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Living with Children: Children's emotions

When I was in college and grad school, other students – mostly the "jock" and fraternity crowds – called me all sorts of names because, being the lead singer in a popular campus rock band, I sported long hair and wore flamboyant outfits. This being BPC (before political correctness), the reader can imagine the epithets in question. Sometimes I felt threatened, but mostly I just shrugged them off and called my mockers equally incorrect names under my breath.

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Game review: 'BattleTech,' tactical strategy game lets players conquer a space empire

Parents need to know that "BattleTech" is a turn-based sci-fi strategy game available for download on Windows and Mac. The game is based on the popular "BattleTech" series of tabletop and role-playing games and will feature additional downloadable content in the future. Players control a small squad (or "lance") of pilots in their large robotic vehicles as they battle against each other using a variety of futuristic weapons. The controls and management of the units is somewhat complex, with players needing to constantly monitor things like heat output, structural integrity, and even positioning and orientation of their units. While there's plenty of action – complete with lots of huge explosions and massive destruction – there's very little in the way of blood and no graphic violence. Some of the campaign story elements might be thematically heavy for young players, and there's occasional profanity in the dialogue, including "s--t."

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App review: Kids will get a kick out of hilarious My Talking Pet app

Parents need to know that My Talking Pet is a harmless, but entertaining self-contained app. With no ads or external content, and nothing but cute puppies and other cuddly animal pictures included, it's safe for the whole family to enjoy. There is a link for sharing which accesses the device's share options, so parents will want to keep an eye on kids who may want to share their creations with your Facebook friends. There isn't much of a tutorial, and some of the controls are fiddly; little ones will need a hand getting starting, especially when using your own images. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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How to set screen rules that stick

In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or quit YouTube can incite a revolt. And if your kids say they need to be online for schoolwork, you may not know when the research stops and idle activity begins.

Thank you video turns into flash mob supporting mom with cancer

Clint and Amanda Kofoed teared up as strangers brought them over $13,000 in donations to treat Amanda’s cancer. The video was set up by Boise group Praynksters, which tries to surprise people with acts of kindness.
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