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Your ultimate summer TV guide

The 2015-2016 school year is over. Without nine periods of school work and loads of extracurriculars cramping your schedule, you will have sinful amounts of time on your hands. What will you spend your precious summer months doing? The possibilities are endless! Trips to the beach, hours laying out at the pool, bonfires, ice cream dates... and some quality summer TV.

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Book review: 'A Bitter Pill to Swallow' is engaging and important

Tiffany Gholar's new novel "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" starts off with a young guy named Devante. His parents aren't on good terms with their marriage. Devante is feeling depressed after the death of his friend and he attempts to commit suicide, which lands him in a mental institution. Male individuals can relate to Devante by seeing how he blocks out his personal issues and doesn't cope with them.

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Parents @ Play: Puzzles, with a twist

There's something incredibly engaging and fascinating about Rubik's Cube and other similar puzzles, which explains why they're so popular. This week, we had a lot of fun trying to solve five really unique cube-type puzzles (none of which is a Rubik's). But because kids are often better at these things than adults, we got some assistance - and insights - from Jonathan Amir, a true puzzle-solving master.

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Ask Mr. Dad: Driven to distraction

Dear Mr. Dad: This may sound dramatic, but I'm hoping you can help save my mom's life. She's constantly on her phone, talking or texting, while she's driving. I'm only 13 and I've tried telling her to stop but she says she has it under control and says I should be quiet. She's cut out some of your columns and stuck them on our refrigerator, so I know she respects your opinion. I can't get through to her. Will you help?

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Living with Children: Could my 8-year old have OCD?

Q: My 8-year-old daughter is having anxiety issues that seem to border on obsessive-compulsive disorder. She wants me to repeat certain things back to her and has a set routine of things I must say when I'm tucking her into bed. She's genuinely upset by all this and tells me she thinks there's something wrong with her. I'd say it was something she can't control, but she does not do this sort of thing when she's alone with my husband. I've talked to her, tried ignoring her, refused to cooperate, and even yelled - all to no avail. Could she have OCD at this age? Does she need medication? What can we do to help her?

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Ex-etiquette: Mother of teens chooses boyfriend over kids

Q: My husband passed away six years ago. We had twin boys. My boyfriend has two daughters. All the kids are very active in sports and go to the same high school. The problem is that after four years of dating and a lot of over nights, my boyfriend's divorce is not final and his ex-wife hates when I am around the kids. Therefore, I'm not allowed to go to any of his kids' activities, including football games where my son is the star running back and my daughter is a cheerleader. My boyfriend and his ex go, but I have to stay home. I hate being a part time girlfriend. I've thought of contacting her to discuss our future but I don't know if that's my place. What's good ex-etiquette?

 

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