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Parents, educators and experts talk to kids on race amid unrest

As an African American parent, Cassandre Dunbar in Charlotte, North Carolina, always knew she and her husband would have “the talk” with their son.


Kids Summer Book Club: Tales that share some great secrets

If someone offers to share a secret, it’s difficult to say no. It’s exciting to learn something other people don’t know. Once you know, however, you’ve got to decide what …


UPDATED: Sun., May 24, 2020

Why kids love building forts – and why experts say they might need them more than ever

My friend texts a photo from her living room – a mound of yellow and green fringed blankets draped over a chair framed by a wall of couch pillows. “I …


1 in 5 children in China showed depressive symptoms after coronavirus quarantine – here’s how parents can help

Children whose lives were disrupted from the COVID-19 pandemic are beginning to feel a strain on their mental health, new research suggests.


UPDATED: Fri., April 17, 2020

Workbooks for kids are selling out – here are the best and worst of the bunch

Home schooling has been a mixed bag for me and my four kids, who range in age from 5 to almost-13 twins. It’s been working out well for the teens. …


Dr. Zorba Paster: For safety, keep guns locked up, and educate children as early as possible

Dear Doc: I’m upset. My 12-year-old went to a friend’s house, where he played with a gun. It was unloaded, but, geez, it’s not safe. I did call the parents …


House Call: Keeping children safe and healthy at home

We are all settling into new patterns and habits as we balance having our children at home, keeping our families healthy and working (if we are lucky) while sheltering in …


Ammi Midstokke: The resiliency of our children

I take it all back. All that optimistic hooh-hah about connecting with family, reading books more, really developing my water color skills. Everything was going great until we ran out …


What kids can do during the coronavirus

A friend said she is losing her mind since she’s run out of ideas about how to safely entertain her sequestered children. Every parent can relate since the coronavirus has …


Kids entertainment, education streams into your homes

With the kids stuck at home more than ever, you’re probably hoping for as many ways to keep them occupied as possible. Luckily, there are already many online options.


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Plant learning seeds while school is out: Growing flowers, herbs or vegetables offers educational opportunities

The task of taking care of our children – without children’s museums, library story hours, trampoline parks, pools, the list goes on – might seem daunting. Proactively making a plan …


In China, 200 million kids have gone back to school - online

Almost 200 million kids across China started their second semester on Monday. But it was a school day unlike anything they had before the Lunar New Year holiday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

House Call: Helping children deal with grief

I often feel like children today are faced with grief more often than I ever was as a kid, but maybe I was just lucky or my perception is skewed. …


Beyond gratitude: Etiquette experts say thank you cards also convey honor, respect

Help your kids create simple thank you cards for receiving holiday gifts to send messages of caring and relationships, etiquette experts say. It brightens the recipient’s day. Here are ideas …


Holiday hugs: Don’t force them for kids

While family members often span the miles to visit at holidays, close encounters with relatives from afar can pose a quandary for parents. Should you tell your children to hug …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

‘It’s you I like’: Spokane educators reflect on Fred Rogers’ legacy as moviegoers can rediscover a hero

The newly released Tom Hanks biopic, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” underscores the important, calming and confident role Fred Rogers, aka Mister Rogers, played in the lives of children.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019

Carmakers to add alerts to prevent child heatstroke deaths

By the 2025 model year, nearly all new vehicles sold in the U.S. will come with electronic alerts to remind people to not leave children behind in the back seats.


Therapists offer advice on helping children deal with anxiety

For children, just like for adults, anxiety is a part of life, and there’s a lot for kids to worry about: the first day of school, standardized testing, gun violence, …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019

Two new Gonzaga basketball players spend time reading to kids

About 20 children turned up at the Spokane Public Library’s South Hill branch to hear Gonzaga basketball players read books aloud.


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019

Spokane hospitals say operating rooms clean after mold sickens five and kills one at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Spokane-area health care providers explain their infection controls, following report that one patient died and five others were infected by mold in operating rooms at Seattle Children’s Hospital in the …


U.S. said in late stages of YouTube kids’ video investigation

The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission is in late stages of an investigation into how Google’s YouTube handles children’s videos.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019

Too good: Top spelling bee kids humble dictionary in finals

The kids were just too good. The finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee turned into a slog on Thursday, with bee organizers unable to scour Webster’s Unabridged dictionary for …


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019

Spokane students taught to confront shooters when other options have run out

As more and more children lose their lives interceding, the question becomes what are Spokane students being trained to do?


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

Parents can’t delete what kids tell Amazon voice assistant

A kids’ version of Amazon’s Alexa won’t forget what children tell it, even after parents try to delete the conversations.


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019

U.K. proposes banning social media ‘likes’ for children

Britain’s privacy regulator wants to stop kids from being able to “like” posts on Facebook and other social media sites as part of tough new rules it’s proposing to protect …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Spokane autism advocate: Sesame Street Muppet great for community

Meet Julia. She has electric-red hair, a yellow-felt body, loves painting and lives on Sesame Street. Julia, a Muppet on the long-running children’s show, has autism.


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019

Teen gang member shoots toward children during kidnapping and robbery, police say

Police say a 16-year-old gang member shot toward children Saturday during a kidnapping and robbery of a 15-year-old acquaintance.


FBI accuses wealthy parents, including celebrities, in college-entrance bribery scheme

The Justice Department on Tuesday charged more than 30 people – including two television stars – with being part of a long-running scheme to bribe and cheat to get their …


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019

In the Garden: Help children cultivate interest in gardening

All of us have the opportunity to involve kids in the garden. This year, I’m challenging you to do this with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or neighbor kids, because …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019

Paul Turner: Hello, modern-day Spokane children. I scoff at your puny snow forts.

I remember using metal garbage cans as molds and constructing multilayer snow strongholds.