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Mary McNamara: I thought I'd be happy to finish motherhood's many chores. Then I choked up over laundry

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This column is the latest in a series on parenting children in the final years of high school, "Emptying the Nest."

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As I did what felt like my 18th load of laundry last weekend, most of it belonging to my 17-year-old daughter, I felt a strange catch in my throat.

In a little over a year, my three-decade indenture as a full-time ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'THE BIKERIDERS'

Rated R for language throughout, violence, some drug use and brief sexuality.

What it’s about: Follows the lore of a Chicago biker gang in the 1960s.

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

Good lessons/bad lessons: Beware the sexy biker, he just might upend your life.

Violence: Some extreme bloody...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'INSIDE OUT 2'

Rated PG for some thematic elements.

What it’s about: The emotions in young Riley's head have to contend with puberty, which brings a new cast of complex characters to headquarters: Anxiety, Envy, Ennui and Embarrassment.

The kid attractor factor: The animation and kid-friendly story.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Every emotion ...Read more

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Commentary: Queer people have shaped America. Why celebrating that fact protects kids

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When I was about 10 years old, I blurted out a sentence that would reshape my life.

"Marky Mark," I said, "is sexy."

I had only a partial understanding at the time of what that word meant, but I knew it applied to Mark Wahlberg, who in 1995 was a young rapper and muscled Calvin Klein model. I also knew, suddenly and irrevocably from that ...Read more

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In this suburb, more than half of young adults live with their parents. Why?

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ELK GROVE, Calif. -- Alexis Farrow is thrilled to finally move into her studio apartment in Elk Grove this month. She recently went for a walkthrough and has already imagined what decorations she will have on the walls.

Farrow, 31, has lived at home with her parents all her life and will experience for the first time what it’s like to live ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'BAD BOYS: RIDE OR DIE'

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

What it’s about: Mike and Marcus, Miami detectives, are back to battle drug cartels and accusations of corruption. They'll reckon with their personal lives and their own mortality along the way.

The kid attractor factor: The shiny, colorful ...Read more

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Is exploding cost of raising kids going to shrink Southern California?

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Want to have a kid or three?

"Want" is a key word here. Contrary to some pop culture chatter about the supposedly expanding number of young adults who don’t want kids, at least some new polling suggests the opposite might be true. Not only do most people who can have kids want them, the desire for bigger families – three or more kids – is...Read more

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Family on quest to run race in every county in Georgia. All 159 of them

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In early 2016, John Coleman of Decatur, Georgia, met a local runner who completed a major feat: running a race in every state in the country. All 50 of them.

“It sounded like so much fun,” recalled Coleman’s wife, Ashley, who had recently taken up running.

But reality check: “Logistically, we had small children, and well, that wasn’t...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'EZRA'

Rated R for language, some sexual references and drug use.

What it’s about: A stand-up comic takes his autistic son on a spontaneous road trip across the country, setting out for L.A. to perform on Jimmy Kimmel.

The kid attractor factor: This is more of an adult drama, but young actor William A. Fitzgerald is an appealing new screen ...Read more

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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg wants to keep program that lets kids ride transit for free

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SACRAMENTO, Fla. — The Sacramento City Council Tuesday took a step toward keeping a popular program that allows kids to ride public transit for free.

City Manager Howard Chan had proposed cutting the program in light of a looming $66 million budget deficit, saving the city $1 million.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg suggested keeping it — one of ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'THE GARFIELD MOVIE'

Rated PG for action/peril and mild thematic elements.

What it’s about: Everyone's favorite lazy, lasagna-loving orange cat embarks on an improbable milk heist with faithful pup Odie and his estranged dad Vic.

The kid attractor factor: The animation and kid-friendly story.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Sometimes it takes an...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'IF'

Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language.

What it’s about: A girl connects with a band of lonely "Ifs" — "imaginary friends" and tries to matchmake them with new kids.

The kid attractor factor: The animated characters and seemingly kid-friendly story.

Good lessons/bad lessons: It's important to stay connected to our inner ...Read more

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A mother forgave her son's killer. Now she writes poems to honor victims of gang violence

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CHICAGO -- On a small table adjacent to a red couch, Doris Hernandez keeps the last photo of her late son amid dozens of crosses, a rosary and a Bible with worn pages bearing the weight of countless prayers.

Hanging on the wall is a card he gave her as a child for Mother’s Day.

There’s also a gold notebook that she keeps on top of the ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES'

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence/action.

What it’s about: Set hundreds of years after the events of the last "Planet of the Apes" film, the story follows a young ape, Noa, as he encounters a charismatic ape king, Proximus Caesar, and fights to save his clan.

The kid attractor factor: ...Read more

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Oh, dear! Baby gear! Why are the manuals so unclear?

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Since becoming a father a few months ago, I’ve been nursing a grudge against something tiny, seemingly inconsequential, and often discarded: instructional manuals. Parenthood requires a lot of gadgetry to maintain a kid’s health and welfare. Those gadgets require puzzling over booklets, decoding inscrutable pictographs, and wondering whether...Read more

Editorial: Keeping guns out of the hands of Florida's children

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Authorities are still investigating the circumstances last month that ended with a 14-year-old St. Petersburg boy killing his 11-year-old brother in what the older child described as an accidental shooting. But the ingredients of this tragedy — a misplaced gun in the wrong hands — are all too familiar. Gun owners can help by better securing ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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'THE FALL GUY'

Rated PG-13 for action and violence, drug content and some strong language.

What it’s about: A stuntman gets involved in a murder mystery while trying to save the movie directed by his estranged girlfriend.

The kid attractor factor: Big movie stars and even bigger stunts.

Good lessons/bad lessons: The truth will always come ...Read more

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In defense of helicopter parents

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This column is the latest in a series on parenting children in the final years of high school, "Emptying the Nest."

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I recently saw a headline in the New York Times that I thought was the answer to my prayers: "Anxious Parents are the Ones Who Need Help."

Yes, please, I thought, hoping to find acknowledgment of all the very real forces ...Read more

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Commentary: Multigenerational households are key to better support for kids of single mothers

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Decades of research show that on average, children who grow up with parents who are not married and living together have worse achievement and behavioral and well-being outcomes than children of two-parent homes. Despite this evidence, rates of nonmarital childbearing have risen dramatically in the U.S., especially among the noncollege-educated....Read more

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Adam Minter: The cost of youth baseball is getting absurd

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This month, 21 current and former Major League Baseball players invested their own money in youth baseball. If that sounds like a feel-good story in which baseball’s past paves the way for baseball’s future, think again.

The MLB team invested in Perfect Game, a company that holds pricey tournaments and prospect showcases for college and ...Read more