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Are We There Yet? archive for Jan. 2009

THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2009

Eight might be more than enough 

Earlier this month, I asked you about your thoughts on family planning and how factors that include money, time, religious beliefs and environmental concerns all play into your decisions. So along those lines, I thought I’d bring up the California couple that gave birth to...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2009

Butterfeet and Waterpoop 

Still reading old journals. I came across a list of "Alexisms." Funny mispronunciations my then four-year-old son uttered.Instead of barefoot he said butterfeet. Who knows why?He assured me that his new sandals were waterpoop. I'm hoping he meant waterproof.Cigarettes were dubbed sniggerettes, and one blustery...

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A four-day school week? 11 

Lawmakers in Olympia are considering two bills that would allow school districts to have school only four days a week. The school day would be longer, of course, but kids get a three-day weekend. According to this story from The Seattle P-I, the bill would...

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MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2009

The baby-industrial complex 

Prior to having our first child nearly two weeks ago, my wife and I were fairly oblivious to the vast world of baby-related retail products. As we prepared for our little one's arrival, we ambled blankly through Babies-R-Us and other stores, wondering, at times aloud,...

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The annual purge

Last spring, we made several trips to the dump (the Waste-to-Energy plant, I should say), gave away clothes that the kids had outgrown and donated toys and other items to the Arc of Spokane. But here we are again – overwhelmed with stuff, especially toys....

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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2009

Alan Guthrie, as a fourth-grader, wrote under his drawing: "My WASL is a huge monster that eats children and gets stronger from their fear." Now 18, he just thinks the test is a waste of time and money.
 (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

A new standardized test for students 

Earlier this week, Washington’s new schools chief, Randy Dorn, talked about his plan to replace the WASL with two new tests – the “Measurements of Student Progress” and the “High School Proficiency Exams” – beginning in the spring of 2010. According to this Associated Press...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

Hmmm...What Was I Doing? 

The kids are off to school; think I’ll fix myself a nice breakfast with a pot of tea. I go to the sink, and start to clean up the dishes before I sit and relax. How about some music? I go to the bedroom to...

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You are Getting Sleepy... 

I've been going through some journals I kept when my three oldest were all under five. I'm not sure how I stayed awake long enough to write because in almost every entry I mention trying desperately to get some sleep.One of my favorite entries starts:...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009

Hope and a historic event 

I brought my children to preschool/childcare two hours late today. Instead of rushing out the door, we sat in front of the television to watch as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of our country.I know my kids are perhaps too young...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2009

In this Aug. 2 photo, Michelle Duggar is surrounded by her children and husband Jim Bob, third from right, after the birth of her 17th child in Rogers, Ark. Michelle is pregnant again. Associated Press
 (FILE Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Ready for another child? 

I’m not sure how it happens, but somewhere down the line, some of us actually forget the pain of childbirth. The memory of those stressful first months – learning how to breastfeed, changing diapers every hour, figuring out a schedule for the family -- also...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2009

Can You Hear Me Now?

Awhile back we talked about kids and cell phones. But what about parents? What do you use your cell phone for-- is it your business phone, your primary number, or only used for emergencies?I've found my kids don't have a real grasp on what emergency...

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Cildren and adults make their way along the Spokane River during the 1.2 mile Marmot March in Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington, May 5, 2007.  DAN PELLE The Spokesman-Review (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Fit Kids

Regular exercise not only keeps our children healthy. It also reduces stress, helps them sleep better and prepares them for the academic and emotional challenges they encounter in school. All kids over the age of 2 should get at least 60 minutes of exercise almost...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2009

No meat, please

About one in 200 kids are vegetarian, according to estimates based on a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. In this Associated Press story published earlier this week, Mike Stobbe reported the findings as well as the growing trend of vegetarianism among adolescents....

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SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2009

Too much pink? 21 

The color pink might be damaging to girls, a recent BBC story suggests. In “Should we not dress girls in pink?” writer Clair Bates interviewed several people who believe it’s not healthy for girls to be “obsessed” with the color.“We are creating little fluffy pink...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2009

Teaching Kids to be Lifelong Learners 17 

Sometimes, it is easier to measure how much a child has learned through scores, a grade or something equally tangible.But as many of us have discovered, the numbers or grades don’t tell the whole story. They’re a snapshot of a moment, perhaps, but they’re certainly...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

SUNDAY, JAN. 4, 2009

Parent leaders teach Nordic Kids the basics of cross-country skiing, from the ground up. 
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Embracing winter 

After more than two weeks of vacation, kids in Spokane County are getting yet another snow day. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and mayors Mary Verner of Spokane and Rich Munson of Spokane Valley urged schools to stay closed because they were concerned about kids walking to...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2009

Write it Down

Last week I found a scrap of paper in which I'd written about the last time I rocked my youngest child in our rocking chair. Those five paragraphs brought back a wealth of memories. You can read it here: parents are avid picture takers,...

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