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Ex-etiquette: A picture is worth a thousand words

Q: My ex-husband's new girlfriend has told our daughters that she is going to have a portrait taken of her with the girls as a Christmas present for their dad. They have only been seeing each other for three months! I felt myself fuming as my daughter announced that she was going shopping this week for matching outfits for the picture. I did not say anything to my daughter (who seemed rather excited) but I feel it's way too soon for things like this. We've co-parented well over the years. What's good ex-etiquette?

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Living with Children: Are you suffering from Egalitarian Parenting Syndrome?

Some of the sources that inform today's parenting do not come immediately to mind when one thinks of raising children. Take Karl Marx (1818 � 1883), for example. Along with his buddy Friedrich Engels, Marx articulated the fundamental principles of communism. He proposed that capitalism was an economic and social system that exploited and oppressed labor and kept the "masses" in a perpetual state of subjugation and misery.

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Lori Borgman: When the ants go marching in

I was suspicious the first time I saw them. But I slapped on a happy face and agreed to give them a chance. Still, I wondered if they wouldn't overextend their stay - or worse - go where they weren't wanted. You never know about ants.

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Ask Mr. Dad: The fertility game

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I are having trouble conceiving. After putting us through months of testing, the fertility doctor we're seeing says that the problem is on my end. I'm devastated. I just assumed that women were the ones who had fertility problems, and I feel like a complete failure, as if I'm not a man anymore. What can I do? Are there vitamins or supplements I can take or behaviors I can do (or stop doing)?

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How to turn off the TV without causing a meltdown

Helping kids regulate their own media use is an ongoing process, and along the way you're likely to experience some struggles when it's time to turn off the TV or any other digital device. When it's time to transition from TV watching to another activity, using prerecorded shows comes in handy. On traditional broadcast TV, one show flows into another, but when you use the DVR, a DVD, or even a streaming-video service, your kid can turn off the TV when the show is over.

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From ingenuity to life-changing: Volunteers modify backpacks for kids who need IV nutrition

Kelly Engel rigged up a child's backpack to serve as a mobile feeding station for her 21-month-old daughter, Aleah, who would otherwise be tethered to an IV pole for hours at a time. Friends and neighbors spent an evening modifying more kid-size backpacks to donate to local hospitals. "Her daughter had been out of the hospital one week when she decided she needed to do this for other families," said one friend. "How could you say no (to helping)?"
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
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From ingenuity to life-changing: Volunteers modify backpacks for kids who need IV nutrition

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Mother's Day gift still cherished after 42 years

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Youthful siblings are a Boise country pop band that helps friends

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Mixed Greens pop-up holiday shop