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Archive for October 2006

Funeral services

Services for Spokesman-Review assistant features editor Laura Crooks will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the New Heights Open Bible Church, 708 W. Nora Ave. (Nora at Wall Street). The church phone number is 509-443-2631.

Memorial information

Steve Smith said today that a memorial fund for Laura Crooks has been established at the Spokane Media Federal Credit Union. Also, the funeral is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

More details will be posted on Daily Briefing as they become available.

It is a very sad day at the newspaper

It’s with much sorrow in my heart that I have to tell you Laura Crooks passed away, on the morning of Saturday October 28. She was at home with her family.
This blog was very important to Laura, and we are committed to keeping it and the parents council going in the future.
We wanted to get word of Laura’s sudden passing to the parents council as quickly as possible – thus this posting – there will be an obituary in the paper Sunday morning.

You may reach me at 509-459-5427 or via e-mail at

School bans tag at recess

Have you read this article about a Mass. school banning tag and touch football since it is risky and they worry about getting sued?? Do lawyers rule the world? Are risk management officers going to micromanage our lives until we all hide away in a big padded room?

Computer Dumb?

Are today’s parents too computer dumb to know what their kids are really up to online?

How are you watching your kids’ online moves? What do you do to keep them out of danger on the Internet?

Are you a teen who is being spied on by your parents? What do you think about that?

This is the place to sound off on these issues, let’s hear from you.

Picky Eaters

Did you read the article “Picky eater’s start early in life” in today’s SR Food section? It’s true that children imitate their parents, but being a picky eater may also be attributed to what parents allow. I don’t fully agree with the last statement made, “It cannot be a battle. The parent will always lose.” True, you cannot force your child to like a particular food, but you may be able to have them tolerate it and try it. Whatever we serve for meals, our children eat everything. If it’s something they don’t like, they try one bite. Children tastes can change. There are foods that our children did not like and now they do like. On the other hand, there are stills foods that they dislike. Our goal is to make them appreciate food and enjoy it.

Pink Muppet Controversy

Has anyone read the concerns about the new pink girl muppet, Abby Cadabby? I have NOT seen Ms. Cadabby yet but am perplexed by the people complaining that she is ‘too pink, too girly’ and is not a good role model for girls. Here’s an article that talks about it:

Any thoughts? I was never particularly ‘girly’ when I was growing up on our farm, drove tractors and trucks and worked right alongside my dad. My daughter likes dolls and pink clothes but she also likes dinosaurs and legos and soccer and keeping up with big brother. What does too girly mean? Until I had a boy and girl of my own, I never truly thought boys and girls were so fundamentally different. But they are. And that is a good thing! Any thoughts? Does exposing your kids to a pink/girly/floofy girl destine them for a life of gender oppression??????????

Diapers….cloth or disposable

With my first child I used disposable, when I was pregnant the seond time around I wanted to do cloth, they are less expensive 9 larger up front cost) and are better for the enviroment. However when my second pregnancy showed twins I was not so sure I could keep up with the laundry of cloth diapers… but I was still hopeful. After the twins were born and I foundmyself pregnant again…I gave up! There was no way I could do laundry for 3 kids in diapers and still have everyone in the house hold wearing clean clothes, heck I can barley keep up with just cleaning the clothes.
I would like to hear of some parents who had good success with cloth, and those who went with disposable..did you do it beacuse it was easier or because you were not fully aware of the benefits of cloth diapering.
As for me I still have 5 doz. fitted cloth diapers…never used..probly never will!

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