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A Familiar Name with an Outstanding Mission

For hundreds of years, the YMCA has supported families and communities. Now more than ever, the Y is here for you!

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“This Is Us” Is What America Needs

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Maybe it’s because I’m pushing the half-century mark that every nuance of humanity explored in the first season of ““This Is Us”” resonates with me. Regardless of the why, every scenario filters through my veins in one…

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How Books Without Words Can Help Your Kid Learn to Read

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media

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Anyone who’s “read” a picture book can tell you that you don’t need words to tell a story. Prereading toddlers and preschoolers can follow a story told in pictures,…

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My Work with Parents Taught Me the Power of Our Role in Shaping Kids’ Voices

Many parents feel powerless when it comes to their kids because they can’t get their kids to listen and do the things they want. What they don’t realize is there’s so much unspoken power that they hold that they are forgetting to access. 

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Do This Now: Embrace the Power of Your Parenting

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Many parents feel powerless when it comes to their kids because they cannot get their kids to listen and do the things they want. What they do not realize is that there is so much unspoken power that…

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4 Things to Do When Your Kid Loses That’ll Change Them Forever

It’s devastating seeing your child lose at a competition they’ve worked so hard for. Whether it’s the school’s spelling bee or peewee football, competition is taxing and losing just flat-out sucks. After seeing this photo (post-basketball game) of Oakland-Craig High…

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Should You Bribe Your Child to Read?

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As parents, we know how important it is that our kids read, and read often. We understand that reading is critical in the development of all kinds of positive traits in youth, from academic skills to…

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Summer Camp Fun at Camp ZinZanni

Camp ZinZanni is a series of summer workshops offered to Seattle area children ages 5-17. Students learn the basics of circus arts and character development through sessions with some of the world’s greatest circus artists. Camp ZinZanni has also partnered…

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