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Monday, October 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Baby planners can ease stress of preparing for a child

With twins on the way, Stacey Blackmar and her husband were looking to be prepared first-time parents when they started researching baby products. Instead, they found themselves bewildered by all …


Let them wave their own flag on birthday

When there’s a birthday in your house, fly a pennant! This personal pennant celebrates the occasion and how unique the birthday child is. Make them together with your children now, …


Mr. Dad: Obesity a growing problem

Dear Mr. Dad: Our son is only 10, but he is already extremely overweight. He loves food and we don’t want to deny him his favorite dishes, but we’re starting …


Things to do

Today Baby Lapsit (North) - Enjoy nursery rhymes, songs and stories. For children up to 18 months old. 10:30 a.m. North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. Free. (509) 893-8350.


First Night holds much fun for kids

It’s a New Year’s Eve bash designed for the whole family. There’s something for everyone at First Night Spokane, downtown Spokane’s annual community celebration.


Mr. Dad: Plenty to do if you use imagination

Dear Mr. Dad: We can’t afford to send our two kids, 5 and 7, to winter camp, so it’s going to be just me and them for the next two …


Things to do

Tuesday Christian Youth Theater Auditions - The crew will be putting on a fully-staged musical fundraiser in just 24 hours time. Come and audition for the stage or behind the …


Celebrate with holiday meal

This chicken peanut stew is an adaptation of a tasty dish that was often prepared for celebrations in the village where I lived years ago in the Republic of Congo. …


Mr. Dad: Show son importance of truth

Dear Mr. Dad: Our 9-year-old son is a habitual liar. He fibs even about the smallest, most insignificant things. But whenever we challenge him, he stands his ground and tries …


Things to do

Today Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Camp - For children ages 7-13. Registration is required. Offered from 1-3 p.m., today-Wednesday. U-District Physical Therapy, 730 N. Hamilton St. $75. (509) 458-7686.


Mr. Dad: New mom needs lots of support

Dear Mr. Dad: Our son is 3 weeks old and my wife is exhausted from breastfeeding. I have to be out of the house early in the morning to make …


Things to do

Tuesday: Children’s Village Benefit Skate Night - All admission proceeds to benefit Children’s Village. Bring a canned food item or new baby item donation and receive a ticket to …


Handling conflict constructively gives kids sense of safety

Meals. Bedtime. Discipline. The reasons parents clash over the kids are endless, especially now that more unemployed dads are filling in for back-to-work moms as the bad economy grinds through …


Mr. Dad: Father, daughter have tough road

Dear Mr. Dad: My daughter is 19 and has been in rehab three times. When she was 5, her mother died and my daughter was placed in foster care because …


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Historians explore hard times, obsessions with big families

Edith Manildi, 93, was just a child when the Dionne quintuplets were born. But she still remembers eagerly waiting each week for the latest newspaper photo of the five sisters. …


Study: kids watching hours of TV at home daycare

Parents who thought their preschoolers were spending time in home-based day cares, taking naps, eating healthy snacks and learning to play nicely with others may be surprised to discover they …


Many youngsters don’t have a clue about money

Money doesn’t grow on trees, as the old adage goes. While some may take a lifetime to figure that out, high school students in Marty Jessett’s quantitative and financial math …


Mr. Dad: Kids should learn value of practice

Dear Mr. Dad: My 9-year-old son has no interest in practicing sports. He says he wants to play in games but cringes whenever I mention that he need to go …


Things to do

Today Books are Fun Book and Gift Fair - Proceeds benefit the Whitworth English Club. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Whitworth University, Hixon Union Building. (509) 953-3246.


Family calendar

Today Toddler Storytime - For children 18 months-3 years old. Library locations: South, 3324 S. Perry St. (509) 444-5385; Shadle, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. (509) 444-5390. 10 a.m. Free.


Mr. Dad: Distractions hinder baby’s sleep

Dear Mr. Dad: We’re having trouble getting our almost-4-month-old daughter to take naps. Until a week or two ago, everything was fine. Now she won’t go down for more than …


Things to do

Today Fundraising for Spokane’s Chase Youth Foundation - Runs through Wednesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Unique gifts and books at 30-to-70 percent off retail. Proceeds benefit Chase Youth Foundation. Sponsored …


Set sail for Thanksgiving fun

Let the children in your house help prepare for your Thanksgiving gathering by making pilgrim ship table favors from walnut shells. As guests arrive at your home on Thanksgiving Day, …


Mr. Dad: Give child more time than things

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I are relatively well off and can give our kids whatever they want. But how can we be generous without spoiling them rotten? A: …


Things to do

Today After-School Specials - “Color Explosion.” Enjoy mixing, matching and playing with colors. A different science project will be presented each month. 4 p.m., North Spokane Library, 44 E. Hawthorne …


Mr. Dad: Advice to teens: Remain in school

Dear Mr. Dad: Our 15-year-old son wants to quit school and get a job. He has struggled academically but we always assumed he’d graduate and go on to college. We’re …


Things to do

Today Toddler Storytime - For children 18 months to 3. Library locations include: Moran Prairie, 6004 S. Regal St. (509) 893-8340; Spokane Valley, 12004 E. Main Ave. (509) 893-8400. 10:30 …


Mr. Dad: Teen shouldn’t be family’s provider

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m 17, and my father walked out when I was 9. Since then it’s been my three younger brothers, my mom and me. But my relationship with …


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