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Mom: Life with Rett syndrome sufferer ‘heartbreaking’

Walla Walla is our home. We love it here. Our lives are rich with children, family, friendships and the joy of living in a small, tight-knit community. As with every other family, we experience our share of blessings and heartaches.

The Moms' Network question of the month

What is your favorite local summer activity to do with your children?

Carnegie volunteers put parents in picture to fill art gap in Valley schools

With the absence of formal art programs in public elementary schools, Carnegie Picture Lab is a volunteer-run organization that provides art lessons to children in the Walla Walla Valley.

To spank or not to spank

George Holden envisions a world without spanking. No more paddling in the principal’s office. No more swats on little rear ends, not even — and here is where Holden knows he is staring up at a towering cliff of parental rights resistance — not even in the privacy of the home.

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Show and do WITH kids to instill health, fitness

Putting your physical fitness at a high priority can be a challenge at any stage in life. But when you’re pregnant or a mother of small children it can be nearly impossible.

Parents, providers offered child care roadmap

Finding just the right fit for your child and your busy schedule can take some time when looking for a quality child care program or preschool.

Consider risks when sharing bed with baby

There are lots of names for it. Within some social circles, it is often kept secret. As many as 45 percent of parents report that they have done it at some point within the first eight months of their child’s life.

Parenting athletes is more than a spectator sport

Paul and I are sports enthusiasts. Especially when it comes to our kids. “Loud” would be apt.

Is there ever a time you would use spanking as a punishment?

“ I don’t spank my boys. Usually we try to come up with a compromise after we have heard both sides. This works very well with my 9-year-old. With my 13-year-old unfortunately he gets things such as his phone taken away or is grounded for a weekend. For me I just notice that yelling and spanking justifies for them that its OK to yell and hit back, and that is not the environment I want them to be in.”

Attitude of gratitude in notes a timeless skill

Our family does a lot of celebrating this time of year.

How do you motivate your kids to help clean up?

“I put a big, black, yard trash bag out for them to see and then tell them to get to work. Totally kidding. Sort of.”

Sports date a sure fire winner in Walla Walla

In the world of stereotypes, all women hate all sports.

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Grandpa’s walk through childhood polio

In the kitchen one day I caught my two boys talking about their grandfather, my stepdad.

USMC Toys for Tots: The many, the caring, the giving

I was raised in a giving family that just happened to have a connection to the U.S. Marine Corps. My dad is a Marine (you never stop being one) and we were always involved in Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots in Seattle. When I moved to Walla Walla with my husband and realized that we did not have a local coordinator, I applied.

How to start creating stop-motion animation fun

There’s a very cool world out there your can put in the palm of your children’s hands, giving them the power to create animation around your home inside or out.