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Are We There Yet? archive for Dec. 2008

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

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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