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Unconventional Parenting I first heard about the Free-Range Kids movement in 2010, when Lenore Skenazy’s book of the same name was released. Skenazy had been ostracized for allowing her 9-year-old son to ride the New York City subway alone, and went on to aggressively defend her and her husband’s decision to do so, criticizing current society’s fear-induced sheltering of children, and the damaging effects of limiting children’s freedom to roam, learn, and gain confidence. The book fascinated me, and I identified with the overall philosophy that children should be given opportunities to play and learn without constant adult interference. It did leave me with questions, however. How can I be present to teach my kids correct principles if they are often out “on their own” (playing at a park, or around the block with friends)? Am I just being lazy and negligent by letting them go off on their own? And what will the neighbors think? The answers are not black and white, nor identical for each family, but the facts presented by Skenazy in “Free-Range Kids” shed light on what all children need to succeed. Read more about this hot topic on pg. 22.

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PARENTING PERSPECTIVES By Justin Farrell and Julianna Lawson

Two local parents sound off about life, parenting, and relationships.

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Sports and other extra-curricular activities can bring out the best and the worst in people. As parents, how do we ensure that these experiences are as positive as possible for both our child and for us?


HE SAID If your kids haven’t reached the age of competitive sports yet, it’s only a matter of time before they will be asking to try out for the team. As physical education in schools continues to decrease, the importance of organized sports increases. Sports provide children with the opportunity to compete, be part of a team, and in some cases, release aggression in a positive way. All of these are essential to healthy development in children. Of course, sports aren’t the only way for kids to experience these things, but they are the most common. As parents, if we want our kids to get the most out of their sports experience, there is a lot we can do to help. Showing up is the most important part, and that can take the form of anything from being at games to being a coach. Our children feel valued when they see us as parents taking an active role in their extra-curricular activities. If coaching isn’t your passion, what about helping in the concession stand or helping maintain the court or field? Again, this shows your child that, not only do you care about their experience, but you care about helping make the experience better for everyone involved.

And if you really want to help, consider volunteering to be an umpire/ referee. I wish all sports leagues made it mandatory for parents to umpire/ referee at least once. Most parents don’t have any problem yelling, and in worst cases, berating officials, but when they are offered the whistle, they decline. I would encourage all parents to try it at least once. I guarantee it will positively change the way you watch your child’s games. As a fan, remember that your child is always aware of what you are doing, good, bad, and ugly. In all my years of playing sports, I never saw a referee change a call because of something that a fan yelled at him or her. However, I still see parents yelling at officials all the time. Remember that kid who didn’t hear you the first seven times you asked him to pick his clothes up off the floor? Rest assured that same kid will hear you the first time you lay into a referee. In their mind, if they see you do it, it’s OK for them to do it. Bottom line: encourage children to be involved in extra-curricular activities of all kinds, but don’t forget their first, and most important coaches are the ones who drop them off at practice. Justin Farrell is a married father of two living in Vancouver. He writes a blog on faith, family, and fatherhood that can be found at www.

SHE SAID I’m gonna be honest here. When I learned of our topic for this month my first thought was, “Yikes. I’m not really super involved in my kids’ activities. I don’t coach . . . I don’t referee . . . maybe something’s wrong!” But I soon realized that our family’s approach to extracurricular activities is simply a bit different because we happen to home school our kids. Now, this doesn’t mean that our kids don’t participate in outside activities! On the contrary. But because I’m their teacher, my husband and I see the value of having our kids learn from other adults through community continued on next page


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sports and activities. Kids respond to different teaching styles, and if they only get one “style,” their exposure to ideas is limited. I really appreciate Justin’s approach, however, and I believe it’s critical for parents to be involved in their children’s activities. So if others are doing the coaching and teaching, how do we take part so our kids still feel that their activities are important to us? Of course the main thing is to be their biggest fan. We cheer for our kids, show interest in their position on the team, and ask questions about their roles so they can share with pride and authority. After the game (or activity) we have a prime opportunity to engage our children in meaningful conversation. Take advantage of it! Ask about their favorite moments. Comment on the awesome strategy the coach suggested. (Maybe the coach wasn’t so awesome? Let your kid talk about it. How can we control our own attitudes to influence our team for good?)

Between activities, be available to encourage your kids’ teachers and coaches. Be involved so they know that they have their own team of supporters who are grateful for the role they’re playing in the lives of children. Our kids have many opportunities to take part in extracurricular activities today. When we as parents take active part in cheering them on—either from the sidelines or right there on the field—they will engage with confidence and be proud to have mom and dad on their team.

Julianna Lawson and her husband, Jamie, live in Vancouver where they spend many hours cheering for their four children, ages 7 to 15, as they participate in various gymnastics, basketball, art and music lessons. Julianna also writes at

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Thanks to the Internet, getting a well-rounded personal education can be as easy as a click of the mouse. From elementary math tutoring to cake decorating to college courses in philosophy, videos and tutorials are available all over the Web these days. More and more people are heading online to further their education, while others are looking to simply learn a new skill or to study a new topic to broaden their life-long learning goals.

visit the university’s website directly. For example, at Open Yale Courses you can access free introductory courses covering a wide range of subjects, all taught by Yale professors. Along with the videos for classes, Open Yale Courses also offers the course syllabi, suggested reading materials and exams. Other websites such as and compile courses from a number of universities and can be great resources for video classes.

Surprisingly, a lot of the courses are completely free. Free classes can be found all over the Internet, but here are a few to get you started: YouTube: It’s true that YouTube is primarily used for cute cat videos and the latest viral video trends, however YouTube also contains a surprising amount of educational videos. The trick to finding quality educational videos on YouTube is to look for “channels” much like television channels. For example, major universities such as Harvard and Stanford have their own YouTube channels. Universities may post interesting graduation speeches or even full course lectures, such as MIT’s posting of every lecture from its Introduction to Psychology course. Another way to find enlightening videos on YouTube is to check out the YouTube EDU portal page. Kids will enjoy watching Steve Spangler videos on YouTube EDU, but also be sure to catch Scientific American’s Space Lab and NatGeoWild. College Websites: Another way to access quality education content online is to

Khan Academy: With over 4,200 videos on a variety of subjects, especially math, Khan Academy is a treasure trove of K-12 tutorials. Using the “Vital Statistics” information, you can track your child’s progress by noting which videos have been viewed. On Khan Academy kids can also earn badges, which can be great motivators for bragging to friends and maybe to grandma. Badges can be earned for an array of subjects ranging from Telling Time to Calculus. Life Skills 101: If you are looking to further your knowledge of daily practical skills, the Internet is filled with free classes on numerous subjects. To pick up some new cooking ideas, visit the Taste of Home video page. Discover the proper technique for pruning tomatoes and other gardening hints at the Fine Gardening website. For advice on a whole host of domestic topics, the Good Housekeeping Video of the Day is a great place to start. For the most part, courses offered online for free will not grant college credits or any other important certifications. Be sure to check with an advisor, especially if you are interested in furthering

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your education formally using online courses. Also, it’s important to note that videos can assist in learning, however nothing can replace one-on-one or classroom interactions for tutoring and mentoring. However, if you are looking to further your own personal education, pick up a new hobby or perhaps help your child with a refresher on some basic math skills, online courses can be a great way to go. The videos can be viewed at your own pace and best of all, the information is all available for free.

Pamela is a home school mom who has lived in Clark County for more than a decade. She learned birdwatching using Internet courses and plans to take some theology courses online soon. Her favorite online courses are the Art History videos on Khan Academy. You can find her writing about homeschooling teenagers, books and downsizing her life at

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Feature Article: The Developmental Psychologist’s Back-to-School Shopping List

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The Developmental Psychologist’s Back-to-School by Gabrielle Principe, Ph.D.

Shopping List

Ready or not, it’s time to gear up your children for back

to school. They need the basics—lunchboxes, backpacks, notebooks, pencils, and pens. Then there are other back-to-school items that don’t make the usual shopping lists but that are much more important for your children than any multi-subject notebook or scientific calculator. Unlike the lists you receive from the school principal, my list is made up of things you already have and that are grounded in scientific research for improving children’s learning.

1. Praise Children for Their Effort, Not Their Intelligence

Most of us parents praise our children on their smarts. We do it because our children are bright and we think that telling them so makes them feel good and gives them the confidence to attack their schoolwork with gusto. This is good parenting, right? Wrong. Telling children they’re smart does not give them the confidence to take on new challenges or the self-esteem to persevere when they fail. Research suggests that telling children they’re smart might actually interfere with their ability to learn because repeated praise for being intelligent sends the message that intelligence

is an innate and fixed trait. This leads children to discount the importance of effort. They reason, “I’m smart, so I don’t need to try hard” and they often believe that putting forth effort is only something that “dumb” kids have to do. Children who are praised for their intelligence also become less likely to take intellectual risks and are more likely to give up when the going gets tough. It is more important for them to appear smart than to chance making mistakes and getting labeled as “dumb.” Praising children for their intelligence also stymies their ability to deal with failure. When you tell your daughter, “You got an A! You’re so smart!” she also hears, “If you don’t get an A, you’re not smart.” So when children labeled as “smart” fail, they reason they’ve failed because they must not have the intellectual goods to cut it. Too much praise can be especially troubling for children who have had an easy time in the early grades but then run into subjects in middle school that require some effort. When they begin to make errors, they don’t try harder or study more diligently because they believe that talent alone continued on next page


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and not effort creates success. So they conclude that they must have been unintelligent all along. In contrast to children who are praised for being smart, children who are encouraged for their effort come to believe that intelligence is a malleable quality that can be improved through hard work. These children feel that their success is in their control and therefore they are not thwarted by failure. They interpret failure merely as a signal to try harder or do things differently. In fact, children who are encouraged for their effort often are game to take on demanding tasks and work to develop new strategies. So when you tell your children they’re smart, you’re not doing them any favors. A little “you’re such a smarty” here and there likely won’t do any lasting damage, but the key is to praise children for their effort, their hard work, their persistence, and their strategies. Next time your son comes home with an A, instead of telling him how smart he is, praise him for trying hard, ask him how he studied, or tell him he should take a tougher class next semester. If he comes home with a lower grade than expected, be honest. Don’t tell him that he deserved a better grade because he is smart. Instead, encourage him to think through ways that he could improve.

2. Make Learning Meaningful, Not Rewarded

If you’ve ever promised your child a cookie, some TV time, or another reward for finishing her homework, working on her science fair project, or writing her summer vacation book report, then you know that bribes can get things done. What you might not know is that they also squash children’s drive to learn. Children are born with a deep desire to learn. In fact, children’s drive to learn is so strong that some consider it a universal human drive, like hunger and thirst. You can see this drive most clearly in infants and young children who are constantly observing, exploring, experimenting, and asking questions. As children’s knowledge and abilities become increasingly sophisticated with age, their learning brings them not only joy but also mastery. Mastery gives them the capacity to do new things and take certain risks with their know-how. Learning is a reward cycle that if allowed to thrive, will persist for a lifetime. But it is possible to break this natural cycle by doing something as seemingly harmless as doling out rewards for children’s learning. “Can gold star stickers really undermine children’s learning?” you’re

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Feature Article: The Developmental Psychologist’s Back-to-School Shopping List

The motivation to learn doesn’t come from the process of learning. It comes from products of learning.

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thinking. Yep. Decades of behavioral research has demonstrated that rewarding any behavior that is internally motivated with external incentives reduces our natural drive to carry out that behavior. The reasoning goes that when an intrinsically rewarding behavior is reinforced with external incentives, like prizes, cash, or cupcakes, we begin paying more attention to the incentives and less attention to the pleasure that comes from doing the behavior. This shift in attention brings about a shift in motivation to extrinsic incentives and ostensibly disables the existing intrinsic motivation. When children are rewarded for doing something they enjoy, like learning, the reward alters their focus of motivation from internal to external and they come to expect rewards for learning. In addition to being a developmental psychologist, I am also a mother. So I realize that part of the problem is that much of the learning that some teachers ask our children to do doesn’t satisfy their drive to learn any more than a cardboard cheesecake satisfies my drive to eat. I realize that memorizing the qualities of landforms, reading about the physical properties of sand, and mapping the major battles of the Civil War don’t even come close. But as a parent, boring projects or seemingly lame homework is not an excuse to offer up rewards. Rather it is our job to get our children to realize the real-world benefits of the skills these assignments are developing. The thing is, the motivation to learn doesn’t come from the process of learning. It comes from products of learning. And sometimes these products are difficult for children to see without our help. The motivation to read, for instance, doesn’t come from the thrill of sounding out new words, writing out their definitions, and then generating a list of synonyms. This is why you battle with your third-grader to sort her vocabulary words by prefixes and suffixes. The motivation for reading comes from being able to do meaningful things, like reading comic books, bumper stickers, and secret notes from your best friend.

So what can you do? Make sure that your children understand the realworld benefits of the skills they’re developing. Think of it this way. It is surely tough for a first-grader to understand why he’s being asked to memorize how to spell a set of strange words, write them four times each, and then sort them into alphabetical order. But if his parents regularly read storybooks, street signs, store marquis, cupcake recipes, and restaurant menus with him, then he’s likely to understand not only why his teacher is asking him to learn new words but also that reading can be good fun. Likewise, the motivation for learning math is not the excitement of rounding up whole numbers, estimating whether 8 + 9 is more than 20, determining the volume of containers, and finding the perimeter of a pentagon. It is driven by the real-world benefits of being able to figure out whether you have enough birthday money to buy both the doll house and the family minivan, divide your jellybeans equally among your friends, and estimate how many bags of sand you’ll need to fill the new sandbox. If you can help your children understand these sorts of real-world benefits of their new knowledge, then you’ve motivated their learning. And you’d never have to promise a reward or offer a bribe in exchange for their schoolwork—which is how the whole problem with motivation starts in the first place.

3. Foster Inquisitiveness and Fantasy Play

Children are natural born scientists. As infants, they use their entire set of senses to study the physical properties of the world. They grab things, squeeze things, push things, spill things, dip their hands into things, put things into their mouths, rip things apart, and bang things into one another. Once children have collected sufficient pilot data, they begin to carry out experiments. “What happens if I pull on Mommy’s necklace?”

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“Will it snap or stretch?” Over time, their experimental designs become increasingly sophisticated. “If I throw Mommy’s glasses up in the air, how high will they go? If I throw them with more force, will they go higher? Will they go faster?” What often seems like calculated attempts to annoy or oppose you are merely part of the program of research that your children kicked off at birth. A recent study has revealed that many of the qualities we see in young children in their attempts to figure out the world are the very same ones common to adults who are considered innovators and visionaries in their field. For instance, innovators get a kick out of asking “what if” “why” and “why not” questions that challenge the status quo and shake things up. They also have the ability to associate creatively—to connect facts in new ways. Finally, they have an unquenchable drive to experiment and tinker with things and new ideas. Sounds a lot like your three-year-old, right?

children, even the older ones, the space and the freedom to fantasize. It is the knowledge that we gain as we grow older that gives imagination its power. It is exactly how one very innovative engineer, for instance, took Isaac Newton’s theories on centrifugal force and gravity, imagined a roller coaster with an inclined diving loop and a wraparound corkscrew, and then built it. continued on page 16

The very best innovators—those who change the world with their ideas— also think about the nonexistent and dream up imaginary worlds. The difference between children and adults, however, is that adult innovators make their fantasies come true. To boost your children’s success, encourage their natural inquisitiveness and their consequent desire to explore and experiment. Also, give your

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4. Lobby for More Recess

In many schools, children are spending less time in recess and more time doing school work. This trend is largely attributable to the desires of school administrators to make more time for teaching skills in hopes of improving students’ academic performance. Some schools take away recess privileges for bad behavior or believe that recess is an outmoded practice that simply makes children rowdy. Turns out that none of these trends are supported by a lick of research. Children’s academic performance was better in the years before the schools starting taking away recess. Studies show that East Asian elementary-schoolers, who outperform American children on standardized tests, are given more recess breaks than American children. Experimental work shows that children’s attention to tasks is better, not worse, following recess. They fidget less and focus more after free play. A second lesson learned from research on recess is that recess is learning. Consider the social and cognitive demands that come along with unstructured play with peers. To keep the play going, children must understand the perspectives of others, figure out what behaviors are expected, and keep their emotions in check. Consequently, they’ll learn how to cooperate with others, regulate their emotions, communicate effectively, and pay close attention. Importantly, these are the very social-cognitive skills that not only help on the playground, but also in the classroom. These findings suggest that we have taken something as simple and beneficial as recess and wrongly labeled it as worthless, dangerous, and old-fashioned. Children need playful breaks so that they can pay better attention to their academic work and learn the skills demanded by their curricula. A teacher wouldn’t punish her students by taking away math or reading because these subjects develop important skills. The very same is true of recess.

5. Push for Less Homework Homework is a good thing, right?

Actually, there is no solid empirical evidence that homework improves young children’s learning. In fact, when children are asked to do too much homework, it has the opposite effect. Homework only has minimal benefits for achievement in middle school. It’s not until high school that there are clear academic benefits to homework, but again, they start to decline if children are too overloaded. I find it striking that we have no evidence that there is any academic benefit to elementary school homework, yet educators feel compelled to assign it and parents continue to think it helps students. Homework is going to be a hard habit to break, but considering that it is not linked with academic achievement until at least middle school and then only marginally, why assign it? Can’t teachers squeeze all the learning children need into the seven or eight hours a day they already have them at school? It seems to me that all of the other pastimes outside of school that are good for children are a much more wise and fun way for them to spend their afterschool time. Keep in mind, too, that no homework doesn’t necessarily mean no learning after school. As alluded to above, there is overwhelming evidence that the simplest of activities, like children’s free play with peers, boosts important social and cognitive skills. Now you have your second back to school list. Certainly all of these things are free. Some of them may be more difficult to pull off than getting a new protractor and pencil box. But all of them are more important.

Gabrielle Principe, Ph.D. is a mother, developmental psychologist, and professor of psychology at College of Charleston, where she studies cognitive development in young children. This article was adapted from a piece originally published at

...we have taken something as simple and beneficial as recess and wrongly labeled it as worthless, dangerous, and old-fashioned.


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Feature Article: The Gingerbread House: A Child Care Legacy with a Deep Local History

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Children’s Day Care Centers founder Eve Mitchell in the 1970s

A Child Ca with a Deep Local History

The Gingerbread House in 1965, 17 years after its opening

By Pamela Swearingen

Nearly a century ago in the hallways of the old Vancouver High School, a Hungarian immigrant girl from Canada met an English boy from London. The pair married in 1925 and two years later settled into a home on 29th Street in Vancouver. Eve and Edgar Mitchell eventually added to their family with three children of their own. Over the decades however, the Mitchell legacy has continued to bless countless children.

The year was 1948 and World War II had recently ended when Eve Mitchell learned that a neighbor needed reliable childcare. She agreed to help her friend, and The Gingerbread House Day Care Center was born. In 1964 the Mitchell family opened a second facility called Jack and Jill House, named for the hill on the property and the well known nursery rhyme. Today, 50-60 years later, both facilities are still in their original locations. Hundreds of Clark County’s children have been enrolled at the two centers over the years. In fact, former students have enrolled their children and grandchildren in the centers. Staff members can recall amazing stories, such as the time the parents of one young student discovered that they had actually once been Jack and Jill House classmates themselves. Eve Mitchell carefully guided the children at both facilities until 1988, and the centers are still in the family. Current owner Rosalee Johnson is the Mitchells’ youngest daughter. Now a grandmother herself, Johnson is proud of her family’s legacy and of its place in Vancouver history.

A Christmas performance in 1955

A tour of The Gingerbread House with Johnson is a fascinating trip down memory lane. The school walls are colorfully decorated with finger paint artwork and maps of the United States, and Johnson is quick to point out the reminders of The Gingerbread House’s long history. What is now the center’s kitchen was once the family dining room where she remembers an announcer breaking into a radio program to declare that World War II had begun. The current classroom for 3-year-olds was once a bedroom that she shared with her older sister and brother. Even the entryway room with its

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wood paneled walls was an addition that Johnson says her father built with money that he had initially saved for a trip to London in 1953 for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. It is clear that the history at these two centers runs even deeper than the history of the walls, though. Both facilities are also special for the dedicated staff that guides the children through their day. Director Anna Wingate began working for the Mitchell family in 1967. Other staff members have been employed at the centers for 25, 30, even 40 years. These loyal employees have decades of years of combined experience that they are eager to share with all of the kids in their care.

With more than 60 years of Clark County kids playing in the yards, connections to these centers are a special and unique part of local history. With a dedicated family of staff guiding the leaders of tomorrow, it seems the Mitchell family legacy will live on for many more years to come.

Pamela is a home school mom who has lived in Clark County for more than a decade. You can find her writing about home schooling teenagers, books, and downsizing her life at

Jack and Jill House in the 1990s

Johnson’s mother firmly believed in her mantra that guided activity develops character. Today both centers continue to focus on a well-rounded education that fosters a desire in kids to do their best. “I will do what is right whether I’m alone or with someone” is a quote heard frequently around the centers. Preschoolers have music lessons each day and the kids at Jack and Jill House learn to play instruments in order to practice following directions. Students also learn about current events, including viewing the Presidential Inauguration and studying the Olympics.

A preschool graduation in the 1960s

A Christmas performance at one of the schools in the 1960s

Eve and Edgar Mitchell in 1948, the year The Gingerbread House was founded.

Eve and Edgar Mitchell with their family in 1948. Daughter and current owner Rosalee Johnson is second from left.

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Feature Article: Cutting the Apron Strings for Free-Range Kids

By Vivian Mattila Walikainen

When asked

what their biggest fear is regarding their children, most parents respond with some variation of their child being abducted and killed. Because of this instinctive parental fear, experts and expert-parents have a lot to say on a philosophy and a book that has taken the parenting world by storm—“Free-Range Kids” (Jossey-Bass, 2010). When asked about Free-Range Kids, many local parents thought it had something to do with chickens. The free-range idea will probably bring clucking creatures to mind, but author Lenore Skenazy adamantly shows she is attempting to raise anything but chickens. Her book came to life after she was labeled “America’s worst mom.” She and her husband had decided to let their 9-year-old son ride the New York City subway home, by himself. They left him with a MetroCard, money, and maps. They confidently waited for him to arrive home—which he did 45 minutes later. Skenazy wrote a column about his adventure; two days later she was on one news show after another, defending herself as not “America’s Worst Mom.” A further definition gleaned from Skenazy’s Free-Range Kids website states, “Free-Range Kids are sort of old-fashioned. They’re kids who are expected to want to grow up and do things on their own. And then, when they show us they’re ready, we allow ‘em to. I was a Free-Range Kid because we all were back when I was growing up, before cable TV started showing abductions 24/7

and finding the weirdest, saddest stories from around the world to make parents think that no child is safe doing anything on his own anymore. And it’s not just cable TV to blame: It’s most of the media we parents encounter.” Skenazy offers some eye-opening statistics on crimes against children. “Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, crime was on the rise. It went up and up until it peaked around 1990. The strange thing, though, is that since then, it’s been going back down. Dramatically. Today we are back to the crime level of 1970, according to Dept. of Justice statistics.” In her book she states, “From 1993 to 2004 the rate of aggravated assaults against kids went down 74 percent. Sexual assaults went down even more.” She continues, “Yet we are more worried about it than ever, so we don’t let our kids go outside and play.” Kathy Crisp PsyD, adjunct professor at Warner Pacific College offers this insight, “Lenore Skenazy has presented a muchneeded message for today’s parents and provides us with comforting statistics and examples. However, the concept of freerange children should be approached with balance, as there are numerous factors and variables to consider when granting freedom to children. It’s true we do have greater access to world-wide horror stories, but it’s also true that there are very real dangers that haunt our current culture. Things have changed since the 1970s, and we need to consider factors such as variation in cognitive development,

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Confident kids who feel at home in the world are safer than coddled kids who have been taught they are dainty prey without mom or dad by their side.

extent of parental involvement (a huge contributor to safe, self-reliant children), and even the neighborhood or school the child is a part of. Skenazy has offered a valuable philosophy, but not one we can simply run with unabashed.” According to Skenazy, the Free-Range Kids philosophy is not about freewheeling, reckless parenting. Skenazy says some would claim to be “Free-Rangers,” but they are in fact, just plain negligent. Free Rangers “believe in teaching our kids the basics they need to be safe, then gradually giving them more rope” defends Skenazy. She further states, “Kids today are smarter and safer than society gives them credit for.” Empowering kids to become confident and self-reliant are key aspects of the Free-Range philosophy. Online and in her book, Skenazy informs that she interviewed Ernie Allen, head of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They agreed: “Confident kids who feel at home in the world are safer than coddled kids who have been taught they are dainty prey without mom or dad by their side. When Allen interviewed children who had escaped potential abductions, here’s what they had in common: They stood up for themselves. They kicked, screamed, bit, and ran.” Activist mom and former teacher, Priscilla Moynihan of the Vancouver area, weighs in with some concerns about hyper regulation in areas that should allow for more freedom, but little

–Ernie Allen, head of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

regulation in the areas that form children’s character, such as Facebook, video games, movies, TV, etc. She believes there should be the freedom for kids to have opportunities to fail and have some consequences, to grow up knowing that sometimes bad things happen. Moynihan also notes that family structure has changed dramatically, which disallows some of the formerly normal activities of kids. For instance, today many households are without dads, who in the past offered some healthier risk-taking opportunities for youngsters. Moynihan puts it simply, “We need to practice common sense.” “Parents have to choose to practice active parenting, which to me means being very clear about the family’s values, expectations and consequences for behavior that does not demonstrate the shared values,” exhorts Principal Colleen O’Neal, of CAM Academy in Battle Ground. She continues, “It is also about making sure that children learn early how to identify when they are being pressured to do things that will

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break the family trust and then how to walk away. Children also need to experience disappointments and failures so they know how to deal with them and move on.” Regardless of parenting style or comfort level with the free-range philosophy, O’Neal sums it up for each and every parent: “Above all is communicating and demonstrating unconditional love.”

Vivian Mattila Walikainen is blessed with a husband, six children, and two grandchildren, all of whom keep her learning, growing, and slightly off-balance. She is in the final year of obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and is involved with local non-profits.

Parents have to choose to practice active parenting, which to me means being very clear about the family’s values, expectations and consequences for behavior that does not demonstrate the shared values.

–Colleen O’Neal, Principal of CAM Academy in Battle Ground

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Events are subject to change. Please contact organization directly to confirm. All library events are free and open to the public.


Alexander: Master of Marvels at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Prepare to laugh and be amazed as The Master of Marvels performs classic magic and original tricks. 11 am

Cost is $5 for CCHS members, $7 for nonmembers. 12-1 pm Funtastic Friday at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Projects exploring all kinds of fibers: puppets, masks, paper making, and more. 3-5 pm

Riverview Six to Sunset Concerts at Esther Short Park, featuring Flexor-T. Free Thursdays through August 29. 6-8 pm

Teen ‘Scape at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Play Rock Band or Kinect, eat snacks, and hang out. 3-5 pm

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Speaker Series: “Planes, Mills, Factories, and Forts: Exploring Technological Heritage in the 21st Century” at the Tex Rankin Theater at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th St., Vancouver. Cost is free. This series brings together experts in the field of archaeology to address topics of technological heritage. Lectures in the series will discuss the preservation of aviation crash sites in National Parks, the Kaiser Shipyards, the Brimstone Hill Fortress on St. Kitts in the Caribbean, the underwater archaeology of the World War II Midway battlefield, and more. 7 pm

Teen Craft Series: Duct Tape Extravaganza at Three Creeks Community Library, 800C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Duct tape can be used to make just about anything: wallets, roses, etc. The library will provide the supplies, you provide the creativity. 3-5 pm


Clark County Fair, 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield. Free pancake breakfast on opening day, magic and juggling performances, carnival rides, booths, artisans, livestock competitions, and more. Carnival opens at noon daily. Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7 kids 7-12, kids under 7 are free. See full schedule at 8 am-11 pm Clark County Historical Museum Downtown Walking Tours. Meet at 1511 Main St., Vancouver for a guided 1-2 mile walk touring various parts of the downtown Vancouver area every Friday through August.

First Friday Art Walk at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. As part of Downtown Vancouver’s Art Walk, the library will showcase local artists’ work. The show will continue Saturday and Sunday during library hours. 5-9 pm Parent’s Night Out for ages 6 weeks to 12 years, at Clark County Family YMCA, 11324 NE 51st Cir., Vancouver. Safe, engaging, and exciting activities as parents enjoy a night out. Members are $6 per child. Non-members are $10 per child. For more details call 360-8859622. 6-9 pm Friday Night Movies in the Park. Free family movies Fridays through August 16. Movies start just before sunset. “Big Miracle” at Leroy Haagen Park.


Clark County Fair. (See Aug. 2) 10 am-11 pm


Clark County Fair. (See Aug. 2) 10 am-10 pm Clark County All Church Picnic at Esther Short Park, Vancouver. Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase food from Vancouver Farmers Market vendors and enjoy bouncy inflatables, pony rides, a scavenger hunt, live worship music and more. 12-6 pm


Clark County Fair. (See Aug. 2) 10 am-10 pm Dance Party at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Drop in and boogie! The music plays for 45 minutes so you can dance ‘til you drop with scarves, shakers and more.11-11:45 am Vancouver Watersheds Alliance and ARC sponsored weekly trail walk or bike, Mondays through end of August. Free and open to families. Meet at ARC office, 6511 NE 18th St., Vancouver to explore and walk along Burnt Bridge Creek trail. All ages and abilities are welcome. This is a Vancouver Summer Adventure Passport Stop (see ad on page 7 for info). 4 pm


Clark County Fair. (See Aug. 2) 10 am-10 pm Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. Free every Tuesday at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. 10:30 am Little Cups and Grownups Story time at 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver, Ste 107 continued on next page


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(previously home of Café Sip ‘n’ Play). 10:30 am Hitchcock Presents: An Evening of Short Stories in Honor of Alfred Hitchcock at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Celebrate Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday with an evening of plot twists and suspense. A special storyteller will present short stories of crime and mystery that would please the master himself. 6:45 pm

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Noon Hour Concerts at Esther Short Park, featuring Sara Jackson-Holman. Free Wednesdays through August 14. 12-1 pm OMSI: Prehistoric Dinosaurs at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. For ages 5-11. Join OMSI to learn what it takes to become a fossil-digging paleontologist. Reassemble a complete dinosaur from just a few pieces and take home your very own Battle Ground Dinosaur Egg! This is a school age program that requires registration. Call 687-2322 to register. This program will be repeated at 3 pm on August 7th. 1-2 pm or 3-4 pm Creature Feature at Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland. An unforgettably slithery journey through the world of reptiles! This hands-on, educational presentation of live reptiles will fascinate all audiences. 3 pm Lab Rats: Dig In at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Self-guided family science exploration. This month: Dig In! Explore the science of food. 3-5 pm

It’s an Ice Cream Social at Woodland Community Center!

Ice Cream Social at Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St., Woodland. The Friends of the Woodland Library invite you to come and eat ice cream with your neighbors. This is not a black tie event, but if you did show up in a tuxedo everyone would definitely be impressed. The ice cream will flow as soon as the Creature Feature performance is finished, a performance paid for by the Friends. 4-5 pm


Clark County Fair. (See Aug. 2) 10 am10 pm Teen Maker Camp at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. Drop in craft program and virtual field-trip where will go? Come and find out. The library provides the supplies and snacks; you bring the creativity. 4-6 pm Riverview Six to Sunset Concerts at Esther Short Park, featuring Norman Sylvester. Free Thursdays through August 29. 6-8 pm

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Clark County Fair. (See Aug. 2) 10 am10 pm Clark County Historical Museum Downtown Walking Tours. (See Aug. 2). 12-1 pm Art ala Carte at Little Cups and Grownups, 614 E Main St., Battle Ground. Art ala Carte PDX is bringing their art bars in for an “all you can make” experience, where kids load up on supplies for their own individual idea of art and creation. Cost is $9 per child. 12-3 pm Funtastic Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Aug. 2) 3-5 pm Teen ‘Scape at Vancouver Community Library. (See Aug. 2) 3-5 pm Friday Night Movies in the Park. Free family movies Fridays through August 16. Movies start just before sunset. “Madagascar 3” at Fisher Basin Park.


Clark County Fair. (See Aug. 2) 10 am10 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. August theme: Get your hands dirty while learning about geology! Discover interesting facts about ice and ancient floods. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a Vancouver Summer Adventure Passport Stop (see ad on page 7 for info). 1-3 pm


Clark County Fair. (See Aug. 2) 10 am10 pm


Noon Hour Concerts at Esther Short Park, featuring Sugarcane. 12-1 pm


Riverview Six to Sunset Concerts at Esther Short Park, featuring The Gentlemen’s Club. Free Thursdays through August 29. 6-8 pm


Clark County Historical Museum Downtown Walking Tours. (See Aug. 2). 12-1 pm Funtastic Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Aug. 2) 3-5 pm


Westfield Vancouver Family Fun Days every third Friday at 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Vancouver. Stories, snacks, and crafts, free and open to the public. 5 pm

Little Cups and Grownups Story time. (See Aug. 6) 10:30 am

Parent’s Night Out for ages 6 weeks to 12 years, at Clark County Family YMCA. (See Aug. 2) 6-9 pm

Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Aug. 6) 10:30 am




Teen ‘Scape at Vancouver Community Library. (See Aug. 2) 3-5 pm

Friday Night Movies in the Park. Free family movies Fridays through August 16. Movies start just before sunset. “Rear Window” at Esther Short Park.

17 SATURDAY Everclear is featured at Couvapalooza music festival at Clark College, benefitting local school music programs

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Santé Mama Parent Support Group at New Seasons Market. (See Aug. 7) 10 am

Dance Party at Vancouver Community Library. (See Aug. 5) 11-11:45 am Vancouver Watersheds Alliance and ARC sponsored weekly trail walk or bike. (See Aug. 5) 4 pm




Couvapalooza music festival at Clark College,1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Eleven hours and two stages of live, familyfriendly multi-genre music featuring top national and local emerging talent. Ticket sales benefit local school music programs. Advance tickets are available online for $10 early bird special until two weeks after announcement of the headliner. $20 advanced purchase until day of show. $30 at the gate. Children age 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Local food and drink vendors will be on site including a beer and wine garden. More information at 10 am-9 pm Vancouver Community Concert Band Performance, Exhibit and Games at

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Vancouver Watersheds Alliance and ARC sponsored weekly trail walk or bike. (See Aug. 5) 4 pm


Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Aug. 6) 10:30 am Little Cups and Grownups Story time. (See Aug. 6) 10:30 am Movie Matinee at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N Main Ave., Ridgefield. Free family movie with popcorn and beverages. 3:30 pm


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Funtastic Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Aug. 2) 3-5 pm Teen ‘Scape at Vancouver Community Library. (See Aug. 2) 3-5 pm

Vancouver Community Concert Band Performance at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Performance in the Columbia Room for kids and adults of all ages. 2-3 pm

Dragon Theater Puppets at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Enjoy a clever, interactive puppet show that is fun and educational. 2-3 pm


Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival at Esther Short Park, Vancouver. (See Aug. 23) 11:30 am-10 pm

Treasure Hunt at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Arg, mateys! Are ye up to the task or bound for the plank? Search the library for treasure. Kids 5 and up, drop in any time between 3-5 pm



Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival at Esther Short Park, Vancouver. (See Aug. 23) 11:30 am-10 pm

Vancouver Watersheds Alliance and ARC sponsored weekly trail walk or bike. (See Aug. 5) 4 pm


Geology Rocks at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. For ages 5-11. Calling all future geologists: come learn some amazing ways we use rocks in our everyday lives (bring one to identify), experience an earthquake first hand, and create your own pet rock to take home. 1-2 pm


Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival at Esther Short Park, Vancouver. Three day passes $60 each, single tickets $20-$23 in advance or $25-$30 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are admitted free to the music area with adult supervision. Visit www.vancouverwinejazz. com for concert schedule and details. 4-10 pm


Brian Hunter’s Baseball Physics 101 at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Explore the “tools” of baseball through the years and how design and physics influence America’s game. All kinds of memorabilia will be on hand. 2 pm



Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Aug. 6) 10:30 am Little Cups and Grownups Story time. (See Aug. 6) 10:30 am

Riverview Six to Sunset Concerts at Esther Short Park, featuring Lost Lander. Free Thursdays through August 29. 6-8 pm

Clark County Historical Museum Downtown Walking Tours. (See Aug. 2). 12-1 pm Funtastic Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Aug. 2) 3-5 pm Teen ‘Scape at Vancouver Community Library. (See Aug. 2) 3-5 pm


Santé Mama Parent Support Group at New Seasons Market. (See Aug. 7) 10 am

Since 1998 it is estimated that more than 100,000 people from 19 states and Canada have attended the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival

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