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See how much child care costs in each California county

The average monthly cost to put an infant in a California day care center full time in 2014 was about $1,110 a month, according to the latest data from the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network. That’s up from $940 a month in 2009, a 7 percent rise after adjusting for inflation.

Family

Ex-etiquette: You're not in this alone

I'm divorced and my son lives a week with his mother and a week with me. He is in the 6th grade. He recently got in trouble at school for using a racial slur and insulted one of his best friends. Evidently, he saw a comedy routine on YouTube and thought to repeat it. I talked to the principal and his friend's mother and now he's grounded and without a phone. I'm trying to be a good parent. What's good ex-etiquette?

Family

Husband's losing the urge and wife's not happy

Q: My husband and I have more than 30 years' history. We are in our 50s now, but 15 years ago, he asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I told him I wanted him to get a vasectomy. Since then, we have had the best sex ever. I have no worry of getting pregnant. It is so great. Lately, our sex life has dropped off. Two times a month if I am lucky. I am confused and hurt. I feel that he has lost interest. Is this normal at our age? Because I have no desire to stop.

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Playing the role

Dear Mr. Dad. My husband and I have two-year-old twins – a girl and a boy – and we both love spending time with them. But I've noticed that he and I have very different styles, in several ways. We do different activities with the kids. And I've also noticed that I do a better job of treating the kids the same, while he treats our son very differently than our daughter. What's the best way to play with a toddler? And isn't it better to play with the two kids in exactly the same way?

Opinion

Chris Erskine: Easter with exploding eggs, rogue Russians

When the kids were really young, we used to have the best Easters. I'd dress up like Jesus and they'd dress like little Roman soldiers and chase me around the yard. Insert your own symbolism if you like, but I caution you not to jump to conclusions. Many families have their special traditions.

Family

Teach kids how to resist advertising and be smart consumers

Commercials are nothing new. We all grew up with them and can probably sing a dozen or more jingles. What is new is how advertisers have adapted to digital media – especially apps, websites, and social media. Many of today's ads – from product placements in movies and on TV to online contests, viral videos, and "chatbots" (robots that send instant messages) – don't look like ads. And that's by design. Adapting to ever more jaded and fickle viewers, marketers have developed ways to integrate ads into entertainment, so it's hard to tell where the "real" content ends and the ads begin. These techniques also encourage us to interact (click, swipe, play, chat), which gives marketers data about our habits, likes, and preferences.

Videos

How the Kinneys hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail with their 11-month-old son in tow

Matt and Kimberly Kinney hiked the 165-mile-long Tahoe Rim Trail with their 11-month-old son Thomas in tow. Going prepared helped them make it through without any major disruptions.
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How the Kinneys hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail with their 11-month-old son in tow 1:49

How the Kinneys hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail with their 11-month-old son in tow

Top French air team to perform at Mather Airport 2:24

Top French air team to perform at Mather Airport

Mayor walks the plank in Old Sacramento 1:35

Mayor walks the plank in Old Sacramento

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Take a 40-second tour of bursting flowers around Sacramento area