Living with Children: In the family dynamics, it's all about the parents

A column of mine that originally appeared in January of 2017 has been circulating on the internet ever since, accumulating over a million hits to date. In a nutshell, its message is simply that parents, not children, are the most important people in a family and the husband-wife relationship should greatly "trump" that between either parent and the kids. In other words, mom and dad are secondary roles. Spouse should rule, in both directions.


Ex-etiquette: Mistaken identity

Q: My bonusdaughter and I were out shopping recently and a woman standing in line with us mistook me for her mother. This happens quite a lot and I'm never sure what to say. Should I correct them? What's good ex-etiquette?


Social Security: How the work rules work for you

Retirement doesn't have the same meaning for everyone. Some people plan to retire and never work again. Some people plan for second careers in occupations that wouldn't have adequately supported their families, but they do the work for pure enjoyment. Some people, whether by design or desire, choose to work part-time or seasonally to supplement their retirement income.


Fun ways to enjoy the World Cup as a family

Every American kid knows about the Super Bowl and the World Series. But the World Cup may be less familiar – unless you play the so-called "beautiful game," or your family has roots in a soccer-obsessed country such as Brazil. The international tournament is becoming more popular in the United States, though it's been a cherished event for families around the globe since the 1930s. Governed by the Federation Internationale de Football Association(FIFA), the World Cup takes place every four years with 32 countries competing during one very intense month of the summer. This year, the games are being played in various cities throughout Russia, including Sochi, which hosted the 2014 Olympics.


Game review: 'Detroit: Become Human,' create your own destiny in brilliant sci-fi tale of morality

Parents need to know that "Detroit: Become Human" is an interactive sci-fi adventure for the PlayStation 4. The game is set in a near future in which artificially intelligent androids are created and sold as pseudo-appliances to fill certain roles in society. There are some heavy themes, including domestic violence, the struggle for equality, social disorder, drug use, and more. Over the course of the story, players will see/experience a fair amount of realistic violence: People are shot, stabbed, beaten, and otherwise injured. There's also sexually suggestive content, partially nude androids, and discussion of androids as sexual partners. Profanity-laced dialogue includes frequent use of "f--k" and "s--t," and frequent drug use and drinking are shown as the stories unfold.


App review: EASY peasy: English for Kids, customizable flashcards are a terrific way to teach kids English

Parents need to know that EASY peasy: English for Kids uses flashcards to teach kids a wide range of English words and phrases. There's a bit of set up involved, which requires parent input. Parents choose a language of origin from the 13 available options, set the learning level, and add or edit word or phrase packets. Kids then learn through flashcards, multiple-choice questions, and matching activities. The developer claims that it uses a learning algorithm to adapt which words or phrases get presented based on kids' past performance. It helps if kids can read in their language of origin. If they can't, parents may need to help with some of the activities. The free download includes most content with some limitations. Or, subscribe for $2.99/month or $9.99/year for unlimited lessons, multiple player accounts, and the option to play offline. Occasional pop-up windows ask users to rate the app and write a review. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

Wendy's worker finds dead mouse, feces in hamburger buns

Sky Frame, a Wendy's employee in Catoosa, Okla., posted video to Facebook that shows a dead mouse and mouse feces inside a bag of burger buns at the restaurant. She says management has not done anything to address a recurring mouse issue.