Angela Switzer: Publisher’s Note: Spring 2015

Angela Switzer

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Do you feel like you’re just getting the hang of it? Only then to find the rules have changed, leaving you just as confused as ever?

Parenting is certainly a process, and one that is never quite mastered. A time-out that worked a week ago may now have minimal effect, as your child’s little brain has found the word “no” to be a very effective shield.

Time to figure out the next strategy, right? And isn’t that what makes it all so fun (and challenging)?

Here at Bend Nest, we are excited to present to you our second issue, and know you’ll find something for every phase of parenting. Contemplating who you are as a family as well as your parenting style, you will want to check out Erin Rook’s piece on Simplicity Parenting on page 11—some real food for thought for parents raising kids in the digital age. In addition, learn how and why wrestling is okay, in an informative article by Linda Knittel.

This time of year, we look forward to Valentine’s Day, Easter, warming temperatures and, of course, Spring Break. Learn ways to get your little monsters outside, hiking and enjoying nature in our Outdoors section, and don’t be left wondering how you’re going to entertain the kiddos when they take that long break from school. Check out our Spring Break specific calendar chock full of camps and classes.

And, spring is a rebirth of another kind: Yes, believe it or not, it’s time to look ahead to the next school year already! If you plan to enroll your child in one of the many alternative schools offered here, check out our magnet and charter school listings complete with school descriptions and the lottery deadline, March 20.

And, we are pleased to present parenting tips from Bend Fire Chief Larry Langston in The Things I’ve Learned, as well my column, Leaving the Nest, where I discuss ideas for understanding your
role in your teen’s decision-making process, specifically concerning teenage drinking. Yes. It is all part of the journey.

We are so grateful for all the enthusiasm surrounding Bend Nest and look forward to a long relationship with all of you.

Enjoy!

—Angela Switzer

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