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Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
— Michael Pollan

Food & Nutrition

CHOPCHOP

Cooking magazine and website for kids. 

NYT FOOD

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COOL MOM EATS

Article links: 

Is your kid getting enough to drink? Beverage recomendations (including sports drinks).

 

Product suggestions:

Food & Cooking Safety

FoodSafety.gov

Breastfeeding

LactMed

Online tool to look up how drugs affect breastmilk and babies. App available for iOS devices.

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
— Albert Einstein

School & Learning

Salem-Keizer SCHOOLS

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UNDERSTOOD

Comprehensive and well organized resource on learning and behavioral issues. 

ADHD Tracker App

To make doing & submitting Vanderbilt forms easier. 

ADDITUDE

Website and magazine with resources for kids and adults with executive function, mental health, autism spectrum and learning disabilities in addition to ADHD. 

CHILD MIND INSTITUTE

An independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Excellent resources for families and educators for helping toddlers through college age kids with learning, behavior, sleep, gender, eating, sensory, substance, mood and trauma related issues. The Parents Guide to Getting Good Care is a good place to start. 

Separation Anxiety tips for starting school

You do not have to make your children into wonderful people. You just have to remind them that they are wonderful people. If you do this consistently from the day they are born they will believe it easily.
— William Martin

General Parenting

New York Times

Sections of the Times on general health and wellness and parenting. A limited number of online articles are free, subscriptions are available. 

Well

Motherlode

WASHINGTON POST

Another excellent newspaper's sections for at kids and parents. A limited number of online articles are free, subscriptions are available. 

On Parenting

KidsPost

FATHERLY

What it sounds like: an irreverent dads' view of parenting with practical, fun and tongue-in-cheek advice, essays, reviews and a resource section divided into parent stages. 

The Lullaby Project: How to write a lullaby

Healthy Children E-magazine

Provides parents with reliable and pediatrician-supported guidance, tips and advice, and helpful resources. Free app available for Apple and Android.  

“You cannot write for children. They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.”
— -- Maurice Sendak

Books & Reading

SALEM PUBLIC LIBRARY

youth section & calendar

BRIGHTLY

Created by parents because "reading has the power to illuminate kids’ lives" this huge website features book recommendations  for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and parenting articles related to reading, learning and education. Follow them on Facebook or subscribe to their e-mail list for regular updates and recomendations. 

Summer Reading: Book Lists and Tips for Every Age

EPIC

app

Family Fun Magazine

New Moon Girls Magazine

Cricket Magazines

Music

Singing to your child has many benefits

How to write your own lullaby

The Lullaby Project

Lullaby League (on Scary Mommy)

Media

AAP Media Plan

Create a personalized Family Media Use Plan privately. A written plan requires families to think about their media use & create goals & rules that are in line with your family’s values. 

Helping kids cope with endless media distractions like Instagram & Snapchat

Financial advice for parents

Learn about 529 savings plans and why you should have one to save for college

Oregon College Savings Plan

Is your state 529 savings plan the best plan for you?

Should you use your 529 for private school tuition? 

Advocating for Children and Families

"Children and Media Research Advancement (CAMRA) Act, which if approved would direct the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of technology and media on infants, kids, and teens, including its impact on their cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development." How to contact your Senator or Representative. 

Apps for parents

american academy of pediatrics apps

Several good apps from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) & HealthyKids.org, including KidsDoc symptom checker, Car Seat Check, ADHD Tracker, Iron Kids and Child Health Tracker. Free to $4.99 for iPhone and Android.

CDC Development Tracker app

Helps parents track milestones and monitor development. It also offers tips and suggestions for questions to ask your pediatrician if you have any concerns.    iOs on the AppStore    Android on GooglePlay

text4baby

Text4baby makes it easy to get important information fast and FREE. New and expecting mothers have a lot to remember so having doctor appointment reminders is a great way to ease the transition into motherhood. Along with appointment reminders, Text4baby also offers information in nutrition, sleep safety, baby's milestones, signs and symptoms of labor, breastfeeding advice, car seat safety, health insurance information, urgent health alerts, and resource websites. A great way to get the help you need at your fingertips when your hands are full. 

Courage is not the absence of fear; it is acting in spite of it.
— Mark Twain

Outdoors & Nature

SALEM PUBLIC LIBRARY

Links to:  Library Events for kidsLibrary Events for TeensStorytime at the LibraryGet Library Email NotificationsJoin the Library Summer Reading ClubLibrary Childrens ServicesLibrary Teen Services

National Wildlife Federation

Real world and online nature activities, advocacy and information. 

For Kids

Kids activities guide

For Parents

Nature Play at home 

Dirt on Dirt

Oregon state parks event calendar

Wellness 

Mindfulness for Kids  New York Times 

Safety and Support

Youth and Family Crisis Services

Early Assessment and Support Alliance- Why do I feel this way?

Oregon Family Support Network- organization supporting and educating families raising a child with mental health challenges.  

YouthLine Support Resources- Body, Mind, Social Life

Youth ERA- Empowering youth and creating space for breakthrough via dedicated and effective programs.

Gender & Sexuality

If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.
— Abigail Van Buren
 
A child can teach an adult three things: To be happy for no reason, to always be curious, to fight tirelessly for something.
— Paulo Coelho