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With no end in sight to pandemic life, parents find disruption is the new normal

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As my kindergartner fumbled with his shoes, I stood at our door sifting through the mental parenting checklist newly lodged in my brain: backpack. Sweatshirt. Snacks. Sunscreen. Water bottle. KN95 mask. Vaccination card.

Jesse asked for his cloth mask, and I explained again that if he wore that one he’d need to have on a surgical mask, too, ...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated PG for some violence, suggestive material and thematic elements.

What it’s about: In this historical fantasy epic, King Louis XIV commissions an exploratory voyage to the lost city of Atlantis to capture a mermaid for her powers of immortality, while his headstrong daughter seeks to free her new aquatic friend.

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'Wait for a good time : - ) Don't fight!' A guide to help teens persuade parents to let them get vaccinated

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LOS ANGELES -- When he has small slices of free time, wedged in between schoolwork and studying for academic quiz competitions, Arin Parsa scrolls through Reddit.

The 14-year-old from San Jose searches for posts about vaccines, and comments whenever he thinks he can be helpful, sometimes sharing a public health department's hotline or ...Read more

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: Ghostface is back in Woodsboro in this fifth installment in the franchise, or "requel."

The kid attractor factor: Teens will be drawn to the genre and young cast.

Good lessons/bad lessons: Always remember the rules of the slasher ...Read more


How to toilet train your toddler

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Q: I recently tried toilet training my 32-month-old, but after a few days of no success, I decided to stop. A friend tells me to hang in there, but my pediatrician says my son isn’t ready. She suggests I try again in a few months. Your thoughts?

A: What does it mean that a 2-and-a-half-year-old child “isn’t ready” to learn to use the ...Read more

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Contemplating a COVID party for your kids? It's still a bad idea

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In the days before a vaccine for chicken pox became widely available, some parents would host "chicken pox parties" amidst an outbreak to try to ensure that their kids wouldn't be left out of the wave of infections. The thinking was that chicken pox was a mild disease for kids but worse for adults, and catching it early would provide a lifetime ...Read more

US sees more kids in hospitals as COVID spikes, CDC's Walensky says

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The U.S. is seeing a higher number of kids in hospitals, as omicron spreads across the country, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told MSNBC.

“Most of those children are not yet vaccinated,” Walensky said Wednesday. “So the message here is: Get the children vaccinated.”

Walensky spoke amid ...Read more

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Minnesota COVID patient gets Christmas wish: a vaccinated family

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Jen Bollig is living with the guilt that she almost deprived her five children of a mom because she didn't get vaccinated and reduce her COVID-19 risk.

But at least she is living.

The 47-year-old Cushing, Minnesota, woman is recovering from severe COVID-19 after a one-month hospitalization that included placement in a medically ...Read more

1 in 4 Florida family gatherings descend into drunken arguments over Christmas, survey reveals

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A new survey revealed how often Christmas family gatherings descend into drunken arguments.

Christmas is coming, and arguments are sure to follow, according to a new survey from American Addiction Centers.

More than 3,400 people across the country responded to the survey.

The survey says alcohol is present in nearly 40% of family arguments ...Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated R for violence and some language.

What it’s about: This fourth installment of "The Matrix" sees Thomas Anderson, aka Neo, going back into the Matrix, and hoping to rescue his one true love, Trinity.

The kid attractor factor: Older kids and teens might be drawn to the action/adventure, especially if they have...Read more


Living with Children: Use three-strike system with petulant behavior

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Q: Whenever — and I most definitely mean every single time — I ask my 6-year-old daughter to do something, she becomes very disrespectful. She stomps her foot, yells at me that I make her do “everything,” mutters disrespectful remarks under her breath (which I usually hear), and so on. If I just allow her to vent, she gets over it fairly...Read more

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This over-the-top Christmas house is worthy of Clark W. Griswold himself

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LOS ANGELES -- The glow danced on the faces of children and adults who gathered on a recent December evening at what’s become an annual Christmas tradition: the transformation of Jeff Norton’s La Mirada, California, home into a “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” display.

This year’s design, which includes a faux second story on...Read more


Holiday gatherings can be hard when a family member has dementia. Experts share tips

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Holiday family gatherings can be challenging under the best of circumstances.

Expectations are often too high. Relatives feud about traditions, food, alcohol, long-ago slights, politics, and just about anything you can imagine. Noisy kids run wild. This year, booster shots and the new omicron variant of COVID-19 are adding a new level of ...Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of action/violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.

What it’s about: The third Spidey movie starring Tom Holland rips open the multiverse for Spider-Man to face down past foes.

The kid attractor factor: It's Spider-Man! Action, humor, romance, superhero antics.

Good lessons/bad...Read more


Laura Yuen: Diving into my son's ADHD diagnosis allowed me to see my own struggles

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It was one of those books so engrossing that I didn't see the twist coming.

The neuropsychologist who diagnosed my first-born son with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) recommended it so I could better understand how my oldest was wired. The title, "Smart But Scattered," seemed like a brilliant description for my creative, ...Read more

For family of trans child, idyllic life in Minnesota is no more

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MINNEAPOLIS -- If you know the name Kit Waits, it is probably because the third-grader from Hastings, Minnesota, has become a symbol for transgender children after a CNN feature last month turned this community upside down.

But you probably don't know anything else about Kit Waits — apart from Kit being publicly outed by a local Facebook ...Read more

Column: Father-in-law who beat the odds now in the thick of another fight

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The phone call from my mother-in-law last week at first felt like another that had come from her on a summer morning seven years ago.

That call in 2014 was the kind you pray you don't receive but know you eventually will, most likely more than once, because we all do in some form or another.

It was the kind of call where the ...Read more

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Chicago neighbors care for young boy after his immigrant mother dies: 'We've always treated him like another son'

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CHICAGO -- Twelve-year-old Junior Gonzalez walked into the living room and tightly hugged Rosa Valladares as she sobbed.

“Te quiero mucho mijo,” she told him.

“I love you too,” the boy responded in Spanish.

Just a few weeks ago, on Oct. 30, his mother, Esna Aracely Vásquez, 38, had died, leaving the boy forlorn and financially ...Read more


Dads are doing less at home again fearing the career hit

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When the pandemic disrupted everything, it also thrust fathers into the home like never before. It was a moment that looked like it could bring some relief to working moms. Dads had the flexibility – and the desire – to take on more responsibility. Then, the world got in the way.

Back in 2020, while Lindsey Jackson and her husband Clarence ...Read more

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Thanksgiving, with a side of COVID uncertainty

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PITTSBURGH — Last Thanksgiving, Bev Gunnarsson and her husband followed public health recommendations and stayed home in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, for Thanksgiving rather than traveling to the New York area to visit their daughters.

For just the two of them, the couple cooked a 10-pound turkey — the smallest they could find. "We had so many...Read more