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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2008


Sometimes, I wish I had one of those industrial-size shredders that they used in New York recently to get rid of all the mistakes I’ve made in the past year. But unlike the convenience of “Good Riddance Day,” an event sponsored by the Times Square...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2008

MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2008

Families trek down Spokane Falls Blvd. toward Riverfront Park to see the early fireworks show Monday evening, Dec. 31, 2007 at First Night, the New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Spokane.  Families, singles, children in costumes flocked to downtown Spokane to celebrate New Year's Eve.   JESSE TINSLEY THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Staying up late on New Year's Eve

When we were little, my sister and I played Monopoly until the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. It was one of those rare evenings when my parents allowed us to stay up way past our bedtime. The evening wasn’t exactly a family affair...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 27, 2008

“Killing kids with kindness”

To combat childhood obesity, Great Britain’s Department of Health has just launched a campaign that uses examples of kids dying from diabetes and heart disease as a result of being excessively overweight, according to The Guardian. One of the ads states: "It's hard to say...

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Broken Angels 

As angels go it was pretty ugly— its cherubic smile rather disturbing. But my son bought it for me at the Dollar Store when he was four. His dad helped him wrap it and Alex was so excited for me to open it. “Open mine!...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2008

MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2008

Third Culture Kids 

These are the kids who think outside the box.According to Ruth E. Van Reken, co-founder of Families in Global Transition and co-author of "Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds," TCKs are people with global perspective. They are "socially adaptable and intellectually...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 2008

When the kids say they don’t like the tree you bought,  pop in the DVD of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” United Feature Syndicate (United Feature Syndicate / The Spokesman-Review)

The holiday spirit: priceless 

Some families are cutting back on gifts this year, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing for the kids, according to this story from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. After breaking the news to her kids about the loss of her husband’s job, Cynthia Mincey...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008

Vic Edwards of Bryam Healthcare at Sprague and Ivory in Spokane, Wash., fights a losing battle trying to keep the parking lot clear of snow, December 17, 2008.  DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Snow day 

Since the schools are closed and the kids are home, how do you plan to spend the day?If you have to go to work, how to you find child care on emergency days like today?

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Parenting books for the holidays 

The hosts of NPR’s Tell Me More ( recently shared their favorites. They include:"Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood," by Leonard Pitts Jr.. A book about African American men and their experiences as dads and with their own dads."Infants and Mothers: Differences...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008

Spilling the Beans about Santa 

I have a friend who told his kids from the time they were little that there was no such thing as Santa. He’s not one of those people who think Santa is the anti-Christ. He’s also not one to protest the commercialization of the holidays....

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FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2008

"Midwife Milestone"

If you get a chance, please check out this story by John Stucke about Kathy Bentley, a certified nurse midwife in Spokane who delivered her 1,000th baby this week. I'm a bit partial. Kathy delivered my second child and she was indeed wonderful. She and...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 7, 2008

MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2008

Playing sports for fun?

For $149, parents can now pay for a test that will predict their child’s natural athletic abilities.In “Born to Run? Little Ones Get Test for Sports Gene,” New York Times reporter Juliet Macur wrote about the latest offering from Boulder-based Atlas Sports Genetics. After collecting...

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MONDAY, NOV. 24, 2008

Babies at work

At some companies, employees can now bring their babies, according to this recent article from The Burlington Free Press.Zutano, a children’s apparel company, allows its workers to take care of children from 2 months to 12 months while doing their duties in the office, reported...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2008

Sick kids

Sometime in the fall or winter and maybe once again in the spring, our children inevitably catch a bug that gives them congestion and a runny nose. For some, the illness can be a lot worse. The kids may end up with a fever, diarrhea...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 16, 2008

Home Alone 

My sisters and I were latchkey children. When I was 11 and my sister was 9, we would take the Metro bus home from our north Seattle Catholic school back to our home in the suburb of Brier. From the bus stop, we walked for...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 2008

Can Boys Just Be Boys?

Always knew about the harsh way that girls can treat each other, yet not so much about boys. My 7th grade son, now attending middle school, told me how a neighboring 8th grade boy ignores him at school. These kids play together occasionally, riding bikes...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2008

Teens and TV sex scenes

Watching sexual content on TV can increases the likelihood of teen pregnancy, The Washington Post and other newspapers reported earlier this week. The story, based on a three-year study of more than 2,000 young people ages 12 to 17, described sexual content as “kissing, touching,...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 2, 2008

Birth order and careers

Where you rank among your siblings – whether you’re the oldest, the youngest or in the middle – might actually affect the kind of work you do as an adult, according to a recent survey conducted by“Clearly, birth order affects personality, but what about...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2008

Bunny princess

My daughter is only 2, but ask her what she wants to be for Halloween and she'll quickly tell you: "Princess!"I've always been kind of a tomboy so I just don't quite understand the princess fascination. In fact, I'm a little opposed to the gender...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 24, 2008

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2008

FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2008

Mommy Cliques

It doesn’t end in the 10th grade, apparently. While many of us worry about our kids getting bullied at school, it seems that some of us moms do it to each other.This occurred to me while reading an excerpt from “Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2008

Why We Had Children

Sometimes in the midst of sleepless nights, toddler tantrums, endless carpools and teenage angst, it's hard to remember why we wanted children in the first place.Tonight my third-grader reminded me. He came into the kitchen and said, "Mom, I'm writing a book. Wanna know the...

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