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Seattle Children's Theatre


Half-price tickets to 'Cassius Clay,' 'The Velveteen Rabbit'


Here's a sweet deal: Seattle Children’s Theatre is offering half-price tickets to two shows through its pre-Black Friday deal.


Here's how it works: The discount kicks in at 4 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and is good through the end of Sunday, Nov. 25. The code is FAMILYTIME. It can be used on the theater's website or by calling the ticket office at 206-441-3322. It is good for a 50% discount for up to four tickets per family, per performance, on shows Nov. 21-25.

The two shows are "And in this Corner: Cassius Clay" and "The Velveteen Rabbit." A bit more on both shows can be found here.



A new home for Two Owls


Local organic clothing line Two Owls has reopened as a brick-and-mortar storefront in the Madrona neighborhood.


As well as their namesake line, they carry Nesh baby clothing from Bootyland’s Ellie Cassidy, wood toys, imaginative playthings and more. Ordered something from the Bootyland website? You can pick it up for free at Two Owls, 3308 E. Spring St. 


They also have teamed up with Rock Paper Scissors salon to add an adorable airplane chair to the shop so kids can get their hair done while you shop. Support this local shop and other local brands while shopping on their website as well.


What do parents want? More time


Organizing and time management expert Julie Morgenstern wrote her new book, "Time to Parent," because the most common desire of her clients over the last 30 years has been wanting to spend more time with their kids. When she saw the results of a recent survey of more than 250 parents, even she was surprised at the results.


89% of parents worry that they don’t give their kids the time and attention they deserve.

74% of parents think their smartphones distract them from spending quality time with their kids.

83% of parents don’t feel like they get enough exercise.

59% of parents feel that the time they spend arranging and planning for their kids prevents them from actually spending quality time with them.

54% of parents feel they do not spend enough time relating to their children (e.g. giving kids undivided focus on activities that are of interest to them such as reading, playing, talking, sharing adventures, etc.)


Her book offers tips on balance, how to make kids feel loved and secure, how to engage more deeply with your kids, and more.


What's on kids' minds


Highlights, the publisher of educational materials, recently did its 10th annual nationwide survey, State of the Kid, that delves into topics like who and what influences kids’ ideas and thoughts, and how they view their world. Here's some of what they learned from 2,000 kids ages 6-12:


80% of kids worry, and while most are concerned for family and friends, many are also afraid of school shootings and gun violence.


When kids see someone doing or saying something mean, 93% would take action and 23% would attempt to stop it on their own.


The survey also shows that external influencers are playing a bigger role in their lives, that kids believe they can use their voice to change the world for the better, and that they are paying attention to societal issues. It also indicates that kids overall are feeling heard, supported, empowered and loved.



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