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Most parents of unvaccinated teens have no intention of getting HPV vaccine for their kids, study finds

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been proven to prevent certain types of oral and genital cancers and other health problems. However, in a study published this week in Lancet …


What’s a working parent to do this summer?

With closures of a lot of in-person summer camps, what are parents supposed to do? I have to work from home, and I am back in school for my master’s …


UPDATED: Mon., April 27, 2020

The lost boys of America: Leonard Sax’s book ‘Boys Adrift’ puts focus on raising young men

Honest, strong and responsible were just some of the adjectives that described my venerable father. My pillar of granite, so fitting since he worked in construction, was honorable and very …


UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2020

The future of youth sports: Will less become more?

It’s a vicious cycle for many parents neck deep in youth sports. Pay an exorbitant amount of money for travel athletics, chauffeur children to myriad practices and far-flung games. Repeat …


UPDATED: Fri., April 3, 2020

The Full Suburban: Words take on new meaning during quarantine

Last Sunday, I got mad at my husband because he suggested we open a can of green beans to eat with our dinner. Flare-ups like that have had a tendency …


The Full Suburban: Quarantine survival kits should come with siblings – and lots of them

As of this writing, the Dittos are about 1


The Full Suburban: The best gifts are filled with love

Earlier this week, my son Emmett celebrated his eighth birthday. As child number five out of six, he knows a thing or two about advocating for himself, since otherwise he …


The Full Suburban: She’ll lie on her bed, but only after it’s perfectly made

Last Sunday, I decided to lie down and read for 20 minutes before tackling the huge ordeal that is Preparing Sunday Dinner. I quietly tip-toed to my room, shut the …


The Full Suburban: New car necessitates a shift for teen driver

I recently wrote about my oldest daughter, Lucy, getting her driver’s license. It has been truly life-changing to have another driver around, but having another driver necessitates having another car …


Mama Bear Moxie: Daily highs and lows give perspective to life, parenting

Our world can be just so negative. There are so many things that can make or break our day in terms of politics, social media or even our own inner …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

The Full Suburban: She’s not a natural born snipper

“Barber” is a title I never sought for myself. I was actually kind of dragged into it, much like someone who witnesses a mob hit and is then forced to …


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

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

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