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Mama Bear Moxie: Pushy parenting sometimes is the best way to help a scared child

Now, am I touting that you should push your kids to do something they absolutely do not want to do? No, but I knew that he was safe and that …


Is your kid getting enough to drink? Here’s what you need to know about hydration

Adequate hydration is essential for growing babies, toddlers and kids. As with adults, water is necessary for their body’s daily activities. Because of their smaller size, though, children are more …


Mama Bear Moxie: Cutting the cord

In an effort to save a few dollars off the family budget, many families are choosing to forgo their cable companies and switch to other television options. We had friends …


Swaddling your newborn: Why to do it, and how to do it right

When it is done right, swaddling can help calm your baby and even make it easier to get him to sleep. It is a great skill to have in your …


Mama Bear Moxie: Telling the truth to your kids can be complicated

I want to be an honest mom. Really, I do. But there are times when I find myself flat out lying to my children.


Mama Bear Moxie: Sometimes the trash can is your best friend

I am that mom that throws things away. Like a lot of things. If I deem it unnecessary, I immediately throw it away. I, of course, look over the graded …


Mama Bear Moxie: The slippery slope of comparison

Mama Bear Moxie column for Monday, March 26, 2018.


Mama Bear Moxie: Be still my cynical heart

Love should be actively celebrated and shown throughout the entire year and not just on a random day in the middle of February.


Judge: Oregon couple with low IQs can parent both their boys

A judge has reunited an Oregon family despite state concerns that the parents are intellectually incapable of caring for their children.


Rising Strong gives troubled Spokane parents another chance to keep their children

The Rising Strong program is working to keep Spokane families together by providing a lift to parents struggling with drug addiction and other barriers.


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 …