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Is your child ready for kindergarten? Here are a few things to consider

With school sign-up time approaching, this is the time of year many parents have to ask a tricky question: Is my child ready for kindergarten? And if the answer is …


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.


Parents are reaching for teachable moments on sex harassment

With an avalanche of sexual harassment accusations in Hollywood, media and politics in recent days, parents are reaching for teachable moments.


Mama Bear Moxie: Choosing to linger

I have a friend who chooses a word to focus on each year. A few years ago her word was “linger” as she was raising 3 little boys with a …


Home alone time for kids? It depends

All parents have to make the call: When is a child ready to be home alone for the first time?


Mama Bear Moxie: No glory in being busy for busyness sake

Let’s face it. Our lives are busy. There is always something or someone vying for our attention and focus. Work, home, school, chores, errands, play groups, sports teams, lessons, rehearsals, …


Mama Bear Moxie: Putting dreams on hold

I recently came across one of those life changing bits of wisdom on social media that stopped me in my tracks. The background was of a little boy playing baseball …


Ask Mr. Dad: Sex during pregnancy? Yes, please.

I’m almost eight months pregnant and my sex life has completely disappeared. My husband used to want to make love all the time (so did I) and we did it …


Infants born in water births at risk of Legionnaires’ disease, CDC says

Babies born during water births are at risk of contracting Legionnaires’ disease, a severe and potentially life-threatening form of pneumonia that infected two infants in Arizona last year.


Ask Mr. Dad: How to save your husband’s life

My husband is a smart guy, but pays zero attention to his health. I resent that the responsibility has fallen to me, but I don’t have much of a choice. …


A dad celebrates finding lessons where he least expects them

I made an arrangement with my 6-year-old son earlier this spring that seemed to benefit both of us. I’d pay him a penny for every stick he collected from our …


The cost to parents of not hiring a house cleaner

Last year, a close friend of mine and I put our brains together to figure out how to get housecleaning done more regularly, and more efficiently, in our respective homes. …


Settlement allows parents to get refunds for purchases children made on Amazon apps without permission

Parents whose children made Amazon purchases on mobile apps without their permission will begin getting their money back, the Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday. And it turns out that money …


Spokane clinicians circle up parental advice in new book

Circle of Security International founders Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper and Bert Powell have a newly released book, “Raising a Secure Child,” that for the first time offers up parenting strategies …


Ask Mr. Dad: What’s yours is mine, and other toddler rules

Toddlers are still convinced that the universe revolves around them and that everyone and everything they can see is not only theirs but is actually part of them.


Parents’ technology addictions lead to behavioral problems in kids, study says

Research by a professor at Illinois State University has found that parents who say they struggle to limit their time looking at phones, tablets and other technological devices have children …


UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Relating to Julia: New ‘Sesame Street’ Muppet teaches kids about autism

Spokane experts and families affected by autism react to Julia the Muppet, a character introduced April 10 on “Sesame Street” as a child who has autism.


Why all parents should care about kids and gender

Play is central to the development of critical thinking early in life. How we play, and the toys we play with, can affect a child’s future profession. Some researchers even …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017, 9:22 a.m.

Raising good sports: Zagmania can be a teachable moment for kids and parents

How to be a good sport in the wake of Zagmania? How do parents help mentor sportsmanship without extinguishing the competitive fire or quell that passionate of young fans? It …


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 3:59 p.m.

Front Porch: The longed for, and dreaded, empty-nest years are approaching

With the third of her four sons about to move to Nashville, Cindy Hval is looking forward to some quiet in the house, but also glad the emptying of her …


UPDATED: Sun., March 12, 2017, 6:31 p.m.

Americans are having fewer kids, but child-free people are still stigmatized

The U.S. fertility rate is at an all-time low, with more single and coupled people choosing to delay or forego parenthood. However, remaining child-free still isn’t socially accepted. That conclusion …


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 7:06 p.m.

Doug Clark: Chilling movie was no place for children

I saw something frightening inside Spokane’s River Park Square cinemas last weekend. Chilled me to the bone, in fact.


64-year-old Spanish woman gives birth to healthy twins

A doctor in northern Spain says a 64-year-old woman has given birth to healthy twins following her second successful pregnancy at an advanced age.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Study: Idaho’s child welfare system overwhelmed, overworked

State auditors say Idaho’s child welfare system is overwhelmed, with too few foster parents, too heavy caseloads for social workers and not enough infrastructure to hold it all together.


Front Porch: Snowpocalypse perfect weather for soup, stew

The one good thing about Snowmageddon is that it’s perfect soup and stew weather.


House Call: Variety of treatments can help teens deal with anxiety

The teenage years are exciting both for teens and their parents as teens are dealing with changing bodies, surging hormones, testing boundaries, and trying new experiences. Part of the job …


Whatever Girls invites parents to take a journey with their daughters

Because of her own bad experiences in middle school, Erin Bishop launched Whatever Girls – a faith-based group for moms and daughters. The name comes from a Bible verse, Philippians …


Raising a vegan baby: Parents say abuse cases give a bad rap

PHILADELPHIA – There’s a right way and a wrong way to raise a baby on vegan food. Those who get it wrong, parents say, give the responsible ones a bad …


How much digital media is OK for kids? Seattle experts help issue new guidelines

New guidelines released Friday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and co-authored by two Seattle experts, suggest that media use is nearly inevitable, but it’s up to parents to closely …


House Call: Enough sleep crucial for busy teenagers

School has started and you may have noticed some changes in your teenager. He or she may be finding it difficult to concentrate and get up in the morning, be …