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Parents @ Play: 2018 toy trends

Well, we're back from our annual trip to the arctic east coast for Toy Fair, where we had a chance to preview – and play with – the latest and greatest toys and games. As in previous years, certain themes are more popular than others. Some are holdovers from last year (often with a twist) or reboots of classics from generations ago. Others are completely new. Here are some of the trends we think will be big this year. James Hamilton, of the popular pop-culture website geekstronomy.com was there to lend a hand covering the massive show floor, and we thank him for contributing to this coverage.

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Ex-etiquette: Something's not right

Q: My boyfriend and I have been living together for two years. He has two children, ages 3 and 4 1/2 His ex will not allow the kids to come to our home. He must see them at her house. He's there all the time, morning and night, and sometimes he stays the night when she's out of town on business. I hate it (I've never even seen her) and I think it's crazy. My boyfriend sees nothing wrong with it. What do you think? What's good ex-etiquette?

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Living with Children: Teen tantrums require a one-two 'punch' of authority

Q: When our daughter, an only child, turned thirteen and entered the 8th grade, it was like a switch was flipped. Almost overnight, she went from being a sweet, respectful and obedient child who had never given us any serious problems to being petulant, sassy, and often belligerent. She wants nothing to do with us anymore and makes that perfectly clear in often very hurtful ways. She stays in her room, on her smartphone, most of the time, often refusing to even eat dinner with us. We tried taking her phone away, but she threw such an out-of-control tantrum – shrieking, throwing and breaking things, even – that we became concerned gave it back to her. Her grades are beginning to suffer as well. We just don't know what to do. Should we perhaps put her in counseling with someone?

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Ask Mr. Dad: Meditation isn't what you think

Dear Mr. Dad: A few years ago, you wrote about the benefits of meditation for children. I honestly thought you were joking. But a counselor at my son's school just recommended it, saying it could help my son's severe anxiety. When I asked how to do it, he handed me a copy of your article! For the benefits of other readers, would you please review the benefits and how-to?

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Movies: 10 Black history movies that tackle racism in America

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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App review: Cash Show – Win Real Cash!: Popular trivia game awards players real cash via PayPal

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Soup swap party

A party that supplies you with fully prepared dinners for busy weeknights to come? Sign us up! Hosting a soup swap is a genius way to spend time with friends and fill your freezer. Plus, there's big payoff for minimal effort: Each guest makes only one batch but leaves with four meals. It's a total win-win! Here's how to plan the ultimate swap, with four crowd-pleasing – and kid-friendly – soups to bring to the soiree.

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6 things to know about family leave

Both California and federal law allow family leave to bond with a new child or to care for a sick relative, but there are key differences. Here’s what you should know if you’re considering using the programs.
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