Playtime: Local gyms launch food drive for homeless kids

Since I first covered an effort to help homeless students in the Edmonds School District, the number of students has doubled. In 2013, the district’s liaison to the homeless told me there were close to 250 children in the school district who were without permanent housing. I just spoke with Deborah Anderson, Executive Director of…

Playtime: Mother of teen who died too soon now working to save others

Many of my columns focus on what to do with the kids nearby. Lately, with the abundance of ways to help those around us, and in this case ourselves as well, community issues have been at the forefront. If you haven’t already heard about Matthew Truax, he was a 16-year-old Meadowdale High School student who…

Playtime: Sobering statistics about homeless kids, and how you can help

In 2013, after hearing a story about homeless children in the Edmonds School District, a local mom started a grassroots effort to get snacks for those children that has since snowballed into so much more. Born from that initial effort, and the local support behind it, Washington Kids in Transition is now a full fledged,…

Playtime: Fresh ideas for overscheduled families

Recently, in our house, it became obvious that our schedule was way too much. “Way too much” feels like an understatement. I got to the point where I wasn’t sure I was having conversations with the kids that didn’t involve telling them to hurry up and finish whatever it was they were doing to head…

Playtime: Where to find homework help, relieve study stress

This week marks the end of the first semester of the 2015-16 school year in the Edmonds School District. Older kids had finals, some kids had a final push to get stuff done, and others will have some ‘splaining to do when their report cards make it home. Finishing off the semester and getting a…

Playtime: Saying good-bye to our family’s best friend

The parental heavy lifting I forecast while pregnant could have never prepared me for having to navigate the majority of what has actually gone down. In my days of trying to “make everything that’s uncertain certain,” I could have never pictured the look on my 6 1/2-year-old’s face when he walked into the vet’s examination…