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Standing Tall Family-A-Fair Keynote Speaker Talks About Raising Self-Reliant Children And Fostering Mutual Respect

Jane Nelson


Field Guide Field Trips Can Be Nightmarish Ordeals For Parents, But They’re Survivable With Right Attitude, Sedatives

Tommy’s mom always goes on field trips. She volunteers in the class three times a week. Her brownies won first place in the Betty Crocker Cook-Off, and she donated her …


They Just Won’t Listen Children Seem To Have A Keen Ability To Blithely Tune Out Parental Instructions And Requests

First of two parts When I opened the door of my 7-year-old daughter’s room 20 minutes after I’d sent her upstairs to put on her leotard and tights Rosalie was …


All It Takes Is Effort, A Good Example, Love And A Little Leather

Pop was older than I. He was 46 when I was born and I was the oldest of five. That made him older than all his kids - a fact …


Is Punishing Parents Just Child’s Play?

When I was growing up, there was a neighborhood father who was, by general consensus, an impossible man, a terrible dad. Yet, when his son got into Harvard University, the …


Going Too Far Like Far Too Many Of Us, The Parents Of 7-Year-Old Jessica Dubroff Set No Limits For Their Child

Pilot Jessica Dubroff had no limits to her goal - until she died in a crash that also killer her father and her flight instructor. Photo by Associated Press


Raising Children Pro-Con Diana Griego Erwin And Mitch Albom Debate Where To Place The Blame For Young Flier’s Death.

Jessica Dubroff came into the world underwater, a birth method chosen by her parents. She never ate meat, a decision made by her parents, and she did not watch television, …


Faith’s Foundation Very Young Children’s Trust And Curiosity Open The Way To Learning About God

Second of three parts Children as young as 3 want to know where they came from and if God is real. Here is an age-by-age guide to encouraging your child’s …


Bridging The Gap Raising Teenage Girls Takes Special Finesse And Understanding

Parent: “Good morning, Amy.” (No response) Parent: (Clears throat) “Did you sleep well?” Daughter: (Opens refrigerator) “What? Yeah I guess.” (Long pause. Parent contemplates coffee) … - from Daughters, a …


Playing Out Their Fears Children Of Laid-Off Parents Often Show Signs Of Stress From Unemployment

The Pauker children let their feelings of stress emerge while playing Barbies as their parents watch. Photo by Knight-Ridder


Parents, Teachers Must Cooperate

Here’s another entry for Bill Bennett’s Index of Leading Cultural Indicators: The 26th annual survey of high-achieving teenagers - those listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students - …


Private Playtime A Retreat To Call Their Own Gives Children Room To Grow

An alcove under the stairs can be converted to play space as well as a private nook. Photo by Antoine Bootz\Universal Press Syndicate


Discipline Method Gets Kids Involved In Finding Solutions

When 10-year-old Matt Momb broke a window, he dreaded his parents’ response. But his parents didn’t spank him, send him to his room or yell and scream.


Power Of Reflection Family A Fair’s Keynote Speaker Emphasizes Values Behind Hearing Out Out Children

Adele Faber loves her own advice - published now for 20 years, translated into more than a dozen languages - so much that she even applies it to the family …


Encourage Stress-Free Bonding

Pop quiz: You’re eight months pregnant. Do you: A. Zip out to see “Mortal Kombat.” B. Stay up late for “NYPD Blue.” C. Rent a gentle film and bliss out …


As The Table Turns At Some Point In A Parent’s Life, Upstart Children Begin To Sound Just A Little Bit Patronizing

Probably the ultimate delight enjoyed by little ones is to chase and wrestle with their parents, especially the father who can still be perceived as a bit more threatening than …


Beyond Child’s Play Before Choosing Direction For Kids’ Activities, Let Them Have Final Say

My daughter, Sara, skipped across the gleaming floor of The Dance Center in south Spokane, a ballerina wannabe. She shot me a satisfied smile and a thumbs up and moved …


Keep Kids Involved In Housework

Let’s interrupt kids’ Web-browsing, mall-going and TV-watching with some housework. Let them earn their keep. Work ‘em like farm boys. Problem: They would hate this. It would involve a lot …


Authors Offer Tips On Teaching Virtues

There’s good news and bad here. The bad: Too many children are growing up with their “moral compass askew,” learning that it’s OK to lie and cheat, to use drugs …


Perhaps, Dads Act That Way For A Reason

Imagine this scene: Kids’ messy bedroom. Toothpaste breath fills the air. Pajama-clad bodies everywhere. The girls and I have just finished the latest installment of Scott O’Dell’s “Sarah Bishop,” and …


But Baby, Someone Has To Tickle The Kids

Today, we will discuss Why Dads Act Like That. I have no idea.


Where Have All The Parents Gone?

I am against honesty. For the record, I’m also opposed to integrity, responsibility, kindness, respect, cooperation, citizenship, fairness and the pursuit of excellence. These are the nine specific values children …


‘50s-Style Give-And-Take

Two weeks ago in this space, we printed an excerpt from a 1950s home economics textbook that gave women advice on how to be good wives. It recommended, among other …


‘My Family Isn’t Broken’ Single Mother, Daughters Stick Together Through Fire And Divorce, Confident They Can Get Through Anything

It is a sunny Sunday morning. I sit in my living room, drinking steamy coffee from a black mug and looking at the view of snow-capped mountains from my window. …


Technological Limits New Products Help Parents Restrict What Children See On TV, The Internet

It’s that time of year again. Your kids are home from school - with or without a sitter, a job mowing lawns and an improving educational program that will teach …


Sex Shouldn’t Be A Big Secret

I didn’t think they’d take it this far. I didn’t think the Clintons would apply the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to their own family. But in a bemused moment, …


Parents Must Spend Time With Their Kids

School’s out for summer. Do you know where your kids are? If they are hacking away at the computer, don’t feel relieved that they are doing something intellectual. They might …


Male Delivery Social Service Agencies Are Trying To Get More Fathers Involved In Raising Children

Alexander shaw looks up at his father, Carl Shaw, during a Head-Start-sponsored gathering at East Central Community Center. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Kids Benefit From Involved Dads

The fact that dad is crucial to a child’s development is irrefutable. Spokane psychologist John Estelle spent several years studying fatherhood and is passionate about the unique influences an involved …


Share Your Strengths The Heart Of Child Rearing Is Knowing Your Strengths And Weaknesses

The other evening our youngest child, Bradford, called me to the piano after he had finished practicing his lesson. The first book of music I grabbed fell open to the …