Monthly Archives: March 2009

Goodnight Mom


We took this poem (a spoof on Goodnight Moon) from, as we figured many of you (okay and some of us) could identify…. Be sure to check them out (click on the link or on the photo) to see other articles the e-zine has to offer.


Goodnight Mom –

In the messy green 
family room
There was a telemarketer ringing the telephone 
And a crying toddler 
because his brother just popped his 
red balloon 
And a picture of–The cow jumping over the moon (which someone colored on with permanent marker)
And there was a missing 
teddy bear, and a girl with 
gum in her hair

And one to be scolded
And laundry to be folded
And a very hungry spouse 
And something stinky in the house 
(that no one else seemed to smell)

And a comb and a brush and a colicky baby who just won’t shush
And a frazzled mommy screaming #*%#@

Goodnight messy room
Goodnight scribbled-on moon 
Goodnight cow getting out while she can
Goodnight telemarketers and the 
popped balloon
Goodnight long-gone teddy bear Goodnight cereal bar smeared all 
over the dining room chair

Goodnight spitup 
And goodnight leaky sippy cup
Goodnight much-too-little house and goodnight grumpy spouse
Goodnight comb and goodnight brush
And goodnight to a certain 4-year-old who just needs to hush right now I mean it

Goodnight Elmo
Goodnight toys we’ll pick up tomorrow, 
or the next day
Hello chardonnay and TiVo–
“me” time finally

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Goodbye, Seattle P-I

The Final Issue

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FamilyWorks’ BabyPlay Group Featured in Seattle Early Childhood Parenting Examiner!


Have you ever wondered the purpose of attending a baby playgroup? In addition to socialization (of both child and caregiver!), one of our playgroups focuses on strengthening various muscles to help babies learn specific skills. This group, Baby Play, was recently featured in the Seattle Early Childhood Parenting Examiner. You can find out more about our playgroups by clicking on the Playgroups tab, or read the full article by clicking on the photo…


Seattle Early Childhood Parenting Examiner: Help baby learn to crawl (among other things).

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Michelle Obama Highlights Food Security Issues

Michelle Obama serves food at a D.C. soup kitchen to highlight food security issues in the current economy and demonstrate what we all can do to help.

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“The face of hunger is getting younger”


FamilyWorks, too, has seen this trend: not only a huge increase in the number of food bank clients, but also a change in the demographics: more and more younger people who formerly had little awareness of food banks in their areas. This article also discusses the interesting note that while food banks are seeing a rise in donations despite the tough economy, due to rising food prices, it’s still increasingly difficult for food banks to make ends meet. The authors cry, “food banks need a bailout too!” Click the photo for the full article.


Hunger: U.S. food lines grow longer and include the formerly middle class | Salon News.

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Food Bank Gets Olympic Corn Flakes



One lucky food bank got a huge donation of Corn Flakes as a result of the Michael Phelps/Pot scandal. Despite what it looks like in our comments section, that’s an article on groing potATOES, not POT. We don’t grow pot here at FamilyWorks. But we do like to get large donations of cereal and other foods, and we’re happy for the SF food bank that got them.  We have no comment on the scandal itself, but hey – donations to food banks? Great! Click on the photo for the full story.


Food Bank gets tons of Michael Phelps Corn Flakes – On Deadline –


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Washington in the Middle of the Pack on Child Homelessness

Washington state ranked dead-center, at number 25, in a report on child homelessness across the country. Read the Seattle PI article, and find links to the full report, below.

States ranked on response to homeless children.

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