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Hypertension and kids

Va’Sean Duvall is a skinny 17-year-old who stays busy with an after-school job, choir rehearsals and school drama productions. On the surface, he doesn’t fit the mold of someone – …


Study: Parents wrongly believe some medicines safe for babies

A new study shows parents widely hold the mistaken belief that they should use over-the-counter cough and cold medicines on babies under age 2, despite doctors and federal health officials …


Co-op gives kids, parents opportunities to learn

Parents at South Spokane Co-op don’t just bring their children to school. They stay and play and explore alongside them. When toddlers and preschoolers learn about nature and the environment …


More parents are teaching their children money management

Scrawled in big, pink letters across three envelopes are the words “spend,” “save” and “give.” It’s how second-grader Chloe McLaughlin organizes her $8 allowance. It may sound grown-up for someone …


Childhood eczema represents a growing problem

ORLANDO, Fla. – Michelle Stevens first noticed the red, blotchy patches on her toddler’s feet after he started walking. Every time Noah walked in their grassy backyard, the blotches appeared. …


Helping new mothers manage work

In the weeks or months after the birth of a child, going back to work can be one of the most stressful and difficult tasks for a parent. Many can’t …


Air travel with small kids takes bravery, planning

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m traveling alone with my 3-month-old daughter and my 4-year-old son over spring break. It’ll be a long flight and I’m already dreading it. How can I …


Proposals focus on preventing deaths like Summer’s

The Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration issued today its review of how it handled the case of Summer Phelps, who was 4 when she died in March …


Important lessons can be learned in unstructured play

Beth Anne Cuda wasn’t sure if she should be proud or worried that her 13-year-old daughter Kacey was phoning and texting her classmates to set up appointments to work on …


Girls more likely to beat childhood hardship, study says

Why do some children who grow up in stressful, dysfunctional families turn out to be responsible adults while other children crumble? That question, which focuses on resiliency, has long been …


Hand gestures help build children’s vocabulary

Parents who point and move their hands and bodies when they talk are doing more than simply communicating with their kids. According to research by two University of Chicago psychologists, …


Study says most preschoolers not active enough

Preschool-age children seem to be continually on the go. Or maybe not. A study of 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds in preschool has found that these children are anything but physically …


Kids calendar: Things to do

Today Coeur d’Alene Tribal Winter Blessing - Special sweetgrass blessing, dancers, drummers, storytelling, historical artifacts, fry bread and huckleberry jam. Today and Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m. Stensgar Golf …


Kids are having to double up in bedrooms

With the economy and housing market in a slump, some growing families are making do with the space they’ve got instead of moving to a bigger home. That means their …


Kids talking on cell phones more likely to get hit by car

We all know that people with cell phones stuck in their heads while driving are hazardous to everyone’s health. Now, psychologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have determined …


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 …


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 …


Report says DSHS complaints hit ‘all-time high’

Vulnerable children in Washington need to be placed in permanent, safe homes – preferably with caring relatives. And the quicker, the better. That’s the main message in a 102-page report …


Dear Annie: Son’s behavior needs attention

Dear Annie: My 9-year-old son, “Felix,” is headed down the wrong path. This year in school, he has already stabbed two people with a pencil, clocked a boy and told …


Spending time with father important to adolescent girls

Dear Mr. Dad: One of my 11-year-old daughter’s friends spends a lot of time at our house. She often wants to tag along on activities when I’d prefer to spend …


Delayed vision

Thousands of children enrolled in Washington’s Medicaid program have waited months for new eyeglasses. The backlog can be traced to new security protocols and computer software at the Airway Heights …


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 …


Bill lifts age limit for wrongful-death suits

OLYMPIA – Working into the early morning hours Saturday, the state House of Representatives approved a controversial bill that would allow parents to file wrongful-death lawsuits for the death of …


Family calendar

Ongoing “It’s Nano’s World” - Introducing children and their families to the biological wonders and tools of the nano-sized world through 14 fun, interactive exhibits. On display Tuesday-May 15. Hours …


Washington state suing over kids’ health care

OLYMPIA – Saying the federal government is acting as a “roadblock” to Washington’s efforts to provide health coverage for more children, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday that she and three …


CdA program cultivates children’s imaginations

When Ali Shute started a program to help children in area homeless shelters explore their creativity through art, she saw results quickly. “It didn’t take too long to realize we …


Good grief

The children know her only as “Mrs. V.” Although they will never meet her or even learn her name, the fifth- and sixth-graders at Meadow Ridge Elementary have grown to …


Local Events Mark National Adoption Month

Adoption Resource Center, a program of the Children’s Home Society of Washington, is sponsoring several events to educate the community about adoption issues in November, National Adoption Month. The first …


Books Offer Children Healthy Alternatives

Not often do we meet an 11-year-old published author. After attending a DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), Jennifer Hulme of Fort Worth, Texas, decided to write a book to …


Ask Questions About Food When Choosing Day Care

Food is an important part of choosing a day-care center. Here are some questions parents might ask: Are meal menus posted in advance? Is there a chance to review what …