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CNET: Best DSLR cameras for beginners

If you're passionate about photography, you already know there are better ways to take pictures than with your phone. And if you haven't yet upgraded to a digital single lens reflex camera, what are you waiting for? The amount of control over your images you'll gain with a DSLR will be worth it. We've got four great DSLRs here for the enthusiast photographer.

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Living with Children: Don't go down the road of ADHD testing

Q: Our son, age 8, did fine in school in first grade, but has struggled in second. We've taken your advice and not helped much with his homework other than occasional and brief "consultations." He's making average grades but his second-grade teacher – she's fairly young, by the way – tells us that he is actually slightly behind in both reading and math. We met recently with the school counselor, school psychologist, and his teacher, all of whom recommended that he be tested for ADHD (they told us that he's easily distracted) and a learning disability. We really don't want to go down that road, but they're making it seem like that's the only responsible thing for us to do. What are your thoughts on this?

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Ask Mr. Dad: Walking the walk – and crawling the crawl

Dear Mr. Dad: My best friend and I have 10-month-old boys who were born only a week apart. His started walking about a month ago but mine is still crawling and has absolutely no interest in walking. I know I shouldn't compare my baby to anyone else's, but it's hard not to. Is there anything I can do encourage my baby to walk?

Movie News & Reviews

10 Earth Day movies that teach kids about climate change

Climate change is tough to discuss with young children, but these kid-friendly movies are an excellent way to start the conversation. Documentaries like "A Beautiful Planet" and "To the Arctic" offer elementary-aged kids a vivid window into the forces that shape the planet and give them a deeper appreciation of Mother Earth. Animated treats such as "Ice Age: The Meltdown" and "Happy Feet" are a healthy and effective way to introduce young kids to the concept of global warming. Kids of all ages can learn something and get inspired to make a change from these terrific flicks for Earth Day.

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9 awesome apps for kids on the autism spectrum

Technology has the power to unlock learning for kids of all ages and stages. And sometimes exploring and learning on a device first is less intimidating than trying out new skills with real people. Check out these apps that help kids with communication, organization, and even social-awareness skills – and watch the video to learn more about how to choose media and tech products for kids with learning differences.

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Device advice: Which ones are best for kids?

Instead of thinking about which device is best, think through what you want your child to gain from a tech-based experience. Do you want them to learn pre-reading and math? Do you want them to mainly watch videos? Do you want something to read them stories when you're not able to?

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App review: Danger Mouse: The Danger Games, fun and free cartoon racer for tweens

Parents need to know that Danger Mouse: The Danger Games (TDG) is a free-to-play racing game based on the popular 2015 reboot of the 1980s "Danger Mouse" cartoon series. Though it's a multiplayer game, it contains no chat, friending, or other social aspects, and players choose from randomly-generated, G-rated user names. Optional purchases are truly optional, thanks to a generous freemium game model. While there's some violence, it's cartoonish in nature, and is no worse than characters getting bonked on the head. The app's easy-to-ready privacy policy details the kinds of information collected and shared. To read the privacy policy in its entirety, visit the developer's official website.

How the Olympics can get your kids moving this Winter

Getting the kids moving in the winter months can be a challenge when the weather isn’t cooperating, but a pediatrician explains how parents can channel the energy of ‘the games’ to get their children active, even if it’s indoors.
Cleveland Clinic