urbanMamas Podcast, Episode 7: Leanne Goolsby

February 26, 2015

Below is a partial transcript from the urbanMamas Podcast Episode 7 where we welcome Leanne Goolsby, a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician who helps fill us in on safety seat laws and recommendations in the state of Oregon. At the end of the transcript are resources to ensure your child is riding safely. And please take a moment to rate this podcast and leave a review on iTunes!

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(we totally spaced the icebreaker hat)

K: I know I've been doing things wrong probably the whole time my children have been in car seats.

L: Don't worry, you're in really good company. Most people are making mistakes that they're not even aware that they're making and I think that's probably one of the biggest things I've noticed as a CPST and as I've learned more and more over the years about child passenger safety is that people aren't necessarily intending to do things wrong. Nobody wants to put their child in danger on purpose, and if you do, then we've got other problems to talk about. People just don't necessarily know, it's not like you get pregnant and all of a sudden your head is filled with all of this knowledge about laws and recommendations and how to properly install a car seat. It doesn't just magically come to you.

R: It should.

K: The problem is that things keep changing. And that's kinda what prompted this whole thing today. So my kids are now 9 and 6 and really fastly - fastly? - approaching their birthdays, and so we're a bit removed from the infant seat stuff, but then when I was re-visiting how long do I keep my daughter in her booster seat, and I looked at it and went "oh man, I totally did that wrong with my son."

R: So let's just jump straight in. What are the requirements for restraining these children passengers?

L: First of all I do want to point out that there is a big difference between laws and best practice, as far as safety goes. And that is kind of universal. Laws for Oregon, and that's what I'll focus on today is strictly for Oregon. I'm going to read directly from the Oregon Impact website so I don't misquote this: "Oregon child occupant protection law states that child passengers must be restrained in an approved child safety seat until they weigh 40 lbs."

So that's talking about a harness, a 5 point harness, the straps that go over both shoulders. You have a chest clip, and then the straps that come over both hips, and the latch that connects all of those straps together at the crotch. So that's saying that your child, who is under 40 lbs needs to be restrained in a 5 point harness.

R: And there's no age associated with that? It's just the weight?

L: Yes. And again, we are talking about the laws here, and them I'm going to get into what you really should be doing to keep your child as safe as possible. Our law also states that infants must ride rear-facing until they reach both 1 year AND 20 lbs. So, if you're 6 month old is 20 lbs. they haven't reached the point of turning forward facing, according to our laws. If you're 2 year old is only 17 lbs. they also have not reached that limit. It's one year AND 20 lbs. Which I think trips people up sometimes because they think it's either/or.

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Weekend Warriors: February 27-March 1

February 25, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, February 27th

Chinese New Year Celebrations at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Learn more about Chinese New Year and participate in special events. Children 5 and under are free; $9.50 adults. Friday 10am-5pm. The celebration continues through March 5th. Click here for more ideas to celebrate the Year of the Ram

PP&R Ladybug Walk in NE PDX. Explore Rose City Park with a trained preschool naturalist. $4 per preschooler. Friday 10am. 

Create Your Own Robot Hero at Sparks Art in NE PDX. Disney folks will be handing out Big Hero 6 swag and kids can make their own personal robots. Robot making is free; kids in grades K and up are welcome to stay for open studio for $15. Robot making is Friday 3:30-4:30pm. Open studio runs from 3:30-5:30pm. 

Gogh Kids Canvas Painting Class in Tigard. Create your own masterpiece - a cute little penguin - during this step by step painting class for kids. Advance registration recommended. $15. Friday 4-5pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: February 20-22

February 18, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, February 20th

Journey Theater Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. in Hillsboro. Enjoy this fast-paced adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic story. $10-15. Friday 9:30-10:30am and 11:45am-12:45pm.
 
Chinese New Year Celebrations Begin at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Learn more about the Chinese New Year and participate in special events. Children 5 and under are free; $9.50 adults. Friday 10am-5pm. The celebration continues through March 5th. Click here for more ideas to celebrate the Year of the Ram

Red Yarn at the Warehouse Cafe. Weaving together live music, puppetry and storytelling, Red Yarn teaches positive values while reviving American folklore. $5 suggested donation per family. Friday 10-10:45am. 

Drop-in Open Studio in NE PDX. Children in grades K-8 will have access to a variety of art supplies to spark their imagination as they create original masterpieces. $15 for 2 hours. Friday 3:20-5:30pm.  

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Weekend Warriors: February 13-15

February 11, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, February 13th

Valentine's Day Crafting at The Craft Factory with Hattie's Sweet Shop. Decorate a Valentine cookie, craft a trinket box, enjoy a story and more. $12/child. Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm, drop-in. 

Music with Mr. Hoo at the Village Ballroom. Sing along with fun, interactive original and traditional songs. $5/family. Friday 11am-12pm. 

Valentine's Ball at Playdate PDX in NW PDX. See your friends from Frozen, a puppet show, and play in the indoor structure.  $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Friday 4-6pm. 

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urbanMamas Episode 6: Tamara Rubin

February 08, 2015

Below is a partial transcript from the urbanMamas Podcast Episode 6 where we welcome Tamara Rubin, Executive Director of the Lead Safe America Foundation and creator of the documentary, MisLead: America’s Secret Epidemic. Tamara is a Portland mama to 4 kids, 2 of whom were lead poisoned in 2005.

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Links and resources for lead testing your home are available at the bottom of this transcript, as well as how you can help support MisLead and increasing awareness of the prevalence of lead in our schools, homes and environment. Please help this information go viral. Share this post on your Facebook page, email it to your community groups, your daycare, your school, your local legislative office, and help us fill a petition to get 100,000 Portland parents on board with demanding we fund lead clean up in Portland Public Schools.

 

We’ll start with the Icebreaker Hat

Tamara: "If you had to move out of Portland, where would you go and why?" Well actually I've been having a lot of difficulty with the Portland Public Schools, and the school system keeps referring my son to schools with lead hazards. And since he has medical fragility and has a compromised immune system from being poisoned as a baby, I don't want him to go to a school with lead hazards and his doctors have said he shouldn't go to a school with lead hazards. But the PPS says "Well, all of the kids here are going to schools with lead hazards, so why should your kid be any different?" And so I've been looking desperately for a school without lead hazards, and we've interviewed at several schools. We just found one in Lake Oswego that we, hopefully, may get a transfer to. And if that doesn't work out, I might have to move to L.A. because they have a publicly funded public school that is a safe school for autistic kids on the spectrum, anywhere on the spectrum, from pre-K to early 20s. And is free, but if you live out of district it's a $20,000 a year private school. And it has integrated therapies, like occupational therapy, speech therapy, focused learning for any deficit areas like reading. And it's like a magical school. And so I would go to L.A. and try to find a place to live in the L.A. unified school district so my kids could go to school for free.

R: Let's talk about lead!

K: So, you have this documentary, MisLead, and you've been working on it for awhile now.

T: Yeah, I've heard from other documentary filmmakers that the average documentary gets produced in about 4 years, and some take 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 years. And so this is now the beginning of our 4th year, we just hit the 3 year mark in December. I feel bad that aren't getting this message out faster, but also I'm going with the limited funding I've had to work on the film, and we're doing something that I don't know that any other documentary has done, is we're trying to make a feature film that hopefully will be shown in theatres and will have a Hollywood and NY premiere, but we're doing it completely on donations. So over 900 people have donated something, either time or a dollar or $10,000 to help pull this together.

K: $10,000. Good job whoever you are!

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Weekend Warriors: February 6-8

February 04, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, February 6th

Baby Boot Camp Grand Opening. Celebrate the Grand Opening of Baby Boot Camp SE PDX and Happy Valley with a free demo class. Bring your stroller, your little one(s), and get ready for a great workout. Please RSVP. Free. Friday 9:30-11am. 

Open Studio at the Portland Child Art Studio in NW PDX. Paint, draw, sculpt and have a great time getting creative and messy. $10/child. Friday 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. Read our review of this amazing studio here

Clowns Without Borders Benefit Show. This show incorporates physical comedy, juggling, acrobatics, music, and more. All proceeds benefit Clowns Without Borders-USA's work of relieving trauma through laughter in areas of crisis around the world. $9-30. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Friday 7:30-9:30pm. 

Zen Shorts in SE PDX. It's the opening weekend of Zen Shorts, Tears of Joy Theatre's puppet production extravaganza featuring over 30 puppets, video projections, and original songs. Best for grades K-5. $15-22. Friday 7:30-9pm. 

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Weekend Warriors: January 30-February 1

January 28, 2015

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page.

Friday, January 30th

Free Dance Week at Moxie Studios in West Linn. Check out one of many dance classes offered for kids ages 2-9 today and tomorrow. Free. See website for schedule. 

Heart of Hearts at the St. John's Library. Get creative by making your own origami Valentines with artist Eileen Holzman. Please pre-register. Free. Friday 1-2:30pm. 

Long Winter Knights at the Sellwood Library. Learn about knights and the Middle Ages with the Knights of Veritas. Free. Friday 2-3pm. 

World Friendship Celebration in Vancouver. See performances by Kingsley Garden Music, Tepeyac Pre-Hispanic Dance, and en Taiko in celebration of performing arts from different cultures. $2-5. Friday 6:30-8pm. 

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