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Saturday, January 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


LOVE TAPS

To spank or not to spank? It’s a dilemma faced by many good parents.


Mothers with a mission

Motherhood, some say, can become the mother of all invention. When Manda Warner gave birth to her oldest daughter four years ago, she was disappointed with most of the baby …


When eyes open to the world

Within a one-mile radius of my lower South Hill home, 17 registered Level III sex offenders have taken up residence. It’s a fact that doesn’t sit well with me as …


Sandwiches perfect entree for easy outdoor dining

Helping the children in our care to enjoy preparing and eating good food doesn’t always have to be about standing over a hot stove. In the summer, spending a little …


The wonder of words

Ask any librarian – or any kid, for that matter – and they’ll tell you: The best books for children are the ones that speak to the hearts and minds …


Pizza is meal that can involve whole family

It’s a New Year; time to make those New Year’s resolutions, right? Instead of making a list just for yourself, try making this easy resolution that will benefit your whole …


Are you really ready for Christmas?

Shannon Sullivan thought she had planned the perfect Christmas morning for her 4-year-old son back in 2000. Presents under the tree. A full stocking.


Oh, Baby!

There are times you wonder, what are the babies thinking? This is one of those times, as the babies sit in their strollers and watch while their moms run up …


DAILY DILEMMA

After spring break, most families begin counting down the days until school’s out for summer. But parents of 5-year-olds are already thinking about September, deciding whether or not to enroll …


Deck stacked in obesity fight

Excerpts from the Parents Council blog this week: Should schools help fight obesity? “We are all so shocked that our nation’s children are obese? Then we close our free neighborhood …


Mothers bathed in guilt

As a freelance writer and contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, I receive story requests each month. The sample chapter titles for the upcoming Chicken Soup for …


It’s Simply Not Healthy

Erin Allison Bruton, 19, Spokane


The Sex Ed Myth Boys Aren’t The Only Ones Who Go Through ‘Power Surges Of Puberty’

One Saturday morning on the sidelines of a soccer game, where mothers keep one eye on the action while sharing their triumphs and confessing their failures to other mothers, a …


Mom: Call Your Brother

My mother called the other day with my latest instructions. “Hi, Honey, hope all is well. Today is your brother Matthew’s 40th birthday.” So call him, she said.


Don’t Lose Temper With 3-Year-Old

Q. I am concerned about the way my 3-year-old granddaughter acts toward her mother, especially when somebody else is present. When her mother enters the room she becomes disrespectful, and …


So Common, Yet So Poorly Understood

Seeing Melissa Ludtke’s new book, “On Our Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America,” uncorked countless memories of the years I raised two sons on my own after my first marriage ended. …


An Open Book, An Eager Mind Want To Give Your Children A Jump-Start On Life? It’s Simple: Read To Them

It can take place in a grocery aisle, on a playground or even in a bathtub. It goes like this: Two children are playing. One is six months past his …


If Dad’s Involved, Children Will Excel Grades Better, Problems Fewer, Study Shows

It is a formula for school achievement as old as apples for the teacher and as new as homework done on the Internet: Fathers’ participation in their children’s schools, the …