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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)

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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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 7, 2009

MONDAY, OCT. 5, 2009

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)

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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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2009

Babysitting co-op

Around our neighborhood, it takes a village to get our children to and from school. Because some parents have to be at work before the school day begins, some kids stay with other families until the school bus picks them up. After school, some children...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 28, 2009

Disciplining other people’s kids 

I try to mind my own business, but every once in a while, I can’t help but say something on the playground when a kid gets pushy or aggressive – especially with other kids. Even when the child is not my own. Sometimes the parent...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 2009

Fear-based Parenting 

So. It's my son's 10th birthday and he's having his first sleepover.Except. One of his friends has never been allowed to spend the night away from home. That's cool. Not all kids are ready for sleepovers at 10. But he so wanted to stay.Yet this...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2009

Talking to kids about race 

HolaWe’re an interracial family but since our kids are so little, we have never had an in-depth conversation about race. And to be honest, I really wouldn’t know where to start. But the topic has come up. While drawing and coloring one day, my son,...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2009

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2009

Family-friendly event: Picnic with the Beavers

If your kids enjoy wildlife and being outdoors, you might consider taking part in “Picnic with the Beavers,” a free, educational event at Liberty Lake County Park on Sunday, Sept. 20. Hosted by the Lands Council, the 2 ½ hour-long gathering includes an easy hike...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 7, 2009

Life after kids

I’m not really sure what I did before having children. I know I had lots of fun and did a bit of traveling, but looking back, it’s not clear to me anymore what I did with all my free time. I know I read a...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2009

Sleep training 

Sleep remains elusive at my house. My kids are 3 and 5 and even though they start off in their own beds each night, they often end up with mom and dad (or with mom, and dad having to move to one of their beds)...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 30, 2009

School Food Revolution 

Chicken fajitas. Cuban black beans. Sauteed corn and summer squash. These are just some of the dishes you’ll find at The Lunch Box Project, an online guidebook to help schools serve healthier meals to our children. The website is part of the “School Food Revolution,”...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2009

Baby items and new law governing secondhand sales 

People in the Inland Northwest love garage sales. If they’re not driving around rown scoping out other people’s stuff, they’re probably throwing a sale of their own. For parents, these sales often mean great deals on used kids’ clothes, toys and nursery furnishings. Throwing a...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 23, 2009

Kids and cell phones 

More than 70 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds own a cell phone, according to a study published this month by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. As a point of comparison, the survey -- conducted in 2008 -- noted that 77 percent of all...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2009

Parental responsibility law 

In Eastpointe, Mich., a new city ordinance can now send parents to jail or force them to pay fines if their kids under 18 commit crimes. "This obviously gives us another tool in dealing with parents that don't want to take responsibility," the city’s police...

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MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2009

Choosing schools 

My son will be a kindergartener this fall in his neighborhood public school. But for some parents who live nearby, the school isn’t quite what they have in mind for their own children. Some have opted to send their children to private school. Others have...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2009

The worst case scenario

What would happen to your kids if you and your spouse suddenly died? According to a 2007 survey, nearly 75 percent of parents with children under 18 have no will or estate documents. That means they also haven’t named a guardian for them in the...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 9, 2009

Border-crossing with children 

If you’re traveling to Canada with your kids but without your spouse or partner, you need to bring a letter of consent. My husband and I learned this the hard way earlier this summer during a family trip without me to British Columbia. I was...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 5, 2009

Depression

All preschoolers get grumpy and fussy, but if it’s chronic, it may be a sign of depression. A recent study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health found that children as young as 3 can actually suffer from this disorder that affects as many...

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MONDAY, AUG. 3, 2009

One family’s playborhood

Any kid can play in Mike Lanza’s front yard. That’s because the San Francisco father of three boys turned his garden into a “front yard family room,” where all the kids in the neighborhood have received an open invitation to hang out, play on the...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2009

Having a baby later in life 

By the time our second and youngest child graduates from high school, my husband will be two years shy of the official retirement age. (I’ll be 51, just for the record.) On one hand, that seems old to me. When I turned 18, my mother...

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TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009

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