Even if you have only one child, parenting is challenging, especially if your child is falling behind in schoolwork or getting into trouble. There may be more going on than meets the eye, but don’t panic—you are not alone (see Education, page 22). Parents always want the best for their children and that includes their physical health. With a national epidemic plaguing our country, learn the risks of childhood obesity and tips for providing healthy foods and exercise regimens (see Health, page 41).
Fortunately, here in Central Oregon there are many opportunities for youth of all ages to be active. For starters, Bend Parks and Rec offers a variety of spring classes and leagues with something for everyone, including Lacrosse (see Outdoors, page 44). This issue, our calendar is full of activities for the whole family, and looking ahead, includes Spring Break camps for the kiddos.
February is Black History Month. Living in an area without much diversity, grab the opportunity to impart wisdom to your kids about the struggles of the African American in this country, as well as highlight many of their unique accomplishments (See Culture, page 38). And, finally, as
our modern culture has forgotten the importance of the coming-of-age ritual, pause and think about how your family will mark the transition from being a child to an adult (See Parenting, page 18).
Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Happy Easter! With so many fun holidays just around the corner, we hope you’ll enjoy special moments with family and friends in the upcoming months.