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The Full Suburban: Cuddles cramp mom’s sleeping style

It got to the point a couple kids ago that I just started keeping a sleeping bag stashed in our bedroom closet, and when a child came down in the …


UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019, 1:21 p.m.

Mama Bear Moxie: End of School Year Blues

It never fails that I start to feel this suffocating anticipation as the school year winds down and I know that summer is coming. Every year I find myself trying …


The Full Suburban: Mom is always there when you need her – bringing pizza, plunger or both

This year, my children’s particular brand of Mother’s Day mayhem will be lavished on their Grandma Gloria – my mom – who is watching them while we are away.


Mama Bear Moxie: Give mom a break this Mother’s Day

I have fantasized of having a Mother’s Day where I got to go away for the day, or even the weekend, to spend all to myself. I could sleep in, …


Mama Bear Moxie: To everything there is a season

I was reminded, yet again, you can learn a lot about a person by what they purchase at a store.


Mama Bear Moxie: The power of a paycheck

Over the years, I have done a wide variety of extra jobs that helped bring in some extra cash. There was one thing I learned from all these jobs: There …


Mama Bear Moxie: Time for kids – and mama – to learn some independence

I have realized that I need to give my two two sons more chances to gain some independence. They can’t stay under my wing forever, and I can’t protect them …


Mama Bear Moxie: The slippery slope of comparison

Mama Bear Moxie column for Monday, March 26, 2018.


Mama Bear Moxie: Putting dreams on hold

I recently came across one of those life changing bits of wisdom on social media that stopped me in my tracks. The background was of a little boy playing baseball …


Matriarch Lois Swoboda makes a ‘happy life’ out of music

From an only child, adopted at birth, to a mother of eight, grandmother of 28, great-grandmother of 16, and teacher to hundreds of piano, accordion and dance students, Lois Swoboda, …


‘Finding Grace’: Listen to Your Mother essay harkens to a difficult time

At Listen to Your Mother Spokane, the stories people tell about motherhood and joyful and kind, and on occasion heartbreakingly sad.


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 3:59 p.m.

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 …


Front Porch: Being a girl no insult

If there’s one remark guaranteed to rain down the wrath of Mom upon my sons, it’s when one of them says to the other, “Don’t be such a girl!”


Infertility, possible parenthood and ‘The Art of Waiting’

Before the years when friends embarked on starting families, we all assumed having babies would just happen. We look back now and think: Who knew this would be so much …


Front Porch: Sons writing their own stories now

When a new friend commented that it must be hard having my two oldest sons gone from the nest and completely independent, a book metaphor immediately sprung to mind. “Not …


Bring home successful parenting

Spokane Regional Health District is expanding its Nurse Family Partnership program, which uses evidence-based approaches to improve maternal and early childhood health.


Woman fights off mountain lion attacking her 5-year-old son

A Colorado woman saved her 5-year-old son’s life by prying his head from the mouth of a mountain lion that was attacking the boy in their front yard, authorities said …


Woman gives birth to 14-pound, 4-ounce baby boy in Kansas

A woman has given birth to a boy weighing in at 14 pounds, 4 ounces in Hutchinson.


Movie review: ‘The Meddler’ is a wonderful look at mother-daughter relationship

Lorene Scafaria’s “The Meddler,” starring Susan Sarandon as the meddler in question, is the kind of deeply felt personal filmmaking that transcends the specific to reveal a universal truth, in …


Front Porch: Gather ye Chuck E. Cheese tokens while ye may

With four sons, I’ve lost count of the number of Chuck E. Cheese, Wonderland, Laser Quest and bowling birthday parties we’ve hosted. For years I insisted on home birthday bashes, …


Front Porch: Even in adulthood, sons still cause mother worry

I just hate it when a conversation with one of my sons begins with “Mom, I’ve got something to tell you. Don’t be upset.”


Front Porch: Ready or not, parenting is an adventure

I close my eyes and instantly, I’m there – in the sterile hospital birthing room with its “homey” touches of rocking chairs and oak-trimmed wainscoting. The relentless beeping and buzzing …


Parenting is unique, not competitive

Once, when speaking to a roomful of moms, I admitted I didn’t scrapbook. “When I remember to take pictures they usually stay on my camera for months. If I order …


Sweeney makes most of alone time to produce book

It’s not that Julia Sweeney didn’t love her family. It’s just that she wanted them to go away. She’d gone to some trouble to pull them together, traveling from L.A. …


Front Porch: Moms love their boys, even as men

It’s a biological fact that the human male determines the gender of his offspring, but I’ve often wondered if my innate attraction to the opposite sex conspired against me when …


Women behind Listen to Your Mother walked interesting paths

Stacey Conner and Elise Raimi settled with their husbands in Spokane in the mid-2000s, and started families here, but felt doubt, disappointment and even despair about the Inland Northwest. “I …