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Report: Foster care system placing more kids in hotels while dealing with intensifying needs

Children in the state’s custody are often placed in emergency placements, in hotel rooms or foster homes, for single nights at a time, an annual ombuds report found.


How to make TV time with your kids actually matter

I admit that I’ve thrown on a TV show and plopped my kid in front of the screen when I needed to get dinner on the table. But on the …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Healthy eating habits are important for kids and parents

My child is a fussy eater. What to do? I’ve tried everything but failed. I’m concerned that he might not be growing properly. Help!


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019

Carmakers to add alerts to prevent child heatstroke deaths

By the 2025 model year, nearly all new vehicles sold in the U.S. will come with electronic alerts to remind people to not leave children behind in the back seats.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019

Google to pay $170M to settle allegations YouTube violated kids’ privacy law

Google’s video site YouTube has been fined $170 million to settle allegations it collected children’s personal data without their parents’ consent.


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019

Two new Gonzaga basketball players spend time reading to kids

About 20 children turned up at the Spokane Public Library’s South Hill branch to hear Gonzaga basketball players read books aloud.


Talking to my kids about cannabis

My daughter Radler was probably 5 years old, coloring in front of the fireplace. Nonchalantly, she asked “Mama, that plant you grow. Does it save people’s lives?”


Embrace the boredom: How kids can benefit from unstructured time in the summer

More parents and educators are heralding the benefits of summer boredom, at least partly this season, to build kids’ creativity, curiosity and other skills. While activities are good, they advocate …


Talking diabetes with a kid’s charm

Two Spokane friends Curtis Jones, 13, and Ella Ludwig, 12, talk about life with Type 1 diabetes. Curtis will be a youth delegate in July talking to U.S. Congress members …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

Parents can’t delete what kids tell Amazon voice assistant

A kids’ version of Amazon’s Alexa won’t forget what children tell it, even after parents try to delete the conversations.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

First lady visits Microsoft to discuss online safety for kids

Politics took a back seat during first lady Melania Trump’s trip to Microsoft on Monday to learn about the company’s work on accessibility and online safety for children.


They were raised to be ‘colorblind’ – but now more white parents are learning to talk about race

It’s natural for kids to notice differences between people they meet, says Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College in Atlanta and the author of “ ‘Why Are All …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Flypast honors US bomber crew who died saving British kids

Tony Foulds has a routine when he visits the memorial for 10 American airmen – one of whom was from Idaho Falls –killed in World War II.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019

Paul Turner: Hello, modern-day Spokane children. I scoff at your puny snow forts.

I remember using metal garbage cans as molds and constructing multilayer snow strongholds.


Startups can lead kids to water but it’s harder to make them drink

Most kids don’t drink enough water, according to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Public Health. But they’re so accustomed to sugary drinks that they find clear, unsweetened …


Sleep-friendly routines may help child fall asleep more easily

Lots of children your son’s age have trouble falling asleep easily at night. In many cases, the reason for this can be traced back to habits a child has developed …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

Deaf and hard-of-hearing children speak to Santa thanks to local program

Santa says that talking to the deaf and hard-of-hearing children who go to school at the HOPE School, a local nonprofit, is like talking to any other kid.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018

Pocket-money apps aim to help kids in cashless world

Children can spend their allowance and chore money by shopping online or by tapping at contactless payment terminals in stores. Sound like a recipe for splurging? Not so, says one …


Amazon’s new goal: Teach 10 million kids a year to code

Amazon said it will pay for summer camps, teacher training and other initiatives to benefit children and young adults from low-income families who might not have learned to code otherwise.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018

Weather spotters are the ‘eyes in the field’

The National Weather Service’s forecasters in Portland can cross-reference regional radar stations, check satellites and look at remote weather sensors. However, according to meteorologist Amanda Bowen, sometimes what they really …


Mysterious paralyzing illness found among kids in 22 states

U.S. health officials on Tuesday reported a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and said it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern.


Before parental ‘screen time’ concerns, there was radio, and even novels

Today’s grandparents may have fond memories of the “good old days,” but history tells us that adults have worried about their kids’ fascination with new-fangled entertainment and technology since the …


It’s come to this: A checkup with the pediatrician may soon include a prescription for play

The advice, issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, may come as a shock to some parents. After spending years fretting over which toys to buy, which apps to download …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

Help shy, socially awkward kids head back to school with these tips

For those extroverted kids, going back to school can be exciting: tons of friends to see again. New ones to make. Things to look forward to, such as school events, …


Seattle judge dismisses young activists’ climate lawsuit

A Washington state judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by young activists who argued the state is violating their rights by failing to protect them from climate change.


Kids are more vulnerable to the sun’s harmful rays than adults. Here’s how to protect them.

Prevention and moderation are the keys to protecting your kids, and there are plenty of options for barriers to shield them from the harmful rays.


Mount Vernon Parks Foundation gets kids on trails

By the end of the school year, Mount Vernon Parks Foundation will get 450 fifth-graders in the Mount Vernon School District up the Southern Connector Trail at Little Mountain Park.


Detective: Talk to kids about the internet

Lewiston police Detective Brian Birdsell said during a presentation at the Lewiston City Library on Wednesday night that the best defense against things like sexual extortion, revenge porn, blackmail, cyberbullying …


Amazon introduces kids book program for Prime members

After years spent getting people comfortable ordering books online, Amazon is trying out just delivering them to customers automatically.


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018

More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason

The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, but it’s only a small increase and some experts think it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children.