Summer is finally in full swing and families all over Central Oregon are getting their fair share of warmth and sunshine. With children out of school and in the home more often, many of you may be wondering how to keep them entertained. Summer, after all, is the time of year when most families try to spend some quality vacation or "staycation" time together. In this issue of True North, you will find articles that direct you to some of the amazing recreation opportunities right in our own back yard. Central Oregon offers a plethora of pools and water activities that are ideal for a summer outing. I also went on a little day trip adventure with my three children and discovered the local wonder that is Tumalo! Read about my experiences in Finding Tumalo: Day Tripping North.
While we are all busy enjoying summer, back to school preparations are right around the corner. As hard as it is to imagine while in the peak of summer, by the end of August we will all need to have school supplies in order, and our kids cleaned up from their summer fun and looking sharp for their first day of school. Hair Apparent offers up great tips on sweet back to school haircuts and styles for children of all ages. In this issue you will also find several articles on teens, and a special Ask the Pediatrician piece focusing on what to expect from your health care provider when getting your teen's check up before he or she heads back to class.
On that note, as my oldest daughter barrels into her tween years, I have found myself poorly prepared for what's to come. Many parents brace themselves for the worst as adolescent horror stories abound. After reviewing this issue's content — with a strong focus on the teen years from both the parent's and the adolescent's point of view — I found myself encouraged by what's to come. As you thumb through the following pages, whether you children are still babes or in the midst of their battle with raging hormones, you will find a little support, a lot of insight, and a ton of hope for making the best of their last years before adulthood.
Warm summer wishes,
Editor in Chief