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Health Expert Q&A

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Q My parenting books say to put my baby down in their crib when they are "drowsy but still awake," but whenever I try, he just cries. What am I doing wrong?

Expert Q&A


Hidden Gems

Lesser-known museums to explore in Central Oregon
As spring draws near, what better time to emerge from hibernation for an educational trip to a museum? Museums can spark curiosity, encourage creativity and critical thinking  and broaden children’s worldview about history, culture, science and art.


The Next Phase

Important moments for parents of teens
From, “What to Expect When You are Expecting,” to an arsenal of books claiming to have the answers when it comes to raising young children, parents may be overwhelmed with parenting information the moment they find out baby is on the way. But what happens when that child sheds their babyface for stubble or budding breasts?


It's Gardening Time!

Tips for facing the challenge of high desert growing
At the first sign of spring, with warmer days ahead, many of us are excited to get outside and play. We are ready to start tinkering in the garden and dreaming of the season’s abundance.  


Things I've Learned

Meet Ranae Staley, Executive Director, The Giving Plate Recently, The Giving Plate, a local non-profit that runs a food pantry in Bend for those in need, earned a $15,000 award reserved for the organization that raised the most funds as part of the 2021 Central Oregon Gives campaign.

Things I've Learned

Generation Resilient

How to help pandemic babies thrive
As we approach the second anniversary of the pandemic, parents of children born during this unique time may have questions about their child’s social and emotional development.  Questions like: How has social distancing affected my infant?


Street Dog Hero

Helps local Central Oregon families through rescue, adoption, spay/neuter, wellness and the Junior Heroes program
It was just before dawn when Street Dog Hero’s partners and volunteers set out on a snowy drive from Bend to Warm Springs. This December day was weeks in the making, with coordination amongst Street Dog Hero, Fences for Fido, Humane Society of Central Oregon, volunteer veterinarians and medical staff, as well as the families living in Warm Springs.


Editor's Note

Spring is just around the corner and it’s hard not to feel excited as we say goodbye to winter and hello to longer days and budding natural surroundings. Alongside spring’s entrance, the statewide lifting of the mask mandate by March 31 brings hope and promise of a long hibernation finally ending.

Editor's Note

Rescue Mission

Substitute teachers provide much-needed stopgap to keep schools open
In the wake of the pandemic, there is now a serious shortage of licensed substitute teachers in Bend-La Pine Schools district. Schools are feeling the crunch, and some classes are even closing temporarily due to severe staffing shortages.


If the Shoe Fits

Choice Option schools provide alternatives to traditional education
Looking ahead to the 2022-23 school year, families may want to consider the Choice Option schools available within the Bend -La Pine district.

Nest News

Nothing says “Spring Green” like Saint Patrick's Day

Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt for kidsEnjoy a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt for kids
Held every March 17, this feast day in honor of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is beloved across the country among descendents of the Irish diaspora. From festive parades to greenlit landmarks, revelers celebrate Irish culture and heritage with traditional food, drinks and games – and, of course, by wearing green to keep those pesky pinches away! 






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