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Parents @ Play: The City of Brotherly Love has a lot to see and do

If you've never been to Philadelphia, you need to add it to your list of must-visit cities. Famous as the City of Brotherly Love, Philly seamlessly blends the historic, the modern, and everything in between. The locals are friendly, the city itself is wonderful to explore on foot, and the subway/bus system (SEPTA) is easy to navigate. On our visit, we spent some time on the beaten track, but also found plenty of time to get off it. Here are some of our recommendations. For more, or to plan your trip, check out Visit Philadelphia, https://www.visitphilly.com

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Living with Children: Public education forecast

I receive a steady stream of missives from teachers, ex-teachers, and other folks who have insider knowledge of America's schools. They all say the same thing – classroom discipline is falling apart and has been for some time – and ask the same question: What can be done?

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Ex-etiquette: He’s still married, continues to pursue me

Q: I've been dating someone who has not filed yet, but plans to divorce. He was in a separate residence when we started 7 months ago, but recently moved back into the home to be around his children. He is starting to write a legal proposal. I was uncomfortable and ended it. He continues to pursue me and wants a future with me. I don't know what to do and so we are seeing each other again. You probably get tons of emails like this. What's good ex-etiquette?

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Ana Veciana-Suarez: Who doesn’t love dollar stores?

Everybody admits to a quirk or two, and mine happens to be a predilection for dollar stores. I love browsing their aisles. I don't always buy, but I do like to tour them whenever I'm in a new neighborhood, a strange city or, quite simply, an undiscovered shopping center.

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Game review: ‘Kingdom Hearts III,’ positive messages and fun gameplay in celebration of all things Disney

Parents need to know that "Kingdom Hearts III" is an action-based role-playing game for the PS4 and Xbox One. The game has a strong focus on storytelling and an exceptional amount of commercialism. The combat is cartoonish and relatively mild, with swords in the shape of keys, and fantastical enemies that simply disappear when defeated. It also features powerful magical attacks that involve Disney theme park-style attractions, including roller coasters and swinging pirate boats. Between battles, players watch lengthy, non-interactive cut scenes where the heroes discuss varied issues ranging from what to do next in their struggle against an evil organization to issues about identity and self-worth. The main companions are an undeniably good and altruistic bunch who risk everything to help their friends. But this game is also essentially a commercial for all things Disney, with dozens of familiar characters and themed worlds designed to appeal to kids who love movies like "Toy Story," "Hercules," "Frozen," and "Ratatouille."

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App review: Peep Ciencias: Colores, exceptional Spanish-language tool helps families bond over learning

Parents need to know that Peep Ciencias: Colores is an education app entirely in Spanish based on the TV show "Peep and the Big Wide World" that engages kids with animated videos about colors and guides grown-ups on how to explore key concepts through questions, conversation, exploration, and activities. It's also available in English. The animated video is geared towards kids, but the rest of the session is designed as a tool for grown-ups to facilitate offscreen learning. The sessions are paced out across four weeks, suggesting two sessions per week. Videos for parents explain the rationale behind the sessions and model the educational journey they will undertake with their kids. The app provides step-by-step directions and suggested questions to guide grown-ups as they engage kids in learning about colors and key science skills. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Movie review: 11 Black history movies that tackle racism

From the country's history of slavery to the ongoing debate about immigration, race in America has always been a complicated topic. And, like many other big issues, it's something that comes up again and again in the movies, from inspiring stories about unforgettable leaders to wrenching documentaries about civil rights. Whatever your family's racial background, you can use movies like the ones below to begin or continue conversations about race. Movies can help underline key messages like the importance of diversity and acceptance. They can also be opportunities to discuss how different racial groups are depicted in film.

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Movie review: ‘The Lego Movie 2,’ not as awesome as the original, but action-packed sequel is still tons of fun

Parents need to know that "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" is the sequel to 2014's hit "The Lego Movie." Like the original, it's a funny, entertaining adventure that centers on Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) and Lucy/Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks). This time around, they're defending themselves from mysterious invaders who seem bent on destroying Bricksburg – and then kidnap several of Emmet's best friends, including Lucy. So you can expect lots of action, including chases, fights, rescues, explosions, weapon use, dinosaurs, spaceship battles, and more. Since everything (and everyone) is made out of Legos, the stakes never feel too intense – but younger or more sensitive kids might be upset when sympathetic characters are in peril or argue with each other. Otherwise, content is quite mild, with a couple of uses of words like "heck" and "butt" and some flirting between characters (Batman also shows and sings about his pecs). And there are positive messages about perseverance, teamwork, friendship, cooperation, and loving people for who they are, not who you think they should be.

How to survive your Thanksgiving road trip

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for road trips. Approximately 48.5 million Americans are expected to drive 50 miles or more for the 2018 holiday period, says AAA. If you’re planning to hit the road you’ll want to plan accordingly.