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Parents @ Play: Soft and snuggly

Soft and snuggly is what bedtime (and even just cuddle time) is all about. Here are some new cute critters that will make wonderful additions to your den, living room, and/or your child's bedroom. Of course, they're perfect for Easter and Passover, but they're also great fun for the rest of the year.

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Ex-etiquette: Explaining the ‘Put the children first’ rule

Q: You always say, "Put the children first" is the primary rule of good ex-etiquette. I've been in my bonusdaughter's life since she was a year old. My husband and his ex share equal custody. When my bonusdaughter was four she asked if she could call me "mom." It was completely her idea, but her mother absolutely forbid it. My bonusdaughter was in hysterics. So, we sat down with her and listened why it was so important. Her mother didn't care. Your advice concerning this topic according to your book, Ex-etiquette for Parents," is "It is inappropriate for a child to call a bonusparent "Mom" or "Dad" unless the biological parent is comfortable with that choice." I don't see how that is putting the child first. I'm confused.

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Game review: ‘Devil May Cry 5,’ bloody hack and slash action is series’ best yet – but not for kids

Parents need to know that "Devil May Cry 5" is an action adventure game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. This is the latest installment of a popular franchise, and presents three anti-heroes as they fight demons both in the world and in a hellish landscape. Characters use swords, guns, magic, and other abilities to destroy creatures, who spray blood when hit. There are also impaled bodies, remains of people, and fountains of blood in cutscenes, as well as characters that are covered in blood as they move through some portals. There's lots of swearing throughout the game, with "s--t," "f--k," and other words frequently stated in dialogue. Female characters are shown wearing revealing clothing, as well as partially nude and covered by slime; their buttocks can be seen. One character frequently smokes a cigarette, although the other characters disapprove, and a disclaimer states that the game doesn't promote smoking or cigarettes. The game has multiple difficulty levels, and while players can button mash their way through some fights, it requires practice to learn and master the skills and fighting styles of each character in battle. That can frustrate some players, especially if they can't master the combos and gameplay necessary to earn the top rank in battle, which provides bonus points.

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App review: ‘Pandemic: The Board Game,’ save the world using strategic teamwork

Parents need to know that "Pandemic: The Board Game" is the app version of a popular cooperative board game of the same name. Although the premise is somewhat dire, there's no reference in-game to diseases or symptoms. There's add-on content available via in-app purchase that doesn't require parental permission. This game is difficult to win and may be frustrating for younger kids. That said, kids who enjoy some strategy and are able to read will be able to play with everyone else. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Social Security: Resources for women

March is Women's History Month. It's a time when we reflect on the achievements and contributions of our nation's remarkable women. Many of these heroes might be people close to you: mothers and daughters, aunts, and grandmothers. Each of them plays a special role in our lives as they provide love and support.

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When good role models go bad

It seems that there are only a few short years between the time a celebrity makes it big and when he or she starts making salacious headlines. From internet-famous celebs such as Logan Paul and PewDiePie, to pop culture influencers like Kylie Jenner, good role models can go bad. Sometimes beloved celebrities, such as Michael Jackson, attract headlines in such a negative fashion that it's really hard to explain news coverage about them to kids who've looked up them.

California parents camp in line for three nights to register children for kindergarten

More than 20 people lined up and camped for three straight days and nights outside a Lincoln, CA elementary school for the most competitive seats in town: a spot in their neighborhood kindergarten class.