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How Much Should I Pay a Tri-Cities Babysitter? [POLL]

The other night I asked a couple people -- including a stranger -- how much we should pay the babysitter if the kids were asleep the whole time. They all said, "Nothing." WHAT?! I know that's not right, but how much is fair? We usually end up paying between $13-$16 for three kids age 6 and below for between 2-3 hours (they're usually asleep for at least some of it). Is that good? What's fair?

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Who Remembers Tri-Cities Junior Soccer?

I've been nostalgic for my childhood lately and was remembering the way youth soccer used to be in Tri-Cities. My kids are too young to play now, so I can't compare and contrast, but here are my favorite things about the way things used to be:

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Restaurant Receipt Includes Discount For Well-Behaved Kids

As every parent knows, it's tough to get little kids to behave in a restaurant. Being in a new environment will excite the youngsters and many of their typically inoffensive meal time antics, such as loud talking, hyperactivity and the occasional food play, become amplified into something less adorable and more annoying when strangers are watching.

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Best (Free) Indoor Playgrounds for Kids in the Tri-Cities

If you're like me, you've got stir-crazy kids asking to play in the back yard, go on a walk, go to a park -- anything outside. But it's RAINING! It's cold, drizzly, cloudy! That's when I turn to indoor playgrounds. A couple of gymnastic facilities have awesome playgrounds, but they can also be pricey. Fast food is my solution. For the price of a small fry or dollar burger I buy admission to the play area and let my kids get out their wiggles.
A few weeks ago we asked what your favorite free indoor playgrounds were. Below are the answers in the map. Below that is the survey where you can leave your own suggestion.

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Should Parents Use the Internet to Check Up On Their Kids? — Survey of the Day

We're probably at the point where just about every parent with a school-age child has a certain level of Internet sophistication. This means that it is fairly easy for most parents to check up on what their kids are getting into online. But are they?

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Do You Play Board Games After Thanksgiving Dinner?

A new survey says 56 percent of Americans play board games after Thanksgiving. 64 percent said they watch football (I wonder how many watch football while playing board games). But popular culture hardly ever talks about the board games

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See a Nine-Year-Old Girl Football Star in Action

A nine-year-old Utah girl is making headlines (see above) for her amazing skill at football.

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Share Your Halloween Photos to Win a Tri-City Americans Four Pack

We know you took a lot of photos last night and we want to see them! Babies, kids, teenagers, adults, pumpkins, desserts, decorations... whatever. Share them with us and we'll pick a random submission to receive a family-four pack of tickets to an upcoming Tri-City Americans game!

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10 Ways to Traumatize Your Kids This Halloween — The Funnies

Halloween isn't just about candy and haunted houses—it's about creating lifelong memories with your kids.  You can take them to a pumpkin patch and carve a pumpkin, you can pick out a design together and then build the best costume ever. There are so many wholesome activities to share with your darling children.

Or ... you could traumatize them. Let's not forget, Halloween is also about playing magnificent pranks against your naturally unsuspecting kids. Here are 10 ways to traumatize them this Halloween:

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20 Ridiculous Halloween Costumes for Kids

There's one thing we know for sure about little kids-- they can make practically anything seem adorable. Scrunched-up, twisted sour faces? Check. A boppin' on a bed rendition of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'? You betcha! Although we're a little dumbfounded as to how this "everything is ridiculously adorable" thing actually happens, we can't help but be sucked into the cuteness every darn time. This is especially true when it comes to Halloween.

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