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Tuesday, September 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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With 3 kids, spring break is hard work

After putting it off too long, I recently sat down with a stack of academic calendars and activity schedules so I could plan our family’s spring and see where I …


Banned books stir up trouble, enrich our lives

With few exceptions, the book is better than the movie. As an avid reader, this doesn’t keep me from watching most movies made from the foundations of books I’ve read. …


Resolution a path to adventure

In January, I asked readers to help me with one of my resolutions, trying something new. While it doesn’t make my annual list, it’s a recurring resolution in an attempt …


Pleasant restrooms a restaurant must

Wanted: A local restaurant serving good food at reasonable prices with an ambiance that’s conducive to conversation. Long, involved conversation that can be clearly heard in between bouts of laughter. …


Social media can make friendship a tricky business

While children make Christmas wish lists of the presents Santa might bring, I have a lengthening list of things I don’t plan to buy this year. It includes candles, mascara …


Good sportsmanship starts on the sidelines

‘Come on, ref.” The parent on the sideline threw his hands up in frustration. “That wasn’t a foul!” A few minutes later the complaint flipped, like a coin. “Come on, …


Thomas gets young kids on learning track

Thomas the Tank Engine will be pulling into River Park Square on Saturday. He’ll be there for pictures with little ones, as well as some fun.


That’s Life: Short, long journeys fuel family bonds

The ding was inconspicuous, a single soft note that barely begged for attention when it interrupted an involved conversation I was having with my 13-year-old. I might have missed it …


People adopting children when most are thinking retirement

There was a little RV in Bob Salsbury’s imaginary retirement, or maybe a Volkswagen van. He’d drive to the coast and camp on the shore. He’d hike and wander the …


Mr. Dad: Stay involved, be patient with kids after divorce

Dear Mr. Dad: My marriage of 15 years has finally come to an end, and my wife and I have joint physical and legal custody. Because the last thing I …


Instant parenthood creates strain

Dear Mr. Dad: My fiancé and I have been engaged for a year. Four months ago, I moved in with him and became an instant stepmom. His kids are 8 …


Out & About: Salt baiting Illegal in Idaho

OUTLAW – Elk and deer are crazy for salt, and that craving, exploited by unethical and illegal hunters, is getting them killed, according to Idaho Department of Fish and Game …


Debt, work lead many to opt out of parenthood

Dear Mr. Dad: By the time my parents were my age (I’m 27), they had three children. But I’m not married, don’t have any children, and don’t have any plans …


Deals await on gear for kids

Bargain-seeking parents, this one’s for you. The Just Between Friends consignment sale runs today through Sunday at the Spokane County fairgrounds, offering used clothing, toys and gear for babies and …


When pregnant, moderation, common sense go a long way

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m pregnant, and it seems that the more my husband and I read, the more confusing the whole thing gets. One “expert” says that I should stay …


Interplayers reaches out to younger audience

What do you do when you get bullied at school? If you’re Ben and Lester, you use your imagination – and some superhero skills.


To improve diet, warn of exercise, not calories

Dear Mr. Dad: My husband and teenage son are both overweight. I’ve been trying to get them to cut back on the junk they eat, but telling them about calories …


Big sister’s bullying may be going too far

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I have recently had to admit that our oldest daughter (who’s only 8) is a bully – but not in the usual way. She’s …


Home-school mom turns outings into Exploring Families

River Greenfield, 5, scaled the steep rock face like a seasoned pro. Wedging his feet into a tiny ledge he looked down and waved to his mother, Jessa Greenfield. River …


Landers: No end to worries over adventurous daughters

I’ve finally become “the old man” my father was to me. The reality struck Tuesday during the 8-hour journey back to Spokane from the San Juan Islands.


Landers: No end to worries over adventurous daughters

I’ve finally become “the old man” my father was to me. The reality struck Tuesday during the 8-hour journey back to Spokane from the San Juan Islands.


Police, firefighters battle for a cause

The police will take on the firefighters on the ice Saturday at a “Guns and Hoses” hockey game. Proceeds will benefit the family of Spokane firefighter John Knighten, who was …


Police, firefighters battle for a cause

The police will take on the firefighters on the ice Saturday at a “Guns and Hoses” hockey game. Proceeds will benefit the family of Spokane firefighter John Knighten, who was …


Opening day for fishing draws families

The fourth Saturday of April rivals any major holiday for Washington’s angling families.


Some families went extra mile on summer vacations

They couldn’t be with him every step of the way, but Robin Johnson’s family was along for the journey as he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail this season. The emotional …


Kilimanjaro quality time: Slaters

Keith Slater celebrated his 40th birthday by climbing Mount Rainier. That was 20 years ago. He raised the bar by 5,000 feet for his 60th, and celebrated the summit feeling …


Out & About: Mount Spokane cyclists surveyed

Great family outdoor trips Some local families went on normal summer vacations in 2012. Others went the extra mile.


Teens rescue stricken hunters

Teenage boys knew what to do when they found family members unconscious in a propane-heated tent.


A stepmom’s unique burden

Janice Marich’s future husband, Douglas, made this clear while they were dating: He was a package deal. The other part of the package? His young daughter, Elizabeth.


Mr. Dad: Prepare your body before pregnancy

Dear Mr. Dad: My husband and I are planning to get pregnant in about a year. We hear a lot about what to do, health wise, during the pregnancy itself. …