Families

Families

Girls build confidence and leadership in Girls on the Run

Every spring and fall, the Whatcom Family YMCA gathers girls in third through fifth grades to talk about challenges girls face, teach them to recognize their inner strengths and build up their confidence and a love of running. Girls on the Run is a 10-week program, based on an international curriculum, that has grown to be hugely popular in Whatcom County schools.

Families

Three parks for families with young kids

Two parks less than an hour’s drive from home that offer a change of scene for kids and parents who’ve “been there and done that” and are looking for a new place to stretch their legs and welcome better weather of spring.

Families

App review: Street Music Academy, crash, tap, and boom out beats with everyday objects

Parents need to know that Street Music Academy - the rhythm in everything! uses the images and sounds related to everyday objects - hubcaps, bottles, wrenches, etc. - to create musical sequences. The game challenges players to reproduce the rhythms they hear on the app by tapping corresponding colored dots in time. Created for kids ages 9 to 11, there are three levels of play (easy, normal, and hard) that move kids into more complex rhythms. Kids can unlock a final concert at the end. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

Families

Living with Children: 5 fundamental child-rearing principles

Q: You seem to blame all of America's parenting woes on mental health professionals and imply that if parents still raised kids as did people in the 1950s and before, they wouldn't be having the problems they're having today. But times have changed, John. Is it realistic to think that children can still be raised like their grandparents were raised?

Families

Ask Mr. Dad: Teens and the summer job; a perfect match

Dear Mr. Dad: I want to get a job this summer but my parents are refusing to give me permission. They say I'm too young, but I disagree. I'm turning 15 a week before school ends and some of my friends have had summer jobs for a few years. I'm jealous that they have their own money to spend and don't have to ask their parents for it, which I hate doing. What can I do to convince my parents to let me get a job?

Families

Ex-etiquette: Investigate and report odd behavior

Q: My ex and I have shared our kids equally for five years. They are 10 and 12, and come home with such off the wall stories I'm thinking it's time to take action. They tell me their mom wakes them up in the middle of the night because she is being told they are possessed by the demons. She wants to pray together at 2 in the morning when the kids have school the next day. The kids say it's getting worse and they don't want to go back to her home. There's a court order and when I've tried to keep them she calls the police and they force me to send the kids back to her. What's good ex-etiquette?

Videos

What you need to have and know to keep your kids safe in an earthquake

Prevention is the key to breaking the cycle of unintentional injury. This video from Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers tips to help promote earthquake safety for your family.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Courtesy to The Belliingham Herald
What you need to have and know to keep your kids safe in an earthquake 3:13

What you need to have and know to keep your kids safe in an earthquake

Bellingham swim instructor teaches kids to love the water 0:50

Bellingham swim instructor teaches kids to love the water

Watch students return to the newly built Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham 1:39

Watch students return to the newly built Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham

Bellingham kids show their stuff at Children's Craft Fair 1:29

Bellingham kids show their stuff at Children's Craft Fair