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Saturday, January 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Moms embrace technologies to help connect with kids

Sexting. Cyberbullying. Predators lurking on MySpace. The threats are scary enough to make a parent want to block text messaging on cell phones or even unplug the computer. But instead …


Mr. Dad: Bratty grandson tricky proposition

Dear Mr. Dad: My daughter and son-in-law are raising their 4-year-old child with no discipline or boundaries. The boy is a brat, screaming and throwing temper tantrums whenever he doesn’t …


Empty nesters must find ways to cope when kids move away

Peggy Nardini was so sad when her twins left for college last year that she kept the doors to their rooms closed. When she recently dropped them off for their …


Consult your children when packing lunches

The night before my son started first grade, his foodie mother stayed up to lovingly prepare a sandwich of free-range turkey on homemade organic bread with a crisp organic apple, …


Cindy Hval: School projects inspire creepy dreams, fewer sweets

There’s a butterfly in my freezer. And a moth, a stink bug, an ant, a fly and something green with wings. I tend to forget they’re there, but when I …


Carolyn Hax: Decide whom you want to please

Dear Carolyn: A woman who works very closely with my father pays uncommon attention to him – fussing over his being thirsty or hungry, putting pictures of him on her …


Mr. Dad: Blending family takes diplomacy

Dear Mr. Dad: This is my second marriage, and I’m totally committed to my new wife. But even though I hate to admit it, her two kids from her previous …


Mr. Dad: Rebellious ‘tween’ needs guidance

Dear Mr. Dad: Our 12-year-old daughter does well in school but apparently hates us as parents. She never speaks kindly to us, refuses any kind of parental authority, and insists …


Annie’s Mailbox: Daughter too old to sit on dad’s lap

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Vic” for 22 years. Our marriage is solid. We have an 18-year-old daughter, “Kara,” who is totally in love with her father. Vic …


Mr. Dad: Don’t let child’s rejection get to you

Dear Mr. Dad: I am the mother of a 12-year-old girl. We used to be very close, but she’s recently made it very clear that she only wants to be …


Parenting comes in many shapes

While I’m away, readers give the advice. On ambivalence about parenthood: I have an odd but maybe useful perspective. I’m over 40 and don’t have children – but friends do. …


Mr. Dad: Tread carefully with wacko ex-wife

Dear Mr. Dad: My boyfriend’s former wife does not co-parent with him at all. I have seen vulgar e-mails, heard her use foul language in front of the kids and …


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 …