When I grow up: Portland travel with kids

When traveling with kids, the sight of someone in uniform — be it a police officer, firefighter or boat captain — can be more exciting than anything you planned. Why leave such a highlight to chance? At these Portland attractions, your little ones can walk in the shoes of their heroes for a day. Read…

Life in the Slow Lane

Sometimes it’s okay to ditch the schedule and simply soak in the moments with your children. As a mom, I’m constantly learning this lesson—and learning to take it slow with my kids. Read Life in the Slow Lane, PDX Parent, June/July 2016 or read it online.

Adventures in babysitting

Parents rarely get a moment to themselves—which is why we’re so obsessed with babysitters. Here’s a letter to a babysitter before we escape to dinner freedom. Read Adventures in Babysitting, PDX Parent, November 2016 or read it online.

Future Tense

When President Trump was elected, I didn’t know how it would affect my family. But with the New Year, we are getting involved in family activism. Read Future Tense, PDX Parent, January 2017 or read it online.

Two daughters, opposite needs

One daughter wanted nothing to do with me; the other one refused anyone else. This stage in motherhood was absolutely exhausting. Read Two daughters, opposite needs, PDX Parent, March 2017 or read it online.

Computer science education develops a better future for families

TEALS, the Microsoft-led grassroots program to bring computer science education to underserved schools, can make an enormous difference not only in the lives of students but also of entire families. Volunteers in one Austin, Texas TEALS class found that the opportunities they offered students changed the way the kids thought about their future—for the better.…