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Parents @ Play: Fun without an agenda

Looking for some good, old-fashioned toys to play with that don't claim to build STEM skills, expand your brain, or anything else? If so, you'll want to check out these new items that offer, gasp, nothing but fun. And that's just fine.

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Young, black and living with discrimination

At the start of each school year, many teachers have a tradition of going around the classroom asking students about their summer experiences. Tony Wright, a rising freshman at Hampton University, remembers one year when one of his teachers also asking students about the books they'd read.

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Voices: Guys need to calm down about 'Ghostbusters'

Ever since a remake of "Ghostbusters" starring four women was announced, it has been preemptively hated and bashed without end. Never mind that it was coming from a great comedy director and great female comedians - apparently there was absolutely no way this movie could be any good.

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Living with Children: Eating out with kids

The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Daniel Eddy, a New York City chef, on how to have a mutually-successful experience with a young child in an upscale restaurant ("How to Take Your Kids Out to Eat and Actually Enjoy the Experience," July 14, 2016). WSJ obviously thinks the fact that being a chef qualifies one as an expert the subject; it seems to me, however, that a waitperson would have the better perspective.

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Ex-etiquette: Defining boundaries will help family relations

Q: After dating nearly two years, my fiance and I are engaged to be married this month. He has two adult bonuschildren from a prior marriage. He continues to be active in their lives and a great friend to his ex-wife, although she initiated the divorce 5 years ago. My fiance told me that his ex-wife refuses to meet me, and tonight I also learned that his bonusdaughter wants to come to our wedding, even though I have not met her, either. I can't help feeling she is being sent as a "spy." What's good ex-etiquette?

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Ask Mr. Dad: Forced fatherhood? It happens more than you'd think

Dear Mr. Dad: My girlfriend and I talked many times about children and mutually decided not to have any. However, without telling me, she changed her mind and got pregnant. I have absolutely no interest in being a father or raising children, but she's threatening to come after me for child support. Is there anything I can do to stop her?

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Lori Borgman: Pulling the plug on ambience

Since the people we most often dine with on the patio are grandchildren who go to bed at 7 p.m., we are rarely outside after dark and able to enjoy the ambience of flickering candles or string lights. Ambience with grandchildren consists of greenish night lights that automatically come on when the room gets dark.

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How to turn the Olympics into teachable moments for your kids

The Olympic Games can be such an inspiring and exciting time to watch TV as a family. But beyond the fantastic feats, breathtaking speed, and colorful outfits, there are plenty of opportunities to engage kids in deeper conversations. Seize the moment by asking open-ended questions, and see where the conversation goes.

 

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Tiny babies bring moms together in friendship

About an hour south of Kansas City, two moms in Lane, Kan., forged a friendship over birth of their micro preemie daughters. In 2013, Kaylee Hurt gave birth to her daughter, Kaydee June, a micro preemie born four month premature who weighed a mere 1 pound 6 ounces at birth. On Feb. 29, 2016, Ashley Taylor gave birth to Austyn, a daughter born weighing 1 pound 11 ounces, also a micro preemie.
Tammy Ljungblad tljungblad@kcstar.com
Tiny babies bring moms together in friendship 2:56

Tiny babies bring moms together in friendship

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Food pantry asks for help serving families with food allergies

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Children's book features Kansas City

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Kansas mother dies 10 days after delivering triplets