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A dad celebrates finding lessons where he least expects them

I made an arrangement with my 6-year-old son earlier this spring that seemed to benefit both of us. I’d pay him a penny for every stick he collected from our …

The cost to parents of not hiring a house cleaner

Last year, a close friend of mine and I put our brains together to figure out how to get housecleaning done more regularly, and more efficiently, in our respective homes. …

Settlement allows parents to get refunds for purchases children made on Amazon apps without permission

Parents whose children made Amazon purchases on mobile apps without their permission will begin getting their money back, the Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday. And it turns out that money …

Spokane clinicians circle up parental advice in new book

Circle of Security International founders Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper and Bert Powell have a newly released book, “Raising a Secure Child,” that for the first time offers up parenting strategies …

Ask Mr. Dad: What’s yours is mine, and other toddler rules

Toddlers are still convinced that the universe revolves around them and that everyone and everything they can see is not only theirs but is actually part of them.

Parents’ technology addictions lead to behavioral problems in kids, study says

Research by a professor at Illinois State University has found that parents who say they struggle to limit their time looking at phones, tablets and other technological devices have children …

UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017

Relating to Julia: New ‘Sesame Street’ Muppet teaches kids about autism

Spokane experts and families affected by autism react to Julia the Muppet, a character introduced April 10 on “Sesame Street” as a child who has autism.

Why all parents should care about kids and gender

Play is central to the development of critical thinking early in life. How we play, and the toys we play with, can affect a child’s future profession. Some researchers even …

UPDATED: Mon., April 3, 2017

Raising good sports: Zagmania can be a teachable moment for kids and parents

How to be a good sport in the wake of Zagmania? How do parents help mentor sportsmanship without extinguishing the competitive fire or quell that passionate of young fans? It …

UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017

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 …

UPDATED: Sun., March 12, 2017

Americans are having fewer kids, but child-free people are still stigmatized

The U.S. fertility rate is at an all-time low, with more single and coupled people choosing to delay or forego parenthood. However, remaining child-free still isn’t socially accepted. That conclusion …

UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017

Doug Clark: Chilling movie was no place for children

I saw something frightening inside Spokane’s River Park Square cinemas last weekend. Chilled me to the bone, in fact.

64-year-old Spanish woman gives birth to healthy twins

A doctor in northern Spain says a 64-year-old woman has given birth to healthy twins following her second successful pregnancy at an advanced age.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017

Study: Idaho’s child welfare system overwhelmed, overworked

State auditors say Idaho’s child welfare system is overwhelmed, with too few foster parents, too heavy caseloads for social workers and not enough infrastructure to hold it all together.

Front Porch: Snowpocalypse perfect weather for soup, stew

The one good thing about Snowmageddon is that it’s perfect soup and stew weather.

House Call: Variety of treatments can help teens deal with anxiety

The teenage years are exciting both for teens and their parents as teens are dealing with changing bodies, surging hormones, testing boundaries, and trying new experiences. Part of the job …

Whatever Girls invites parents to take a journey with their daughters

Because of her own bad experiences in middle school, Erin Bishop launched Whatever Girls – a faith-based group for moms and daughters. The name comes from a Bible verse, Philippians …

Raising a vegan baby: Parents say abuse cases give a bad rap

PHILADELPHIA – There’s a right way and a wrong way to raise a baby on vegan food. Those who get it wrong, parents say, give the responsible ones a bad …

How much digital media is OK for kids? Seattle experts help issue new guidelines

New guidelines released Friday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and co-authored by two Seattle experts, suggest that media use is nearly inevitable, but it’s up to parents to closely …

House Call: Enough sleep crucial for busy teenagers

School has started and you may have noticed some changes in your teenager. He or she may be finding it difficult to concentrate and get up in the morning, be …

I told my daughter she can’t dress up as a Native American for Halloween. Here’s why.

My 8-year-old daughter is obsessed with American Girl dolls. She knows every doll’s name, pet’s name and horse’s name. And she’s particularly obsessed with a doll named Kaya, which is …

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!”

Dear Annie: Couple juggling successful careers, parenting

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 10 years and have two children, ages 5 and 3. My wife is professionally ambitious and has built an impressive …

Front Porch: Annual trip gives mother, son chance to bond over love of stage

I just came back from a delightful trip with our youngest son to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. We saw five plays, had terrific walks and talks, bought a …

Congrats, Procter & Gamble, you’ve alienated half your customer base

Kids benefit from dad’s involvement off the court too. Children – boys and girls alike – whose father supports them in sports get better grades in school and have more …

Mick Jagger to be a dad again – it’s baby No. 8 – at 72 years old

Mick Jagger and girlfriend Melanie Hamrick are expecting a baby – her first, his eighth.

Front Porch: Parenthood keeps make-believe alive

For me, the best part about being a parent has been the ongoing permission to indulge in my love of make-believe, Cindy Hval writes.

Carolyn Hax: Daughter, 6, noticing others’ wealth

Dear Carolyn: My daughter, 6, has just begun noticing that many of her friends have much nicer homes than we do. For a variety of reasons, my husband and I …

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.

Carolyn Hax: Stand up for kids; tell girlfriend to move out

Dear Carolyn: I am a working professional with twin 9-year-old boys and my girlfriend recently moved in. I have them only a couple of days each week and like to …