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Thursday, September 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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A Parting Thought: Keep Working For A Stronger Family

Upcoming editorial changes - including a new question-and-answer parenting column which starts next Monday on the Families page - mean that today marks the end of Family Track. Through its …


Costumes Created At Home Are Simple, Imaginative, Cheap

For parents watching their wallets, spending $40 on a child’s ready-to-wear Halloween costume can be frightful. For a fraction of the cost, a trip to the fabric store produces loads …


Hitch Your Wagon To This Essay Contest

It is as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie a family favorite that has carted kids, puppies, dolls, treats, trucks and water. It has been transformed into a …


Rally Encourages Writing, Reading

Occasionally there are paybacks to parenting that make it worthwhile, yet none so rewarding as sharing with your child what I call an “Ah-ha” moment: the flash of discovery for …


Free Brochure Helps Women Plan For Pregnancy

Choosing to become pregnant is one of the most important decisions a woman can make, and it requires forethought and planning. Helping women prepare for pregnancy is the goal of …


It’s Never Too Late To Read To Your Child

Reading aloud to your child is a gift that will last a lifetime and Success By 6 is making it easier for new parents to begin. On Labor Day, the …


Talk About Dangers Of Drugs And Alcohol

Last year a teen was killed in a drunk-driving accident one mile from our home. This tragedy created a sobering opportunity to talk to our children about the dangers of …


Mom, Dad Critical To Academic Success

Want your child to succeed in school? Get involved at home. While household chores may command your attention at the end of a weary day, take time to discuss your …


Kids Can Usher Out Summer With A Bang

Summertime is full of sweet anticipation: like waiting expectantly for the familiar tune of the ice cream cart, the clank of kick-the-can, the end of the heat wave - and …


Get Your Children Hooked On Science

Children are naturally inquisitive and will readily explore the world around them if given the opportunity. Whether playing with magnets or watching vinegar react with baking soda to blow up …


Help Needy Families With School Supplies

Help send every child to school this fall with a new box of crayons. The “Kids Helping Kids Back To School” campaign is Friday and Saturday at locations throughout the …


Pediatricians Stress Importance Of Shots

“Immunize for healthy lives.” The American Academy of Pediatrics is using this message to remind parents to take their school-aged children for physical examinations and immunizations before school starts in …


Volunteer Vacations Can Fulfill Dreams

Imagine photographing humpback whales in the Bahamas. Or assisting with an archaeological dig in Italy. Perhaps you would enjoy helping historians restore ancient monuments in the South of France, or …


Dress Down For A Date With Slime

Slime me!


Making Magic At Mickey’s Kingdom

(photo of Mickey Mouse)


Learning To Save Money Can Be Fun

Children know how to spend money, but do they know how to earn it, save it and invest it? The lessons of sensible money management are learned early in life. …


Summer Activities Can Spur Curiousity, Creativity

It is not what is poured into a student that counts, but what is planted. This anonymous adage is appropriate as families begin summer vacation. As seedlings take root in …


Price Is Right For Freebie Brochures

The Read*Write*Now! kit is available from the Department of Education.


Summer Camps Loaded With Fun

Never mind a sunburn, a few mosquitoes or initial tears of homesickness, summer camp is a childhood memory-maker. Once parents have determined their child is camp-ready (see below), the resident …


Art By Yourself Can Be Fun For All

The paintbrushes are the first clue. Kids are going to love this place. Behind the brushes are rows of bright paints - 60 colors in all. Down in front are …


Newsletter Offers Advice For Elder Care

It ain’t easy. As baby boomers turn 50, many are caring for their aging parents and find themselves trying to navigate a maze of complex issues and their parents’ ever-changing …


Ex-Gang Member Puts His Past To Good Use

Words can persuade. Richard Santana hopes his will. The former gang member comes to Spokane Tuesday to tell his story of violence and drugs with the hope of motivating teens …


Choosing A Pet, Requires Kids, Parents To Weigh Questions

Dogs, as well a cats, will be on their best behavior for Pet Adoptathon ‘97, which takes place the first weekend in May.


Hands-On History Can Be A Fun Pastime

Wanted: Heroic dogs.


New Guidebook Can Help Raise A Reader

Kids who read succeed. Reading stimulates imagination and fosters creativity. It helps develop language and vocabulary skills. Reading opens doors to a variety of learning, including math and science. And …


Dixie Riddle Cups Seek Kids’ Offerings

Q. When is a riddle more than a riddle? A. When it is a winner in the 1997 Dixie Riddle Cup Contest. Parents who came of age in the ‘70s …


Put Feelings For Children Into A Letter

“If moms get Mother’s Day and dads get Father’s Day, when is it kid’s day?” my 7-year-old asked recently. “Every day is kid’s day,” I replied. She then gave me …


Children Can Learn Values Of Etiquette

Etiquette used to mean “Keep off the Grass.” When King Louis XIV’s gardener at the palace of Versailles discovered the aristocrats were trampling through his gardens, he put up signs …


Children Can Have Their Art And Paint It, Too - At Arts Fest

At Arts Fest, even reluctant kids may learn to appreciate art.


Dealing With Cancer Often Begins At Home

Surviving cancer means helping kids cope.