Ex-etiquette: It's time for a change

Q: My kids' father and I do a pretty good job of co-parenting, but he does one thing that really bugs me - he NEVER returns the kids' clothes. I ask him for them and he tells me I'm nuts. His house is a black hole. I've gotten to the point that I make them change before they go to his home. What's good ex-etiquette?


Living with Children: Differing parenting styles are a point of contention

Once again, a reader proves that parenting must be added to religion and politics as verboten subjects for polite conversation. A column I published back in December of 2016 went viral recently - yes, three months later (such things are mysteries to me). In it, I proposed that parents, not children, are the most important people in a family and that the husband-wife relationship, not the parent-child relationship, should be first and foremost.


Game review: 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,' vast, fantastical adventure is an epic treat for tweens

Parents need to know that "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" is an action role-playing game set in an open world. It stars Link, a noble knight who must journey to defeat an ancient and growing evil by fighting monsters and solving puzzles, helping strangers whenever he can along the way. Combat against monsters involves swords, axes, bows and arrows, and other medieval weapons, but enemies simply disappear when defeated and no blood is shown. Players also hunt animals, but their bodies disappear in puffs of smoke, leaving behind food items and materials for crafting. Some characters exhibit mild sexuality, including a two-story tall fairy woman with large, bouncy breasts covered only in leaves. Another character behaves as though drunk.


App review: Fire Emblem Heroes fun for newbies and genre veterans

Parents need to know that Fire Emblem Heroes is a free-to-play Japanese role-playing app based on the popular, long-running "Fire Emblem" video game series. The app employs an anime art style that includes busty young women in sexy outfits spouting flirty tag lines. Non-bloody combat is the basis of gameplay, with hero collection as the player's secondary goal. Players can friend each other and battle online, with players over 13 encouraged to create and link a Nintendo account to the app. The easy-to-read privacy policy states that the app allows third-party partners to collect data for analytical and marketing purposes. For full details regarding the sorts of information Nintendo collects, read the complete privacy policy.


5 ways to get kids to put down their devices

"Just a sec," say nine out of 10 parents answering an email when their kid asks them for something. If it's hard for us to jump out of the digital world, just imagine you're 3 and the lines between fantasy and reality are already blurred - then throw in a super-engaging, colorful, fun, immersive experience. Or you're 5 and each episode of "Mutt & Stuff" on the Nick Jr. app is better than the last. Or you're 8 and you're almost finished building something amazing in Minecraft. Why would you ever want to stop?


Family Meals Matter: Better off with breakfast

National School Breakfast Week was celebrated earlier in the month to bring attention the incredible connection good nutrition has on academic performance. Whether eaten at home, on the bus, in the car or at school in the classroom, cafeteria or common area, students are better off with breakfast.


4 playful ways to teach financial sense

We don't have to tell you it's important to teach your children basic money skills. The big stumbling block is how to do it. Unlike helping a kid learn to ride a bike or make a PB&J, talking about money isn't second (or even third) nature for most of us. In fact, polls show that parents feel more at ease discussing sex or drugs. Why? Many adults don't think they know enough about managing it themselves. Yet research shows that parents are the number one influence on a child's financial behavior. That's part of the reason I wrote my latest book, "Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You're Not)."

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: 'Beauty and the Beast,' fantastic live-action reboot is packed with positive messages

Parents need to know that "Beauty and the Beast" is Disney's live-action remake of the classic 1991 animated musical, with Emma Watson as book-loving, independent Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Although the movie will appeal to even very young viewers, especially those familiar with the original, the remake's violent sequences can be very intense, with a few jump-worthy and upsetting moments (several involving snarling wolves, others guns) that leave characters bloodied, injured, and, in one case, dead. As always, the story encourages viewers to look beyond the superficial and to be compassionate, curious, humble, and generous. Director Bill Condon took care to make sure that this version had diverse supporting characters, including a gay LeFou (Josh Gad) - Gaston's sidekick - and people of color not represented in the animated version.


How to carve your pumpkin safely

More than half of Halloween injuries involve pumpkin carving, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Each year, thousands of people end up in emergency departments with cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds suffered during pumpkin carving activities."Sometimes, we’re very excited, and we don’t think about this as being dangerous," says Mayo Clinic internist Dr. Vandana Bhide. "And, you can make it safer by planning ahead."
Mayo Clinic
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How to carve your pumpkin safely

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UK Parliament on lockdown as authorities respond to incident on Westminster Bridge

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