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Are We There Yet? archive for Jan. 1, 2009

THURSDAY, DEC. 31, 2009

"The World's Strictest Parents"

If your kids ever complain that you're too strict, tell them they can move to Arkansas. Parents there are supposedly the toughest on teens.That's according to the results of a not-so-scientific survey conducted on the website for "The World's Strictest Parents," a reality show that…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 29, 2009

Too much stuff again 

Now that the holidays are behind us, our home is once again full of toys.In the past, we tried to encourage our children to get rid of some of their stuff by donating a toy or two before bringing something new into the house. I…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 26, 2009

Thank you notes from kids 

At my house, gift-opening can be chaotic -- especially during the holidays. As much as I try to get my kids to pace themselves, they end up ripping through boxes and gift wrap so quickly that it's sometimes hard for me to keep track of…

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MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2009

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2009

SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2009

Maternal profiling? 

With so many people afraid to lose their jobs, some moms who work outside the home feel as though they have no choice but to skip their kids' sports games, winter concerts and other events.If a child needs to go to the doctor's, they tell…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 2009

Four Letter Words 

The other day something happened, can't remember what, but I said, "Oh crap." "Mom," my 8-year old son said, "you're not supposed to say that." Well, it was better than what I really wanted to say. While attending a Christian boarding school, I knew that…

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The digital divide

While some tech-savvy kids have been using the computer since preschool or even toddlerhood, there are still a significant number of children out there who have limited access to technology. These are the kids who stay after school to use the computers or who have…

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MONDAY, DEC. 7, 2009


Moms-to-be hiring baby planners

People expecting a child can now get professional help as they design their nursery, baby-proof their home and even shop for maternity clothes.Baby planning services are apparently growing in popularity, according to a recent Associated Press story. The article noted that as many as 60…

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MONDAY, NOV. 30, 2009

TV and day care 

Some preschoolers in home-based daycares spend as many as two hours a day in front a television, according to a study that was the focus of an Associated Press article last week.Seventy-percent of the home daycares and 36 percent of the centers acknowledged that they…

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MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2009

Financial Education

Students in Washington state aren’t required to take a personal finance class to graduate, but with the current economic crisis, more people want to make it a priority.In response to an article I wrote this week for The Spokesman about financial literacy and children, Matt…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 22, 2009

Homework Help 

When your child is struggling with homework, what do you do?All parents want to help, of course, but once in a while, it's not unheard of for a mom or dad to give too much help. Instead of guiding their kids along, they end up…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 19, 2009

Table Manners 

I used to dread going to restaurants with my children. They could never sit still, even if I brought books and toys or paper and crayons. After five minutes, they would want to walk around or stand in the booth and bother the nearby diners.…

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MONDAY, NOV. 16, 2009

Food allergies and children 

It's become a common question when planning for family dinner parties, playdates or even when sharing snacks on the playground: Does your child have any allergies?I always ask. At my daughter's preschool, peanut butter isn't allowed. Teachers also offer soy milk to the kids who…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 2009

Stressed-out kids

With the economic downturn and the mounting pressures at school, kids are experiencing more stress these days than in the previous year, according to a new national survey released earlier this month by the American Psychological Association.Parents, however, remain unaware of their children's stress levels.According…

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MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2009

Learning and teaching math to kids

Laurie Rogers, one of the original members of The Spokesman-Review's Parents' Council, requested that we post this information on the blog:"Spokane Public Schools is undergoing a high school mathematics curriculum adoption process. District administrators have been intentional about inviting public comment before formal decisions are…

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Team parenting 

At my house, my husband is the fun guy – the dad who lets the kids climb trees, take risks and get a little wild. I’m the nurturer, I’d like to think, but I know my son thinks I’m a little uptight compared to his…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 1, 2009

Pregnancy and work

When a friend of mine found out that she was pregnant, she wanted to tell everyone –friends, family, even strangers on the street. But despite all her excitement, she decided to wait a little while before sharing the news at work. She knew that her…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

What to do with all that candy? 

As a kid, I would always have a pillowcase full of candy after trick-or-treating on Halloween. I would dump it out and sort through my heap, creating smaller piles of KitKats, Hersheys and other candybars. I also would have a miscellaneous pile for Jolly Ranchers,…

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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

No, we don’t spank but we certainly scream 

A friend recently passed along this New York Times article that made me really think about my actions as a parent. In “For Some Parents, Shouting is the New Spanking,” writer Hilary Stout explores the way some parents punish their kids by yelling.“I’ve worked with…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2009

SUNDAY, OCT. 18, 2009

Setting an example for kids 

Poor Falcon. In this YouTube video, as his father gets interviewed by the Today Show, the little boy who was part of the balloon hoax last Friday literally starts vomiting on camera. His brothers look horrified as he pukes all over them. His mother, meanwhile,…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14, 2009

The “unlived lives” of parents

We all make sacrifices as parents. Some of us put careers on hold. Others postpone education, trips and other opportunities. Most of us go without some of the luxuries we once had before kids in order to pay for preschool, save for college, or sometimes,…

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