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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 …


Therapists offer advice on helping children deal with anxiety

For children, just like for adults, anxiety is a part of life, and there’s a lot for kids to worry about: the first day of school, standardized testing, gun violence, …


The Full Suburban: Mom falls victim to summer slide

Summer has finally broken my brain. I realized this as we were driving to a campground on Lake Roosevelt last week, where we would be spending the next three days …


Mama Bear Moxie: At-home camp with my son is truly sweet

My middle child is really into baking, and I found myself looking for a cooking or baking camp that he could attend that same week. While there were camps in …


The Full Suburban: Half-baked plans for teaching kids about finances

With six kids, the requests to buy stuff are endless. Dance uniforms. Yearbooks. Football gear. Bigger shoes. Violins. A dozen doughnuts.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Talking to babies important for their brain development

A study by Northwestern University used how long an infant stares at an object as a measure of how interesting the object is, as infant “stare times” show cognition.


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, …


The Full Suburban: Same road, different view

My husband is the kind of guy you would want with you in a foxhole. Me, not so much. I mean, if you wanted cookies brought in, or needed an …


Mama Bear Moxie: Geocaching is a perfect family activity

Geocaching is basically a secret treasure hunt all over the world.


When good role models go bad

It seems that there are only a few short years between the time a celebrity makes it big and when he or she starts making salacious headlines. From internet-famous celebs …


A new report shows reading for fun declines between ages 8 and 9. How can we stem the tide?

Studies have shown that proficient readers are more likely to be successful in school and life, partly because better reading skills make it easier for students to access curriculum in …


Mama Bear Moxie: What to know before booking a cruise

If you are thinking of booking a cruise, here are the top 4 things that you need to know.


Mama Bear Moxie: You can’t buy quality anymore

I am tired of buying new technology that just doesn’t stand up to life. I am tired of forking out hundreds of dollars for plastic pieces that fail because companies …


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 …


The Full Suburban: The greatness of pie and good Samaritans

Thank goodness for pie and people like my good Samaritan, I thought. They almost make you feel like it’s not the end of the world after all.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 6:15 p.m.

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.


Mama Bear Moxie: Let your kids find their own passions

I would much rather my kids participate in something that they love rather than make them go out for the sport that I think they should do


Dads are happier than moms. Science wants to know why.

One possible explanation for this, said the study’s authors, was that fathers reported playing more with their children, and they suggested that all parents might benefit from more play.


Mama Bear Moxie: Paying with cash shouldn’t be a thing of the past

I found myself apologizing for having cash, then I realized apologizing for offering money for a product is absurd.


Mama Bear Moxie: It doesn’t get easier; it just gets different

Parenting doesn’t get easier, it just changes.


The Full Suburban: Fighting the eternal struggle of messes

I know it’s odd to have nightmares about messes. But after an entire day of taking care of my kids (and animals!), cleaning up another mess is just about the …


7 things to keep in mind when talking to kids about tough subjects

Still, we don’t want to leave our children’s education and understanding of these topics to the internet, a friend, or some random kid on the bus, do we? So we …


Mama Bear Moxie: Top five parenting books to read in 2019

I have read many parenting books over the years and have found that most of them can be quite helpful when raising kiddos.


Mama Bear Moxie: Make 2019 the year you hit the books

However, last year, I decided to make a simple, dedicated choice: read more.


Mama Bear Moxie: Reflecting on the past year with the Spokesman

I have to say my Spokesman readers are some of the more vocal readers of my columns.


The Full Suburban: For better or worse, chaos creates magic

Being a mom during the holidays is a bit of a thankless job. For reference, here are a few of the things that I dealt with in the days leading …


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 …


Mama Bear Moxie: Finding friends in the same season of life

Making new friends as an adult is just awkward sometimes, but it is oh so important.