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Ex-etiquette: Making plans together crucial for 6-year-old's sleeping habits

Q. My child's father and I broke up about a year and a half ago and it has been very traumatic for our son, age 6 – so much so that he asks to sleep in my bed every night. His father says he's just fine at his house and sleeps in his own bed, but at my house he cries and gets very stressed out before bed. Now he's telling me he doesn't want to go to his dad's. What's good ex-etiquette?

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Living with Children: Stay the course when giving out discipline

Q: Our 18-year-old daughter is a month away from high school graduation and she is failing nearly every class! About six months ago, she took up with a group of young adults who are less than desirable, to say the least. Some of them are dropouts. I suspect drugs and alcohol. The more we tried to prevent her from running with this lowly bunch, the more rebellious she became. Finally, in desperation, we took her car and her smartphone away and told her she can't have them back until she possesses a high school diploma. If she fails to graduate, she can go to summer school or get a G.E.D. from our community college. She says she's not even going to go to school at all until we give her the car and phone back. And she adamantly refuses counseling. Help!

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Ask Mr. Dad: Playing dolls with your daughter will help her, and you

Dear Mr. Dad: A few years ago, I read an article you wrote about why dads should play with their daughters. My husband is a pretty traditional guy and has a real problem playing with our four-year old the way she wants to play – meaning tea parties and dolls – not the way he does – meaning sports and superheroes. How can I encourage him to get over himself and do what's best for her?

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Game review: Entertaining simulation game explores the evolution of life

Parents need to know that "Birthdays the Beginning" is a world-creation, sandbox-style simulation game. Players are given control of a blank chunk of land to mold to encourage life to develop. Over the course of the game, various forms of wildlife can flourish and evolve. Players can learn about these plants and animals, as well as how climate changes can affect the ecosystem. Although it can be a bit overwhelming to monitor and adjust the variables needed to create life, the game really does try to point players in the right direction and ease them into the complexities of their personal biospheres.

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App review: Headspace: Wellness app makes mediation accessible, practical, pricey

Parents need to know that Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness is a meditation app for adults and kids. The app's beginner course is free, but the other content requires a paid subscription. The meditations created for kids include very brief, one- to nine-minute meditations, while longer meditations are available for teens and adults. Created by a former Buddhist monk, this app presents meditation in very straightforward ways and for specific circumstances, including walking, sleeping, kindness, and focus. It also includes reminders, rewards, and ways to connect with friends for motivation. It's compatible with the Apple Health app and Apple Watch. Though there's a free trial, you can't see much without a subscription, which is $12.99/month.

Videos

What you need to have and know to keep your kids safe in an earthquake

Prevention is the key to breaking the cycle of unintentional injury. This video from Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers tips to help promote earthquake safety for your family.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Courtesy to The Belliingham Herald
What you need to have and know to keep your kids safe in an earthquake 3:13

What you need to have and know to keep your kids safe in an earthquake

Bellingham swim instructor teaches kids to love the water 0:50

Bellingham swim instructor teaches kids to love the water

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

Bellingham kids show their stuff at Children's Craft Fair 1:29

Bellingham kids show their stuff at Children's Craft Fair