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Plenty of factors to weigh when flying with children

When it comes to family vacations, flying with children is likely one of the largest logistical dragons you’ll slay. From toddler tantrums and teen boredom to infant ear pain and …


Taking time out for fun at East Central

Parents of young children often feel there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. The demands of work and home can squeeze out time for fun. But a new program …


Hearth Home plans grand opening for its new transitional facility

Karen Fournier is on a mission to help young mothers take care of themselves and their children. The young mothers come from bad situations. Some come to her from abusive …


Police hunt suspect in triple homicide

Tracy Ader’s stepfather kept a gun at his side Saturday. The man suspected of murdering Ader and her two young sons was at large, and Steve Ponsness was taking no …


More room for families

Karen Fournier is on a mission to help young mothers take care of themselves and their children. The young mothers come from bad situations. Some come to her from abusive …


CDC: Too many kids breathe others’ smoke in cars

Texting while driving, speeding and back-seat hanky-panky aren’t all that parents need to worry about when their kids are in cars: Add secondhand smoke to the list.


Vanessa Behan haven for kids at risk

It’s been 30 years, but Bill Bialkowsky’s eyes still fill as he recalled reading the coroner’s report. “Fractured skull. Cigarette burns. Pulled hair,” he cleared his throat. “She died a …


Toys given to comfort kids

Thanks to a donor, Spokane police officers have plenty of stuffed toys to help comfort children they encounter in traumatic situations. A young woman who wishes to remain anonymous recently …


1,600 Beanie Babies donated to Spokane police

Thanks to a donor, Spokane police officers now have fresh toys to use to comfort children in traumatic situations.


Operation Clothe a Child gives needy kids wardrobe upgrade

When she attends the Christmas concert at John Brown Elementary School in Rathdrum tonight, 5-year-old Hailey Rojo will be wearing her brand-new, ruby-red dress. The kindergartner bought the dress at …


Fun times three for kids at Kootenai Health triathlon

Joey Bonacci is only 5 years old, but he’s training for his second triathlon. He asks his baby sitter to time him as he sprints across his Hayden lawn. He …


Young Hayden siblings raise funds for children with heart trouble

When Sarah and Emily Kladar visited a medical clinic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, three years ago, they were stunned by dozens of photos plastered on a wall. All were …


For kids, the idea of becoming an astronaut is going nowhere

Retiring the space shuttles, and the iffy immediate future for manned space flight, has implications beyond the realm of science and exploration. It colors the future in another way. For …


Mr. Dad: For safety keep seat facing rear

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m in charge of installing our 16-month-old daughter’s car seat and my wife says I need to turn it around to rear-facing again because there’s a new …


Free summer meals for children

A summer meal program serving free breakfast and lunch will be offered by East Valley School District. Meals will be provided Monday through Thursday, through Aug. 25. Locations and times …


Little Kicks signup under way

Registration is now available for Valley Youth Soccer’s Little Kicks program, for kids ages 2 to 4. The program includes, age-appropriate activities and games, centered around soccer and helps improve …


Summer reading programs set

Kids can now enjoy youth summer reading programs at the Spokane Public Library and Spokane County Library District. Youth Summer Reading is full of fun activities and programs at each …


Local Census data: Young adult numbers increase

The number of young adults living in the city of Spokane has topped 50,000, a number driven by growing universities, a cultural rebound and an affordable cost of living for …


Parks giving kids of every ability level a chance to play

The Discovery Playground in Spokane Valley offers something for children of all abilities. The paths – made of grass, concrete or wood chips – all are accessible for wheelchairs. There …


Face Time: Rose says stress-free adults nurture healthy kids

Stress kills adults. And it can destroy their children, too. For more than 20 years, Robin Rose, of Salem has researched how the stress of adults affects the brain development …


Patron fines hinder library

The East Side Library was on the list of Spokane Public Library branches threatened to close last year, partly because it has one of the lowest usage rates in the …


Study looks at effects of day care

Parents who worry they are forever damaging their children by dropping them off at day care every morning can find some comfort in a recent study that looked at academic …


Best designs for kids’ rooms should skip Disney, focus on sophistication

Betsy Burnham loves designing bedrooms for young children. But before she can begin, she sometimes has to steer clients away from painfully cute design ideas. “I don’t like cutesy things …


Front Porch: Mom, guitar gently weep as teens LOL

More than 20 years ago, for reasons now unclear, I decided to have a baby. Derek and I had been married three years, and I guess it seemed natural to …


New book can inspire ideas on how to entertain kids

Sometimes, the cure for the summertime blues is found in a tube sock. Or a pile of cardboard. Maybe even in the ubiquitous empty toilet-paper tube. Kids who spend hours …


New Spokane playground welcomes all

There’s this thing about playgrounds: it’s really difficult to keep children away from them. Last week, Spokane’s first public universal playground was carefully wrapped in red ribbon, yet children found …


Playground welcomes all

There’s this thing about playgrounds: it’s really difficult to keep children away from them. On Tuesday afternoon Spokane’s first public universal playground was carefully wrapped in red ribbon, yet children …


Boy-for-sale ad triggers investigation

For sale: One 4-year-old boy. That recent advertisement on a popular classifieds Web site has triggered a sheriff’s investigation into who was behind it.


Parents, doctors debate youngsters wearing heels

A pair of sparkly, peekaboo shoes with heels 2 inches high have been favorites of 6-year-old Helena Bell ever since she got them for a wedding. “She’s worn them to …


No longer a lawman, but still an advocate

Jerry Keller retired last week after 36 years as a Spokane police officer. For 20 of those years, he was a detective in the sexual assault unit. He interviewed hundreds …