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Living with Children: Parental fork in the road

In the late 1960s, America came to a fork in the parenting road and took the road never traveled. My generation did what no generation in any culture at any time in history had ever done: we broke with the parenting traditions of our foremothers and forefathers. When the time came, we refused to take the well-worn parenting baton and carry it forward. And as poet Robert Frost foresaw, albeit upside-down, it has made all of the difference.

Families

Ex-etiquette: Distant daughter

Q: My ex and I share custody of our daughter, and lately I've noticed that my daughter never wants to talk to me when she is at her mother's house. She seems happy at my house and likes to talk to her mom when she calls, but distant and withdrawn from me when she's with her mom. I've discussed this with her mother, but since it's not happening at her house, she really doesn't care. What's good ex-etiquette?

Families

Ask Mr. Dad: Bullying: When the victim becomes the perpetrator

Dear Mr. Dad: My son just started in middle school and the dean called to tell me that my son is bullying several of his classmates. I find this hard to believe: I've never seen him treat anyone badly and no one else has ever told me otherwise. Plus, back in elementary school, he was constantly bullied because he was overweight (although he had a growth spurt and lost a lot of that weight over the summer). What should I do about this?

Food & Drink

This pad thai has a zucchini twist

This summer I invested in one of those vegetable spiralizers. These gadgets take vegetables like zucchini, sweet potatoes and carrots and transform them into long thin “noodles.” Instead of the countertop model, I opted for the smaller hand-held one. It works just fine for me, and because it’s smaller, it also tucks away neatly. But if you plan on doing a lot of noodling around with a spiralizer, the larger countertop unit is a good option.

Families

App review: 'Lifeline: Whiteout,' teens will enjoy complex, riveting choose-your-own-adventure game

Parents need to know that Lifeline: Whiteout is the third storyline in the choose-your-own-adventure-style games of Lifeline. The protagonist's life is in peril throughout the story, and he kills another character in some scenarios, though all violence comes in the form of written descriptions. The game ends when the main character dies, but players can try again, choosing different options and testing different outcomes. During the first play-through, interactions come as notifications with long pauses between communications. After the character dies or the player reaches the end, kids can opt for "fast play," which eliminates the lag time. In settings, players can choose English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

Living

Two unique destinations in the Caribbean

The islands of the Caribbean offer travelers of every stripe the ideal getaway: family-friendly resorts, couples-only properties, rustic eco-retreats and design gems that equal anything the U.S., Europe or Asia has to offer. During the past month, I had a chance to experience two unique island destinations.

Videos

Another colonoscopy breakthrough: Swallow a PillCam

Gastroenterologist Mark Molos is beginning to use the PillCam Colon2 to screen some patients for colon cancer. The small device is swallowed and as it moves through the intestinal tract, it sends pictures to a recorder which the doctor later reviews.
Keith Myers The Kansas City Star
Another colonoscopy breakthrough: Swallow a PillCam 2:34

Another colonoscopy breakthrough: Swallow a PillCam

What is a virtual colonoscopy? 8:26

What is a virtual colonoscopy?

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Here's how to help your kids fight fall allergies

Watch students return to the newly built Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham 1:39

Watch students return to the newly built Happy Valley Elementary School in Bellingham

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