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Are We There Yet? archive for Aug. 2009

SUNDAY, AUG. 30, 2009

School Food Revolution 

Chicken fajitas. Cuban black beans. Sauteed corn and summer squash. These are just some of the dishes you’ll find at The Lunch Box Project, an online guidebook to help schools serve healthier meals to our children. The website is part of the “School Food Revolution,”...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2009

Baby items and new law governing secondhand sales 

People in the Inland Northwest love garage sales. If they’re not driving around rown scoping out other people’s stuff, they’re probably throwing a sale of their own. For parents, these sales often mean great deals on used kids’ clothes, toys and nursery furnishings. Throwing a...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 23, 2009

Kids and cell phones 

More than 70 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds own a cell phone, according to a study published this month by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. As a point of comparison, the survey -- conducted in 2008 -- noted that 77 percent of all...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2009

Parental responsibility law 

In Eastpointe, Mich., a new city ordinance can now send parents to jail or force them to pay fines if their kids under 18 commit crimes. "This obviously gives us another tool in dealing with parents that don't want to take responsibility," the city’s police...

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MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2009

Choosing schools 

My son will be a kindergartener this fall in his neighborhood public school. But for some parents who live nearby, the school isn’t quite what they have in mind for their own children. Some have opted to send their children to private school. Others have...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2009

The worst case scenario

What would happen to your kids if you and your spouse suddenly died? According to a 2007 survey, nearly 75 percent of parents with children under 18 have no will or estate documents. That means they also haven’t named a guardian for them in the...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 9, 2009

Border-crossing with children 

If you’re traveling to Canada with your kids but without your spouse or partner, you need to bring a letter of consent. My husband and I learned this the hard way earlier this summer during a family trip without me to British Columbia. I was...

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All preschoolers get grumpy and fussy, but if it’s chronic, it may be a sign of depression. A recent study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health found that children as young as 3 can actually suffer from this disorder that affects as many...

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MONDAY, AUG. 3, 2009

One family’s playborhood

Any kid can play in Mike Lanza’s front yard. That’s because the San Francisco father of three boys turned his garden into a “front yard family room,” where all the kids in the neighborhood have received an open invitation to hang out, play on the...

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