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Your kid's prom just got even more expensive

American parents are accustomed to being treated like human cash machines during prom season, spending close to $1,000 to guarantee that a high school dance doesn't become an emotional catastrophe. A hundred bucks for tickets, and hundreds more for fancy clothes - even the corsage costs $20. And before any of that begins, your kid wants $300 for a promposal. Wait, a what?

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Parents @ Play: Now you're cookin'!

Cooking is a wonderful family activity on so many levels. It helps build kids' confidence and creativity, encourages math skills, teaches about cause and effect, builds hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, increases the chance that they'll eat healthier foods (unless all you ever make is dessert), and more. But most of all, it's just plain fun. Here are some terrific products that will make cooking with your kids, well, a piece of cake.

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Ask Mr. Dad: Going swimming? Keep your mouth shut

Dear Mr. Dad: My family loves to swim, and every year my wife and I have the same argument. I say swimming pools are filthy and I tell our kids to keep their mouth closed while they're in the water. My wife says chlorine kills any dangerous germs and that it's perfectly fine for the kids to fill their mouths with water and squirt each other, or even to swallow some. We've agreed to let you settle the issue. Who's right?

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Living with Children: Let perfectionist son be a 4 year old

Q: Whenever my 4-year-old son tries something new, he becomes very frustrated if he has any difficulty at all. This happens when practicing numbers, letters or anything else I try to teach him. I tell him he's doing fine and will do better with practice, but it's obviously not sinking in. In general, he's a perfectionist in the sense that everything must be "just so." It worries me because we have depression, anxiety and OCD on both sides of the family. I've also heard that perfectionism is characteristic of oldest children. Does that also apply to only children? Could it be a result of the fact that his father and I have been separated for a while now? What can I say to him in order to help him not be so hard on himself?

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Ex-etiquette: Get therapy to reassess relationship expectations, help raise child with Asperger's

Q: I recently met and married a great woman with an 11-year-old son who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. He is very high-functioning and polite, intelligent, etc. The problem is he is EXTREMELY messy and absent-minded. He leaves for school 10 minutes after we leave for work and he leaves every single light on. One day we came home, the refrigerator door was wide open and all the food was spoiled. Another time, he left the front door wide open all day - luckily, nothing was stolen. I know what you're thinking, why is this 11-year-old being left to go to school by himself? Because he is high-functioning, and his mother trusts him.

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Ana Veciana-Suarez: Stuff does not equal success

For some reason that totally defies explanation, I keep receiving these glossy, doorstop-size magazines that remind me (with a jab) how the wealthy live. The uber rich, as you may suspect, surround themselves with beautiful things. And good for them. I do the same, but at a significantly slighter level.

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Lori Borgman: Living life in a large way

Much of our flatware has seen the inside of the garbage disposal, which is why a number of our spoons can now double as grapefruit spoons. Some of the forks, also roughed up by the disposal, have become too dangerous to use and some of the knives have simply disappeared. I suspect they went on camping trips and did not return.

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Family Meals Matter: Every kid healthy

Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance created by Action for Healthy Kids to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. Since children spend a large percentage of their day in schools, it's important to support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health promotion in schools. Parents can mirror the school model by serving healthy meals, involving kids in meal preparation and encouraging ways to be active as a family.

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7 'Game of Thrones'-like shows for teens

Not all these teen-friendly alternatives are perfect matches to the "GOT" canon, but they're set in universes rich with fantastical histories, epic mythologies, deep characters and adventures the whole family can enjoy together.

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Game review: 'Bravely Second: End Layer' is fun, mildly violent fantasy RPG with some mature themes

Parents need to know that "Bravely Second: End Layer" is a Japanese role-playing game with frequent but fairly mild violence. Players control a group of characters who battle human and fantastical foes in order to save their world. Combat involves no blood or gore; enemies simply stagger, fall and disappear when defeated. The protagonists only fight to defend themselves and out of a sense of duty to help others, but endure loss and unexpected betrayals in the process. Parents should also be aware that while there's no explicit sexuality or foul language, the often humorous dialogue includes puns that are a little racy, including a frequently recurring joke that revolves around how the word Ba'al (meaning demon in the game) sounds like a part of the male anatomy.

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