Monthly Blog Posts

  • What is a Benefit Mindset, and Why Do I Need One?

    by added on 3 December 2018

    By Cecile Culp Mielenz, Ph.D., Licensed Mental Health Counselor Director, Woodinville Family Preschool The first keynote of the first day of the Learning and the Brain conference was about to begin, and I looked forward to learning about recent research and its application to parent and child education.  The speaker, Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman of Barnard College at Columbia University, began his ...

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  • Fall Parent Meeting: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    by added on 1 November 2018

    By Maggie Homer, Parent Educator   For this Fall Parent Meeting, Barbara Yasui is coming to speak to us on diversity, equity, and inclusion and what it means not only for our preschool community. At our PAC Leadership training at Shoreline last June, Barbara Yasui challenged us to take another look at our mission statement and see where we can make it more ...

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  • 3 Reasons Chores Are A Gift to Your Child (and you!)

    by added on 13 October 2018

    By Maggie Homer, Parent Educator After I graduated from the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) I uprooted my life and moved to the Heartland: Omaha, Nebraska. My future husband was in Medical School and so I thought I’d take a little adventure to join him. I came to find that Omaha is home to some of the greatest people I’ve ever known. ...

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  • 5 Ways to Transition Back to School

    by added on 11 September 2018

    By Laura Borner We are walking hand in hand down to the beach. It’s one of my favorite moments of being a mom. They are thrilled to be heading to the beach. I’m thrilled to have them still young enough to hold my hands. And we get to decide what each day will bring, what new activities we want to do, ...

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  • How Tired Parents Have Good Days

    by added on 28 July 2018

    By Maggie Homer, WFP Parent Educator Last night I was up six times with my 5-month old son. He was up every hour, on the hour. I maybe got 4 broken hours of sleep. When my 3-year old woke up and was ready to rock at 6 am, I thought I was going to lose my mind. I pulled my blankets ...

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  • 5 Things Going Screen Free Taught Me About My Child

    by added on 22 June 2018

    By Maggie Homer, WFP Parent Educator Let me just start by saying I never set out on my parenting journey thinking I would live in a completely screen free household. No, no. I love cuddling up on the couch and binge watching Netflix as much as the next exhausted parent. However, I recently hit my TV limit with my 3-year old daughter ...

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  • Parents Connect 2018

    by added on 21 March 2018

    By Sara Whalen, PAC Representative A few years ago I attended a work-related conference, at which time I sat through a talk geared toward speaking to other professionals and adults.  As I listened to this talk, I realized that so much of the information given was extremely similar to what we discuss on a daily basis at WFP. This experience, among ...

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  • Rain, Rain, Come Again Another Day

    by added on 16 January 2018

    By Karen Norris, 1 Day A Coordinator “Mom, is it going to rain today?”  This is a question I am asked most mornings these days, as my older child is packing her backpack for kindergarten and deciding what shoes and coat to wear.  “Yep, it sure is,” I respond, and she runs back down to grab her rain boots and stuff ...

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  • Engaged and Attuned with our Children

    by added on 4 December 2017

    By Cecile Culp Mielenz, Ph.D. Director, Woodinville Family Preschool Licensed Mental Health Counselor Over 40 years ago as a young professional in the field of child development, I attended a national conference where Dr. Ed Tronick presented his “still face” research. His video footage of babies and their mothers attuned and engaged helped to increase emphasis on parent-infant interaction at that time. Recently I attended the ...

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  • My Co-op Life

    by added on 27 October 2017

    By Jasmin Thankachen, 3 Day Coordinator In September, my sons and I shared in our first day of school, one returning to WFP and the other moving ahead to his public elementary school. Like many of you, I took tons of pictures, posting the best ones on my Facebook page, while “liking” the many adorable photos of children posted by my ...

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