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  • Mr. Dad: Advice to teens: Remain in school

    Dear Mr. Dad: Our 15-year-old son wants to quit school and get a job. He has struggled academically but we always assumed he’d graduate and go on to college. We’re …


  • Things to do

    Today Toddler Storytime - For children 18 months to 3. Library locations include: Moran Prairie, 6004 S. Regal St. (509) 893-8340; Spokane Valley, 12004 E. Main Ave. (509) 893-8400. 10:30 …


  • Mr. Dad: Teen shouldn’t be family’s provider

    Dear Mr. Dad: I’m 17, and my father walked out when I was 9. Since then it’s been my three younger brothers, my mom and me. But my relationship with …


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    Today 2009 Fall National College Fair - Hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m., Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Hall A. Free. (509) 279-7000.


  • Mr. Dad: Many factors influence verbal skills

    Dear Mr. Dad: I can’t help but notice that some of the kids at my daughter’s day care are way more verbal than she is. We read to her all …


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    Today Free Car Seat Checks - Offered 1-4 p.m. by Safe Kids Kootenai County. A limited number of new car seats will be available for a minimum of $5 to …


  • Parents look to jump-start their baby’s language development through signing

    Even before she could speak, Aria Hancock could already communicate with her parents. When she was about 9 months old, the little girl from Coeur d’Alene would let her mom …


  • Things to do

    Today Books are Fun Book and Gift Fair – Today through Friday. Benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank. Monday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m.-3:30 …


  • Opinions differ on devices to help babies start learning before birth

    For the first half of her pregnancy, Suzanne Ling played classical music for her unborn child whenever she drove her car. She had heard about “the Mozart effect” from a …


  • Mr. Dad: Day care has advantages over nanny

    Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I are expecting our first child and we’re on the fence about whether to hire a nanny or find a child care center for …


  • Things to do

    Today Modern Square and Round Dance Lessons - For ages 9 and older; must be accompanied by parents. Dress is casual with soft-soled shoes. 6-9:30 p.m., Harding Family Center, 411 …


  • Moms embrace technologies to help connect with kids

    Sexting. Cyberbullying. Predators lurking on MySpace. The threats are scary enough to make a parent want to block text messaging on cell phones or even unplug the computer. But instead …


  • Zucchini boatloads of fun

    We’ve devoured farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from A-Z these past months, but it seems like we’ve been stuck on the letter “Z” for quite some time. “Z” as in zucchini. …


  • Mr. Dad: Bratty grandson tricky proposition

    Dear Mr. Dad: My daughter and son-in-law are raising their 4-year-old child with no discipline or boundaries. The boy is a brat, screaming and throwing temper tantrums whenever he doesn’t …


  • Empty nesters must find ways to cope when kids move away

    Peggy Nardini was so sad when her twins left for college last year that she kept the doors to their rooms closed. When she recently dropped them off for their …


  • Mr. Dad: Getting enough sleep vital for kids

    Dear Mr. Dad: My 12-year-old daughter spent most of the summer at various camps and came back just before school started. While she was away she was allowed to stay …


  • Things to do

    Today Eco-Healthy Child Care Training - Part of Sustainable September Spokane. Sponsored by The Eastern Washington Family Child Care Association. Topics will include the danger of pesticides, household chemicals, art …


  • Family calendar

    Today Josh Gracin –Country music, performing at the Spokane County Interstate Fair. 7 p.m., Spokane Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St.


  • Gloomy economy has parents joining forces for child care

    When Jenny Iverson and her husband left Utah last year, they didn’t just lose a tight-knit community of relatives. They lost their network of free baby sitters. To make occasional …


  • Mr. Dad: Take action on shoplifting incident

    Dear Mr. Dad: We just got back from shopping and I noticed that my 7-year-old son had a small toy in his pocket. When I asked where he got it, …


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    Today After-School Specials - “Get Slimed.” Decide whether various slimy objects are liquid or solid. A different science project will be presented each month. 4 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 …


  • Penny-pinching families go back to board games

    MIAMI – Generating revenue in a recession is a difficult game, but a Miami entrepreneur has made the right moves in a growing industry: board games. Eric Poses rolled the …


  • Pasta dish fun, nutritious

    Wrap up the last of summer’s harvest with colorful ribbons of orange, green, yellow and red. Abundant zucchini, summer squash and carrots can be woven together with fettuccine pasta for …


  • Mr. Dad: Laid-off father can pitch in at home

    Dear Mr. Dad: Two months ago I was laid off from my factory job after six years there. It was a sudden decision by the owners to cut costs, so …


  • Things to do

    Today Pig Out in the Park - Today. 30th annual food and music festival with food booths and beverage gardens. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Riverfront Park. Free admission. (509) 921-5579.


  • Family calendar

    Today Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture – “Out of this World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television” is a traveling exhibit featuring more than 30 costumes and related objects …


  • Mr. Dad: Father shouldn’t be one of the guys

    Dear Mr. Dad: My husband is 42 but often hangs out with our 13-year-old son and his friends, acting like a kid himself. Am I wrong to want my husband …


  • Mr. Dad: Make men’s health a priority

    Dear Mr. Dad: My husband’s father had several heart attacks and recently died of prostate cancer. That means my husband is in a high risk group and should have regular …


  • Things to do

    Today Air Force Band of the Golden West - A patriotic concert celebrating America’s musical heritage. Sponsored by the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department. 7 p.m., Riverfront Park Lilac Bowl. …

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