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When the big one hits, parents will have to be patient and know that schools are prepared

The Northwest would face unprecedented challenges in a worst-case earthquake. Bellingham and Whatcom County families need to expect to be self-sufficient for days, or even weeks, in a situation where police, firefighters and hospitals are likely to be overwhelmed.

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Mom influences retailers to use kids with disabilities in ads

For five years, Katie Driscoll of Palos Park, Ill., worked day and night trying to persuade retailers to use more children with disabilities in advertising. She flew all over the country offering photo clinics to parents of children with special needs so they would have images to use while promoting the mission as well.

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Ex-etiquette: Push anger, pride aside and put kids first

Q: My girlfriend and I are having a very tough time trying to co-parent with my ex. She's very angry I have moved on and rarely talks to me, never returns my phone calls or texts. If my girlfriend has to pick up the kids, it's World War III. I've read tons of books. The pop psychology is worthless. Give me some real-life ex-etiquette solutions.

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Ask Mr. Dad: On death and dying

Dear Mr. Dad: My father, who had been sick for quite some time, recently died. He and my 7-year old daughter were very close. Naturally, she's sad that Gramps isn't around anymore, but I know that she doesn't completely get why. Do you think she's old enough to grasp what death is? If so, what's the best way to talk with her about my dad in a way that will mean something to her?

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Lori Borgman: Excuse me, is that Mountain Dew you're wearing?

The husband would gladly take a root canal over shopping for clothes any day of the week. But because the pockets in a pair of beloved dress pants finally wore out, he went shopping for a new pair of dress pants with absolutely no prompting or prodding from me. And you thought Donald Trump winning the election was a shock.

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Apps and sites that help kids give back

Donating to charity through text messages and websites is great, but kids may need something more interactive to help them understand how they're helping. Apps and sites can help families take direct action, learn about important causes, and nurture compassion. Aside from developing empathy and gratitude, helping others can boost kids' self-esteem and expand their worldview. From a trivia game that eases world hunger to stories about people in need, these apps and sites help kids do good.

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App review: Tongo Music, a wonderful introduction to classical music for preschoolers and families

Parents need to know that Tongo Music - for kids and families introduces kids to instruments, music structure, and classical music. In all, kids can hear 15 short samples of musical masterpieces from Mozart to Tchaikovsky, played with 12 different musical instruments. And, kids can try their own hand at creating music with a digital keyboard, a collection of percussion instruments, and more. Because there's a lot of music in the app, it may take a long time to open the first time after downloading. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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10 books to help kids understand the immigrant experience

Captivating stories of the immigrant and refugee experience can help kids understand what people go through when they move to a new country and start new lives. These novels and memoirs for kids 10 and under can help build empathy among readers, and kids from immigrant families can see reflections of their own struggles and triumphs.

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Tips for talking to kids about the news

Shootings, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, end-of-the-world predictions - even political coverage of current events - can be upsetting news for adults, not to mention kids. In our 24/7 news world, it's become nearly impossible to shield kids from distressing current events.

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Game review: 'Horizon Zero Dawn,' exhilarating, 5-Star adventure with strong female protagonist

Parents need to know that "Horizon Zero Dawn" is a vast role-playing game (RPG) with moderate violence. Players assume the role of a female warrior who was cast out of her tribe at birth. She's clever, capable, and just, eventually respected by most people she meets. Fights - involving weapons such as bows and arrows, tripwire traps, and some unusual looking guns - are fast and frenetic, but most are against machines rather than living creatures. When players battle humans and animals, they see small splashes of blood with each successful hit. Parents should also note that spoken dialogue includes infrequent instances of mild profanity as well as occasional references to drinking and smoking.

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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

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

'Thrillingam' - Who's that dancing on the lawn! 4:09

'Thrillingam' - Who's that dancing on the lawn!