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How to fix your student’s ‘spring slide’ this summer

How to fix your student’s ‘spring slide’ this summer

A former teacher offers easy tips for distancing learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to fix your student’s ‘spring slide’ this summer
With summer break, we say RIP to the 2019-2020 school year

With summer break, we say RIP to the 2019-2020 school year

High school seniors aren’t the only students who missed out on rites of passage because of COVID-19.

With summer break, we say RIP to the 2019-2020 school year
Pandemic prompts renewed interest in baking sourdough bread

Pandemic prompts renewed interest in baking sourdough bread

Her 15-year-old son is baking popovers, English muffins and loaves of bread with the fermented dough.

Pandemic prompts renewed interest in baking sourdough bread
Our collective vocabulary grows as civil rights protests march on

Our collective vocabulary grows as civil rights protests march on

From redress to hashtags, the words and phrases in our protest lexicon change with the times.

Our collective vocabulary grows as civil rights protests march on
Local Girl Scouts adapt to the pandemic by scouting at home

Local Girl Scouts adapt to the pandemic by scouting at home

The coronavirus isn’t stopping these Snohomish County girls from earning badges and awards.

Local Girl Scouts adapt to the pandemic by scouting at home
She reorganized the pantry to reduce food waste at home

She reorganized the pantry to reduce food waste at home

With the help of a label maker, this mom is reorganizing foods by expiration date instead of type.

She reorganized the pantry to reduce food waste at home
Life lessons from Grandma are pandemic essentials

Life lessons from Grandma are pandemic essentials

As we wait out the coronavirus outbreak, you may just find yourself turning into a grandmother.

Life lessons from Grandma are pandemic essentials
Heavy drinking during pandemic sends kids a bad message

Heavy drinking during pandemic sends kids a bad message

Parents drinking to excess may be teaching their children that when the going gets tough, it’s time to hit the bottle.

Heavy drinking during pandemic sends kids a bad message
40 years later, our kids will have quite the story to tell

40 years later, our kids will have quite the story to tell

“When I was your age, I wasn’t allowed to go to school. It was a canceled because of a pandemic.”

40 years later, our kids will have quite the story to tell
Stay-at-home order means dogs are victims of bad haircuts, too

Stay-at-home order means dogs are victims of bad haircuts, too

She watched a groomer give a poodle a new ‘do on YouTube before trying out the clippers herself.

Stay-at-home order means dogs are victims of bad haircuts, too
There’s no place like home — and all its worn-out furnishings

There’s no place like home — and all its worn-out furnishings

What makes a home a home isn’t the latest decor trends, but whether it’s lived in.

There’s no place like home — and all its worn-out furnishings
A cheap, easy ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ sheet-pan meal

A cheap, easy ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ sheet-pan meal

Pick your protein, starch and veggies, cut them into 1-inch chunks and bake in the oven. Dinner’s served.

A cheap, easy ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ sheet-pan meal
With a bidet, TP shortages no longer scare the crap out of us

With a bidet, TP shortages no longer scare the crap out of us

This family ordered their new toilet just in time. Now bidets are either sold out or on back-order.

With a bidet, TP shortages no longer scare the crap out of us
How to keep your kids busy while you’re working from home

How to keep your kids busy while you’re working from home

Here are five high-interest activities for kids that will give you 20 minutes of quiet time.

How to keep your kids busy while you’re working from home
Barre3 workouts help you unleash your hidden superpower

Barre3 workouts help you unleash your hidden superpower

Classes combine weights, cardio, stretching and mindfulness into a simple-to-follow hour of exercise.

Barre3 workouts help you unleash your hidden superpower
Soft plastic recycling service expands to Snohomish County

Soft plastic recycling service expands to Snohomish County

A Seattle-based company that recycles plastic film, batteries and lightbulbs now offers its services here.

Soft plastic recycling service expands to Snohomish County
Teaching your children how to cook is scary but rewarding

Teaching your children how to cook is scary but rewarding

This mom’s 10-year-old daughter made a beef stew in the Instant Pot — with careful supervision.

Teaching your children how to cook is scary but rewarding
Why we need sex-ed in public schools starting in kindergarten

Why we need sex-ed in public schools starting in kindergarten

All children, starting at a young age, deserve to be taught that they have ownership of their bodies.

Why we need sex-ed in public schools starting in kindergarten
Snow days start out grand but quickly cause cabin fever

Snow days start out grand but quickly cause cabin fever

The recent bout of snowy weather made her family feel all of the emotions. Here’s a day-by-day recap.

Snow days start out grand but quickly cause cabin fever
How to organize your housekeeping schedule with to-do lists

How to organize your housekeeping schedule with to-do lists

You don’t have to shell out $49.99 to purchase one of the many mommy-blogger planners out there.

How to organize your housekeeping schedule with to-do lists