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Sex Shouldn’t Be A Big Secret

I didn’t think they’d take it this far. I didn’t think the Clintons would apply the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to their own family. But in a bemused moment, …


Parents Must Spend Time With Their Kids

School’s out for summer. Do you know where your kids are? If they are hacking away at the computer, don’t feel relieved that they are doing something intellectual. They might …


Kids Benefit From Involved Dads

The fact that dad is crucial to a child’s development is irrefutable. Spokane psychologist John Estelle spent several years studying fatherhood and is passionate about the unique influences an involved …


Male Delivery Social Service Agencies Are Trying To Get More Fathers Involved In Raising Children

Alexander shaw looks up at his father, Carl Shaw, during a Head-Start-sponsored gathering at East Central Community Center. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Share Your Strengths The Heart Of Child Rearing Is Knowing Your Strengths And Weaknesses

The other evening our youngest child, Bradford, called me to the piano after he had finished practicing his lesson. The first book of music I grabbed fell open to the …


Mother’s Love & Wisdom Donna Clausen Inspires Her Family; Her Laughter Rules Her Health Struggles

Donna Claussen, regional MS Mother of the Year, is a soft-spoken woman with an easy smile. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review


Let Your Kids Pick The Activities They’re Most Comfortable With

Say you’re like most ‘90s parents, meaning you’ve absorbed your share of psychobabble from magazines, books and television regarding your child’s developmental needs. Confidence. Coordination. Cooperation.


Catching On Parents Gain Valuable Insights From Their Opposit-Sex Children

Sometimes Doug Smith thinks his relationship with his 17-year-old daughter has done more to help him fathom the opposite sex than 27 years of marriage. “She’s definitely given me a …


A Legacy Of Violence

The other day my 9-year-old son asked me if it was harder to be a kid or a father. I told him it was more difficult to be a father, …


Tell Child Adoption Is Choice Of Love

I read a recent letter in your column that talked about telling a child he is adopted. My wife and I are in our 80s. We adopted our first child …


Warning Signs

Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo provide these warning signs that may indicate slow weight gain in infants. If these signs continue for two consecutive days, they advise you to call …


By The Book Based On Ideas From The Bible And Grounded In A Strict Sense Of Order, The Ezzo Parenting Program Draws Praise From Grateful Parents And Criticism From Many Child-Care Experts

1. Gary Ezzo stresses order as the keystone of the parenting program. “God is a god of order, so why would you want to have disorder in your home?” Photo …


Spanking Does More For Parents Than Kids

I see that spanking is being debated in the media again.


Second Timers More And More Grandparents Are Becoming Primary Care Givers For Their Grandchildren

Rachel Humphrey (not her real name) and her husband had raised their children and were enjoying their 50s. She had gone back to college and the two of them had …


Borrow A Baby ‘Baby Think It Over’ Lets A Potential Parent Experience Full Time Care Of An Infant

“Baby Think It Over” is designed to give its handler a relaistic idea of what caring for an infant involves. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review


Sage Advice Dr. Spock Is Worried About America’s Future And Offers Guidelines To Help Families Find Strength And Unity

Dr. Benjamin Spock - physician, political activist and author of the landmark parenting guide “Baby and Child Care” - worries about America’s future. “Right now we’re on the skids,” 91-year-old …