4 things to learn from Sesame Street’s autistic Muppet

Julia, the new Muppet who debuted Monday on Sesame Street, has a bright red mop … Read more

How to make your kid’s art last forever

For parents of a school-age child, there are two things that converge at this time … Read more

Ag organizations teach youth responsibility, leadership

4-H, FFA students raise livestock, grow themselves

Rusty, Bandit and Sweet Pea sprang from their pen and scampered across the grassy yard. … Read more

Volunteer court-appointed advocates for children fill in the gaps

Philanthropy in a courtroom

Emmy Guthrie, a Court Appointed Special Advocate, beamed with happiness during a recent legal hearing … Read more

Pressed into caregiving sooner than expected

A sick parent or spouse can change life’s usual course

It was August, and Gina Rinehart was preparing for another school year as a special-education … Read more

Virginia Makers Faire highlights inventive youth

Curiosity drives these kids’ creativity

Do you ever think, “What makes that work?” Curiosity prompted Heidy Umanzor, 11, to take … Read more

Residents gain new rights in nursing homes

The nation’s 15,600 facilities are vastly different

If you had to give the nation’s nursing homes a letter grade for quality, what … Read more

Bound by loss and hardship, mother still feels blessed

MIAMI — Monica Finch once led a full life. She worked as a staff administrator … Read more

Parents pass on a love of hunting to children

Youth hunters gain appreciation of nature, individuality, parents say

Bill Littlefield and his school-age daughters were spending quality time in a small sagebrush clearing … Read more

Show us your Halloween costumes

Deadline is approaching for The Bulletin’s Halloween costume contest. Costumes must be family-friendly and will … Read more

Baby Boomers, able, willing, retire near grandchildren

Insufficient data on Central Oregon grand-parenting trend

When Sam Frank asked his mother, Roseann Frank, to relocate 2,600 miles to help him … Read more

Prepping for kindergarten stressful for kids and parents

Teachers place emphasis on students being “ready to learn”

Christina Brown and her husband tried to hit all the bases in preparing their son … Read more

Family-biking accelerates in Bend

More parents are using electric cargo bikes to cart kids

Ariel Mendez hoisted his 2-year-old daughter into a safety seat while his two grade-school-age sons … Read more

Good reads for teens

Teen readers love the chance to escape the ordinary by picking up a great fantasy … Read more

Student exchange program seeks summer host families

The American Discovery exchange student program is seeking host families for French exchange students visiting … Read more

Dementia patient revives former role as clown

Unofficial jobs can provide sense of purpose, meaning

As he handed out shiny, star-shaped balloons one by one to squealing children gathered on … Read more

A vintage fundraiser for High Desert Museum

Lovers of vintage clothes, particularly those from the 1920s and ’30s, can find their fix … Read more

Like mother, like daughter

Mother-daughter lookalike winners share looks, personalities

Julie and Megan Beeh had never considered entering a mother-daughter look-alike contest. Following a suggestion … Read more

Baking classes stir up family fun

Bend Park & Recreation District fosters family with macarons

Inside Bend Senior Center’s industrial kitchen, 10 bakers — novice and experienced alike — donned … Read more

Cooking for our four-legged friends

Pets are like family, feeding them with care is important

As easy as it is to simply open a can or scoop out dry food, … Read more

Understanding Alzheimer’s disease

Three-part class offers vital insights of Alzheimer’s

Jack Crockett’s wife had become increasingly confused while playing dominoes. Francis Chavez operates an adult … Read more

Adventure, adversity and resilience highlighted in these children’s books

Children’s fiction can be as powerful and true as any adult literary novel. What distinguishes … Read more

A Social Security and Medicare checklist for those nearing retirement

What you don’t know about Social Security and Medicare can hurt you. Both of these … Read more

Sole survivor remembers 1945 World Series

DETROIT, Mich. — His 6-foot-4 frame fills the bed, the rumpled sheets and blanket covering … Read more

Fretting about screen time? Treat it as a tool, not an enemy

A study last year found that teens spend nearly nine hours every day consuming media … Read more

Family Calendar

Today Backpack Explorers: Ages 3-5; investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a hands-on … Read more

Local ladies foster skateboard stoke

Around 25 females attend Bearings Skateboard Academy’s Girls Night

Rolling toward the ramp, the hard urethane wheels growled under the skateboarder’s feet. She shifted … Read more

Briefing

Third annual Bend Bike Swap The third annual Bend Bike Swap will give cyclists of … Read more

Parents’ guide to movies

‘10 CLOVERFIELD LANE’ Rating: PG-13 for thematic material including frightening sequences of threat with some … Read more

Milk drive in Bend will benefit preterm infants

The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank and the Central Oregon Breastfeeding Coalition will host a human … Read more

Smooth transitions into middle and high schools critical

Two popular programs help connect incoming students with older peers

The rockiness of school transitions can be severe. A study published by the Institute of … Read more

More grandparents are raising children’s children

BALTIMORE — Seven years ago, Debby Blush and her longtime partner, Clark Cooper, had the … Read more

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