January brings a fresh new year and a fresh new start — a perfect time for our annual family health & wellness issue. This month, we dive headfirst into the science of sleep training (because good health starts with a good night’s sleep) – plus you’ll find book picks on eating right and getting active for every age. We also have a Q & A with our newest pediatrician advice columnist, Dr. Corey Fish of Sellwood Medical Clinic, and the scoop on kid-friendly vegan restaurants around town. January is also when schools around Portland open their doors for families who are thinking ahead to the start of the next school year — check out our open house guide, and read up on how efforts to improve Oregon’s lagging graduation rate are starting in kindergarten. Plus, where to take the littlest Lego fans for awesome brick play in PDX, our Daddy Issues columnist heads to the hockey rink and the return of our Family Resource Guide, chock-full of all the important info you’ll need to start the new year off right.
Kid cholesterol tests, a playlist for calorie-burning and the stats on premature births in Oregon.
The Science of Sleep
Why getting the baby to sleep is so important for her health — and yours, too.
Getting serious about improving Oregon’s dismal high school graduation rate starts as early as pre-K.
Mortgage pointers to consider before making a lasting commitment.
Lego playdates for the brick-obsessed kids (and adults) amongst us.
Homemade crowns for your paper bag prince and princess.
A daughter joins her first ice hockey team, and a father looks back.
Local vegan havens, with kid-friendly menus to boot.
A healthy wheat berry salad to help with your New Year’s resolutions.
“Under a zipper of bridges, our green city thrums” I pass that single line of quiet poetry, inscribed on a concrete sidewalk at the northeastern end of Tilikum Crossing, during my semi-regular morning runs over Portland’s newest bridge. (New Year’s resolution part 1, which fits in nicely with this issue’s focus on family health and wellness: Run more! And maybe a little bit faster, too). For me, the sentiment lingers because it captures how the city — our city, lively and bright — belongs to all of us, from newborns on up. In the 18 months I’ve now logged as Metro Parent’s editor, our talented staff has done its best to reflect the Portland region in every page of the magazine. It’s in the home-grown kids who grace our covers and the photographers who capture them, and in our writers who celebrate all aspects of local parenting and childhood in their stories. We don’t use much stock photography around here, or run articles that could be found in any generic parenting magazine around the country. We want our magazine to feel like it belongs here, just like you and your kids do. There are some big, exciting changes in store for us in 2016, both in the print magazine and online, from bolder cover photography and expanded listings in our popular online events calendar to some ambitious editorial projects. And that ties in with New Year’s resolution No 2: To do our best for your families, in 2016 and beyond. — Julia Silverman
On our cover
Photographer Ashley D. Scheider captured this shot of Matti Breaux and her daughter Charlie on a Hike It Baby hike to Horsetail Falls. Scheider, who now lives in Milton, Washington, was an enthusiastic participant in and documenter of Hike It Baby when she lived in Portland. To see more of her work, visit facebook.com/ashleydscheiderphotography. To get active locally with other new parents, visit hikeitbaby.com.