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Living with Children: Unpacking Santa-related discipline

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OK, stop it! Enough already!

I guess we need some rules around here, beginning and ending with, “Don’t make Santa Claus into a boogieman.” I know him personally, and he’s the most gracious and loving human being you’d ever want to meet. In the past week or so, since turkey carcasses began clogging our landfills, I’ve heard two ...Read more


This man used a mirror to turn his mom living with Alzheimer's into a TikTok star

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There are six days to go before Thanksgiving, so Josh Pettit’s Mooresville, North Carolina, home isn’t yet adorned with a single Christmas decoration. But it sure looks like Santa’s been here recently.

On the dining table, the 47-year-old web developer has neatly arranged a vast assortment of gifts — everything from T-shirts and ...Read more

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He thought William Shatner was his dad for years. Now, he's met blood family.

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CLEARWATER, Fla. ― His license plate still says “Shatner.”

And his driver’s license still reads “Peter Shatner” because, well, that is his legal name.

He changed it from Peter Sloan in 2019 due to a long-standing belief that William Shatner was his biological father. But it’s been two years since the 65-year-old Clearwater man ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout and some sexual references.

What it’s about: Santa Claus turns to violence in order to defend a little girl and her family who are targeted by a gang of criminals on Christmas Eve.

The kid attractor factor: Despite this being a movie about Santa, the bloody, foul-...Read more

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She found out she had a full-grown baby inside of her one day before delivering. How?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It almost sounds like a riddle.

How is it possible for a 43-year-old woman to be sitting here in her living room holding a 1-month-old girl who came out of her womb — even though, just one month and one day ago, this same woman had no idea she’d been growing a tiny human inside of her?

We’re not talking about a ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated R for strong, bloody and disturbing violent content, language throughout, some sexual content and brief graphic nudity.

What it’s about: Two teenage cannibals connect in the 1980s Midwest for a romantic roadtrip that is "Badlands" with flesh-eating.

The kid attractor factor: Teens might be drawn to star Timothée ...Read more

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Lots of school kids are home sick with flu and respiratory viruses. That means frustrated parents are missing work

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PHILADELPHIA — Carla Mitchell's 6-year-old daughter was home sick from school this week — again.

The first-grader attends Gladwyne Elementary in the Lower Merion School District (LMSD), which has seen an unusually high numbers of kids out sick with a potpourri of nasty viruses: flu, common colds, COVID-19, and upper respiratory viruses, ...Read more


Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated R for strong/disturbing violent content, language throughout and some sexual references.

What it’s about: A black satire set in the world of high-end dining, in which a celebrity chef assembles a unique group of diners for a meal they'll never forget.

The kid attractor factor: Not much! This is a fairly violent satire with ...Read more

Why is turkey the main dish on Thanksgiving?

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Why did turkey become the national Thanksgiving go-to dish? Gianna, age 10, Phoenix, Arizona

Have you ever wondered why Thanksgiving revolves around turkey and not ham, ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, action and some language.

What it’s about: The sequel to "Black Panther" takes on the world without T'Challa, and Chadwick Boseman, introducing new heroes, new villains and some who straddle the line.

The kid attractor factor: It's a big superhero Marvel movie �...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated PG for some mild language.

What it’s about: A warm documentary depicting the incredible 16-year Mars Exploration Rover mission.

The kid attractor factor: This science-forward documentary is told in a very accessible way for kids — a fun and educational film for the whole family.

Good lessons/bad lessons: ...Read more

Parents have very warm feelings toward other parents – here’s why that could be bad news for the child-free

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The aphorism “birds of a feather flock together” describes the fact that people tend to prefer associating with others who are similar to themselves. The phenomenon goes by different names: Sociologists call it homophily, psychologists call it in-group favoritism and political scientists call it affective polarization. It’s observed in ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated R for some language and brief drug use.

What it’s about: A fictionalized depiction of The Jane Collective, a real-life network of women who helped other women obtain safe illegal abortions in the late 1960s and early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade.

The kid attractor factor: This is an adult drama, not much for kids here.

Good ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, intense action and some language.

What it’s about: There will be a change in the hierarchy of the DC Comics universe ... when the new supercharged champion Black Adam is woken up from his 5,000-year slumber and tangles with the Justice Society league of superheroes.

The kid ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated R for bloody horror violence and gore, language throughout and some sexual references.

What it’s about: Apparently the final chapter in the Strode-Myers 40-year showdown. Will she end it once and for all?

The kid attractor factor: Teens might be up for this iconic slasher franchise

Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes...Read more

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Teaching kids how to create a safe space, one downward dog at a time

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LOS ANGELES -- Leah Rose Gallegos paced the library at Accelerated Charter Elementary School. In 15 minutes, the room would be full of fifth-graders in sneakers and school uniforms, arms raised overhead, dutifully following her instructions to breathe, stretch and look inward.

But first it was time for a consecration of sorts.

Gallegos stepped...Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated PG for mild peril and thematic elements.

What it’s about: A singing crocodile who lives in a Manhattan brownstone and befriends a lonely young kid.

The kid attractor factor: The family friendly tone, it's based on a children's book, pop star Shawn Mendes voicing Lyle.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Family ...Read more


Talking about mental health can be hard within Latino families. Here's how to start

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LOS ANGELES -- Norma Fabian Newton had heard of other new mothers experiencing the "baby blues," short-term sadness and anxiety. But when she had her first child in her early 30s, she described her experience as a "constant barrage of thoughts."

"I was constantly thinking, 'I'm not equipped to be a parent, I hate myself, or I hate this decision...Read more

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A medical mystery: Why two Philly-area cousins, just miles apart, got rare brain cancers

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PHILADELPHIA -- Lily Walker, 17, was in eighth grade when she suddenly lost weight and suffered headaches so severe she’d throw up. Her mom thought it was stress, or maybe a virus. After the double vision set in, a doctor told the family to head to an emergency room.

Her cousin, Peter Cellucci, then 7, stopped eating two years later. He ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated R for strong violent content and grisly images, and language.

What it’s about: A horror film about a contagious death curse with one notable symptom: smiling.

The kid attractor factor: This is a fairly intense horror movie — teens might be interested but not kids.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Be true to yourself and your ...Read more