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'Born in China' review: Animal stories

"Born in China," is Disneynature's documentary about three different animals and their relationships to their families, narrated by John Krasinski. The giant panda's story is about raising and protecting her baby, but the cub wants to do what she wants. In the end, the cub climbs a tree to show she can be brave.

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Poll: Popular social media apps

Today, most people in our world communicate using some kind of social media app. We were curious to see what social media app is liked and used by most people. We took a survey of 100 people. We suggested five popular apps to choose from, here are our results:

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Parents @ Play: It's just like magic

Just about everyone – young, old, and everything in between – is fascinated by magic, especially the kind that involves transforming objects from one thing into another. This week, we take a look at a number of terrific family activities that do exactly that, whether it's changing a 10 of Clubs into a 10 of Heart, a bunch of powered ingredients into delicious cupcakes, or a locked safe into an unlocked one.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

 

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Meet the newest Muppet on 'Sesame Street,' a resource for autism awareness

Sesame Street will welcome Julia, a Muppet with autism, to the show in April. The Sesame Workshop initiative "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children" created Julia as a continued commitment to the autism community, supporting a mission to "help all children grow smarter, stronger, and kinder." Additional resources can be found at www.sesamestreet.org/autism.
Footage courtesy of Sesame Workshop
Meet the newest Muppet on 'Sesame Street,' a resource for autism awareness 1:08

Meet the newest Muppet on 'Sesame Street,' a resource for autism awareness

Jim Cosgrove, 'Mr. Stinky Feet' sings his signature tune 2:06

Jim Cosgrove, 'Mr. Stinky Feet' sings his signature tune

Foster adults transition to living life independently with CASA's help 1:48

Foster adults transition to living life independently with CASA's help

Dyeing Easter eggs with shaving cream vs. Kool-Aid 3:34

Dyeing Easter eggs with shaving cream vs. Kool-Aid