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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.

Family

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.

Family

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?

Family

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.

Family

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.

Videos

Penn State freshman improvises 'If I Ain’t Got You'

Penn State freshman Emmanuel Houndo improvises Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” on Jan. 9 at Simmons Dormitory.
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Penn State freshman improvises 'If I Ain’t Got You'

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Malcolm Morrison gives a tour of his Aero Commander U9

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Richard Sleigh performs "Honeydripper"

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How to carve your pumpkin safely