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UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017

Relating to Julia: New ‘Sesame Street’ Muppet teaches kids about autism

Spokane experts and families affected by autism react to Julia the Muppet, a character introduced April 10 on “Sesame Street” as a child who has autism.


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017

Movie review: ‘Gifted’ adds up to intelligent family drama

Films that deal with children who are wise beyond their years depend almost entirely on the casting of the young protagonist. Make them act too mature and the result is …


Bloomsday through the ages: While much of the field is middle-aged, race draws a good number of youngsters

From youngsters in strollers to grandparents strolling hand-in-hand, a multigenerational crowd of people run, walk or glide each year to cover the 7 1/2-mile course in downtown Spokane. Nearly 44,000 …


Why all parents should care about kids and gender

Play is central to the development of critical thinking early in life. How we play, and the toys we play with, can affect a child’s future profession. Some researchers even …


Can Siri or Alexa replace your need for friends? Well, maybe

A recent study co-authored by James Mourey, assistant professor of marketing at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business, sought to see exactly how much a humanlike digital device might replace …


UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017

Be kind to thyself: Moving beyond the misconceptions of compassion

Like a tool in a toolbox, applying acts of compassion as we age can help us cope with changes and alleviate anxieties, internally and externally.


Ask Dr. Universe: Scientists are studying the brain’s reaction to time spent with animals

People who spend a lot of time with animals might tell you that something special seems to be going on here. But scientists are looking for evidence and want to …


Cheddar Leprechaun Bread recipe

The cooking classes for children at Second Harvest have covered a variety of recipes, from pizza to smoothies to this bread at class earlier this month.


Second Harvest teaches kids healthy cooking

Second Harvest has started kids cooking classes that are impacting family decisions for healthier eating – from wheat flour for making pizza dough to homemade shamrock smoothie shakes.


Why the dining room is due for a revival

“Everything is so casual these days, it’s nice to be a bit more formal in a room where you entertain or gather your family,” said designer Erica Burns. “The room …


Survey finds exchange students think US high schools easier

Despite a push in recent years to make the U.S. education system more competitive and effective, foreign exchange students continue to view American high school experience as much less stimulating, …


A 4-year-old boy thought his mother was dead. So he used Siri to save her life, police say.

London Metropolitan Police on Wednesday released audio from the child’s call to 999 – the British equivalent of 911 – showing that he exercised quick thinking under frightening circumstances.


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017

Front Porch: The longed for, and dreaded, empty-nest years are approaching

With the third of her four sons about to move to Nashville, Cindy Hval is looking forward to some quiet in the house, but also glad the emptying of her …



How to cope when children seek a new faith

For families with children who are questioning their faith, especially adolescents, it’s an extremely difficult time, and there’s no right way for parents to react, say several experts, but there …


UPDATED: Sun., March 12, 2017

Americans are having fewer kids, but child-free people are still stigmatized

The U.S. fertility rate is at an all-time low, with more single and coupled people choosing to delay or forego parenthood. However, remaining child-free still isn’t socially accepted. That conclusion …


Who gets the dog in the divorce?

While pets have historically been treated as property in the eyes of the law, that’s starting to change. Earlier this year, a new law went into effect in Alaska requiring …


Still checking work email on vacation? This employer says ‘Stop’

No-email vacation policies are one way employers are dealing with the stress of the modern workplace, where technology allows people to field work emails late into the night and first …


Airport’s Mom’s Tour helps ease travel worries of flying with children for parents

AKRON, Ohio – As the mother of an infant and a toddler, Brittney Lewers was worried about the idea of flying with two small children. How would she navigate through …


Social Security: Set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically

For years, Social Security has collaborated with America Saves Week to promote our shared mission of helping millions of people save for their future. This year, America Saves Week begins …


Free Celtic music concerts downtown this weekend

Get a jump-start on St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this weekend with two free family-friendly concerts.


Investing in friendships for two generations

A Spokane Valley investment club, the Lilies, started 21 years ago. They’re all women who love coffee, so in fall 1995 their first choice ignored a financial adviser’s caution about …


Everything is Copy: Teaching vets, and learning even more

Like many others now in comfortable middle age, my political consciousness was shaped by the geopolitics of Southeast Asia. With my parents I went to protest marches and chanted “Hell, …


Masterpieces class calls on parent-child collaboration

Spark Central hopes to foster confidence, creativity with art programs.


Thimble tossed! Game piece voted out of Monopoly board game

You can still pass “Go” and collect $200 on the Monopoly board, but you soon won’t be able to do it with the thimble game piece.


That’s Life: Adventurous spirit will help brother-in-law in recovery from back injury

The text from my mother-in-law was direct, though I didn’t see it for hours. My attention was focused on the snow-covered highway and a catch-up conversation with my son. When …


Front Porch: Snowpocalypse perfect weather for soup, stew

The one good thing about Snowmageddon is that it’s perfect soup and stew weather.


Tiny robots drive big learning at the library

Check out Ozobots at Spokane Public Libraries.


Let the kids enjoy New Year’s festivities 12 hours early

If staying up late isn’t your thing, but you still want to celebrate, head to a library. The Indian Trail, Shadle and South Hill branches of Spokane Public Library are …


Let the kids enjoy New Year’s festivities 12 hours early

If staying up late isn’t your thing, but you still want to celebrate, head to a library. The Indian Trail, Shadle and South Hill branches of Spokane Public Library are …