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Are We There Yet? archive for June 2009

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009

Tue., June 30, 2009, 3:22 p.m.

Is it a boy or girl?

Nobody knows – except the parents of “Pop,” a 2-year-old in Sweden whose parents refuse to reveal whether their child is a boy or girl. Pop’s mom and dad decided to keep their child’s gender a secret because they believe gender is a social construction,...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009

Sun., June 28, 2009, 9:59 p.m.

The “Marriage Go-Round”

Americans are more likely to get married, divorced and remarried compared to people in other Western countries, statistics show. We also have more live-in partners. But when a relationship sours, we quickly bail. “We step on and off the carousel of marriages and partnerships faster...

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Wed., June 24, 2009, 8:11 a.m.

Boomerang kids

They’re known as “boomerang kids” – young people in their late teens or early 20s (sometimes 30s, and yes, even 40s) who have already gone to college or asserted their independence but are now finding themselves back at home with their parents. Statistics from the...

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MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2009

Mon., June 22, 2009, 5:06 a.m.

Maternity and paternity leave

To observe Father’s Day, newspapers and other media published and broadcasted a flurry of dad-related stories over the weekend. Many of them, focused on how fathers have changed over the years – how many of them are becoming more involved with their children, especially in...

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Wed., June 17, 2009, 11:22 a.m.

Birthday party advice

A recent story I wrote about art parties for birthdays prompted a reader named Annie to send me an e-mail this week. She thinks there's way too much pressure out there for parents. So she advises moms like me to chill out and not worry...

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MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009

Mon., June 15, 2009, 7:33 a.m.

The Sandwich Generation

As more couples wait a few years before having children, some are finding themselves caught between raising their own kids and caring for aging parents. These adults are among the 10 to 16 million Americans who belong to the Sandwich Generation – people in their...

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 (The Spokesman-Review)

Thu., June 11, 2009, 1:34 p.m.

Closet Tip Needed 

Need help from you do-it-yourselfers. We have a laundryoom closet that needs some sort of cover. We did not reinstall the bi-fold doors becuase it would have required drilling holes in our new tiled floor. One option is a curtain rod. Have any other ideas?

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Thu., June 11, 2009, 12:22 p.m.

Boys and Aggression 

The other day, while playing in the yard, my 5-year-old son took a tent stake and started punching holes into a cardboard box. He wasn’t hurting his little sister or property, I figured, so I just allowed him to continue pounding away. Still, the action...

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Tue., June 9, 2009, 11:36 a.m.

Summer Reading 

For my family, one of the best things about living in Spokane is having the Spokane Public Library. Every Monday, we visit the South Hill branch and come home with more than two dozen books as well as a few DVDs. It’s something that my...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2009

Sun., June 7, 2009, 10:01 p.m.

Teens and drug use

According to 2007 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all teens drink alcohol. The same report noted that 26 percent of high school students binge drink and that 11 percent reported driving a car or other vehicle during the past 30...

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MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2009

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