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Are We There Yet? archive for Jan. 2010

SUNDAY, JAN. 31, 2010

Discovery School Open House

Almost every day after school, 7-year-old Abby Ward has something to share with her parents.Recently, she has been talking to her mom about the history of civil rights. Their conversations began last month after Abby's second grade class at Discovery School took part in the...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2010

Age-appropriate clothing for kids

As a mom of a 3-year-old girl, I read every word of a recent Associated Press story, "Parents, doctors debate youngsters wearing heels."My little girl loves twirly skirts, flowy dresses, glittery tiaras and other shimmery accessories. And yes, she loves pretty shoes in pink and...

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MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2010

Promoting peace at home 

A Season for Nonviolence – a grassroots, 64-day campaign to demonstrate the power of nonviolence – begins this month on Jan. 30. The observance began in 1997 on the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Since then, people...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2010

Linda Donnelly, second from right, poses with her triplets, from left, Dana, Lauren and Adam, at her Spokane home. The triplets, who are about to turn 10, are the result of in vitro fertilization treatments by Dr. Edwin Robins, who had just started practicing in Spokane a decade ago. (Jesse Tinsley)

Triplets everywhere

OK, not quite. But after writing "One decade later, triplets are still a joy," a story about Linda Donnelly and her children -- the first set of triplets born in Spokane in this millenium -- I received e-mails from a few others in the region...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 17, 2010

On the lookout for toys with cadmium

I've been carefully inspecting all of my children's trinkets. Both my kids, especially my daughter, love to wear toy rings, necklaces and other jewelry so the news last week from the Consumer Product Safety Commission has kept me more vigilant than usual.CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13, 2010

Housekeeping skills 

These were the lessons I ignored as a teen: cooking, cleaning the house, sewing a button.I'm still not a fan of household chores, but I wish I had paid more attention to my mom and grandma when they tried to teach me tips on how...

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MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2010

A "Green Hour" each day for our children

Kids in the United States spend an average of only four to seven minutes outside each day, according to a 2004 study conducted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.That's one of the reasons why the National Wildlife Federation established the Be Out...

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Displaying kids' artwork 

During my son's preschool years, I couldn't bear to throw away any of his artwork. I wanted to celebrate his creativity by taping them all over the house including the walls of the dining room, where we spend most of our time together as a...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2010

"Marry your spouse, not your kids"

Don't put your kids first. At least, not before your spouse. That's advice from David Code, Episcopal priest, family coach and author of a new book titled, "To Raise Happy Kids, Put Your Marriage First." In an e-mail interview with's Parent Paper, Code wrote...

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