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Talking about change with aging parents

How do you approach those tough conversations with aging parents about life changes that older seniors need to consider, from getting support services to giving up a driver’s license?


Spokane counselor behind fight against abuse and hunger

Healing from abuse is a lifelong process. Mable C. Dunbar knows about that personally. She grew up experiencing some physical and emotional abuse. However, Dunbar said she experienced God’s healing …


Mama Bear Moxie: Watching maturation in real time

My oldest son is 12 years old and has reached that point in his life where the past boyishness and future manliness collide in an awkward battle of teen angst. …


Home alone time for kids? It depends

All parents have to make the call: When is a child ready to be home alone for the first time?


Digital Detox: With the school year underway, parents can help set gradual boundaries about screen time

In general, children adapt to change best if it’s gradual and clear. That could mean slowly winding down the amount of time kids are playing video games, and setting clear …


Napa and Sonoma: 6 fab corkhead adventures with the kids

Here are six super-fun, family-friendly things to do while you’re there. Some spots, such as Sterling Vineyards and Safari West, combine vino and adventure. Others are near the vines, but …


Pilot explores food security at three Spokane schools

In fall 2014, a $300,000 grant from Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation launched a three-year nutritional outreach through Second Harvest at three Spokane-area elementary schools: Lidgerwood, Bemiss and Trent. These sites …


‘Healthy Grieving’: Widow sees value in exploring grief emotions

During the grieving process, there are painful emotions people tend to push aside. A newly offered Healthy Grieving class through Community Colleges of Spokane ACT 2 aims to help people …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 20, 2017

Ask Dr. Universe: How does water move in the ocean?

Ocean water moves in all kinds of ways. Waves curl and crash on the shore. Big conveyer belts of water, currents, flow for thousands of miles around our planet. The …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

Family, friends mourn 3 dead in Virginia rally violence

The mother of the woman killed when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Virginia said she doesn’t want people to be angry …


Before summer ends, ease back into a school routine

It’s still summertime but mid-August introduces a ripe time for some back-to-school readiness. Children benefit from a slow return to structured routines, such as going back to an earlier and …


Girls take the lead at Girls Rock Lab benefit show at the Bartlett

Friday night the bands of Girls Rock Lab take the stage at the Bartlett.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

Back-to-school events offer help for families gearing up for classes

School days are right around the corner, triggering several events focused on helping parents outfit their children with appropriate supplies, clothes and community resources.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Nonprofit Safety Net backs youth who age out of foster care

Founded 10 years ago, Safety Net now helps about 100 to 150 foster kids a year, with a main focus on youth who have aged out of the system at …


Ask Dr. Universe: During total solar eclipse, the moon blocks the sun

It just so happens the Great American Eclipse is coming up on Aug. 21. This solar eclipse will be the only one visible from across the lower 48 states in …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017

Families use strategies to land scholarships

Spokane-area school leaders encourage that students start early and think ahead, because scholarship dollars are out there – sometimes unclaimed – from local, state and national sources.


Ask Mr. Dad: Wanted: Male elementary school teachers

The gender gap in education is thriving, and doesn’t seem to be getting any better. 97.5 percent of preschool and kindergarten teachers are women, as are 78.5 percent of elementary …


Capture all-in-the-family vacations

It’s an expanding travel sector: A growing number of families who invite extended relatives to go to a tourist destination. Such experiences often includes grandparents, parents, kids and cousins enjoying …


Ask Dr. Universe: Printing more money makes it less valuable

It sure sounds like a nice idea. Print a bunch of money and everyone gets rich. We could buy anything we wanted. Ah, if only it were that easy. It …


Teaching teens about dating abuse

Jenny Moeller, founder of the Spokane group Create Your Statement, has built curriculum around teaching teenagers to recognize danger signs and empower them to avoid unhealthy relationships.


Ask Mr. Dad: Guidelines help keep kids safe in and around water

One of my family’s favorite things about summer is that we get to spend a lot of time in and around water, whether that’s at the beach or in a …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

Judge grants Hawaii’s request on refugees, expands list of relatives exempted from travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii on Thursday expanded the list of family relationships needed by people seeking new visas from six mostly Muslim countries to avoid President Donald Trump’s travel …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

Workout season in the city: Free classes offered downtown

The Summer Workout Series, sponsored by Downtown Spokane Partnership and Numerica Credit Union, kicked off Monday at the Tribal Gathering Place next to City Hall.


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Taking a pass on parents’ possessions

Estate sales line up yesteryear’s valuables: china, silver, collectibles, oak furniture, 1980s geese decor. Increasingly, adult children of aging parents don’t want – or can’t fit – all that stuff.


Stay cool this summer with free or inexpensive movies

It is officially hot out there. If you’re looking for ways to avoid the heat, area movie theaters and libraries have got you covered with free or cheap movies. Area …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017

A first-timer’s guide to Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach: ‘Just have fun’

A Silverwood first-timer tells you what she learned in a day at the theme park.


Splish-splash with water safety in mind

For those diving into wave-filled activities, regional recreation and safety leaders also remind residents to think about water safety. Drowning can occur within 30 seconds.


Matt Liere: Father’s Day all about teaching – and learning

This past Father’s Day, I had the rare opportunity to teach my kids something they didn’t already know, or at least profess to know.


Front Porch: Stefanie Pettit considers smartphone knowing it would put history at her fingertips

Today – June 29 – is the date in 2007 that Apple released its first generation iPhone – and, boy, have it and other smartphones exploded since.


Preventing unhappy campers: Parents can help prepare kids for their first sleep-away camp

Summer camps offer kids outdoor adventures and new friendships, but first-time cabin dwellers might also encounter a few jitters.