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Front Porch: Being a girl no insult

If there’s one remark guaranteed to rain down the wrath of Mom upon my sons, it’s when one of them says to the other, “Don’t be such a girl!”


Dear Annie: Couple juggling successful careers, parenting

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 10 years and have two children, ages 5 and 3. My wife is professionally ambitious and has built an impressive …


Front Porch: Annual trip gives mother, son chance to bond over love of stage

I just came back from a delightful trip with our youngest son to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. We saw five plays, had terrific walks and talks, bought a …


Congrats, Procter & Gamble, you’ve alienated half your customer base

Kids benefit from dad’s involvement off the court too. Children – boys and girls alike – whose father supports them in sports get better grades in school and have more …


Mick Jagger to be a dad again – it’s baby No. 8 – at 72 years old

Mick Jagger and girlfriend Melanie Hamrick are expecting a baby – her first, his eighth.


Front Porch: Parenthood keeps make-believe alive

For me, the best part about being a parent has been the ongoing permission to indulge in my love of make-believe, Cindy Hval writes.


Carolyn Hax: Daughter, 6, noticing others’ wealth

Dear Carolyn: My daughter, 6, has just begun noticing that many of her friends have much nicer homes than we do. For a variety of reasons, my husband and I …


Bring home successful parenting

Spokane Regional Health District is expanding its Nurse Family Partnership program, which uses evidence-based approaches to improve maternal and early childhood health.


Carolyn Hax: Stand up for kids; tell girlfriend to move out

Dear Carolyn: I am a working professional with twin 9-year-old boys and my girlfriend recently moved in. I have them only a couple of days each week and like to …


Living with Children: ‘Puzzled Grandma’ has right to be

“Puzzled Grandma in the South” recently wrote to “Dear Abby” asking “Why is there so much angst today over raising children, especially in young mothers?” Grandma has observed that moms …


Rocking fatherhood: A dude’s how-to guide on staying cool

Before parenthood, Chris Kornelis rocked it as a music writer for Seattle Weekly. Two kids later, he’s still making a living as a writer, a freelancer, and recently added a …


Front Porch: Gather ye Chuck E. Cheese tokens while ye may

With four sons, I’ve lost count of the number of Chuck E. Cheese, Wonderland, Laser Quest and bowling birthday parties we’ve hosted. For years I insisted on home birthday bashes, …


Emma and Noah still tops for baby names

For the second year in a row, Emma and Noah top the annual list of top baby names in the U.S., according to the Social Security Administration. That’s the third …


Hilliary Holyoak: Dear Other Moms, I’m That Mom

I’m the mom who holds her little boy at night, listening to him explain things she doesn’t even come close to understanding, nervously thinking about the long road.


Singer Kelly Clarkson gives birth to a boy

Pop singer Kelly Clarkson has announced the birth of her second child, a boy named Remington Alexander Blackstock.


100 years ago in Spokane: Man praised, jailed for his homemade whiskey

From our archives, 100 years ago A court hearing on a bootlegging charge turned into a whisky-tasting session.


Carolyn Hax: With kids, it gets better

The little years are cute, yes, and they’re a slideshow of tiny miracles as you re-see the world through their eyes. And some parents are geniuses at handling these stages. …


Adolescents should be screened for depression too, says federal panel

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 …


Froma Harrop: Helicopter parents should be grounded

Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children’s affairs. There are two kinds. One kind indulges children to the point of near imbecility. No demands are ever placed, no chores …


Midstokke: Precocious child forgets about Disneyland, learns to love outdoors

I am unsure whether my child got really lucky with me as a mother or she’s paying off some bad karma from a previous life. Better parents probably take their …


Revealing sibling to adopted child complex decision

I have a young friend who is the adoptive mother of an 11-year-old, a child who came to her as an infant when the birth mother died. There was an …


Mom always finds extra energy to help child

I’ve noticed in recent years that my grown sons are now adopting a bit of a parental manner toward me. For example, my balance isn’t what it used to be, …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago “No child should be whipped!”


States get $28M in grants to defray AP exam costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department said Tuesday that it was awarding $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of …


Baby names: Noah ends Jacob’s 14-year run at top

WASHINGTON (AP) — Noah sailed past Jacob to become the most popular baby name for boys in 2013, ending Jacob’s 14-year run at the top. Sophia was the most popular …


Front Porch: Software can interfere with kids’ learning

Thanks to technology and Web-based software like Home Access and PowerSchool, moms and dads have a password-protected way to become brothers. Big brothers, that is. As long as I have …


Parenting is unique, not competitive

Once, when speaking to a roomful of moms, I admitted I didn’t scrapbook. “When I remember to take pictures they usually stay on my camera for months. If I order …


Vestal: Schools figure prominently in shared experience

For the longest time, I felt barely, loosely connected to any community I lived in. There are plenty of reasons for this, both personal and professional, but the truth is …


Dad-to-be has anxieties to deal with, too

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m very concerned about my husband. We’re just a month away from our due date and although he has been very involved and attentive throughout the pregnancy, …


Avoiding germs won’t make kids immune

Dear Mr. Dad: With all the talk about bird flu and swine flu, I’m in a panic about germs. I’m putting antibacterial soaps all over my house and hand sanitizers …