Family

Do you wanna play a snowman? Pop-up 'Frozen' and 6 more board games

Sometimes the best way to enjoy your relatives at the holidays is a little friendly competition. Or maybe sometimes the best way to keep your family from arguing about politics and ideology is to quiet them with a little family bonding. If they are playing a game, they can't talk, right? Board games are a great way to bring the family together. Put down the solo iPads or even the family Call of Duty video games, and pick up one of these new games we tested for you.

Family

Living with Children: Using the 'ticket system' for misbehavior

Q: I've been trying for two months with little to no success to get your "ticket" system to work on my 4-year-old daughter. The target behaviors are ignoring me when I tell her to do something and blatantly refusing to do what I tell her to do. She has three tickets a day. When she loses one, she has to sit in a chair for 15 minutes, and if she loses all three before the day is done, she spends the rest of it in her room. One problem is that she waits until the end of the day to lose all of her tickets, meaning that she really doesn't spend any "punishment" time in her room because it's time for bed anyway. But the biggest problem is that losing a ticket and sitting in time-out doesn't seem to faze her at all. Any ideas?

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: HPV vaccine recommended for both girls and boys

Dear Mr. Dad: I have boy/girl twins who are 11. Their pediatrician suggested that my daughter get a vaccine for HPV, but he didn't offer it to my son. I've got three questions. First, why didn't he suggest the vaccine for my son? Second, why are they offering a vaccine against sexually transmitted diseases to 11-year-olds anyway - isn't that too early? Third, it seems to me that vaccinating kids against STDs will only make them more likely to have sex and less careful than they ordinarily would be. Am I right?

Family

Ana Veciana-Suarez: Catalogues buy us our dreams

One of my great joys during the holiday season - along with the (mostly) merry family reunions - is skipping to the mailbox every evening to retrieve the dazzling array of catalogs that arrive daily. They are as much fun to study as the greeting card photographs of nieces and nephews and cousins.

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