If you give a mom a coffee cup, she'll say "thank you" and immediately go to the coffee pot.
At the coffee pot, she'll start the coffee and pour herself a cup...noticing the full cup of cold coffee that she poured herself yesterday.
She'll take the cold cup of coffee to the sink, dump it down the drain, and go to put it in the dishwasher.
She'll open the dishwasher and realize that it's full of clean dishes that need to be put away.
She'll put away all of the clean dishes and then will put in the dirty - now empty - cup of coffee from yesterday.
She'll notice that there are other dirty dishes in the sink that need to go into the dishwasher, so she'll put them all in the dishwasher.
She'll then realize that there may be other dirty dishes other places in the house and will go looking for them...finding them in bathrooms, on the coffee table, under beds, and in the sandbox outside.
While looking for dirty dishes, she'll notice that ther…
This leadership summit will be held on May 11, 2018 at the Hilton Downtown Portland and is a day-long leadership and professional development conference open to all women in the Portland and surrounding communities.
The theme is Diversity and Inclusion and the Junior League is honored to feature Tarana Burke, activist and founder of the #MeToo Movement. The Summit will offer opportunities for workshops, speakers, networking, and camaraderie among women in all stages of leadership around our community.
The Summit is a major fundraiser for the Junior League of Portland and all proceeds from the event support the League's community fund, the 1910 Campaign, with 100% of the money ra…
I have a fierce passion for the military and military families, but there is one aspect of both of these groups that is often forgotten: the military child.
In case you didn't know it, April is the month of the military child. There are currently about 1.7 million children connected to the military, 75% of whom are school-aged. Over 80% of these students attend U.S. public schools...so your local schools most likely have a child impacted by military service.
As adults - especially if we are associated with the military - we can have an understanding for military life. We may not always like it, but we understand the concepts of transition, hurry up and wait, and separations. These concepts aren't so easily understandable - or explainable - to our children.
The average military child will move every three years (that's 6-9 times during their K-12 years). They also face numerous separations from one or both of their parents. These can cause turmoil that need to be add…