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Family Datebook

Here's a list of selected events of interest to families coming up in western Montana over the next week. Included in each item is a phone number for more information.

  • Missoula Community School information and enrollment meeting about its progressive primary school program, Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m., 308 W. Pine St. Call Grace, 542-2833, or
  • Resource Network, sponsored by the Parenting Place, noon-1 p.m., Public Health Department, Health Promotions Department. Call 728-KIDS.
  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6), 10:30 a.m. Fridays, Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. Call 721-2665.
  • Pan-African Rhythm and Dance, Friday, Jan. 23, 6 p.m., Missoula Children's Museum, 111 N. Higgins Ave. Contact 541-PLAY or
  • German Storytime, Saturday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m., Missoula Children's Museum, 111 N. Higgins Ave. Contact 541-PLAY or
  • Filmmaking workshop, Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., International Wildlife Film Festival and Media Center, 718 S. Higgins Ave. Ages 13-17. Info and registration: 728-9380.

Make memories last

If you snapped holiday photos on a digital camera, Parenting magazine suggests these new ways to turn your photos into lasting memories:

  • MyPublisher (, $30) takes digital photos and puts them together in a 10-page hardbound book; each book fits up to 40 photos. Users direct the process by arranging pictures and adding captions.
  • Mountaincow's Printing Press (, $40) helps turn photos into notecards with elegant graphics and fancy paper.
  • It's My Baby Journal (, $20) is a baby album, scrapbook and journal all in one CD-ROM. Users can preserve memories for up to five children with pictures, video, music and soundbites.

A child's balance sheet

An average kid between the ages of 8 and 12 gets $760 a year. Here's where that money comes from:

  • Allowance, $198
  • Asking parents for money, $253
  • Chores, $209
  • Gifts, $100

Pop-up wonderland

An old story gets a fresh twist in "Alice in (Pop-Up) Wonderland" (Orchard Books). Using text from the Lewis Carroll classic children's tale, the new version is brought to life by illustrator Jotto Seibold, also known for illustrating "Olive, the Other Reindeer."

Turn a page, and Alice springs forward as she falls down the well. Turn another, and the large blue caterpillar stretches at least 6 inches taller than Alice and asks, "Who are you?" A three-dimensional Alice grows on each page, as she gets too big for the queen to carry out her wish: "Off with her head!"

Parent or pushover?

Are parents too lenient with their children? Yes, most moms admit.

According to a survey by Parents magazine, 88 percent of mothers say they think parents let children get away with too much. And four out of 10 wish they were stricter than they currently are.

Other survey findings:

  • Forty-two percent of moms say they don't follow through on threats because they get worn down.
  • Forty percent of moms worry that their children are or will be spoiled.
  • Forty-six percent lose their temper when trying to get kids to behave.
  • Fifty-nine percent say it's harder to discipline now than when they were growing up.
  • Almost 70 percent say their own children behave better than most.

The Family Almanac is compiled from staff and wire reports by Tandy Khameneh of the Missoulian; to suggest items, e-mail her at or call 523-5240.

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