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Are We There Yet? archive for Oct. 2009

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

Wed., Oct. 28, 2009, 10:29 p.m.

What to do with all that candy? 

As a kid, I would always have a pillowcase full of candy after trick-or-treating on Halloween. I would dump it out and sort through my heap, creating smaller piles of KitKats, Hersheys and other candybars. I also would have a miscellaneous pile for Jolly Ranchers,...

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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

Mon., Oct. 26, 2009, 11:10 p.m.

No, we don’t spank but we certainly scream 

A friend recently passed along this New York Times article that made me really think about my actions as a parent. In “For Some Parents, Shouting is the New Spanking,” writer Hilary Stout explores the way some parents punish their kids by yelling.“I’ve worked with...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2009

SUNDAY, OCT. 18, 2009

Sun., Oct. 18, 2009, 10:25 p.m.

Setting an example for kids 

Poor Falcon. In this YouTube video, as his father gets interviewed by the Today Show, the little boy who was part of the balloon hoax last Friday literally starts vomiting on camera. His brothers look horrified as he pukes all over them. His mother, meanwhile,...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14, 2009

Wed., Oct. 14, 2009, 10:28 p.m.

The “unlived lives” of parents

We all make sacrifices as parents. Some of us put careers on hold. Others postpone education, trips and other opportunities. Most of us go without some of the luxuries we once had before kids in order to pay for preschool, save for college, or sometimes,...

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MONDAY, OCT. 12, 2009

Mon., Oct. 12, 2009, 10:02 p.m.

Kids and fast food 

Every once in a while, my husband takes my kids to McDonald’s. We’ve talked a lot about fast food – how it’s fattening, unhealthy, bad for the planet, etc. But it’s no longer a mystery to my kids. At 3 or so, it seemed that...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2009

First-grade girls from various elementary schools start their race at a cross country meet in north Spokane. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Thu., Oct. 8, 2009, 9:11 a.m.

After School Sports

"On a windy fall afternoon, dozens of children ran, shouting and laughing, across the lawn at Westview Elementary School, enjoying an exuberant game of tag. The kids had been separated into groups labeled Jeeps, Cadillacs and Corvettes by physical education teacher and cross country coach...

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MONDAY, OCT. 5, 2009

Mon., Oct. 5, 2009, 9:03 p.m.

School Libraries and 21st Century Learning

Lisa Layera Brunkan is a Spokane mom and a co-founder of the Washington Coalition for School Libraries and Information Technology, an organization that advocates for funding of school libraries. When budget cuts threatened to cut librarian hours at local elementary schools two years ago, Brunkan...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 2009

Deanna Davis brings her “Womanhood: The Divine Comedy” Blue Flip Flop Tour to the Spokane Masonic Temple Oct. 9.Courtesy of Deanna Davis (Courtesy of Deanna Davis / The Spokesman-Review)

Thu., Oct. 1, 2009, 9:47 a.m.

Laughter=Good Medicine

Local author and speaker Deanna Davis was having one of those days. Her baby had spiked a fever and had all the symptoms of a nasty ear infection. Then her toddler daughter came into the room crying and holding her nose. “What’s happened?” Davis asked....

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