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Mr. Dad: Big difference between fair, same

Dear Mr. Dad: My older children – ages 11 and 12 – are constantly complaining that things aren’t “fair” when it comes to the rules in our house. They say …


Study: Parents wrongly believe some medicines safe for babies

A new study shows parents widely hold the mistaken belief that they should use over-the-counter cough and cold medicines on babies under age 2, despite doctors and federal health officials …


Mr. Dad: Parents love kids regardless of gender

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I have four daughters and it seems that no matter where we go we have to deal with people’s sighs, smiles, and dopey grins. …


Mr. Dad: Teen’s vacation rebellion normal

Dear Mr. Dad: Every summer our family takes a two-week trip to a national park in the Rockies. We camp, we hike, we fish, we explore. Until recently, it’s been …


Mr. Dad: Toddlerproofing is its own science

Dear Mr. Dad: When my baby was born my wife and I spent a lot of time and energy babyproofing the house. Our child made it through infancy, but now …


Co-op gives kids, parents opportunities to learn

Parents at South Spokane Co-op don’t just bring their children to school. They stay and play and explore alongside them. When toddlers and preschoolers learn about nature and the environment …


Girls’ ’tween years tricky for father

Dear Mr. Dad: I have 11-year-old twin daughters and watching them blossom into young women is making me a tad uncomfortable. They’re always pulling away from me, and I never …


Mr. Dad: Don’t put daughter between you and ex

Dear Mr. Dad: How do I find a way to forgive my 22-year old daughter for attending the marriage of her mother and the man she had an affair with? …


Along for the ride

Parenting 3-year-old twin boys hasn’t tamed Teri Tucker’s endurance-sports lifestyle. A versatile baby buggy has given the Spokane mom freedom to keep her fitness edge with her kids in tow. …


Author offers more help on raising boys with third book

Boys will be boys. It’s a biological and neurological reality, according to Spokane therapist and best-selling author Michael Gurian, whose work is based on the latest scientific research on brain …


Mr. Dad: Child abuse suspicions hard to deal with

Dear Mr. Dad: A young family recently moved in next door. There’s always a lot of yelling and door slamming and I’ve noticed that the boy who lives there, who …


Mr. Dad: Taming things that go bump in night

Dear Mr. Dad: My 4-year old daughter often climbs into bed with me and my wife in the middle of the night, claiming to be scared of a tiger, crocodile …


Helping new mothers manage work

In the weeks or months after the birth of a child, going back to work can be one of the most stressful and difficult tasks for a parent. Many can’t …


Mr. Dad: With divorced father, kids will always be part of the package

Dear Mr. Dad: I am dating a divorced father of two. I am having trouble communicating to him that being a good father does not exempt him from being a …


Mr. Dad: Only child can grow up to be well-adjusted, happy adults

Dear Mr. Dad: My husband and I are in our late 30s. We have a 4-year-old daughter and would love to have a second child. But with the financial crisis, …


Social scientists challenge studies on gay parenting

Tina Fakhrid-Deen was 10 when her mother came out and told her she was a lesbian. “She didn’t look like other moms. … She was a construction worker and didn’t …


Hand gestures help build children’s vocabulary

Parents who point and move their hands and bodies when they talk are doing more than simply communicating with their kids. According to research by two University of Chicago psychologists, …


Many parents hate homework, too

Backpack bulging, worksheets galore, read this, study that … all after seven hours in school already. If you think kids are the only ones who disagree with teachers about the …


Tips on how to get kids to eat more vegetables

Several years ago, I did a study in graduate school to determine why some children like vegetables and many do not. Two findings emerged from my “research” with 6- and …


Parenting with many styles

Some families seem to get along with ease. Many, however, long for harmony – personalities clash, siblings argue, stressed-out parents can’t agree on how to discipline and raise their kids.


Parents have many opportunities to teach child to reject bigotry

Dear Mr. Dad: My son is in middle school and comes home with stories about witnessing discrimination and hearing bigoted comments from other students. How can we keep him from …


No-contact order went too far, court says

BOISE – An Idaho court went too far when it imposed a no-contact order on a sex offender that banned him from contacting any minor, including his own two young …


Spokane-area MOMS clubs provide help, friendship

From the plethora of tiny footprints leading up to Jen Macakanja’s front door on Dec. 17, you’d think the north Spokane resident had been visited by lots of Santa’s elves. …


PLAYTHINGS WITH A PURPOSE

As the surplus of holiday toy catalogs arrives in the mail, parents, grandparents and others often find themselves overwhelmed by the endless variety of gifts and gizmos available for children. …


Learning the value of earning

During these tough economic times, one of the most important lessons for kids to learn can be taught at home: money management. Just like reading, writing and math, some parents …


CULTURAL AWAKENING

At a small preschool in Mead, children as young as 3 converse in Spanish. “Tengo hambre,” students at Villa Vista Language Academy tell each other when it gets close to …


Cherished memories

Almost a year ago, Arah Kunz gave birth to a baby that she knew wouldn’t live. Olivia, a 3-pound infant with dark brown hair and a face that resembled her …


All in the family

Should weddings be a family affair? While some couples wouldn’t dream of excluding children from their guest list on such a momentous occasion, others dread the thought of a cranky …


Voices of compassion

For years, whenever people called the hotline for PFLAG – Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – they often were greeted by the distinct voice of a little old …


Comforting new mothers

A few days after she brought her newborn home from the hospital, Courtney Clark fell into a state of panic. Her son, Ezekiel, refused to eat. Six hours after his …