6 Tips for Winning Over Picky Toddlers

Getting young children to eat a balanced, healthy diet can be a definite challenge. But it’s important to remember that as you help your child learn healthy eating habits for life, the foundation of healthy eating outweighs the challenges by far. Nonetheless, it can still be a difficult phase, so here are some ways
to ease you through this trying season.

1. Minimize mealtime distractions.

Turn off the television, clear toys from the dining table, and implement a “no phone at the table” rule to help everyone focus on the family conversation and their food.

2. Set a good example.

Eat together as a family as often as possible and eat a variety of healthy foods yourself. You are your child’s best role model; let them see you enjoying healthy foods and they will follow.

3. Don’t force your child to clean their plate.

Instead, avoid the power struggle by encouraging them to try at least two bites of everything on their plate.

4. Think about how you brand it.

Food becomes more approachable with a fun name attached to it. Think “pinwheel sandwiches” rather than turkey and cheese rolled up in a tortilla, “pink fish” rather than salmon, or “miniature trees” rather than broccoli.

5. Get your child involved.

Encourage them to help you shop for healthy food at the grocery store, then let them help wash and prepare the fruits and vegetables. Being a part of the process makes kids more interested in the end result on their plate.

6. Let your child have a say by giving them choices with limited options.

Ask questions like: Milk or water with dinner? Purple cup or green cup? Superhero plate or Mickey Mouse plate? This keeps your child feeling like their input matters while also keeping the conversation focused.

Pediatrics Northwest
pedsnw.net

Celebrating 40 Years: Family Eyecare Assoc.

How you treat your customers sets you apart from others in your field. Dr. Spencer Garlick and his Family EyeCare Associates practice embraces that philosophy with his motto Do What is Best for Your Patient.

“When you treat people, including your staff, like family, you can’t help having success,” said Dr. Spencer Garlick, owner of Family EyeCare Associates in Fircrest.

Celebrating 40 years in business, Family EyeCare Associates was started in 1981 by Dr. Erick Hartman. While Dr. Hartman retired in 2016, he still fills in to stay connected with old friends and perform a service he loves.

Specializing in low vision cases, or persons legally blind but with some range of sight, brought Dr. Hartman and Dr. Garlick together in 2013. With the same specialization and more importantly, the same vision for quality eye care through caring customer service and a family friendly atmosphere, the two Doctors of Optometry created a succession plan to keep the practice in place.

A new logo for the practice was introduced this year to celebrate the 40 year anniversary. Designed by a patient, the logo features the nearby Tacoma Narrows Bridge. According to Dr. Garlick, “The logo exemplifies a bridge to future success as well as the communities we serve.”

The pandemic year of 2020 was supposed to be a great year for eyes, but that didn’t work out so well. So, in an attempt to capture some of the special significance, Dr. Garlick discovered some inadvertent hidden meaning in his new logo. A careful inspection shows the bridge has the Roman numeral XX over XX. That also adds up to 40, symbolic of the practice’s 40th year. Clearly, he was happy with his new logo design. It also goes perfectly with the last four digits of their phone number: 2020.

The entire team at Family EyeCare Associates cares about vision and eye health, stressing the importance of annual comprehensive exams. The clinic provides the full scope of optometry services as well glasses, contacts, and medical
eye exams.

Family Eyecare Associates
6314 19th Street West, Suite 1, Fircrest
familyeyecare2020.net

BY LYNN CASTLE

APCC: On a Mission for the Community

When Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) was formed in 1996, it was intended to fulfill a deep need as a place that brought together significant segments of minority Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. For more than two decades, APCC has taught and celebrated the cultural history, customs, arts, crafts, people and legends from their 47 represented nations. And it has been a hub for so many people to gather and celebrate. To be entertained. To show their pride. And to help each other.

Helping each other is one of the major missions of APCC. And, help they do. Whether it is assistance in filling out government forms to start a new business or guiding members in understanding complicated regulations, APCC is there to help. The organization knows they are trusted because they look like their members and speak their language. They form a comfort zone and have the capacity and earned trust to improve their members’ lives.

Through phenomenal support from their sponsors, APCC puts on a vast number of annual events that entertain and educate. But APCC also sees a need to help with students creating many wrap-around youth programs in the local schools. Reducing stress for youth begins and ends with reducing stress on their parents. This is accomplished by APCC through housing and food assistance, two of the biggest stressful issues for any family.

As APCC approaches its 25th anniversary in November, it has expanded its role in the community by offering free testing and vaccinations, much needed food boxes and school supplies plus Resiliency Grants Assistance for small businesses. Asia Pacific Cultural Center – on a continued mission of service.

Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma
253.383.3900
APCC96.org

BY LYNN CASTLE

Youth Engaged in the World Around Them

Back by popular demand, the Agents of Discovery Puget Sound Explorer Campaign introduced last summer will be bigger and better with more Mission locations when it begins again in July. The Puget Sound Explorer Campaign is a summer educational initiative program running through September 25. The program encourages kids to play by visiting participating parks, museums, zoos and cultural sites. During their visits to these fantastic locations, the kids complete fun Missions to earn exclusive digital and real-world rewards. The more Missions they complete, the more rewards they earn.

Agents of Discovery® is an educational gaming platform that uses the latest in Augmented Reality (AR) technology to get youth and their families active and engaged. Partnering organizations use the Agents of Discovery platform to create their own AR games or “Missions” based on their own educational programs and materials. Visitors to their various sites assume the role of a secret “agent” on a “mission” as they complete the site-specific challenges.

With a goal of getting youth outdoors, active, and exploring their surroundings more, the program also offers its partners the opportunity to foster community engagement, promote educational programming, and connect with other participating partners. More partners and venues are highly encouraged.

Implemented locally by Metro Parks Tacoma, the Agents of Discovery program has Mission locations that are also year round venues for the kids that want to keep playing.

Agents of Discovery Puget Sound Explorer Campaign
agentsofdiscovery.com/play/campaigns/#PugetSound

BY LYNN CASTLE

Health Starts Where We Live, Work and Play

Healthy choices should be convenient choices for everyone in Western Washington. That’s why Pierce County medical providers are helping families live healthier lives, through programs and services in medical clinics and hospitals throughout our communities.

Tacoma health care quality comes down to access, affordability and outcomes. Out of 39 counties in Washington, Pierce County ranks 24 for health outcomes, 26 for health factors, and 33 for healthy behaviors. Research indicates that a healthy lifestyle may prevent up to 70 percent of common life-threatening diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

Since 2005, Pierce County Gets Fit & Healthy, a countywide initiative to promote the importance of healthy eating and active living, has provided tools to help everyone get fit and healthy. It is a major collaborative effort, led by the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Best of all, it’s easy to participate. Whatever your health challenge, whatever your fitness goals, Pierce County Gets Fit & Healthy has something for you.

Sure, healthy living is a long-term commitment, but there are steps you can take right now that will make you healthier today than yesterday and pave the way for healthy living tomorrow. Since Pierce County has 50 park sites totaling over 4,200 acres, why not find a walking buddy and get out on one of many walking trails right away? Not sure where to start? Check out this handy walking guide for beginners.

Health Care Resources

  • YMCA
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics
  • Emergency Services
  • Senior Centers/Resources
  • Caregiver Support
  • Parent Help 123
  • Maternal Child Outreach
  • Community Health Care
  • Children With Special Health Care Needs
  • Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department

BY KELLY LENIHAN

The Harbor History Museum

Nestled on the Gig Harbor waterfront where Donkey Creek meets the bay, the Harbor History Museum is celebrating its 11th year of operation. Yet the Museum’s campus has a much deeper history, first as a village site of the sxw babš, or Swift Water People, a band of the Puyallup Tribe, and later the site of Austin’s log mill and original site of the Peninsula Light Company. The Museum campus includes the 1893 Midway Schoolhouse and 65-foot fishing boat, Shenandoah. Step through the Museum’s front doors, surrounded by massive logs reminiscent of the trees that were once milled here, and a whole world of culture and tradition welcomes you.

The Museum’s 7,000 square-foot permanent gallery takes you on a journey from the twisted remnants of “Galloping Gertie” (the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge) to the immigrant stories of boat builders, fishermen, farmers, and ferry operators. Look closely and find the first winners of Gig Harbor’s fabled Round Rock Contest and hear the clamor of the crowd as C.E. Shaw’s famous racing roosters take to the track. These roosters were so well known they were invited to Madison Square Garden in New York in 1936.

Fans of local boat building will delight in the Willits canoe, the giant wheel from the ferry Defiance, and a purse seiner’s power block—the 1950s invention that changed commercial fishing forever. Loved by many are the Norwegian and Croatian costumes on display from the days of Scandia Gaard, a 1970s local attraction where Nordic heritage was celebrated through music, dance, and folklore.

Visitors may step inside the one-room schoolhouse, the last of its kind in the Gig Harbor area. Restored and set in 1915, the schoolhouse is home to the popular Pioneer School Experience field trip program.

The Shenandoah is 65 feet of wonder. Recently named an American Treasure by the National Park Service, she is being preserved for future generations as the centerpiece of the Museum’s new Maritime Gallery, due to open in 2025. Visitors can see her restoration in action.

Harbor History Museum
4121 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor
235.858.6722
harborhistorymuseum.org

BY STEPHANIE LILE

Physical Therapy with Fun & Family

Owners Kim Bisson and Susan Jankelson wanted to create a clinic that felt like home. Their goal was for each person who walked through the doors, whether patient or employee, to feel like part of the family.

Welcome home to Rainier Family Physical Therapy. What started over a cup of coffee in 2007 has transformed into a thriving practice based on two principles: family and fun! No more boring, stressful doctors’ offices. Rainier Family Physical Therapy wants to be a highlight of your day.

Committed to serving people in their own backyard, community involvement is important to this team. They are proud sponsors of the Run 4 Her Heart 5K supporting women’s heart health, and the K9 5K, a dog-friendly run in support of Bridges Center for Grieving Children.

Rainier Family Physical Therapy uniquely provides personalized treatment plans with expert staff trained in Counterstrain therapy, Muscle Energy techniques, Kinesio taping, therapeutic exercises, and various methodologies to promote overall healing and wellness.

The skilled team of physical therapists offers a variety of exercise, manual, and strengthening therapy options to suit different abilities and prevent future injury. They seek healing beyond the symptoms to find the source of issues for the most effective treatment.

“The therapists are amazing and make you feel like family. There is always a smiling face. I hate to be done, but I am grateful to be healed. Thank you all for your support and getting me back on track,” client Joanne wrote in a thank-you note.

Neighbors from Puyallup, Graham and around the South Sound depend on Rainier Family Physical Therapy for help with back and neck pain; muscle, tendon and ligament injuries; concussions; headaches and migraines; muscle tightness and weakness; pre- and post-surgical support and so much more. They even offer free consultations—with no pressure, only fun.

No one wants an injury. But—just in case—you need someone to call. Who better than family? For physical therapy, it’s Rainier Family.

Rainier Family Physical Therapy
18710 Meridian Ave E, Puyallup
253.875.6826
rainierfamilypt.com

BY EMILY HAPPY

Tacoma Mall Expands

Long known as a community leader in shopping, dining, and entertainment, Tacoma Mall has recently announced plans to further elevate the shopping experience. Looking forward to the 2021 fall season, the Mall will introduce Nordstrom Rack, Ulta, and Marcus Theatres. These additions are expected to be the beginning of a larger redevelopment in the Tacoma Mall.

“We have a continued commitment to invest in the Tacoma community,” said Eric Sadi, Chief Operating Officer of Leasing. “Tacoma Mall is a lifestyle destination. Simon is leading the way with transformational projects in the state of Washington. We will bring a uniquely curated mix of retailers, entertainment, and dining options to Tacoma.”

Next in store for shoppers will be a charming urban village located on the north side of the mall. The intention is to engage visitors with a welcoming, community-friendly environment where shoppers can enjoy a variety of dining and entertainment.

Nordstrom Rack is renowned for fabulous style and great prices and shoppers can look forward to deals on clothing and shoes for women, men and children. This Tacoma location will be much more convenient for South Sound families and avoid a frustrating trip with I-5 traffic.

Ulta, soon to be featured in the mall, is well-known as a premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products, and even salon services. Ulta carries more than 25,000 products from around 500 beauty brands and is your one-stop shop for cosmetic products and services.

Marcus Theatres will also be added as a trendsetting theatre for not only the Tacoma Mall, but for Washington State. Their first location in the state, Marcus Theatres is the fourth-largest theatre company in the United States and well-known in their Midwest markets. Theatre-goers can look forward to the latest amenities like cushy stadium seating, innovative food and beverage offerings, and 72-feet-wide UltraScreens.

Tacoma Mall proudly serves our neighbors in the communities of University Place, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Puyallup, Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Tacoma. With over 150 stores ranging from women’s apparel and children’s fashion to home electronics, Tacoma Mall is expanding it’s shopping offerings in Pierce County.

Tacoma Mall
tacoma-mall.com

BY REBECCA SMITH

Olympic Landscape – Heart for Community

Olympic Landscape has been designing, building and servicing outdoor residential and commercial spaces in the South Sound for more than 40 years. As an expert landscape contractor, the company creates beautiful outdoor living spaces, unique gathering spaces, and specially-themed gardens for homes and businesses. The owner and CEO, Joe Areyano, plans to continue that legacy. He also added new services and products that will carry Olympic forward for at least another 40 years.

“My family started a landscape company in 1980, so I’ve been around the industry for the majority of my life,” says Areyano. “At age 16, I started learning every division of the company, from landscape retaining walls to irrigation.” After about five years, he was promoted to field manager and continued to work his way into greater responsibilities. He’s now a certified landscape professional. This hands-on experience, he says, helps him ensure that customers receive the highest-quality service.

Since Areyano purchased Olympic Landscape from founder Neil Hedman, he has expanded the business. The company is growing into a regional leader, expanding its service area and the core services it offers. As a great landscape construction install company, Olympic offers both landscape design/build and landscape straight to construction. They now offer commercial maintenance and can accommodate snow and ice removal projects too. This is good news for local businesses and homeowners who need these services.

The growth of Olympic Landscape is good news for the larger community as the company increased the number of employees to about 57 in 2019. Additionally, Olympic supports local charities and non-profit events such as St. Francis House, which eases the hardships of those in need in east Pierce County. They also support the Emergency Food Network that supplies 3.9 million pounds of healthy, nutritious food annually to 76 food pantries, meal sites and shelters for distribution to families and individuals in need. Olympic partners with Adorned in Grace, a bridal boutique that uses its profit to teach and train individuals rescued from human trafficking. The company is particularly proud to support our neighbors and give back to complete the community circle.

Olympic Landscape
olympiclandscape.com

BY JULIE LEYDELMEYER

Giving Back in the 253

In any community, a sense of “community” is built on the connections made through unique groups of people that support one another. When I moved to Tacoma five years ago, I was wanting to know my neighbors, to feel that my community supported one another, and to find ways to give back. Quickly, I learned that the 253 has an abundance of opportunities for giving of time or financial resources. I encourage you to join me in this building of community.

If you are looking to give time, the South Sound region is filled with organizations that would love to have you as a volunteer. You can choose to focus on a wide range of interests: recreation, arts, social justice, health and education, to name a few. If you are passionate about education and the development of younger generations, a good place to start is in our schools. Outside of the schools, nonprofits often look for volunteers to do administrative tasks or provide program support.

Two good ways to find out about service opportunities are to join the Volunteers group on Facebook or visit the nonprofit websites listed on the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation page. When you feel your roots settling into the 253 and your heart is called to give back, but your time is limited, a monetary gift can provide hope and resources throughout the South Sound. “Philanthropy” is often misperceived as giving big financial gifts, but a gift of $20 a month goes a long way in creating a sustainable community. For Emergency Food Network, for example, every dollar you donate provides $12 worth of nutritious food for our neighbors in need. Philanthropy in any amount promotes the welfare of others. Your generous gift could change lives.

To find local organizations that qualify for tax-exempt giving, visit the nonprofit listing on the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation page.

gtcf.org/community/directory
facebook.com/greatertacoma

BY TAUNA SHOEMAKER