Adventures with Portland Parent


As a parent, we love to explore all that our surrounding communities have to offer. These adventures allow us to make life-long memories with our kids! This section will be dedicated to sharing them with you, so that you too can enjoy them with your family!!

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Articles In This Edition

Dig This: 10 Big Benefits of Gardening with Kids

By Janeen Lewis   Most parents want their children to get outside away from phones, TV, and video games, and

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9 Ways to Help Support a Family: Friends Helping Friends in Need

by Sarah Lyons   When a friend is struggling through a difficult time, it is natural to want to lend

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Friends, Fun, Learning, Independence
: Help your children decide if sleep-away camp is right for them

Friends, Fun, Learning, Independence
Help your children decide if sleep-away camp is right for them Going to sleep-away camp is a

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Family Builders

Garden Rocks

  You Need Smooth 4- to 5-inch rock, washed and dried Variety of sizes of craft paint brushes Variety of

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April Fool’s Joke Jar

  You Need 1-quart covered container Yellow adhesive-backed paper (such as shelf paper or Contact paper) Permanent markers Scissors Colored

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Tote Bags

  You Need Solid-colored tote bag (9×13-inches or larger) Variety of colored scraps of cotton fabric Variety of colors of

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Ten Tips for Clearing Out Clutter: Start small, think outside the box, and get it done!

by Heidi Smith Luedtke, Ph.D.   Fall and winter encourage us to collect more stuff. We stock up on canned

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Heart-Healthy Eating for Teens: General Guidelines for Training Your Children to Make Wise Food Choices

by Myrna Beth Haskell   It was the fall of 1978 when my fourteen-year-old friend and I decided to join

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