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Are We There Yet? archive for March 2009

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009

Guys and dolls 

When my son was 2, he used to play with dolls. Now at 5, he wouldn’t be caught anywhere near one. I never discouraged him to stop playing with dolls – in fact, I prefer them to the superhero action figures – but somewhere along...

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009

Do my kids get on your nerves? 

I went to my women’s group this morning and brought my kids along. Although my friends are very patient with me and my little ones, socializing at other people’s homes can be a lot of work. Instead of visiting with my women’s group today, I...

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Back to Work 

I am considering going back to work full time outside of the home. Our children are 12 (almost 13), 8 and 8. My husband works out of state on a 2-on and 2-off work schedule. Any advice? Childcare?

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How Much Tipping is Enough 

A friend asked me to post this question:What is the norm for tipping these days? A friend who works in the restaurant business says that 20% is now the norm. What do you tip your hairdresser, pizza delivery? How much do you pay your babysitter...

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Summer Education 

A friend asked me to post this question:Do parents structure their kids' days during the summer months, such as working with them on reading, math, writing, etc.?What are your ideas for planning your summer and fitting learning in?

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Preschool Co-op 

For nearly three decades, Gail Lampert has been working with children and parents at the South Spokane Co-Op. She started out as one of the moms who brought her three children to the preschool. She grew to love the co-op so much that she became...

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Child care takes a hit 

Across the country, child-care centers that were once full are now watching their enrollment numbers drop. With the poor economy, parents are pulling their kids out of child care or after-school care to save money. Some parents have lost their jobs and are now staying...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2009

More math info

Laurie Rogers, one of the members of the Parents' Council, asked me to post the following information for parents:Debbie Knutson, who runs a tutoring business in Spokane, and I have been discussing how parents can determine how much mathematics their children actually know. Currently, Washington...

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“Slow parenting" 

In some circles, parenting has become a competitive sport. For some reason, we can’t help but compare our kids to others. If we hear of a kid who can sing the ABCs at the age of 18 months, we feel pressured to break out the...

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Juggling it all

When a friend asked me what I was up to these days, I gave her a sample of my usual “to do” list. “Mothers have always quilted,” she said matter-of-factly. “That’s what women have to do survive.” I don’t like to sew and would never...

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The family that volunteers together…

Volunteering as a family provides quality time for busy families, strengthens communication and promotes cooperation, according to the Corporation for National & Community Service. For many families, the experience also increases problem-solving skills while enabling parents and older siblings to be role models to the...

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Books We Love

Every year, the Association for Library Service to Children awards the prestigious Caldecott Medal to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Some of those books are probably already on your bookshelves at home – they’re the ones with the gold...

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No cussing

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but my kids recognize a bad word when they hear one. Thankfully, they don’t use expletives in their conversations with friends and family but I know for a fact they’ve heard me utter the occasional cuss word during stressful moments....

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When looking for a preschool, don’t forget about art 

The Chicago Tribune published a “preschool primer” this weekend and while reading the article, this piece of advice caught my eye: Check out the walls.Besides inspecting the building for safety and assessing toys, activities, teachers and whether or not children are engrossed in activities, parents...

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