Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS.

Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS is a global Campaign to alert the world to the fact that children are missing from the global AIDS agenda. It provides a platform for urgent and sustained programs, advocacy and fundraising to limit the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and help halt the spread of the disease. Policymakers and the global public must become aware that AIDS not only affect adults, but is having a devastating affect on children throughout the world. Please find out more at http://www.unicef.org/uniteforchildren/index.html.

Keeping love alive after baby arrives

Here’s one where I have some hands-on experience — maintaining a healthy marriage after kids join the family. My extraordinary husband and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary this year. We make time to care for each other and our relationship, as well as for our two young children.

Keeping love alive after baby arrives“, ParentMap, September 2005, pages 13-14

Book Review – Swimming with Maya

I picked up this book because the picture on the cover looks like my own daughter. When I read the back notes and learned that she was dead, I quickly put it back down. I didn’t want to read about Eleanor Vincent’s devastating loss. For some reason, though, I felt compelled to try to comprehend her experience.

What I found was indeed distressing, but inspirational at the same time. The book is in many ways a postmortem tribute to Vincent’s daughter and an exploration of the healing effects of organ donation. Taken in its entirety, however, this book is really about a journey through the process of healing from a lifetime of psychological traumas. The extreme grief over her daughter’s sudden death and the struggle to cope with it lead Vincent down buried paths of pain going all the way back to her childhood. She emerges transformed. She lost her daughter, but therein found herself, and we can’t help but applaud her success.

Jogging? Ugh.

I love hiking, but my bike has been parked for years and jogging has never been my thing. To look at me is to clearly see that I am not a great authority on fitness. Nevertheless, I accepted an assignment for an article on exercising outdoors with a child under two. Yes, I actually got out the sneakers and went jogging for this one, all in the name of research. I broke a sweat but had a good time. If you look closely, you can see I also took the photo.

Get out and get fit — with your baby“, ParentMap, July 2005, page 13

A little stretch

All of the articles I’ve written before this one have been on topics that I already knew something about or have had some firsthand experience with. Not this one! It was really fun to do, though. Most of the research came from interviews, so at first I was a little nervous. Everybody I talked to was so helpful and inspiring, however, that now I look forward to interviewing.

Young teens need practice managing money“, ParentMap, June 2005, pages 19-20

Tiny article, but extremely important

Here is a very short article about a topic I am quite passionate about, umbilical cord blood. Several major hospitals in our area have teamed with the blood bank to collect and store the stem-cell rich cord blood and donate it to individuals in need through a national registry. Now something that is typically discarded can instead save lives — magnificent.

“Donate cord blood and save a life”, BabyMap, Spring/Summer 2005, page 4

[Note: Because this ran in the Postings section, it was not archived on the ParentMap web site, so there is no link to an online version. Sorry!]

A little flattery

It’s always nice to receive compliments on your work. After doing the article and school profiles for Judy’s Book Greater Seattle, Liesel Pollvogt wrote:

Thanks Laurie–you did an *awesome* job on these. I was impressed with your quick turn-around, quality of writing, and how you instantly “got” what this was all about and were able to get started without a bunch of questions. Thanks again for your hard work and quick turn-around on this! There may well be work in the future if all goes well!

School profiles

In March, I worked on writing summaries for several schools based on survey data obtained from parents by Judy’s Book Greater Seattle, including:

  • 65th Street Cooperative Preschool
  • The Clearwater School
  • Epiphany School
  • French American School of Puget Sound
  • Hilltop Elementary School
  • The Nova Project
  • Pike Market Child Care and Preschool
  • The Evergreen School
  • Westside School

I also wrote an article for them entitled “A great preschool means a great fit.”

[2007-06-01: Unfortunately, they seem to have taken down all of their articles and now have only community reviews and product deals, so my school summaries and article appear to be no longer available. Broken links have been removed.]

Early language delays can hamper learning

This article is about diagnosing and treating language delays before children enter school in order to prevent learning difficulties later. My daughter, as well as the children of several of my friends, are fortunate to have received speech therapy as preschoolers.

Early language delays can hamper learning“, ParentMap, November 2004, page 13

Hike and seek with geocaching

My first published article is about taking kids geocaching — a growing sport where handheld GPS systems are used to locate hidden “treasure”. Although we don’t go often enough, my family really enjoys hiking, and geocaching adds a nice twist to help keep the little ones motivated. The Pacific Northwest is a particularly great place for geocaching, but you can try it just about anywhere in the world.

Hike and seek with geocaching“, ParentMap, August 2004, pages 22-23