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Ex-etiquette: Deciding on child’s activity is a joint parental decision

Q. My ex and I have been divorced for 6 years. Our daughter has been playing competitive soccer for the last two years. Her father was her coach and they traveled all over the state. She excelled, I will admit that, but it just got too much for our family – and it's very expensive. (I have two other children with my current husband,) so we made the decision as a family to transfer her into Parks and Rec Soccer. Her father was furious and will not attend any of her games. I think he's being petty. What's good ex-etiquette?

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Raising sons to be men post-Kavanaugh

As an adult woman who has witnessed the imbalance of power between men and women, who has been a victim of sexual harassment in workplaces and doctors' offices, and who knows countless other females who have experienced the same, I am a champion of the push for women's rights and an ardent supporter of the #MeToo movement.

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App review: Dragalia Lost: Cute anime-style game has rich storyline and hours of free play

Parents need to know that Dragalia Lost is a freemium Japanese RPG (role-playing game) for iOS and Android devices. While there's frequent combat, the violence is cartoonish in nature, and no blood or gore's shown. Defeated enemies vanish when beaten. Players will also see "damn" and "hell" in dialogue, but no other swearing. Players can friend one another, and the app suggests friending via listing and post-battles. Player profiles only contain character info; no personal information is provided. The app contains an online co-op mode, but players can only communicate with one another through pre-selected chat stickers. Ads for the in-app store appear every time players load the app; the shop sells in-app currency and items priced from $.99 to $79.99. 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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Game review: ‘The Path of Motus’: Adventure tale encourages gamers to stand up to bullies

Parents need to know that "The Path of Motus" is a downloadable adventure game for Windows PCs. Players take on the role of a goblin attempting to fulfill his dreams against other goblins that attempt to stop him. Combat is an occasional part of gameplay, involving characters matching keyboard prompts to fire missiles at opponents. When defeated, characters dissolve in a splash of water, but no blood or gore is shown. The game also features logic puzzles in addition to platforming arcade elements. Aside from fighting (against bullies), there's no inappropriate content.

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Five books to read before you see the movies

If you're one of those families that insist their kids read the book before seeing the movie, there's some serious page-turning in your future. And if you're happy just to be able to go to the movies for some kid- and teen-friendly fare, you're in luck, too. From the timely, thought-provoking high school drama "The Hate U Give" to a classic like "Mary Poppins," kids' books and young adult novels are getting the Hollywood treatment. And now that movie trailers, sneak peeks, and behind-the-scenes footage hit the internet months in advance of films' releases, kids' excitement for big-screen adaptations of their favorite books starts early.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: ‘Halloween’: satisfying horror sequel has tons of blood and strong language

Parents need to know that "Halloween" is a direct sequel to the iconic same-named 1978 slasher film that ignores every other sequel and reboot (all nine of them). Survivor Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), now a grandmother, has been single-mindedly preparing herself for the day that masked killer Michael Myers would come for her again. Spoiler alert: He does. Expect graphic, very gory slasher violence and strong language ("f–k," "s–t," etc.) throughout the movie. The brutal killings include stabbings, slashings, impalings, beheadings, bludgeonings, and more. There's also brief nudity, teen sexuality and some drinking/drug use by both adults and teens. The movie is directed by indie star David Gordon Green and co-written by Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley. Will Patton and Judy Greer co-star.

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Parents @ Play: You can never get enough of books

Reading is an incredibly important skill, one that can affect almost every aspect of your life. Unfortunately, too many kids (and adults) don't enjoy reading. Graphic novels and series by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events), and Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson, The Kaine Chronicles, and others), have certainly helped attract young readers. But not all kids are interested in adventure, magic, or mystery. Here are some books for kids with other interests, including travel, building, filmmaking, writing, and life itself.

Here’s how to make sure scary is not too scary for kids during Halloween

Spooky is all around us in October, from TV shows to costumes to store decorations. But how scary is too scary when it comes to children during Halloween.