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Top Toys 2013 Get ready to play! Announcing the winners of the annual Best Toys for Kids 2013 awards

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Winter Break Camp Guide Guide to winter break camps for preschoolers to teens

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Raising Thankful Children Teach kids to be thankful rather than entitled

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Winter Break Camp Guide

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IN EVERY ISSUE 6

Editor’s Notes

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Parenting Perspectives Launch a lifetime of contentment

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Your Money's Worth Travel with an expert

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Calendar of Events & Activities

ON THE WEB • Vote in our annual Best of Vancouver Awards • 10 Misunderstood Rules of the Road

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EDITOR'S NOTES

Enough is Enough In his book entitled “Enough: Finding More by Living with Less,” (Revell, 2012) Will Davis, Jr. looks deep into our culture’s desperation for more, more, more. “[Millions of Americans have] never stopped to ask the question, ‘When is enough enough?’” he writes in the introduction. “Maybe, at least in Western culture, it’s due to our capitalistic drive. Maybe it’s because our celebrity role models in government, sports, and Hollywood— and perhaps even the couple next door—all spend money like it’s limitless. Or maybe it’s caused by the cultural mantra that claims if we spend enough money and have enough stuff we really will find peace, prosperity, security, and happiness. It’s hard to not want to try and keep up. There’s only one problem—it’s all a lie.” There’s no shame in financial success, as long as our actions are in line with our professed priorities. But for many, the old adage that money can’t buy happiness is hard to believe when so much of our success seems to be quantified by square footage, make and model, brand name, and vacation destination. However, it is possible to live a full, happy life on less than we expect, or somehow think we’re due. In fact, Davis asserts that keeping up with the Joneses can actually contribute to a sense of despair and general dissatisfaction. How else can we explain the appalling behavior of celebrities who have apparently become so bored with having everything that they’ll do anything? As a parent, I’m often conflicted between a desire to give my kids everything, and a determination to deny them of certain luxuries because ironically, when they go without, they gain much more than any gadget, outfit, or toy could ever provide: gratitude. And true gratitude is so much more than cataloging our items and loved ones. It’s a deep rooted sense that bounty is a privilege that comes with it the responsibility to help others in need. Check out pages 8 and 22 to learn more about raising thankful kids who are satisfied with enough.

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PARENTING PERSPECTIVES By Justin Farrell and Julianna Lawson

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

PARENTING PERSPECTIVES the truce of the battle of the sexes

As the year slips toward its end, we are once again reminded of the importance of giving thanks. This month, we challenge you to think a little bit bigger. How can we cultivate spirits of gratitude in our children, not only in November, but all year long?

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SHE SAID A simple canister sits atop our kitchen counter. It’s wrapped in cheerful paper, and the homemade label declares its purpose: Blessings 2013. Throughout the year, our family has added slips of paper to the container, each one listing an item, person, or situation for which we are thankful. At the end of the year, we’ll look back over the many things we have to be thankful for. I can’t wait! Over the last few years, I’ve learned that giving thanks should not be limited to an annual, turkey-and-gravy-filled occasion. Rather it is a state of mind. And it is a state of mind that, if cultivated year-round, can bring incredible peace and joy. Writer Ann Voskamp has penned much about gratitude since she was dared by a friend to compile a list of 1,000 things for which she was thankful. The completion of that list caused her to reflect, “The real problem of life . . . is lack of thanksgiving.” But once we address the problem, we find that “it is the art of gratitude that makes joy possible.” Isn’t joy what we desire to have in our homes? Perhaps that feels like an impossible goal. But what if we were to take some simple steps right now toward building an atmosphere of thanksgiving in our homes? With that vision in mind, Justin and I have compiled a list of ideas for guiding children in the habit of year-round gratitude. We dare you to start today! 1) Make your own family gratitude container. Keep slips of paper nearby for family members to easily add their thoughts. Younger children may want to draw pictures or dictate to a parent or older sibling.

HE SAID Additional ways to create an attitude of gratitude in your household: 4) Volunteer together. I love taking my kids with me to donate blood. It helps that the American Red Cross Clark County Blood Donation Center, located near Westfield Vancouver Mall, now has a play area for kids to enjoy while their parents or caregivers are giving blood. Even though my kids are only ages five and three, they understand that I do it to help people in need. They look forward to it as much as I do.

TAKE KAYLEE ON HER FIRST DRIVING LESSON. photos: Oregon Heart Gallery

We also occasionally work with our church to put together toiletry kits to send overseas, or to assemble back to school supply kits. The earlier you start kids on volunteering, the better, and the more thankful they become for the things they have. 5) Write thank you cards. It’s a simple way to show others you care. They can be given in response to birthday or Christmas gifts, or even just because to let someone know you care. The habits of gratitude start young and can launch a lifetime of contentment.

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.courageousvancouverdad. com.

2) Keep an on-going list of thanksgiving. A spiral notebook at your bedside or a piece of paper on the counter can provide a way to chronicle everything from the joys of nature to the quirks of your kids.

Kaylee, age 14

3) Make family dinner together a priority. From time to time, take turns sharing characteristics you appreciate about one another or events in your day for which you are grateful.

Among the gifts for which Julianna Lawson is most thankful are her husband, Jamie, and their four children, ages 8 to 15. Julianna writes about family, faith, and the fullness of joy at petuniajune.blogspot.com.

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YOUR MONEY'S WORTH

Open up and say experts WORTH By Pamela Swearingen

Travel with an Exrert

As the holiday season approaches, many families start thinking of travel. Whether it’s a trip to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving or a warm tropical getaway, every trip is an important investment of your family’s money and time. The Internet has many options to help you plan the right vacation yourself, from insider traveler tips on a travel expert’s website all the way to finding rooms for rent in private homes. On the other hand, relying on the expertise of a travel agent could be a great choice, when it comes to your family and your unique travel plans. How do you know which option is the best for you and your family?

INSIDER TRAVEL TIPS

People who love to travel also love to tell others about their trips. A few of these folks have traveled so much, they have truly become experts on certain locales and how to save a dollar while vacationing. Rick Steves is an example of a travel expert who makes a living sharing travel advice and budget hints. At his website, www.ricksteves.com, you can find hints on how to find the best strudel in Austria and how to grab tickets for the Opera in Paris. Heading to Disney instead of Europe, though? A wonderful Disney resource is MouseSavers.com. This website is filled with information on hotels, freebies available in and around the Disney Parks and a whole lot more. Other helpful Disney websites include TouringPlans.com where you can check out the crowd calendar for a forecast of how long the lines might be at the parks. And if you are interested in food, don’t miss DisneyFoodBlog.com for information on the best food and restaurant cancelations.

STAYING IN A PRIVATE HOME

Are you a person who loves to travel, but feels that hotels are just too impersonal? Perhaps AirBnB is a good option for you and your family. Unlike traditional vacation lodging, rooms for rent on www.airbnb.com are simply rooms being offered in private homes. By renting a room through AirBnB, you will find yourself in the heart of local life because all of the rooms are right in the neighborhoods where regular people live. A recent check of AirBnB found 2300 rooms available in Sydney, Australia and nearly 5900 rooms available in London, England. More adventuresome travelers might be interested in HomeSwap. By becoming a member at HomeSwap.com, you and your family are given access to a variety of homes all across the world which are available for your getaway. The key here is that you are swapping your home in exchange for the opportunity to stay in someone else’s home. Perhaps you want to visit Paris and a French family wants to experience the wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Through HomeSwap, you can meet the family who will be in your home, see what their French home looks like and also arrange for coordinated vacation times. This option requires a lot of work and research up front, however the payoff is a chance to

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TRAVEL AGENTS

Convenience As experts in the travel industry, travel agents are professionals that are masters at organizing every detail of a trip. By arranging more than just a flight and a hotel room, a travel agent can also save you time by providing a one-stop shopping experience for your next trip. Travel agents can also help you purchase quality travel insurance and help arrange customized trip packages that can be tailored to your specific interests. Travel agents can also guide you and your family through the necessary steps for obtaining a passport, travel visa and letting you know if inoculations will be required. According to Sherrie Wilson of Community Travel Battle Ground, nearly 100,000 airline price changes can occur on a daily basis. Much like a personal shopper, Wilson and other travel agents like her are dedicated to sorting through the constant price changes to find the best deals on behalf of her customers. Service Have you ever gone on a trip that has gone horribly wrong? By booking a trip with a travel agent, you have an advocate in your corner. Travel agents are experts in travel and should be accredited by credible organizations such as the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). Travel professionals know what to do in tricky travel situations and know what their customers should expect to receive. Travel agents already know solutions to problems that might be very unfamiliar to an occasional traveler. As Wilson states, “customers who rely on travel agents truly are buying peace of mind.” Your family’s travel plans are as unique as you are. With so many options, it’s important to research which one is exactly right for you. Travel expert websites can give you some valuable advice and helpful insider hints that you can use in your trip planning. Staying in a stranger’s home may be an option you had not considered before, but it could be the perfect fit. Likewise, using a travel agent has many benefits that you might not have considered before and is one way to ensure your family is protected with added customer service and peace of mind. It’s a big world out there, but with planning and expert advice, your next adventure is waiting.

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Feature Article: Top Toys 2013

Contributed by the American Specialty Toy Retailers of America (ASTRA) Best Toys for Kids

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Selected by a pool of 650 local and independent toy retailers from across the country, this year’s Best Toys for Kids list honors the new and improved toys that promote open-ended or creative play, incorporate innovative design features and maintain exceptional safety standards. “Toys are undeniably fun, but with so many options, shopping for them can be an overwhelming task for many parents and grandparents,” said Kathleen McHugh, President of ASTRA. “ASTRA retailers are America’s play experts and the annual Best Toys for Kids list brings together their collective expertise to help simplify the shopping experience for moms, dads and grandparents. The winning toys provide extraordinary play value and spark the interest and imagination of children for hours of playtime fun.”

Act ive Toys

RingStix Lite by RingStix-System Enterprises LLC This game is a simple and innovative variation of everyone’s favorite outdoor past time: the game of catch! Each game contains four stix, each different colors. Play with multiple players or even solo. 6+ years, $14.99.

This classic, innovative wooden rattle provides hours of infant entertainment by introducing the concept of cause and effect while encouraging grasping and reaching skills. Features a water-based, non-toxic paint finish. 6 months-1 year, $15.99.

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Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 Mega Stunt Set by MindWare

Experiment to see what kind of zany, zigzagging action is possible with this innovative marble run! Ingenious pieces interlock in endless configurations, while double-exit cubes keep you guessing which way the marbles will go. Includes 108 cubes, two Cascade Stilts, two Coaster Tubes, one Marble Vortex, one Pivot Trampoline, two Universal Connectors, 30 steel marbles and color instructions. 6+ years, $79.99.

Original Spirograph® Deluxe Kit by Kahootz Toys

This classic design kit features all the iconic wheels and rings of the original drawing toy re-engineered and updated for today. The new Spiro-Putty holds the Spirograph® pieces securely on the paper so that you can create intricately beautiful designs with no holes in the paper! Features a high quality, durable carrying case with snap-in storage and built-in drawing surfaces. 8+ years, $29.99.

Squigz by Fat Brain Toy Co.

This imaginative construction set uses “suction construction” and a little creativity for hours of building fun. Play pieces stick to virtually any flat surface and leave behind no residue. Made from highgrade silicone, features eight intriguing shapes! 3+ years, $24.99.

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Incredibly bouncy, super soft, hand washable and safe, this ball comes in different sizes for open-ended fun! 3+ years, $39.99.

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Creative Arts Play

Potholder PRO by Harrisville Designs

Make larger, more practical, beautiful potholders! Kit includes sturdy metal loom, two hooks, illustrated instructions and enough cotton loops to make two eight-and-aquarter-inch multicolored potholders in eight beautiful colors. 3+ years, $29.99.

X-treme Sticker Maker Set by Faber-Castell USA Inc.

A favorite among crafters, this high quality sticker maker set is versatile and super easy to use. It includes 40 feet of sticker tape, more than 80 sticker designs with features such as velvet and glitter, and a sticker book and markers. 6+ years, $24.99.

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Green Toys Seaplane by Green Toys Inc.

This buoyant yellow and green floatplane, made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs, features a spinning propeller and chunky, oversized pontoons perfect for coasting into any port. Specially designed to float when taken into the bathtub or pool. No BPA, phthalates, PVC or external coatings. Packaged with recycled and recyclable materials and printed with soy inks. 1+ years, $19.99.

(0-3 years) Tatoo Xylo Roller by Juratoys US Corp (JANOD)

The Xylo roller is music in motion! A fabulous wooden pull toy, painted in bright, vivid colors, allows children to play the xylophone on the go. Use the included mallet and you are ready to jam! The roller’s two sticks store conveniently in the front. 18+ months, $39.99.

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Bunny Peek-A-Boo by Smart Toys and Games, Inc.

The sturdy wooden blocks and fun rabbit characters allow children to develop spatial perception skills and “pull a rabbit out of the box” with this 3D puzzle. The four large bunny blocks can be combined in many different ways for endless hours of play. Sixty challenges prepare children for more difficult single player logic games. 2-5 years, $24.99.

Zingo! Sight Words by ThinkFun, Inc.

A fun and interactive word game that brings fast-paced excitement and learning to the classic game of Bingo! Players learn to quickly recognize and read sight words. 3-7 years, $19.99.

(8+ years) Timeline Diversity by Asmodee Editions

Put your knowledge of historical events into action with this innovative trivia game! Each card has a different historical event and on the opposite side its associated date. Players take turns trying to order their cards in the correct timeline; the first player to get rid of all their cards wins. 8+ years, $14.99.

Game Play

Laser Maze by ThinkFun, Inc.

Lights and mirrors may make it feel like magic, but it’s really science and a good dose of brain power that direct the laser beam through this series of mind challenging mazes. Get ready for a satisfying mental workout as you flex your strategic thinking muscles and ignite the light both on the grid and in your mind. 8+ years, $29.99.

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Super Magnetic Tidal Wave Thinking Putty by Crazy Aaron’s Puttyworld

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When Super Magnetic Thinking Putty is stretched, molded, or shaped, the putty has no magnetic charge and behaves like any other putty. However, in the presence of a magnet, the putty’s magnetic forces kick in! Each metal tin is hand packed with putty and a new large ceramic magnet for endless hours of Thinking Putty fun and creativity! 8+ years, $14.99.

Curiosity Kits® Pulsar Powerballs by The Orb Factory

Create five Pulsar Powerballs™ that bounce and soar to amazing heights. Includes one large and one small mold, two Pulsar Powerballs™ lights, eight bags of colorful crystals and illustrated instructions. 6+ years, $14.99.

Pretend (Doll Play)

Calico Critters Supermarket by International Playthings Connect to real life experiences and take your Calico Critters to the grocery store with this new play set. With more than 100 pieces including fruits, vegetables, bread, fish, canned food, drinks, cookies, ice cream, shopping cart, check-out counter with cash register, display stands, and much more! 3+ years, $69.99.

Pretend (Fantasy Play)

Rainbow Fairy Wings with Glitter by Douglas Cuddle Toy

These fanciful fairy wings are beautifully hand-painted in an intricate design with a rainbow of colors. They are made of the soft, silky fabric and encourage imaginations to run wild! 3+ years, $17.99.

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Take to the skies with the Cargo and Passenger Aircraft play set! Set includes five figures, a plane equipped with a sink and toilet, cargo container, an air traffic control tower with equipment, and other accessories. 3+ years, $109.99.

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Junior scientists can explore and experiment with air pressure and air flow with this new science kit. Construct a batting machine, build a basketball launcher and more. The set includes 59 building pieces and a full-color, 32-page experiment manual. 8+ years, $69.99.

Snap Circuits SOUND by ELENCO Electronics This easy-to-assemble electronic circuit board kit invites kids to build over 185 exciting sound projects including a voice changer. Connect to your smart phone and analyze sound with apps and much more! 8+ years, $84.99.

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Feature Article: Winter Break Camp Guide

Programs offered for ages 18 months to adult

Winter Break Camp Guide d FULL DAY CAMPS VANCOUVER-CLARK PARKS AND RECREATION WINTER ADVENTURES YOUTH DAY CAMP Location: Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver Phone Number: 360-487-7100 Ages: 6-10 years Days/Times: Monday 12/23, Thursday 12/26, Friday 12/27, Monday 12/30, Thursday 1/2, Friday 1/3 Cost: $35 per day Description: Your child will make new friends, discover new interests, reinforce positive identity, leadership, teambuilding, good decision making and strong values. Crafts, sports, games, swimming, one field trip per week and many more fun activities. Structured activities are 9 am-4 pm, but parents may drop off as early as 7 am and pick up by 5:30 pm.

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Cost: 2-day camp: $99, 2 or more siblings $85 each, 1-day camp: $55, 2 or more siblings $50 each. Description: The Skating Camp is for every level of skater even if you have never skated before. There will be staff members and volunteers to supervise the kids from 9:30 am-5 pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided. There are 3 choices of lunch on the application. All campers must bring track shoes, jump rope, towel, warm clothing, gloves, water and skates (rental skates available at no cost). Camp will include on and off-ice classes covering basic skating, jumps, spins, spirals, interpretive, and more. Activities will also include craft time, on and off-ice games, a group number and more!

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be staff members and volunteers to supervise the kids from 9:30 am-5 pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided. There are 3 choices of lunch on the application. All campers must bring track shoes, jump rope, towel, warm clothing, gloves, water and skates (rental skates available at no cost). Camp will include on and off-ice classes covering basic skating, jumps, spins, spirals, interpretive, and more. Activities will also include craft time, on and off-ice games, a group number and more!

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d Just for fun CAMPS KIDS CLUB FUN & FITNESS WINTER BREAK CAMP Location: 13914 NW 3rd Ct., Vancouver Phone Number: 360-546-5437 Ages: 4-11 years Days/Times: 12/23, 12/26, 12/27, 12/30, 12/31, 1/2/14 and 1/3/14, 7:45 am-3 pm with After Camp Care available until 6:30 pm Cost: $35/day, After Camp Care Available for $10/day Description: Make this Winter Break one the kids will not forget! Kids will play fun games, play in gymnastics, bounce on the trampolines, climb in the amazing Jungle, create fun art projects and so much more! For more information: www.kidsclub4fun.com. VANCOUVER-CLARK PARKS & RECREATION SPARK YOUTH DAY CAMP Location: Firstenburg Community Center, 700 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver Phone Number: 360-487-7001 ext 8 Ages: 6-10 years Days/Times: Monday 12/23, Thursday 12/26, Friday 12/27, Monday 12/30, Thursday 1/2, Friday 1/3 Cost: $35 per day Description: Your child will make new friends, discover new interests, reinforce positive identity, leadership, teambuilding, good decision making and strong values. Crafts, sports, games, one field trip per week and

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many more fun structured activities are planned. Structured camp activities are from 9 am-4:30 pm, but parents may drop off as early as 7:30 am and pick up by 6 pm. Visit vanclarkparksrec.org to get more details about camp activities. VANCOUVER-CLARK PARKS & RECREATION TEEN SURVIVOR CAMP Location: Firstenburg Community Center 700 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver Phone Number: 360-487-7001 ext. 8 Ages: 11-15 Days/Times: Monday 12/23, Thursday 12/26, Friday 12/27, Monday 12/30, Thursday 1/2, Friday 1/3 Cost: $40 per day Description: Out of school and want something fun to do? Come hang out and share your creative talents through fun activities such as scavenger hunts, sports, games and one field trip per week. Camp hours are 7 am-6 pm with organized activities from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Visit vanclarkparks-rec.org to get more details about camp activities.

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VANCOUVER-CLARK PARKS & RECREATION LITTLE CAMPERS AGES 4-6 Location: Firstenburg Community Center 700 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver Phone Number: 360-487-7001 ext. 8 Ages: 4-6 and must be potty-trained Days/Times: 12/30-1/3 (No camp 1/1) 9 am-Noon Cost: $58 Description: Parents get your holiday shopping done and let the kids have fun with us! Little campers enjoy games, music, crafts, snacks and activities centered around the snowman, with time in the gym and/or outdoors (weather permitting). Camp is geared toward pre-school through children entering kindergarten. 1:6 child staff ratio. Please go online to www.cityofvancouver.us/fcc and click “Day Camps” to view information/ policies and complete Participant Information Form prior to attending camp.

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Feature Article: Raising Thankful Children

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The holidays should be a time to reflect on our blessings. But when Santa brings up the rear of the Thanksgiving Day parade, he ushers in what sometimes feels like the season of getting. Vancouver Family Magazine • www.vancouverfamilymagazine.com • November 2013

Make sure your baby stays healthy • Get your baby’s teeth screened by age one

Although most of us are able to provide our families with the basics of food, shelter and clothing, rampant commercialism surrounding the holidays can make kids feel deprived, even if their toy box is already overflowing. With easy credit and inexpensive toys made overseas, today’s kids often don’t want for anything—or at least not for long.

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Parents seldom complain that their kids don’t have enough toys. And they didn’t all come from us. When the holidays roll around, grandparents, aunts and uncles often would like to buy gifts for the kids; add Santa to the mix and soon the present pile is growing. Small children especially

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can be over-stimulated by all the toys and as a result don’t play with any of them for long. So what can we do as parents to help our children be thankful instead of contributing to the next entitlement generation? A few ideas: Before the holidays, try doing a toy “clean out.” Help kids choose which toys they no longer play with and donate them. Build charity into your holiday budget. There are many organizations which collect new toys for children in need. Let your children help you pick out a small gift and then take them with you to drop it off. Explain that not every child gets all they want for Christmas. If they are old enough, encourage them to contribute some of their own money toward the gift. Do the same with food. Explain that not everyone has enough to eat. The little ones won’t quite get it, but you are planting a seed. Or consider volunteering with your children at a soup kitchen or other group that feeds the hungry. If your children already have more than enough toys, consider asking grandparents and other relatives to give something different such as a holiday outfit or book. Another idea is to ask for “experiences” instead of toys, such as tickets to a holiday show. Encourage children to give presents. This helps to shift the focus to “giving” rather than “getting.” No need to buy gifts— they can draw a picture or make a simple craft for relatives. Or they could help bake cookies for the neighbors.

Have them write thank you notes. These are appreciated, especially for out-of-town relatives who don’t get to see your child open their gift. For the preschooler, you can write the note then let them decorate or color the card. Older children can write their own. Please say thank you. It sounds simple, but teaching basic manners at a young age does make a difference. They may only do it when reminded at first, but eventually it becomes a habit. Start family traditions that focus on your blessings. Help kids make a list of the things for which they are thankful. This can be done in the form of a craft, by having them make or color a “thankful tree” (draw a tree and write the things for which they are thankful on the leaves), or “thankful turkey” (write on the turkey’s tail feathers).

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Finally, encourage thankfulness year round. At dinnertime, try going around the table and having everyone tell one thing for which they are thankful. Many charities say that they receive many contributions during the holidays, but they need help the rest of the year as well. Continuing charitable giving after the holidays is a good way to remind our children and ourselves of all the things we have that are worth appreciating.

Tiffany Doerr Guerzon is a Pacific Northwest freelance writer and the mother of three children. Her work has been featured in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood,” “Brain,Child,” “The Christian Science Monitor,” and over 45 regional parenting magazines across the US and Canada.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

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Have a community event that you want to share? Calendar event submissions can be sent to calendar@vancouverfamilymagazine. com, or call us at 360-882-7762. Submissions are due on the 5th of the month prior to publication. Events are subject to change. Please contact organization directly to confirm. All library events are free and open to the public.

Building Blocks to Successful Learning. Stories, songs and fun for families and childcare providers with children birth to age 5, Fridays through December 20 at Chinook Elementary, 1900 NW Bliss Rd., Vancouver (no program on non-school days). Visit www. vancouverfamilymagazine.com and click on Calendar for more Building Blocks times and locations. 10:30 am Family Story Time at Camas Library, 625 NE 4th Ave., Camas. Thirty minutes of stories, music, fingerplays, movement, and fun for ages 3-5 and parents. 10:30 & 11:30 am Funtastic Friday at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Projects for ages 6-11 exploring all kinds of fibers: puppets, masks, paper making, and more. 3-5 pm Teen ‘Scape at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Play Rock Band or Kinect, eat snacks, and hang out. 3-5 pm

Journey Theater Arts presents “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.” at Fort Vancouver High School Auditorium, 5700 E 18th St., Vancouver. Tickets available at JourneyTheater.org or by calling 360-7508550. Pre-sale adult tickets are $12. Youth

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register at www.vancouversymphony.org. 5:30 pm         Parents’ Night Out every Saturday at Naydenov Gymnastics, 5313 NE 94th Ave., Vancouver. For boys ages 5-11 and girls 5 and up. Music, trapeze bar, movie, free play, zip line, foam pits, trampolines, games, ropes, and more. Non-members: $17, members: $14. Extra $7 for medium pizza. Children should wear comfortable clothes with no buckles, buttons, or zippers. No preregistration required. 6-11 pm

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MOMS Club of Vancouver-South 4th Annual Holiday Bazaar at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 12513 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Local vendors with handcrafted and other items, along with a bake sale and holiday themed photo booth. Portion of the proceeds to benefit FISH (Friends in Service to Humanity). 9 am-4 pm

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Come and Play on Saturday at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Arts, crafts, games and more. 10 am-12 pm

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Cardmaking Class at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Join Denise Hebert, a local Stampin’ Up demonstrator, as she teaches how to create beautiful handcrafted cards. We’ll be making a card using holiday, birthday or thank you themes. All supplies will be provided. Walk-ins are welcome but registration is requested so enough supplies will be available. Please call the library at 360571-9696 to register. 1-3 pm

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MarriageTeam Tailgate Party with Dick Butkus. The retired professional athlete will speak about his amazing career, his family and his more than 50-year marriage to his high school sweetheart. Proceeds benefit MarriageTeam. Tickets $51-$151. Purchase tickets at marriageteamtailgate.eventbrite.com or call 360-450-3181. 4:30 pm Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Annual Gala at Gaiser Hall, Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Theme is “Swinging on a Star,” and the event will feature cocktails, dinner catered by Beaches Restaurant, and a variety of music from the 1930s and 1940s. Proceeds from this annual event support the Symphony’s budget for purchasing music, concert production and performances, as well as ongoing educational programs and community outreach. Tickets $100 each,

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Parents’ Night Out for ages 6 weeks to 12 years, at Clark County Family YMCA, 11324 NE 51st Circle Vancouver. Safe, engaging, and exciting activities for kids as parents enjoy a night out. Members are $6 per child, non-members are $10 per child. Early 5 pm drop off available for an additional $2 for members or $2.50 for non-members. Reserve spots by calling 360-885-9622 or emailing ldiaz@ymca-portland.org. 6-9 pm

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Build It! at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Drop in for creative construction with LEGO bricks, Clics, K’nex and other fun building toys. For children ages 5-11. 3-5 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. 10:30 am

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Santé Mama Parent Support Group, free every Wednesday at Fisher’s Landing New Seasons Market, 2100B SE 164th Ave., Vancouver. 10 am Story Time at Steamers and Screamers, 8400 NE Vancouver Mall Loop #105, Vancouver. 11:30 am Journey Theater Arts presents “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.” at Fort Vancouver High School. (See Nov. 1) 9:30 am & 11:45 am Lab Rats for ages 5-11 at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Selfguided family science exploration. This month: Marshmallow Challenge. 3-5 pm

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Journey Theater Arts presents “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.” at Fort Vancouver High School Auditorium

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. November theme: American Indian Heritage Month. Kids will have fun with hands-on crafts and activities designed to celebrate and learn more about native cultures. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 1-3 pm Kitchen Chemistry at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Cook up all kinds of great science fun. 2 pm

Building Blocks to Successful Learning at Chinook Elementary. (See Nov. 1) 10:30 am

Journey Theater Arts presents “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.” at Fort Vancouver High School. (See Nov. 1) 3 pm

Family Story Time at Camas Library. (See Nov. 1) 10:30 & 11:30 am

Parents’ Night Out every Saturday at Naydenov Gymnastics. (See Nov. 2) 6-11 pm

Funtastic Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 1) 3-5 pm

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Teen ‘Scape at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 1) 3-5 pm

Journey Theater Arts presents “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.” at Fort Vancouver High School. (See Nov. 1) 2 pm

Teen Time Movie Matinee at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. No Ticket required and the popcorn’s free. This month’s movie: An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. 4-6 pm

12 TUESDAY

Journey Theater Arts presents “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.” at Fort Vancouver High School. (See Nov. 1) 7 pm

Build It! at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 5) 3-5 pm

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Stories, finger rhymes, songs, and playtime for mobile babies up to 18months and their adults. 10:30 am

Mountain View High School Band Holiday Bazaar at 1500 SE Blairmont Dr., Vancouver. 150+ hand crafters, food and more, proceeds benefit MVHS Band. 9 am-4 pm National Capitol Christmas Tree on Tour in Vancouver at Heritage Square (8th and Washington Streets). Part of Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees, join Santa, Smokey the Bear and the official national Christmas tree en route to Washington D.C. Non-perishable food donations requested. 9-11 am Come and Play on Saturday at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Nov. 2) 10 am-12 pm

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Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Nov. 5) 10:30 am Little Cups and Grownups Story time. (See Nov. 5) 10:30 am

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Santé Mama Parent Support Group at New Seasons Market. (See Nov. 6) 10 am Story Time at Steamers and Screamers. (See Nov. 6) 11:30 am “Captain Underpants” Celebration at Woodland Community Library, 770 Park St., Woodland. Celebrate Captain Underpants with games and crafts inspired by the series of books by Dav Pilkey. 3:30-5 pm

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Fun for Ones at Battle Ground Community Library. (See Nov. 7) 10:30 am Origami After School at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N Main Ave., Ridgefield. Learn the art of origami folding from Sensei Lois. 3:30-4:30 pm continued on page 30

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Building Blocks to Successful Learning at Chinook Elementary. (See Nov. 1) 10:30 am Family Story Time at Camas Library. (See Nov. 1) 10:30 & 11:30 am Funtastic Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 1) 3-5 pm Teen ‘Scape at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 1) 3-5 pm Catching Fire at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Get ready for the release of the movie “Catching Fire” with a Quarter Quell at the library. Games, crafts, snacks, and more. Cosplayers welcome. 4-5:30 pm W-Family free family activities, stories, and snacks at Westfield Vancouver Mall, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr. 5 pm Parents’ Night Out at Clark County Family YMCA. (See Nov. 1) 6-9 pm

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Not a Box at The Mall Library Connection, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Ste 285. When is a box not a box? When it is a jewelry box, a treasure chest, a time capsule or a fairy chest. Bring your imagination and the library will provide the box. For children 6-11 years old. Space is limited to 15 children. Sign-up begins Nov. 9. Call 360-906-5106 to sign up. 9:10-10 am Come and Play on Saturday at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Nov. 2) 10 am-12 pm International Game Day at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N Main Ave., Ridgefield. Bring your games to this gaming extravaganza. Library will also provide games, as well as refreshments. 12-5 pm Holiday Wreath Making at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Kendra Pearce from Urban Farm School will teach how to make an evergreen wreath for the holiday season. All materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own decorative accents. Registration is required for this event. Call 360-9064790 to reserve

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Calendar of Events & Activities (cont'd)

a spot for either 1 pm, 2 pm or 3 pm. 1-4 pm Healthy Holidays with Chrisetta at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. Cookbook author Chrisetta Mosley will demonstrate preparing simple, healthy recipes as a family for the holidays. 3 pm

View beautifully decorated Christmas trees, meet Santa, and enjoy a family scavenger hunt at Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees.

Parents’ Night Out every Saturday at Naydenov Gymnastics. (See Nov. 2) 6-11 pm

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Explore! at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 4) 2 pm

19 TUESDAY

Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Nov. 5) 10:30 am Little Cups and Grownups Story time. (See Nov. 5) 10:30 am Build It! at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 5) 3-5 pm Teen Book Discussion Group for 7th graders and up at Camas Public Library, 625 NE 4th Ave., Camas. How it works: You borrow a special copy of the book from the library before the meeting. You read the book. You both come to the meeting, and then keep your copy of the book for good! Snacks and an activity are provided. Meets third Tuesday of each month. Sign up required, call the library at 360.834.4692 to sign up. Runs September-May. 4-5 pm

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Santé Mama Parent Support Group at New Seasons Market. (See Nov. 6) 10 am Story Time at Steamers and Screamers. (See Nov. 6) 11:30 am

21 THURSDAY

Fun for Ones at Battle Ground Community Library. (See Nov. 7) 10:30 am

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Building Blocks to Successful Learning at Chinook Elementary. (See Nov. 1) 10:30 am

Family Story Time at Camas Library. (See Nov. 1) 10:30 & 11:30 am Funtastic Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 1) 3-5 pm Teen ‘Scape at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 1) 3-5 pm

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Come and Play on Saturday at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Nov. 2) 10 am-12 pm Fun, Festive, and Frugal Gifts from the Kitchen at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. Inexpensive and creative gift-giving solutions for the whole family—men, women, children, college students, seniors, and even Fluffy and Fido. A WSU Master Preserver will share possibilities ranging from foodstuffs to body scrubs to playdough and beyond. 10:30 am-12 pm Make a Holiday Centerpiece at Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St., Washougal. Take home a beautiful centerpiece of fresh greenery and candles that can be changed to fit upcoming events. All materials provided. Registration not required. 2-3 pm Parents’ Night Out every Saturday at Naydenov Gymnastics. (See Nov. 2) 6-11 pm

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Explore! at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 4) 2 pm

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Build It! at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 5) 3-5 pm Minute to Win It at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. Teens: How fast can you shoot a rubber band? Can you keep a feather in the air for 60 seconds without using your hands? Come try these and other crazy “Minute to Win It” challenges. There may be prizes. There will be snacks. 4-5 pm

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Santé Mama Parent Support Group at New Seasons Market. (See Nov. 6) 10 am Story Time at Steamers and Screamers. (See Nov. 6) 11:30 am

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Clark County Turkey Trot at Klineline Pond, 1112 NE 117th St., Vancouver. All proceeds go to hunger relief efforts in Clark County through the Clark County Food Bank. Includes a 10k run, 5k run, and 5k walk. Pinata event for kids, “polar plunge,” food and drinks for everyone. For more information and to register, visit www.turkey-trot.org. 9 am

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Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees at Vancouver Hilton, 301 W 6th St., Vancouver. Tree viewing, plus Santa, entertainment, and a family scavenger hunt. Free with suggested donation of $5 per family. Non-perishable food donations requested. Raffle tickets for the trees available. 10 am-9 pm

Teen ‘Scape at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 1) 3-5 pm

Building Blocks to Successful Learning at Chinook Elementary. (See Nov. 1) 10:30 am

Come and Play on Saturday at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Nov. 2) 10 am-12 pm

Family Story Time at Camas Library. (See Nov. 1) 10:30 & 11:30 am Community Tree Lighting at Esther Short Park and Vancouver Hilton, 301 W 6th St., Vancouver. Special Holiday Vancouver Farmers Market, Loci locomotive rides, Woodwinds Anonymous concert, Vancouver Community Band Concert, Community Tree Lighting with Music and Santa, Vancouver Pops Concert and more. Full schedule available at www.rotaryfestivaloftrees.org. 3-7 pm Funtastic Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Nov. 1) 3-5 pm

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Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees at Vancouver Hilton. (See Nov. 29) 8 am-5 pm

Drumming Up a Story at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N Main Ave., Ridgefield. Enjoy stories told to the rhythm of the drum by Nancy McQuillan, guest storyteller. Rhythm instruments provided. Great for the whole family. 12-12:45 pm Decorate the Community Center at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N Main Ave., Ridgefield. All tweens and teens are invited to decorate the Community Center and the Ridgefield Library for Hometown and winter holidays. 5-8 pm Parents’ Night Out every Saturday at Naydenov Gymnastics. (See Nov. 2) 6-11 pm

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Legacy............................................................11 Minnehaha Dental..........................................17 PeaceHealth Southwest...............................2, 5 SeaMar...........................................................15 Under the Sea Dentistry for Children.............25 Washington Dental Service Foundation.........23

Financial iQ Credit Union.................................................3

Legal Schauermann, Thayer, Jacobs, Staples & Edwards PS...................................19

Fitness East West Martial Arts....................................17 Mountain View Ice Arena................................25 Naydenov Gymnastics...................................19 Pulse Dance Studio........................................25 YMCA Clark County.......................................32 Yoga Hot Spot................................................15 Health Adventure Dental............................................29 Evergreen Pediatrics........................................7

Radio Radio Disney..................................................20

Restaurant Steamers and Screamers...............................21 Retail Barefoot Books...............................................21 Cotton Babies.................................................23 Kazoodles.......................................................15 Learning Palace.............................................12 Spanky’s.........................................................19 Westfield.........................................................21 Schools St. Andrew Christian Preschool......................21 SW WA Catholic Schools...............................13

Resources Boys and Girls Aid............................................9 Celebrate Me Foundation...............................23 Guaranteed Education Tuition..........................5 North Clackamas Parks & Rec.........................7 SeaMar...........................................................15 Washington Early Achievers...........................21 Vancouver-Clark Parks & Rec..........................3

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