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Parents @ Play: One to grow on: Gardening with kids

Like cooking, gardening is a great family activity. Growing and caring for plants helps kids learn teamwork, builds problem-solving skills, and encourages responsibility and independence. If you're growing edible plants, gardening also gives kids (and adults) an important glimpse into where their food comes from. It's also a great way to get kids to spend time outdoors. However, you don't need acres of land to plant a garden. This week, we explore several ways to have a fulfilling family gardening experience without leaving your home at all.

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How to win at graduation gifts this year

If finding the perfect graduation gift for your friend, sister, daughter or even yourself has been harder than you thought, today is the day your luck changes. In honor of this season's upcoming commencements, we've taken it upon ourselves to round up the gifts we know every graduating girl will love - at every price point, too.

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Ask Mr. Dad: The downside of praise

Dear Mr. Dad: I'm almost embarrassed to say this, but I'm sick and tired of hearing parents tell their kids that they're "awesome," or "amazing" or "incredible," or any of the other overused words people use these days. The fact is that most kids aren't any of those things. I'm wondering whether we're doing damage to our society with our non-stop praise. What's your take on this?

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Ex-etiquette: Find a compromise for Mother's Day celebration

Q: My biological mother died when I was 5-years-old and two years later my father married a wonderful woman who raised me and has always made me feel loved. I regard her as my mom, even though I will never forget my biological mother, but each year when Mother's Day rolls around, my aunt (my mom's sister) wants me to visit the cemetery where my mother is buried and completely disregard Judy. On Mother's Day, of all days, I want to acknowledge Judy for what she has done for me, but it causes a problem every year. What's good ex-etiquette?

Teen Talk

Friends partying at boyfriend’s ‘flophouse’ causes rift

DEAR KELLY: My boyfriend lives with just his dad, and his friends always kind of flop there. It’s the crash house after his friends have been partying. People just randomly show up there all the time to either smoke, drink or hang out and eat food. In the past, “Patrick” never cared. But now that we’re in a serious relationship, it’s starting to be a problem.

Books

Book review: Crossover tales will thrill fans of Riordan's books

Parents need to know that these three short stories, which combine main characters from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series, were previously available separately as ebooks only. "The Son of Sobek" was released in 2013, "The Staff of Serapis" in 2014, and "The Crown of Ptolemy" in 2015. The hardcover book "Demigods and Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes" includes all three stories, a forward by Percy Jackson, eight full-color illustrations, and a peek at the first chapter of "The Hidden Oracle," the start of a series to be released in May 2016. Kids will need to have read at least some of the main Percy Jackson series and the slightly more complex Kane Chronicle series to get what's going on when Greek mythology and Egyptian mythology and magic collide. Expect the same kinds of fantasy violence in these shorts that you saw in the other series - battles against monsters and gods where they get stabbed with swords or blown up. The good guys - all teens - get injured but heal with their magical nectar and potions. Readers will learn a bit about Alexander the Great and how he united the Greece and Egypt in his giant empire.

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Down syndrome girl was rejected by first dance studio, but she didn't let that stop her

When Ana Malaniuk's mom took her to enroll in a dance class, they were told she wouldn't meet their dance standards. But that didn't stop her. She enrolled at Amanda's Academy of Dance in Edmonton and worked hard to learn various dance styles. Now she's getting ready for her first competition. The Canadian Down Syndrome Society shared a video of Ana and her teacher working on their moves to spread awareness.
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Down syndrome girl was rejected by first dance studio, but she didn't let that stop her

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