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How to have a great birthday party for a child with autism or sensory challenges

A mom who's been there offers tips for a successful celebration, and a list of places to check out.

Birthday Dreams gives homeless kids an important gift: a party

As the number of homeless kids in Seattle reaches an all-time high, one local organization is throwing more birthday parties than ever

Sleepover survival guide: Tips for parents — and kids

Have fun and maybe get some sleep while your kids have the best sleepover ever.

Want to help the homeless in Seattle? Here's how your family can get started

Unsung Hero: Liliana Alfaro, 'a great advocate for her children' and community

Pause before you post: The downside of putting your kids on social media

Of course your kids are adorable and you want everyone on Facebook and Instagram to see. But don’t forget that when you put them online, you’re giving your kids a digital history and potentially exposing them to danger.

'We need more love': Seattle dad is touched by chat with stranger at store

After a pre-dinner trip with two inquisitive kids, a fellow shopper's compliment led to small talk and, eventually, happy tears.

You'd cry too

How to get your kids started in art: Don't be afraid to get messy

Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys is on a mission to make art accessible to all Seattle children, particularly those from immigrant or low-income families.

Winter-day art project: Make a lucha libre mask

Raising black men: a call to action

Educators in Seattle and elsewhere must gain the knowledge, skills and perspective to remove barriers and advocate for black students

We need to redesign schools to prepare kids for today's world

If we were to reimagine our school system to prepare students for today’s world of "alternative facts," fake news and pseudoscience, what would we design?

Seattle families: How to shut down your street so kids can play (yes, really!)

The city has a process for creating a Play Street. The program is more popular in summer, but it may be just what the neighborhood kids (and parents) need this winter.

Your kid wants to drink coffee: Is that OK?

You duck into a coffee shop with your children. But instead of a steamed milk or hot chocolate, they're asking for mochas and Frappuccinos. At what age is it not unreasonable to say yes?

New Seattle service exchanges your kids' outgrown clothes for new things they need

For $19.99 a box, you get 8 to 12 handpicked pieces for your child — delivered to your door, at which time they'll also pick up outgrown but reusable items of yours.

Teaching kids to share feelings through art

Urban Native Raven Juarez teaches kids how to connect with themselves and others through art.

How a busy family finds time to be creative — and sometimes silly

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