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Are We There Yet? archive for Feb. 2009

FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2009

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2009

Wed., Feb. 25, 2009, 6 a.m.

The Influence of Peers

Kids don't really listen to parents, according to Judith Rich Harris, author of the "The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do." Instead, it's all about their peers. In “Why Parents (Still) Don’t Matter,” TIME recently interviewed Harris, whose book caused a...

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009

Mon., Feb. 23, 2009, 3:24 p.m.

A conversation about math and science

Laurie Rogers, one of the original members of the newspaper's Parents' Council, asked me to post the following on the blog:Spokane’s school board is hosting a “Coffee and Conversation” at Ferris High School library, 3020 E. 37th Avenue, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 6-6:50 p.m., prior...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 22, 2009

Sun., Feb. 22, 2009, 9:28 p.m.

Friends without kids 

As each year goes by, I find myself losing touch with friends who don’t have children. This makes me sad, especially since some of these people have been part of my life for a long time. But I find that my world has become so...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009

Fri., Feb. 20, 2009, 2:33 a.m.

Car seat check this Saturday

In light of the current Spokane County Superior Court case involving a Post Falls mother charged with vehicular homicide for not properly installing her 2-month-old’s car seat (which led to her daughter's death in a car accident three years ago), here’s an opportunity for families...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

Wed., Feb. 18, 2009, 12:50 p.m.

When Feelings Hurt

My youngest son had a half-day today. When he climbed into the car he started crying quietly. "I had a bad day," he said."What happened? Did you get in trouble?""No," he sniffed, and cried harder."Did someone hurt your feelings?""Yes!" he sobbed. "I don't wanna talk...

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Wed., Feb. 18, 2009, 9:59 a.m.

Day care in Idaho 

I just don’t get it. Why has it taken so long for lawmakers in Idaho to vote for a bill that requires criminal background checks for day cares in their state?According to Betsy Z. Russell’s story earlier this week, legislators have been striking down the...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 15, 2009

Sun., Feb. 15, 2009, 10:42 p.m.

How gesturing can build your child’s vocabulary 

Parents who point and move their hands and bodies when they talk are doing more than simply communicating with their kids. According to research by two University of Chicago psychologists, they’re also building their children’s vocabulary. In a recent Chicago Tribune story, “U. of C....

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THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2009

Thu., Feb. 12, 2009, 3:17 p.m.

Date night 

With meals to cook, a house to clean, kids to care for on top of a career and other obligations, it’s sometimes hard for moms and dads to get any alone time together. Gone are the days when you could leave for a romantic getaway...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009

Wed., Feb. 11, 2009, 7:31 p.m.


I drive my nine-year-old son to school every day. Each morning as he prepares to get out of the car he leans forward and plants a big kiss on my cheek. "Bye, Mom," he says. "Have a good day. I'll see you after school," I...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2009

Tue., Feb. 10, 2009, 3:11 p.m.

"Friending" your kids on Facebook 

I confess: I have a mild addiction to Facebook. It hasn’t taken over my life but it does take up my time. Instead of working, I find myself taking a quick peek and checking on my friends’ status updates. Before I realize it, I’ve been...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 8, 2009

Sun., Feb. 8, 2009, 9:06 p.m.

Wimpy kids? 

American parents tend to coddle their children, according to Hara Estroff Marano, an editor at Psychology Today and author of “A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting.” They don’t want their kids to ever feel bad, she wrote. They become over-involved and...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2009


Wed., Feb. 4, 2009, 1:59 p.m.

Mother Charged in Infant's Death 

Police say mother installed baby’s seat improperlyJody Lawrence-TurnerStaff writer Spokane County prosecutors charged a Post Falls woman with vehicular homicide Tuesday in the death of her infant daughter, who was severely injured by a car’s airbag while riding in a rear-facing car seat in Spokane.If...

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Wed., Feb. 4, 2009, 1:31 p.m.

The economy and the mental health of families

A growing number of families have hit a crisis point, according to this recent USA Today story, “As economic fears rise, families on verge of unraveling.”Parents are suffering from stress and sometimes can’t cope with economic uncertainty, experts say. The worst-case scenario happened in Los...

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MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2009

Mon., Feb. 2, 2009, 2:49 p.m.

"Dirt don't hurt" 

In fact, it might even be healthy. In “Babies Know: A Little Dirt is Good for You,” Jane E. Brody of The New York Times wrote about the “hygiene hypothesis.” Basically, the theory suggests that we are too clean for our own good. Since we...

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