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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 2:19 p.m.

More U.S. kids get paralyzing illness, cause is still unknown

More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they still aren’t sure what’s causing it.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

Pocket-money apps aim to help kids in cashless world

Children can spend their allowance and chore money by shopping online or by tapping at contactless payment terminals in stores. Sound like a recipe for splurging? Not so, says one …


Can meditation help kids with autism better cope with sensory overload?

There is relatively little formal research on the benefits of meditation on children with autism, but pediatric occupational therapists have been unofficially using mindfulness with their patients for years.


Appeals court puts youth climate change lawsuit on hold

A lawsuit by a group of young Americans, which asserts the U.S. government is harming them by having created a national energy system that causes climate change, is on hold …


Amazon’s new goal: Teach 10 million kids a year to code

Amazon said it will pay for summer camps, teacher training and other initiatives to benefit children and young adults from low-income families who might not have learned to code otherwise.


6 children dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at rehab center

A severe viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center for “medically fragile children” has left six youngsters dead and 12 others sick, the state Health Department said Tuesday.


12 old-school skills children shouldn’t lose

School is officially in session. And while kids are constantly learning new skills in the classroom, there are a few tried and true talents we shouldn’t let fall by the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Percentage of young U.S. children who don’t receive any vaccines has quadrupled since 2001

A small but increasing number of children in the United States are not getting some or all of their recommended vaccinations. The percentage of children under 2 years old who …


Belarus president: Belting a ‘useful’ way to punish children

The authoritarian president of Belarus has rejected a prospective law against domestic violence as Western “nonsense,” saying that physical punishment could be “useful” in raising children.


Before parental ‘screen time’ concerns, there was radio, and even novels

Today’s grandparents may have fond memories of the “good old days,” but history tells us that adults have worried about their kids’ fascination with new-fangled entertainment and technology since the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Grandfather: Remains at New Mexico compound are missing boy

A severely disabled Georgia boy who authorities say was kidnapped by his father and marked for an exorcism was found buried at the ramshackle compound in the New Mexico desert …


Message led to discovery of 11 kids in New Mexico compound

A message that people were starving, believed to come from someone inside a makeshift compound in rural northern New Mexico, led to the discovery of 11 children living in filthy …


Immigrant children describe hunger and cold in detention

Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat or lay on the cold, concrete floor of the immigration holding centers where they were …


UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

5 children pulled from water near Seattle’s Discovery Park

Authorities say five children were pulled from the water near Seattle’s Discovery Park and taken to a hospital.


U.S. says all eligible youngest children, families reunited

The Trump administration says all eligible small children separated from their families as a result of its zero-tolerance immigration policy have been reunited with their parents.


Free event on exploring national parks with children Wednesday

Spokane authors Abby and Harley McAllister will present a free program on exploring national parks with kids at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 9:47 a.m.

Ready for the road: Keeping kids occupied, and device-free, in the car this summer takes a little planning

It’s time for that summer road trip, but also the potential boredom factor for families. While it’s tempting to let kids watch movies or play games on devices, adults can …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Report: Washington ranks near the top in terms of child health

Washington fares better than most U.S. states in taking care of its kids, especially when it comes to health, according to a new report by Kids Count.


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 2:04 p.m.

Administration ups estimate of children separated from their parents to 3,000

The Trump administration admitted Thursday that the government has separated hundreds more children from their parents after illegal border crossings than had previously been revealed and that none of the …


Look outside for road trip fun

It’s time for that summer road trip, but also the potential boredom factor for families. While it’s tempting to let kids watch movies or play games on devices, adults can …


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 8:58 p.m.

Thai rescuers locate missing boys and coach alive in cave

Rescuers located 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand late Monday, more than a week after they went missing, bringing hope …


Freedom to roam: With Utah law on the books, Spokane parents mull ‘free-range parenting’

Utah passed what’s being called the first “free-range kids” law in the nation to clarify it isn’t a crime for parents to allow mature children do such things by themselves …


Pot poisoning reports increase among young children

Washington officials say reports of pot poisoning among young children is on the rise across the state.


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 7:53 p.m.

Trump, GOP leaders strain for migrant-kids solution

President Donald Trump on Tuesday told House Republicans he is “1,000 percent” behind their rival immigration bills, providing little clear direction for party leaders searching for a way to defuse …


Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown both call for end to immigrant family separation policy

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said she was working to bring legislation to the House of Representatives’ floor that would address both the detention issue and other immigration reforms. Her Democratic …


Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility in Texas

Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait away from their parents in a series of cages created by metal fencing.


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

Inside Casa Padre, the converted Walmart where the U.S. is holding nearly 1,500 immigrant children

Casa Padre now houses more than 1,400 immigrant boys, dozens of them forcibly separated from their parents at the border by a new Trump administration “zero-tolerance” policy.


How many detainees at SeaTac prison are separated from children? Immigration advocates determined to find out.

“Chaos” is how an immigrant advocate describes trying to learn more about roughly 200 people sent to a SeaTac Federal Detention Center by immigration authorities. Still unknown: Exactly how many …


UPDATED: Mon., May 28, 2018, 7:47 p.m.

The U.S. lost track of 1,475 immigrant children last year – here’s why people are outraged now

In the past week, outrage about treatment of children taken into U.S. custody at the Southwest border has reached a fever pitch, exploding in a barrage of tweets and calls …


There’s no replacement for human relationships fostered in wild places, writer says

Growing up in New York City, Florence Williams was the daughter of a “hyper urban” mother who hated camping.