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Are We There Yet? archive for June 2010


Family-friendly Spokane 

Now that I have two kids in tow, Spokane has become the ideal place to live. In a mid-size community like ours, we have all the benefits of downtown and other big city amenities but at the same time, we're still only minutes away from...

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

The Financial Cost of Having a Child

It costs more to rear a child than to buy a house in Spokane. According to the latest “Expenditures on Children” report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average expenditures on a child in a middle-income, husband-wife family is about $222,360 – that’s $57,000...

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MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010


It’s a message we often hear from others and also impart to our kids: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Giving up is just something we’re not supposed to do. Sometimes, however, I wonder if some things are just not meant...

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The unique needs of firstborn children

They’re the kids who get the most attention, some studies show. Firstborns are likely to be natural leaders. They tend to be driven, assertive and task-oriented. They also have perfectionist tendencies and like to have thing their way. At least that’s what the literature on...

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Competitive parenting

I don't say it out loud but every once in a while, as I watch other families, I catch myself thinking, "Oh, I wouldn't do it that way."I've also found myself on the other side, as the recipient of other people's advice. "He's too old...

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