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THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015

Matt Freeman named executive director of Idaho Board of Education

Idaho’s state Board of Education has announced that its new executive director will be Matt Freeman, now the board’s deputy director and chief fiscal officer. The home-grown pick, chosen after a national search, previously spent nine years with the Legislative Services Office, where he was a budget and policy analyst for the Legislature focusing on higher education. He holds a law degree from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University. An Idaho native, Freeman is married with two children.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2010

Spanking 

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MONDAY, AUG. 23, 2010

Working teens 

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SUNDAY, AUG. 15, 2010

Beyond Time Out 

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SUNDAY, AUG. 8, 2010

Taking care of other people's kids 

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MONDAY, AUG. 2, 2010

The benefits of having siblings

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MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010

The “friendly divorce” movement 

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MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010

Teaching creativity 

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MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010

Children benefit from childcare, studies show, but how much is too much? 

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010

Getting parents ready for college

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010

Family-friendly Spokane 

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

The Financial Cost of Having a Child

It costs more to rear a child than to buy a house in Spokane. According to the latest “Expenditures on Children” report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average expenditures on a child in a middle-income, husband-wife family is about $222,360 – that’s $57,000...

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MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010

Quitting

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TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010

The unique needs of firstborn children

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010

Competitive parenting

I don't say it out loud but every once in a while, as I watch other families, I catch myself thinking, "Oh, I wouldn't do it that way."I've also found myself on the other side, as the recipient of other people's advice. "He's too old...

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

More conversations about race 

One of the things that I love about the elementary school that my son attends is the diversity. As we checked out his kindergarten class photo this year, I was surprised – and also relieved – to see that one out of every four children...

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MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010

Gearing up for summer

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MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010

Playing favorites and sibling rivalry

"I love you all equally." At least, that's what most parents tell their kids. But at some point in their life, children who have grown up with siblings will probably question whether or not that's true.As the black sheep in my family, I was definitely...

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MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

Multigenerational households

During my childhood in the Philippines and then later in Seattle, I was lucky enough to live in the same house as other relatives. At one time or another, we had an aunt or uncle living with us. For a few years, we also lived...

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MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

Mentors in our community

The obituary caught my eye just as we headed out the door last week for America's Kids Run. Frank Edward Petek, 59, was the guy at the starting line of the annual event who would share a joke, give kids a high five or calm...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010

Friends without kids

These days, my social life revolves around my children and their activities. The people I spend the most time with end up being other parents -- usually mothers -- who have preschoolers and kids in kindergarten or the first grade. It wasn't always this way,...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010

More family time

Despite all our worries about working too much and not spending enough time with our children, a recent study now reports that the opposite is true: Families are actually spending more time together."The Rug Rat Race," a report based on the research of husband-and-wife economists...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2010

THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010

Ending the Cycle of Abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In addition to raising awareness about this global problem that affects millions of children, it's also a time to reflect on our own actions as parents -- especially if we grew up in dysfunctional households.Abuse isn't just physical...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010

Financially Savvy Kids

Whenever we sit down for breakfast on Sundays, the first thing my kids pick up from the newspaper are the ads. They're always on the lookout for inserts with full-color images of toys, videogames and all the usual stuff that seem to draw children's attention....

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