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Five places to swim for free in Whatcom County

It is no secret that one of Whatcom County’s most valuable resources is an abundance of places for families to hop in the water and splash around. And with temperatures hitting some of the summer’s hottest, this is a great time to enjoy local beaches, lakes and pools.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: Hit-and-miss 'Bad Moms' tries to offer Mila Kunis and Co. a good night out

It's a peculiar bit of Hollywood logic, having the two guys who wrote "The Hangover" write and direct a movie called "Bad Moms." As if by some transitive property of film comedy, their having written a smash hit of men being oblivious, immature and reckless somehow makes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore the ideal candidates to explore the difficulties modern mothers face to balance conflicting responsibilities with the need to remain individualized people too.

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Parents @ Play: Games for big kids

One of our biggest challenges here at Parents@Play is to find games that tweens and teens will not only be willing to play with their family, but that they'll actually want to play (and that don't involve cell phones or anything else with a screen). Here are four that we're confident will soon be on your family's list of game-night hits.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: 'Bad Moms' is a shoddy mess that rings hollow

There's a scene halfway through "Bad Moms," wherein a PTA meeting full of suburban moms turns into a full-on frat house-style rager. Moms in sweater sets, khakis and sensible sneakers chug liquor straight from the bottle, make out, huff whippets, crash tricycles and urinate on lawns, all in glorious slow motion, hair and spittle flying to a pulsing pop beat. It's featured heavily in the trailer for the film, and is the best scene in the movie. Bad mothers? Shut your mouth.

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Chris Erskine: Got a teen? Consider a puppy crate

At night, we've started experimenting with keeping our youngest son in a crate. He's 13, and in the early stages of a rough pubescence - is that redundant? Aren't all pubescences rough? Like hurricanes and root canals, aren't they all a little harrowing?

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Living with Children: New teacher could be cure for disruptive behavior

Q: Our son is a rising second-grader at a private school. Last year, his behavior was often disruptive and sometimes even downright defiant - problems his first grade teacher did not have with him. At home, we have no more than typical "boyishness" - nothing approaching serious. Nonetheless, at the school's request we took him to a private counselor they recommended. When that did no good, the school began insisting he had a disorder and wanted him put on medication - something we will not do. Anyway, we want to take preventive steps to head this off before it becomes an issue in the coming school year. Can you give us any advice?

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Lori Borgman: On call for potty training

I fielded four calls before I finally found out that my name and number had been posted on a bathroom wall. It's not as bad as it sounds. My contact info, along with my picture, are on a poster on the bathroom wall where one of the grands is potty training.

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Ex-etiquette: Fianc� too friendly with ex-in-laws

Q: I'm having a difficult time accepting the fact that my fiance still "hangs out" at his ex-mother-in-law's house when he picks his daughter up for visitation. I just recently found a video that his ex mother-in-law filmed of my fiance and his daughter playing in her pool together. When I confronted him about it his response was that his daughter didn't want to go out for dinner. She wanted to stay home and go in the pool with him. I feel like I was lied to because I was under the impression they went out to dinner and I was never told otherwise. I also think he's too friendly with his ex. I feel like there needs to be boundaries here. Am I over reacting? Please help! What's good ex-etiquette?

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Ask Mr. Dad: Two kids, night and day

Dear Mr. Dad: We have two sons, almost exactly three years apart. The oldest was a dream child in almost every way, but his little brother is pretty much the exact opposite. My husband and I find this surprising, since we tried to do everything with our youngest exactly the same as we did for our oldest. Why are they so different?

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6 Apps that will help you keep track of your kid online

As kids become more independent, we want to foster their sense of responsibility and give them room to prove themselves. But it can be difficult to navigate this natural separation, especially when kids are doing who-knows-what on their devices. There are constant questions: Where are they? Who's contacting them? What are they doing online? Since tweens and teens are often tight-lipped about their lives, it can be tricky to get clear answers.

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App review: Chameleon Run, super fun and challenging platformer, winning pick for kids

Parents need to know that Chameleon Run is a combination of a platformer, the game show Wipe Out, and the app Color Switch. Players control a little robot-like block figure as it moves along an obstacle course of colored, beam-style platforms, jumping and changing the figure's color to match where it will land. It's not for all kids since the pace is so fast and finishing levels can be really tricky. There are no ads and no in-app purchases, but there's also no parent gate on the More Games tab and kids can use the "face cam" to record themselves playing and presumably share the video, though that feature wasn't working during the review period. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

Videos

Bellingham kids show their stuff at Children's Craft Fair

The annual Children's Craft Fair at the Bellingham Public Library, held Friday, July 29, is an open-air market for items made and sold by young entrepreneurs.
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Bellingham kids show their stuff at Children's Craft Fair 1:29

Bellingham kids show their stuff at Children's Craft Fair

North Carolina quintuplets turning 18 despite doctors warning parents they may not survive 1:51

North Carolina quintuplets turning 18 despite doctors warning parents they may not survive

Explore historical Semiahmoo Spit 1:19

Explore historical Semiahmoo Spit

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Discover the tide flats at Birch Bay