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Are We There Yet? archive for March 2008

MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2008

Etiquette redux

I’m working on a story about manners. Specifically, I’m focusing on a class in Spokane designed to teach children proper etiquette.During the three-day course, kids spend a few hours at the Davenport Hotel learning everything from writing thank you notes and hosting a party to...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2008

A simple life

A dear friend whom I haven’t seen in a while passed along this bit of wisdom: “25 Ways to Simplify Your Life with Kids,” from a website on Zen habits.Here are some of the suggestions from the author, a man with a house fill of...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2008

The cost of raising a child

According to this story from Reuters, the cost of raising a child born in 2007 until her or his 18th birthday will exceed what some families might spend on a home.Middle-class families should expect to spend $269,040, factoring in inflation. That total doesn’t include money...

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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2008

Spring break

For some families, spring break is a time to scramble to find childcare. For others, it’s a week they spend together -- on a trip, perhaps, or at home in search of creative things to do.What do your children do during spring break? Do you...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2008

Family-friendly workplaces

Juggling family responsibilities with a career along with everything else is sometimes akin to that circus trick of spinning plates.Lots of mothers and fathers are able to do it. But the really lucky ones also get some help.Every year, Working Mother Magazine publishes a list...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2008

Too much stuff

My 4-year-old has the case of the gimmies.I’m not sure how it started, but perhaps in my previous overscheduled, 40-plus-hours-at-work life, I got a little carried away with the presents. Maybe I felt too guilty or I was too tired to discipline. Instead of saying,...

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MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2008

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2008

Gotta have faith?

This recent article about how a growing number of Americans have changed their religious affiliation since childhood got me thinking about the role of faith in how we raise our kids.Do you think children need a religious/spiritual foundation in order to learn about morality and...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2008

SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008

“Sibling” rivalry

Not everyone in our household was thrilled when my eldest child was born.From the moment we brought our newborn into the house, our three cats felt threatened. In those first few weeks, we just didn’t have the time or energy to brush their fur and...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2008

Easter Egg Hunt Etiquette

Where do you go for Easter egg hunts? Do you ever bring your children to the local parks or churches, where they have hunts for large groups of kids?I’m working on a story about “egg hunt etiquette,” especially when little children are out there picking...

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MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2008

Testing our kids

This breaking-news story about the cost of administering the WASL made me wonder: Has it made a significant difference in the way we educate our children?I think I know where the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction stands on this issue. And I believe...

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