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  • Front Porch: Mom, guitar gently weep as teens LOL

    More than 20 years ago, for reasons now unclear, I decided to have a baby. Derek and I had been married three years, and I guess it seemed natural to …


  • New book can inspire ideas on how to entertain kids

    Sometimes, the cure for the summertime blues is found in a tube sock. Or a pile of cardboard. Maybe even in the ubiquitous empty toilet-paper tube. Kids who spend hours …


  • New Spokane playground welcomes all

    There’s this thing about playgrounds: it’s really difficult to keep children away from them. Last week, Spokane’s first public universal playground was carefully wrapped in red ribbon, yet children found …


  • Playground welcomes all

    There’s this thing about playgrounds: it’s really difficult to keep children away from them. On Tuesday afternoon Spokane’s first public universal playground was carefully wrapped in red ribbon, yet children …


  • Boy-for-sale ad triggers investigation

    For sale: One 4-year-old boy. That recent advertisement on a popular classifieds Web site has triggered a sheriff’s investigation into who was behind it.


  • Parents, doctors debate youngsters wearing heels

    A pair of sparkly, peekaboo shoes with heels 2 inches high have been favorites of 6-year-old Helena Bell ever since she got them for a wedding. “She’s worn them to …


  • No longer a lawman, but still an advocate

    Jerry Keller retired last week after 36 years as a Spokane police officer. For 20 of those years, he was a detective in the sexual assault unit. He interviewed hundreds …


  • Wiggles bring fun, frivolity to Spokane

    Those of you with preschoolers need no introduction to the Wiggles, who arrive in town with their “Go Bananas Live!” tour on Saturday. The rest of us, though, need a …


  • Hypertension and kids

    Va’Sean Duvall is a skinny 17-year-old who stays busy with an after-school job, choir rehearsals and school drama productions. On the surface, he doesn’t fit the mold of someone – …


  • Study: Parents wrongly believe some medicines safe for babies

    A new study shows parents widely hold the mistaken belief that they should use over-the-counter cough and cold medicines on babies under age 2, despite doctors and federal health officials …


  • Co-op gives kids, parents opportunities to learn

    Parents at South Spokane Co-op don’t just bring their children to school. They stay and play and explore alongside them. When toddlers and preschoolers learn about nature and the environment …


  • More parents are teaching their children money management

    Scrawled in big, pink letters across three envelopes are the words “spend,” “save” and “give.” It’s how second-grader Chloe McLaughlin organizes her $8 allowance. It may sound grown-up for someone …


  • Childhood eczema represents a growing problem

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Michelle Stevens first noticed the red, blotchy patches on her toddler’s feet after he started walking. Every time Noah walked in their grassy backyard, the blotches appeared. …


  • Helping new mothers manage work

    In the weeks or months after the birth of a child, going back to work can be one of the most stressful and difficult tasks for a parent. Many can’t …


  • Air travel with small kids takes bravery, planning

    Dear Mr. Dad: I’m traveling alone with my 3-month-old daughter and my 4-year-old son over spring break. It’ll be a long flight and I’m already dreading it. How can I …


  • Proposals focus on preventing deaths like Summer’s

    The Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration issued today its review of how it handled the case of Summer Phelps, who was 4 when she died in March …


  • Important lessons can be learned in unstructured play

    Beth Anne Cuda wasn’t sure if she should be proud or worried that her 13-year-old daughter Kacey was phoning and texting her classmates to set up appointments to work on …


  • Girls more likely to beat childhood hardship, study says

    Why do some children who grow up in stressful, dysfunctional families turn out to be responsible adults while other children crumble? That question, which focuses on resiliency, has long been …


  • Hand gestures help build children’s vocabulary

    Parents who point and move their hands and bodies when they talk are doing more than simply communicating with their kids. According to research by two University of Chicago psychologists, …


  • Study says most preschoolers not active enough

    Preschool-age children seem to be continually on the go. Or maybe not. A study of 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds in preschool has found that these children are anything but physically …


  • Kids calendar: Things to do

    Today Coeur d’Alene Tribal Winter Blessing - Special sweetgrass blessing, dancers, drummers, storytelling, historical artifacts, fry bread and huckleberry jam. Today and Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m. Stensgar Golf …


  • Kids are having to double up in bedrooms

    With the economy and housing market in a slump, some growing families are making do with the space they’ve got instead of moving to a bigger home. That means their …


  • Kids talking on cell phones more likely to get hit by car

    We all know that people with cell phones stuck in their heads while driving are hazardous to everyone’s health. Now, psychologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have determined …


  • Tips on how to get kids to eat more vegetables

    Several years ago, I did a study in graduate school to determine why some children like vegetables and many do not. Two findings emerged from my “research” with 6- and …


  • Parents have many opportunities to teach child to reject bigotry

    Dear Mr. Dad: My son is in middle school and comes home with stories about witnessing discrimination and hearing bigoted comments from other students. How can we keep him from …


  • Report says DSHS complaints hit ‘all-time high’

    Vulnerable children in Washington need to be placed in permanent, safe homes – preferably with caring relatives. And the quicker, the better. That’s the main message in a 102-page report …


  • Dear Annie: Son’s behavior needs attention

    Dear Annie: My 9-year-old son, “Felix,” is headed down the wrong path. This year in school, he has already stabbed two people with a pencil, clocked a boy and told …


  • Spending time with father important to adolescent girls

    Dear Mr. Dad: One of my 11-year-old daughter’s friends spends a lot of time at our house. She often wants to tag along on activities when I’d prefer to spend …


  • Delayed vision

    Thousands of children enrolled in Washington’s Medicaid program have waited months for new eyeglasses. The backlog can be traced to new security protocols and computer software at the Airway Heights …


  • When eyes open to the world

    Within a one-mile radius of my lower South Hill home, 17 registered Level III sex offenders have taken up residence. It’s a fact that doesn’t sit well with me as …

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