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Ana Veciana-Suarez: Paying kindness forward

Sometimes we need a story, a singular example that proves greed is not the governing canon of the world, that executives are sometimes willing to surrender profits for the greater good, and that a charitable act can also translate into a smart public relations move.

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Lori Borgman: Let them eat cake � lots of it

I should be in an advertisement with crumbs and frosting all over my face and a large headline that reads, "Got Cake?" We have celebrated 10 family birthdays in the past several months. We've had a lot of cake - according to the scales, about three pounds' worth.

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Ask Mr. Dad: When it comes to discipline, babies are like cats. Really

Dear Mr. Dad: My 7-month old baby is a holy terror. He's a very active crawler and is already starting to climb all over the place too, plus he puts everything into his mouth! It seems like I'm always saying "No" to him, but he just ignores me and keeps on doing what he's doing. He definitely needs discipline. What can I do to punish him in a way that will get him to change his behavior?

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Ex-etiquette: Kids vacation with dad, girlfriend; mom feels betrayed

Q: My ex has lived with a woman for about a year and a half. It was fine at first and I didn't mind, but they recently went on a trip with the kids, ages 8 and 11, and I realized this isn't ok with me - to the point where I feel my boys have betrayed me by going on an overnight with them. I don't want to even talk to them when they come home. I'm to the point where I want to tell them either choose me or her. In my mind a new woman will never be in my kid's family-ever - and the next time they go on vacation I think I should be included because I don't think it is right that she spend time with my children if I want to be there. What's good ex-etiquette?

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Is strength training safe for teens?

Dear Mayo Clinic: My daughter is 15 and lifts weights regularly to stay in shape. Lately, she's complained about stretch marks on her legs as a result of weight lifting. She doesn't like how they look, but I'm more concerned that she is doing too much. Is weight training healthy for girls who are still growing? How much is too much?

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Living with Children: Math not necessarily the problem

Q: Our sixth-grade son has always been an excellent math student. This year, however, he melts down every time he does math homework. Within minutes, he becomes highly agitated, begins crying, and says it's too hard and he can't do it. We spoke with his teacher who says that he's having no problem in class. She had no explanation for what we're seeing at home. When he begins crying, my husband usually goes to help him, but that only makes matters worse. Your advice would be much appreciated.

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Simple rules for kids taking cellphones to school

Whether your kid is heading to school toting a brand-new device or is already a cellphone pro, you want everyone on the same page about the dos and don'ts. You can keep an eye on kids at home (kind of), but at school, they're on their own. As with any kind of boundary setting, these conversations can be tense. Fortunately, there are only five rules for them to remember - and one for you, to show that you're all in this together.

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Family Meals Matter: Kids can cook

If your kids spent this summer learning how to cook, now is the time to really reap the benefits. Having kids pitch in to prepare family meals during the busy back-to-school season not only saves parents time, but it also reinforces math and language arts concepts learned at school.

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A trip to Harry Potter World brings the magic to life

For the average kid, Universal Studios' The Wizarding World of Harry Potter looks like any other expertly designed part of the theme park. But for true fans of the Harry Potter books - including the play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two" - the snowcapped roofs of Hogsmeade will trigger some major literary excitement. And a visit to the park - either the larger one in Orlando, Fla. or the smaller one in Hollywood, Calif. - can be an awesome way to encourage a kid to read the books or reward the ones who have.

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Game review: 'Batman: The Telltale Series,' build your own Batman in dark, gritty adventure

Parents need to know that "Batman � The Telltale Series" is a downloadable, episodic adventure game featuring the popular DC Comics superhero in the early days of his career. The game uses a point-and-click style combined with the occasional quick-time event to advance the plot. Players will make choices at key moments, which play out over the course of the entire series. This is a darker story for the Batman franchise and a far cry from the all-ages Caped Crusader that occasionally shows up in cartoons and comic books. Violence in the game is graphic, with plenty of blood and brutal imagery. The game also makes some use of profanity and sexuality, as well as references to drinking and drug use, to ground the story into the grittier side of Gotham City.

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App review: Prisma, super popular photo editor makes creating and sharing art a snap for teens

Parents need to know that Prisma - Art Photo Editor with Free Picture Effects & Cool Image Filters for Instagram Pics and Selfies is a photo-embellishment tool that puts an artistic filter on pictures. From there, teens can share their art via Facebook or Instagram, save it to the camera roll, or share via messaging or other connected social media apps. Terms of use specify it for users ages 13 and up. Teens can just see and save pictures without sharing them, but they should pay attention to privacy details for the apps they share from as well as read the privacy policy for this app. Note that the policy states user content can be shared with affiliates.

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Yes, you can avoid back-to-school marketing madness

It's no wonder that stores are marketing big-ticket items such as electronics and pushing costly new school supplies as must-haves for school. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), today's high school students have more influence over their parents' back-to-school buying decisions than ever before.

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Fairytale Town brings adventure playground to south Sac

A new adventure playground allows kids to get dirty while they build and create.
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Fairytale Town brings adventure playground to south Sac

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Radio personality, wife bring home "rainbow baby" after stillbirth

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Two Sac State grads help parents find activities for kids

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Bear and cat enjoy each other's company at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary