Guest Writer DSP Dad Eric Taylor: When the Language Barrier is Broken

In the place that is Portlandia, soccer is sort of a  big deal.

My children play soccer, watch it on television and have been to many a Portland Timbers game where we sit in the upper-level seats of the Timbers Army section.

With its flag waving and non-stop cheering, experiencing the fabled north end has been nothing short of glorious. The people who make up the crowd: a living, breathing, boisterous symbol of a proud city.

But recently my 10-year-old daughter and I had a chance to get closer to the field and we took it.

Be careful little ears...what you may hear.

Now you should understand the difference between the upper and lower levels of “this section” is like the difference between The Director’s Cut DVD version of Pulp Fiction and the one edited for television.  Meaning, the further down you go, the more grown up it gets.  Words begin to match lip movement and the imagery becomes more… shall we say… vivid.

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Study Abroad Lesson 4: Where DO I Fit?

Square Peg Kids guest contributor, Hannah, is a 17 year old High School student from Central Oregon. When she was nine, she told her mother she was going to live in Spain. Eight years later she’s finally there in Andalucia, and finding … Read more »

Studying Abroad Lesson 1: Fitting In Means Being Myself?

Square Peg Kids guest contributor, Hannah, is a 17 year old High School student from Central Oregon. When she was nine, she told her mother she was going to live in Spain. Eight years later she’s finally there in Andalucia, … Read more »

Dear Thoughtful and Kooky Mom

You Are… You are a thoughtful and kooky mother. You wonder if I am happy. You hear me whisper, “I love you!” You see me with a smile on my face. You want me to be healthy. You are a … Read more »

“Panty-folding” Advice to New College Grads

Go back to school! The real world is tough and Spring Break in the Florida Keys is never going to be the same. But if you must venture out and get a real job, here’s my advice: Get a job. … Read more »

Square Peg Kids: An NBA Player’s Perspective on the Crazy World of Youth Sports

One coach’s opinion Having played basketball from fourth grade through 16 years in the NBA, and now coaching youth football, basketball and lacrosse, I am frequently asked about the state of affairs in youth sports.  So I thought I would share a … Read more »

A Message From Your Mom: It’s My Turn to be the Boss

Why are you always telling me what to do? The other day one of my children decided that he was tired of his parents telling him what to do. “Why are you always telling me what to do?” he asked. … Read more »

What Do You Think About School Lunches?

Mystery Food “They are a strange gray color and they bounce,” Timmy said. Now you may assume he was describing a type of super ball or some of that fabulous Silly Putty that can bounce pretty high when rolled tightly and dropped from … Read more »

Do Kids Really Need Snacks At Every Event?

Snacks, snacks are everywhere What is the deal with kids and snacks?  Snacks seem to be at almost every event in a child’s world. There are sports snacks; which can include a half-time snack and a post-game snack. There are … Read more »

NURSE KRIS Off-Duty: Be A Leader And They Will Follow

Opportunity to Teach a Teenager I’m always looking for ways to build my girl’s self-esteem and never shy away from an opportunity to pat them on the back when they stand up for themselves, become a leader— become a Bieber … Read more »