. Purchases can instantly earn up to 15 percent cash-back for your school.

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eScrip Simple, year round fundraising is also available at eScrip, an online resource where participating businesses contribute a percentage of your grocery bill, or credit and/or debit card purchases to the school of your choice. To register your cards and to find out which local and online merchants currently participate, visit www.escrip.com. I recently registered my Safeway Club Card and selected my children’s school as the recipient. My boys and I now track our earnings on line, and their enthusiasm for giving back to the school is soaring. For a limited time (now through September 14, 2010), shoppers can earn even more money through Safeway’s 10% Goes Back to Schools program. Using your Safeway Club Card, purchase items marked with the yellow school bus label, and ten percent of the price will be donated to the school of your choice. For automatic contributions, simply register your Safeway Club Card with eScrip. Otherwise, visit http:// backtoschools.escrip.com before October 13 to designate your favorite school. Then use the redemption code at the bottom of your receipt to make your donation. Earning money for local schools has never been easier. Major corporations are offering millions of dollars to support educational programs, and all we have to do is sign up or clip and collect. If just one can class can make a significant difference, imagine the earning potential of an entire student body. Check with your school to find out which programs it participates in and consider joining forces with your child to spearhead a campaign to spread the word. Encourage grandparents, neighbors and friends across the country to get involved, and witness the magic of wallet-free fundraising impact your school. Davi Nabors is a Battle Ground mother of two boys, and freelance writer. Visit her website at www.triathlonparenting. com.

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In Every Issue: Dear Dana

DEAR DANA

Dear Dana is a regular, interactive feature in Vancouver Family Magazine. Each month, mediator Dana Greyson tackles tough questions with insightful advice and suggestions.

Dear Dana, I’m an adult, and I hate it when my parents make me take sides. You’d think after 20 years of marriage and 10 years of divorce, they’d stop complaining to me about each other. Worse, I really hate it when they use me to relay information to or about each other. Worst of all, I made the mistake of playing “telephone” on a financial matter between Mom and Dad. Now every conversation we have, the issue comes up, and it seems like the only way they communicate is through me, making our conversations all about them and pretty stressful for me. Help! —Mamma Mia Dear MM, Hmmmm. Let’s start with your first sentence, “My parents make me.” Technically, once Mommy’s egg and Daddy’s sperm paired and 9 months or so passed, you emerged, you became your own person. OK, to be fair, let’s give it a bit more time, say until you were 18 or 21, when in varying degrees the laws officially recognized you as an adult. . . . Seriously, what do you do to stop your parents from behaving badly? Granted, most “children” have a tough time standing up to their parents, even as adults, even when their parents behave childishly. What works? In a sense, you need to break out of your traditional relationship roles. Act like an adult and insist, behaviorally, they do the same. Otherwise, you are enabling their childish behavior. Separate yourself from the problem. If the issue is between your Mom and Dad, make it their problem,

not yours. Owning that it is their problem and not yours unless you choose to make it yours, is a critical first step. If they continue ask for your help, tell them what you want instead, and why. Your request might sound something like this: “Mom, when you ask me to tell Dad you haven’t received this month’s check from him, I feel really uncomfortable. I want your and Dad’s money issues to be between just you two. Even if you don’t like to talk to Dad about the money yourself, it makes it worse if you bring me into it. I feel like I have to choose sides between you two, on an issue that is not my business. In the future, I don’t want you to tell me about those issues, or ask me for help. You will need to find a way to work through it yourself, without involving me in any way. That way I can enjoy our conversations much more; they’ll be just about us, which is much more enjoyable. If I don’t get in the middle, you and Dad will find ways to work out your issues directly, which is much better anyway. Thanks, Mom. I love you.” In this case, you are the key to making this work. Don’t accept excuses that move you to backsliding into the middle again. You can instead ask the excuse-maker, “What will you do about that?” Remember, their issue is their issue unless you allow them to make it your issue. That’s why you wrote, because you don’t like getting caught in the middle. Still stuck? Consider a counselor to understand the underlying issues that make it hard for you make the change you desire. Or consider a mediator or family counselor if you want help changing your family dynamics as a group. continued on page 29

Most “children” have a tough time standing up to their parents, even as adults, even when their parents behave childishly.

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Events are subject to change. Please contact organization directly to confirm. 1 Wednesday Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. Free every Wednesday at 575 W 8th St, near Esther Short Park. 10:30 am First Day Jitters Storytime. You’ll never believe who has butterflies in their stomach on the first day of school. Find out at the end of Julie Danneberg’s fun story as we enjoy an activity and treats from our Cafe. Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver. 11 am 3 Friday Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver—Bambi. 5 pm Evening on the Row at Fort Vancouver. Vancouver Barracks and Officers’ Row comes to life with evening activities of the time, including Waltz Through Time, 1867 Croquet, and Costume Interpreters. Free, appropriate for all ages, Fridays in August, at the grounds of the O.O. Howard House 750 Anderson St., Vancouver. For more information, call 360-816-6230 or visit www.nps.gov/ 30

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Monster Princess Storytime. Enjoy D.J. MacHale’s endearing tale about an “ugly” princess and her attempts to save the day. Treats and a fun project are included. Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver. 11 am

All Weather Walkers Labor Day weekend hike at Mt. St. Helens, commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the 1980 blast. Meet and register at Toutle Lake High School Gymnasium, 5050 Spirit Lake Highway, Toutle, Wash. Start anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.; finish by 4 p.m. Hike distances vary from 5 km (3.1 miles) to 20 km (12.5 miles). Register on days of event. More information at www.allweatherwalkers.org. 8 am-4 pm Home Depot Kids Workshop. First Saturday of each month, kids are invited to participate in a free handson craft activity. Home Depot, 8601 NE Andresen Rd., Vancouver. 9 am12 pm Kids Dig at Fort Vancouver. Children ages 8-12 are introduced to archaeology by participating in a “mock dig,” mapping their artifact finds, and recording their data. A twohour session limited to 20 children, on a first-come, first-served basis. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 East 5th St., Vancouver. Program is free of charge.  Entrance fees to visit the fort applies. For more information, call 360-816-6230 or visit   http://www.

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Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Bambi. 5 pm 6 Sunday All Weather Walkers Labor Day weekend hike at Mt. St. Helens. (See Sept. 4) 8 am-4 pm

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7 Tuesday Café Learn and Play. Free storytelling, songs and ABC’s for ages 5 and under every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver. 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. Free every Tuesday at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. 10:30 am 8 Wednesday Kazoodles Toys downtown stories and songs for preschoolers. (See Sept. 1) 10:30 am

each month at Starting Grounds Church, 203 S. Parkway, Battle Ground. Free crafts will be split into two age groups: preschool and grade school. Donation-based coffee shop open for the grownups. Drop-ins welcome. Visit www. startinggroundschurch.com for more information. 10 am-12 pm Fairy Ball Storytime. Dress up in your best fairy or elf gear and come prepared for magical and wonderful crafts and games, and enjoy tasty fairy treats, too. Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver. 11 am

Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Cars. 5 pm

Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Each second Saturday of the month, kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories. September theme: Columbia Flyway Show. This annual event at the Water Center includes a carving show of birds and wildlife. Children can paint their own bird or feather. Please note: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 1-3 pm

Evening on the Row at Fort Vancouver. (See Sept. 3) 6:30-7:30 pm

Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Cars. 5 pm

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14 Tuesday

Kids Craft Club second Saturday of

Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See Sept. 7) 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Sept. 7) 10:30 am

Harold and the Purple Crayon Storytime. Enjoy Crockett Johnson’s book, eat yummy treats and enjoy an activity. Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver. 11 am 10 Friday

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15 Wednesday Fairy Ball Storytime Barns & Noble Vancouver, 11:00 am

Kazoodles Toys downtown stories and songs for preschoolers. (See Sept. 1) 10:30 am Little Owl Lost Storytime. Enjoy a

Garlic Festival at Northwest Organic Farm. Feed chickens, taste 15 different types of heirloom tomatoes, and much more. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

story and a snack. Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver. 11 am 17 Friday Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver—The Cat in the Hat. 5 pm 18 Saturday Garlic Festival at Northwest Organic Farm, 17713 NW 61st Ave., Ridgefield. Feed chickens, taste 15 different types of heirloom tomatoes and garlic, listen to great bluegrass music, talk to the master gardeners. Free and open to the public. Call 360-573-4868 or visit northwestorganicfarm.com for more information. 10 am-8 pm

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fish, 3 pm: Enjoy a Creature Feature reptile show. For more information, call 360-487-7111 or visit www. cityofvancouver/watercenter. 11 am-4 pm

22 Wednesday

Campfires and Candlelight Tour at Fort Vancouver. Stroll back in time, beginning at Pearson Air Museum, then experience the night life of U.S. Army soldiers, Oregon Trail immigrants, and the residents Fort Vancouver Village by campfire light. Appropriate for all ages. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. Reserve St., Vancouver. Admission is free of charge. For more information, call 503-656-5151 or visit  http://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/ events.htm. 3-10 pm

Leaf Man Storytime. Enjoy a story, snack and craft. Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver. 11 am

Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver The Cat in the Hat. 5 pm

per person ($75 is tax-deductible), or reserve a table in the swanky VIP Lounge (includes your tickets!): $1,000 for a VIP reserved table of 4 - 6 guests or $2,000 for a VIP reserved table of 7 - 10 guests. More information at www. pinkpowersw.org. 5:30-9:30 pm     

21 Tuesday Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See Sept. 7) 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Sept. 7) 10:30 am

Peter Rabbit Storytime Barnes & Noble, 11:00 am

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Kazoodles Toys downtown stories and songs for preschoolers. (See Sept. 1) 10:30 am

KidKonsign NW Fall/Winter Sale Clark County Square Dance Center, 10713 NE 117th Ave., Vancouver.

23 Thursday Pink Power event to benefit atrisk newborns at Vancouver Hilton, 301 W 6th St., Vancouver. Theme is It’s Vegas, BABY. Elvis, roulette, shopping, Frank Sinatra, dancing, great food and drink, camaraderie and fun! Individual tickets are $125

24 Friday KidKonsign NW Fall/Winter Sale at new location: Clark County Square Dance Center, 10713 NE 117th Ave., Vancouver. Excellent gently used kids’ clothing, toys, furniture, shoes, and more. Visit www.kidkonsignnw.com for information on volunteering and consigning. 10 am-6 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – The Wizard of Oz. 5 pm Oktoberfest and Harvest Celebration at Shorty’s Garden and Home, 10006 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Benefits Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation.

Advanced tickets $15/ $25 at door. Tickets available now at both Shorty’s locations. For more information, call 360-699-8846. 5:30-11 pm Girl Scouts After Dark at Westfield Vancouver Mall, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Vancouver. Find out what Girl Scouts is all about during an evening of fun. Enjoy an ice cream social, watch a fashion show and stay late for a dance party just for Girl Scouts. Learn more at www.westfield. com/vancouver. 6-11 pm 25 Saturday KidKonsign NW Fall/Winter Sale (See Sept. 24). 50% Off Sale 2:30pm-5pm Saturday. 9 am-5 pm Harvest Fun Day at 78th Street Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell, presented by Clark County Historical Museum. Free and open to the public. Displays and demonstrations, pumpkin decorating, pie eating contest, scarecrow making, and more. 10 am-4 pm Crush Festival at Heisen House Vineyards, 28005 NE 172nd Ave., Battle Ground. Join in on the fun of grape harvest and crush. Learn more about the process of making wine while the kids play and have fun with activities, crafts and more.  Food,

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music and crafters, and wine tasting for adults. For more information, visit www.heisenhousevineyards.com. 11am-6pm Kids Dig at Fort Vancouver. (See Sept. 4) 11 am Peter Rabbit Storytime. Enjoy a story, a snack, a craft, and a visit from Peter Rabbit himself. Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver. 11 am Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – The Wizard of Oz. 5 pm 28 Tuesday Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See Sept. 7) 10 am

Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Sept. 7) 10:30 am

Dotty Storytime. Enjoy a story, snack and craft. Barnes and Noble, 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver. 11 am

29 Wednesday Kazoodles Toys downtown stories and songs for preschoolers. (See Sept. 1) 10:30 am

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