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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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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


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 …


Mother’s Love & Wisdom Donna Clausen Inspires Her Family; Her Laughter Rules Her Health Struggles

Donna Claussen, regional MS Mother of the Year, is a soft-spoken woman with an easy smile. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Let Your Kids Pick The Activities They’re Most Comfortable With

Say you’re like most ‘90s parents, meaning you’ve absorbed your share of psychobabble from magazines, books and television regarding your child’s developmental needs. Confidence. Coordination. Cooperation.


Catching On Parents Gain Valuable Insights From Their Opposit-Sex Children

Sometimes Doug Smith thinks his relationship with his 17-year-old daughter has done more to help him fathom the opposite sex than 27 years of marriage. “She’s definitely given me a …


A Legacy Of Violence

The other day my 9-year-old son asked me if it was harder to be a kid or a father. I told him it was more difficult to be a father, …


Tell Child Adoption Is Choice Of Love

I read a recent letter in your column that talked about telling a child he is adopted. My wife and I are in our 80s. We adopted our first child …


Warning Signs

Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo provide these warning signs that may indicate slow weight gain in infants. If these signs continue for two consecutive days, they advise you to call …


By The Book Based On Ideas From The Bible And Grounded In A Strict Sense Of Order, The Ezzo Parenting Program Draws Praise From Grateful Parents And Criticism From Many Child-Care Experts

1. Gary Ezzo stresses order as the keystone of the parenting program. “God is a god of order, so why would you want to have disorder in your home?” Photo …


Spanking Does More For Parents Than Kids

I see that spanking is being debated in the media again.


Second Timers More And More Grandparents Are Becoming Primary Care Givers For Their Grandchildren

Rachel Humphrey (not her real name) and her husband had raised their children and were enjoying their 50s. She had gone back to college and the two of them had …