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Ex-etiquette: Rethink a Valentine's Day announcement

Q: I've recently struck up a friendship with a guy I lived with five years ago. I left when I was pregnant and never told him. Our son is now four, and after recently seeing my ex I think I should tell him that Randy is his son. At our last meeting, things got sort of flirty again, and I think Valentine's Day might be a good time to get his attention. What's good ex-etiquette?

Families

Lori Borgman: Fear is undoubtedly a certain part of parenting

Before Orville and Wilbur Wright spread their wings, they ran a small bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio. They were cutting edge, both the Wright brothers and bicycles. Bicycles were the next big thing of the day. But not everyone was on board. There were voices of concern from parents. Why? Because a child who could not go far from home by walking could now be a mile away – in only 15 minutes.

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Ask Mr. Dad: The ambivalent father

Dear Mr. Dad: My daughter is almost two and being a dad has been the greatest experience of my life. But lately, I look at my child and feel absolutely nothing. What's wrong with me, and what can I do to get my mojo back?

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How do screens like TV and smartphones affect kids' sleep?

While the connection between poor sleep and bedroom TVs is well-established, the effect of small screens – smartphones, iPods, tablets, or other small-screen devices – on kids' sleep hasn't been studied until recently. A report released in January 2015 by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that they're just as worrisome – but for different reasons than TVs.

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In wake of #MeToo movement, sex education evolves

For millions of people who grew up in the Chicago area, learning about their bodies from Valeda, the transparent, computerized talking woman at the Robert Crown Center for Health Education in Hinsdale was as much a part of puberty as shopping for their first bras or adjusting to voice changes.

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Fun family-friendly activities for the 2018 Winter Olympics

This year it's easier than ever for kids and families to follow along with the Winter Olympics, all without traveling to Pyeongchang. Fans can use apps like Snapchat, YouTube, and Facebook to skate, ski, sled, and even sweep (you're welcome, curling buffs) alongside their favorite athletes as they display sportsmanship, perseverance, and teamwork.

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Book review: 'Love,' gorgeous expression of the depth and complexities of love makes a fabulous Valentine's Day present

Parents need to know that "Love," by Newbery Medal-winning Matt de la Pena ("Last Stop on Market Street") and illustrated by Loren Long ("Otis"), highlights the ways love is expressed and the ways that love shows itself simply and unexpectedly in everyday life. The illustrations feature warm, loving families of different races, most in humble circumstances. These families live in trailers by the sea or run through summer sprinklers in urban playgrounds, and their strong examples deliver the book's message: We can look for and notice real human connection and love. Most spreads are warm and reassuring, but a couple tackle more complex issues (a child affected by parental substance abuse, protecting kids from disturbing images on TV).

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Serve the rainbow

Munch your way through the colors of ROYGBIV (rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) with this playful menu.

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Game review: 'Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: New Year's Celebration,' stellar way for preschoolers to participate in Chinese New Year

Parents need to know that this incredibly well-made preschool game is both entertaining and educational. Players are made to feel as if they are truly taking part in both the preparation for and celebration of a Chinese New Year festival. Children over six will likely find the game far too easy, but for the intended audience or preschoolers or kindergartners, "Ni Hao, Kai-Lan: New Year's Celebration" is perfectly set up.

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App review: MathTango, monsters dance their way through kids' math practice

Parents need to know that MathTango makes addition and subtraction practice for first- through third-grade kids into a game. Kids complete math puzzle games and missions to build their island filled with cute monsters. There are more than 200 math puzzle games that cover basic skills, such as adding single digit numbers, adding doubles, 10s, and more. The games are short and simple (but challenging) and the monsters are cute. As kids progress through the game, the math problems become more difficult. Higher levels of the game (and the freeplay mode) require an in-app purchase. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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