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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 …


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.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

Weather spotters are the ‘eyes in the field’

The National Weather Service’s forecasters in Portland can cross-reference regional radar stations, check satellites and look at remote weather sensors. However, according to meteorologist Amanda Bowen, sometimes what they really …


Mysterious paralyzing illness found among kids in 22 states

U.S. health officials on Tuesday reported a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and said it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern.


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 …


It’s come to this: A checkup with the pediatrician may soon include a prescription for play

The advice, issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, may come as a shock to some parents. After spending years fretting over which toys to buy, which apps to download …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

Help shy, socially awkward kids head back to school with these tips

For those extroverted kids, going back to school can be exciting: tons of friends to see again. New ones to make. Things to look forward to, such as school events, …


Seattle judge dismisses young activists’ climate lawsuit

A Washington state judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by young activists who argued the state is violating their rights by failing to protect them from climate change.


Kids are more vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays than adults. Here’s how to protect them.

Prevention and moderation are the keys to protecting your kids, and there are plenty of options for barriers to shield them from the harmful rays.


Mount Vernon Parks Foundation gets kids on trails

By the end of the school year, Mount Vernon Parks Foundation will get 450 fifth-graders in the Mount Vernon School District up the Southern Connector Trail at Little Mountain Park.


Detective: Talk to kids about the internet

Lewiston police Detective Brian Birdsell said during a presentation at the Lewiston City Library on Wednesday night that the best defense against things like sexual extortion, revenge porn, blackmail, cyberbullying …


Amazon introduces kids book program for Prime members

After years spent getting people comfortable ordering books online, Amazon is trying out just delivering them to customers automatically.


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 7:57 p.m.

More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason

The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it’s only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 8:14 p.m.

Facebook now has a Messenger app just for kids

Facebook has a messaging app for kids – its first product aimed at young children. The move gives Facebook a way to court younger users, with their parents’ permission. It …


How to find flame-resistant pajamas for kids, without toxic chemicals

If pajama manufacturers are not using chemicals, how are they keeping children safe from fire? Two ways: by using inherently flame-resistant polyester or tight-fitting cotton.


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

Federal Trade Commission rules Amazon must issue refunds

Amazon has started offering refunds to consumers for unauthorized in-app purchases made between November 2011 and May 2016, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday. During that time, children spent more …


UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 4:52 p.m.

Kootenai County detectives seek information on SUV months after mother, two kids die at Fernan Lake

Detectives hope the description of a vehicle will help them solve the case of a Coeur d’Alene mom who was found dead with her two toddler boys in a submerged …


Second Harvest teaches kids healthy cooking

Second Harvest has started kids cooking classes that are impacting family decisions for healthier eating – from wheat flour for making pizza dough to homemade shamrock smoothie shakes.


Connecting with kids: A prescription for ‘nature deficit disorder’

Most adults have fallen short of intentions for connecting youngsters with nature since school ended in June. Sports camps and family summer schedules can get in the way of expanding …


Surprise, unconditional love built family of six

In the photo, one blond angelic head leans against a brunette counterpart. Beaming smiles split cherubic cheeks. They are both just babies, I think, pulling the picture from its frame. …


‘Musketeers’ hits stage at children’s theater

It was a mad dash for young actors and actresses to jump into character for the first dress rehearsal of “The Three Musketeers.” The show opens Friday at Theater Arts …


Study looks at effects of day care

Parents who worry they are forever damaging their children by dropping them off at day care every morning can find some comfort in a recent study that looked at academic …


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.


Tips for hooking kids on skinny skiing

•Snow suits are fine for toddlers, who spend much of their time rolling in the snow, but older kids need layers they can shed to avoid overheating. •Kids will learn …


Disney show will bring favorites to life

For the preschool set, it’s one thing to watch Mickey Mouse, Tigger, Pooh and other Disney characters on television. But it’s a completely different experience for kids when the cartoons …


Rediscover Riverfront Park

There’s no mistaking the excited squeals that echo off the cement walls at the Riverfront Park Pavilion: the rides remain a summer hit. Sure, the park turned 30 years old …


Family calendar

Ongoing “It’s Nano’s World” - Introducing children and their families to the biological wonders and tools of the nano-sized world through 14 fun, interactive exhibits. On display Tuesday-May 15. Hours …


Are you really ready for Christmas?

Shannon Sullivan thought she had planned the perfect Christmas morning for her 4-year-old son back in 2000. Presents under the tree. A full stocking.