Ex-etiquette: Ex posts 'missing you' letter on Facebook from family pet to son

Q: My ex and I split up about four months ago. We were together almost ten years and had two sons together. She had an affair, I found out and moved my kids out the next day. She sees the boys intermittently, but it's difficult since she's living with the guy. Yesterday I found an open letter on Facebook from our family pet. The pet lives with her and the letter was written like it was from the pet, talking about how much he missed my oldest son. My son hasn't seen it, but I'm afraid he will, and it just seems like it's hitting below the belt. What's good ex-etiquette?


Living with Children: Some say, parents should ask their babies' permission before changing their diapers

Competition amongst the membership of the International Association of the Weird and Even Weirder for the Most Bizarre Idea of All Time has finally, after more than five decades of weird-mongering, come to an end – the rest of us can only hope, anyway. The winner is Deanne Carson of Australia who proposes that to advance a "culture of consent" in the home, parents should ask their babies' permission before changing their diapers, as in, "I'm going to change your nappy (diaper) now, my precious. Is that okay?"


How to talk to kids about violence, war, and crime

Mass shootings. Nuclear weapons. A robbery at your local corner store. Where do you start when you have to explain this stuff to your kids? Today, issues involving violence, crime, and war – whether they're in popular shows, video games, books, or news coverage – reach even the youngest kids. And with wall-to-wall TV coverage, constant social media updates, streaming services that broadcast age-inappropriate content any time of day, plus the internet itself, you have to have a plan for discussing even the worst of the worst in a way that's age-appropriate, that helps kids understand, and that doesn't cause more harm.

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App review: Love Balls, despite being No. 1 on the App Store, clever puzzle game is ruined by overabundance of ads

Parents need to know that Love Balls is a clever physics puzzle game that's safe for all ages. Despite what the name might suggest, this has no inappropriate content. But it's very ad-friendly – there's always a banner ad running along the bottom of the screen, and full-screen ads pop up randomly after you finish some puzzles. You can also opt to watch ads if you want to earn some in-game currency. This currency, which you also earn by playing, is then used to buy new pens, balls, and backgrounds. Not surprisingly, there's an option to buy an ad-free version of the game. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.


TV review: '13 Reasons Why: Season 2,' reveals more intense, dark subject matter teens may have difficulty navigating

Parents need to know that "13 Reasons Why" is an intense, dark Netflix drama based on the popular young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and is definitely not a light watch or for younger kids. The disturbing story explores a troubled teen's motivations for committing suicide, opening after the fatal event, with all appearances by deceased Hannah in the reflections of a boy who harbored a secret crush on her. Messages about treating people with respect and not taking others for granted are prominent, but the fact that Hannah blames others for her suicide is problematic and may send the wrong messages to some sensitive teens. The series doesn't shy away from mature issues, as Hannah's suicide is shown in great detail, as is more than one graphic rape scene involving a teenager. There's teen drinking, voyeurism (a boy circulates a picture of a girl in a compromising position after a sexual encounter), and lots of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and "a--holes"). While this challenging story could help parents start conversations with teens about issues like bullying, isolation, and depression, the way the series addresses these issues is complex and may be confusing for impressionable viewers.

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Game review: 'Trailblazers,' colorful, team-based racing game is super fun and unique

Parents need to know that "Trailblazers" is a downloadable sci-fi themed racing game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch consoles, as well as Windows, Mac, and Linux-based computers. While there's a solo campaign, the game has a heavy focus on working together with other racers as a team. In some cases, just helping your team get the win can be just as rewarding as actually being the first across the finish line. The game's easy to pick up and play for gamers of all skill levels, and is about as violent as a round of bumper cars. Parents should be aware that there are some bits of innuendo, with "damn" used occasionally in dialogue, along with some references to drinking, but otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.

This politician brings his own baby to do Sacramento’s business

Councilman Eric Guerra, who represents Sacramento's District 6, doubles as a politician and father as he splits time with his wife to care for their son Javier.
José Luis Villegas