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Teach Your Children Well, But Don’t Lose Perspective — Dave’s Diary

A familiar idiom is “the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree,” which basically means it isn’t a surprise when kids turn out like their parents.

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Category: Education, Families
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Happy Birthday, Baby Barbie — Much Joy Do You Bring — Dave’s Diary

If you would have asked me 30 years ago if, at 60-plus,  I would be in any way interested in information about Mattel’s “Barbie” I would have told you that I may have once had a brief passing interest in The Barbie Twins but certainly not the Barbie Doll! Well, what a difference a Gator makes. Katelyn Autumn Ettl is my 6-year-old “gator” girl and she loves her Barbie Dolls. I take her shopping for them, I help get them dressed when Mom is busy and I help pick them up when they take over the house.

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The Kids Fish-In Is Coming Soon – Get Your Net And Go! – Dave’s Diary

Space is limited.  When you hear that you think one of two things.  Either it’s a really cool event and space will in fact be limited –or-- the organizers are just saying that in hopes of driving a crowd by increasing interest through a sense of exclusivity.  Well, when it comes to the Yakima Kids’ Fish-In event, space IS limited and it really IS a cool event!

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Category: Families, wildlife
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True Colors, Adventure, Friendship, LIFE! — Dave’s Diary

SO this is the face of the endgame. An 8,000-mile trip to India for the Holi Festival, or as my daughter Dacotah put it, “The celebration of good over evil and the coming of spring.”

The “coming of spring” sounded kinda cool, but as her dad, the thought of a showdown between good and evil was a little disconcerting

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Category: Families, travel
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Would You Skip A Payment To Be Able To Skip Out Of Town – Dave’s Diary

My Morning News partner Lance will be off on vacation next week and I hope to take some time off after that.  Both of us wish we had a few more bucks to spend on break but neither of us will break the bank to do it

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Washington Only So-So As A Place For Successful State For Women – Dave’s Diary

Betsy Ross, Martha Washington, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi – one of these things is not like the others.  But I digress.

We are in the midst of Women’s History Month and Washington state is in the middle of the pack when it comes to being a great state for the successful woman--number 23 to be exact.

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Category: Families, Yakima News
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Keep It From The Kids–Some Things Shouldn’t Be Shared — Dave’s Diary

There comes a time as a parent when you have to choose between total honesty and a timely fib.  Kids don’t need to know everything and certainly not things they aren’t prepared to process.  Men’s health Magazine says these are some times for creative oratory !

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From Snakes to Elephants — the Adventure Continues — Dave’s Diary

As I wrote earlier last week, my daughter Dacotah and a couple of her friends are on a grand adventure to a 1,000-year-old festival in India.

She's the one in the middle, collecting elephant-sized memories for a lifetime!

As the slightly nervous dad, I am thinking: "OK, first the cobra and then elephant

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Holi Festival In India: Meet My Daughter the Adventurer — Dave’s Diary

She's bolder than I ever was, I'll give her that.  My middle daughter Dacotah is on another one of her adventures -- she's the one on the right with the purple scarf.

This one includes her two best girlfriends and a trip halfway around the world for the Holi Festival, which could be as old as the 4th century

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Guys-You Could Be Happier If She Wore The Pants! – Dave’s Diary

It’s the age old question -Who wears the pants in your relationship?   A new study reveals it may not matter so much as to which one of you wears them, just make sure one of you clearly does! It turns out couples that have one dominant partner tend to be happier and that happiness ultimately leads to having more children

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