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Line Up: 4 Crafty Ways to Introduce Kids to Poetry

From the budding Beatnik to a free-loving free verser, we’ve got four fun ways to show your kids that poetry is not just about the rhyme.

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Books to Celebrate Poetry Month (with a Special Nod to Earth Day)

“With a nod to Earth Day (April 22nd), we intentionally included poetry that celebrated nature, wilderness, and our Earth.”

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I Was Surprised to Learn Amanda Gorman and I Have This in Common

“Love who you are and be who you are, at all costs. Once you commit to this kind of philosophy, the sky’s the limit.”

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Young Black Female Leaders You Should Be Following

“Follow these young Black female leaders that are changing the world and making history.”

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Amanda Gorman Has 3 Books Coming Out This Year & You Can Preorder Them All Right Now

The Youth Poet Laureate of the United States has not one, not two, but three books out in 2021!

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36 Ways Your Kids Transform Your Mom Heart

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If we think we know a thing or two about life and love going into parenting, we realize the moment our child first rests in our arms just how shallow our roots of understanding. Which makes sense because…

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13 Things to Do with Kids on Friday the 13th

Today is Friday the 13th! Reverse your bad-luck with some seriously sweet ways to spend this superstitious day.

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5 Ways Portland Families Can Show Gratitude to Teachers

Portland teachers deserve more than an apple or freshly sharpened bouquet of pencils when it comes to showing them your appreciation. So why not do something thoughtful to show them how grateful you really are?

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Here’s What to Teach Your Kids About Frederick Douglass

Educate yourself and your kids on this American leader who fought tirelessly for equality and freedom.

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Setting Kids Up for Successful New Year’s Resolutions

Want to teach your kids how to set and reach a New Year’s Resolution? Try the SMART method.

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Last-Minute Books to Gift That Are Kid-Tested, Teacher Approved

Looking for a great gift or extra-special stocking stuffer? From preschool to middle school, these books are sure to delight.

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Harriet Tubman: A Tribute to a Legend Who Truly Fits the “Bill”

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Dear Confessional,
I absolutely love writing poetry. I love it so much that in my own blank space of thoughts, I constantly make up poems about anything in my head. Something about the rhythm and melody…

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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Debut Another Aww-dorable IG Photo of Baby Archie

Meghan Markle celebrates her first Mother’s Day with a sweet pic!

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8 Books Moms Want on Amazon Prime Now

There’s a book for every mom.

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These Girl Scout Troops Are Changing the World with Their Cookie Sales

Those tasty cookies are more than a treat—they’re supporting communities, too.

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This Sweet Letter from a Kid to His Teacher Is Anything But “The Dog Ate My Homework”

This sweet note to his teacher was anything but “the dog ate my homework.”

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Holiday Hacks for Happiness! Tricks and Reduce Your Stress

Do you find that it gets to a date in December and it’s like someone’s flicked a switch and suddenly hours seem to melt away and yet your to-do lists get longer?
Put a clip in the madness and try…

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How My Son Learned About Achieving Goals Through the Power of YET

“Mom,” says Sam. “My class is presenting a poem at Grandparents Day.”

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“Sam!” I say, “That’s great. Tell me about your poem”.
“Well”, says Sam. “It’s. About. Growth. Mindset.” (While really emphasizing the vowels in …

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Get Out the Way

Photo: Jennifer Murdock
I am not a supreme goddess of mothering. That would be putting it mildly. I make lots of mistakes. Some worse that I ever thought I could. But I have heeded a saying that my mother passed…

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5 People All Kids Should Know About for Black History Month (and Life)

Honor Black History Month by learning more about these amazing men and women.

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2016: The Toughest Year in Parenting? Or Was It?

2016 was the teacher no one wanted to get. The one you want your mom to call in and ask to not be put in her class. But I got her and tough she was. She pushed me, she asked…

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How Has Breast Cancer Affected You? Share Your Story on Spoke!

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to hear your story about how breast cancer has had an impact on your life, especially on your role as a parent.

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Sign Here, Please: How to Make a Ballpoint Feather Pen

Take an ordinary ballpoint and make it something worthy of penning a masterpiece.

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Today Is Everything You Do Is Right Day

 

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Today Is Everything You Do Is Right Day

You really can’t go wrong.

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Got a kid who has trouble telling her left from her right? Try these tricks.

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Write a silly poem with this fill-in-the blank…

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Beyond Mother Goose: Best Poets for Kids

From the sidewalks of Silverstein to the Mudville nine, here are our favorite poets to take your little literati beyond the nursery rhyme.

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Peace Out: Ways to Celebrate International Day of Peace

In honor of International Day of Peace, we’ve got simple ways your kiddos can help keep the peace.

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Say My Name: Make Your Own Fake Birth Certificate

Almost every kid has wished for a new name at some point. Whether their name has an unfortunately but uncanny rhyme with a bodily function, or they just simply don’t FEEL like an Owen, littles love to assert their independence…

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Just Opened: North Beach Library

With a brand new art installation and more books, the remodeled North Beach library is worth visiting.

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4 Poetry-Inspired Cocktails

You’ve probably been reading poems out loud to friends and loved ones (and potential loved ones) all this month, in celebration of National Poetry Month, and have worked up a powerful thirst. To quench the thirst and continue the poetry,…

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Happy Mom Tip #48: Memorize Two Lines from a Poem

We often forget that inspiration — along with its cousins elevation and awe — are positive emotions that make us feel more content, joyful and satisfied with our lives. One way to bring more of these positive emotions into our…

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Date Night: Jimi Hendrix Exhibit at the EMP

Jimi Hendrix blazed onto the music scene back in the 60s – with his wild fashion flair, flaming guitar stunts, and general bad-boy behavior (not to mention his smokin’ music). During a 9 month-stint in London, he rose as a…

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Happy Mom Tip #18: Find Some Inspiration

This week’s tip: Get inspired!
Elevation, awe, and inspiration are some of my favorite positive emotions. This video of Libby Sauter is instant inspiration to me and my kids. The music, the nature, the fact that Libby is so surrounded…

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The Eastside Montessori School

Peaceful Easy Feeling
Hectic schedules. Sensory overload. Too much screen time. Just when you think your little one is ready for school and the great big world out there, you realize that maybe, just maybe, he’ll thrive in an environment…

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