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Living with Children: Does the equal opportunity squat work?

I was fresh out of grad school when psychologists and other mental health types began recommending that when speaking to a child, an adult should squat down to eye level with said child. Supposedly, this submissive posture is a means of demonstrating respect for the child while, at the same time, avoiding any implication that the child must pay attention and obey because the adult is bigger.

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Preschooler wants a mommy

Dear Mr. Dad: I'm a single dad – my wife left me with the baby right after our son was born. He's now four and keeps asking where his mommy is. I try to keep in touch with her and ask her to spend time with her son, but she's not interested. I've also been dating a lot, hoping to meet women so my son can have some positive female role models in his life, but no luck yet. My son clearly wants a mom. But what I'm most worried about is that he's not sleeping, eating, or behaving like other kids his age. What should I do?

Family

Ex-etiquette: Grateful for 'yours, mine, and ours'

I'm a big toaster. For years at Thanksgiving I tried to kick off the dinner by raising our glasses together and counting our blessings. We are a yours, mine, and ours bonusfamily and the people at the table are an uncommon bunch. There are exes and current partners, there are kids from each coupling that have all been raised together – and now there are grandkids. It's been a struggle sometimes, but the years have mellowed everyone and tolerance has kicked in.

Family

Despite ACA cost protections, most adolescents skip regular checkups

As children move through adolescence, some face health hurdles like obesity, sexually transmitted infections, depression and drug abuse. Regular checkups could help families address such problems, and the Affordable Care Act paved the way by requiring insurers to fully cover well-child visits, at no charge to patients.

Home & Garden

Plumber: Rediscover the basic bathtub

Q: Hi Ed, We are remodeling our bathroom, and my goal is to create a high-end mini-relaxation center. While doing my research I have found that some baths are called "soaking tubs" and would like to get your take on this. Can you please explain the soaking tub concept to me?

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: 'Wonder,' earnest, emotional book adaptation, excellent film for families

Parents need to know that "Wonder" is an earnest, emotional family drama based on R.J. Palacio's award-winning novel of the same name. It centers on Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a genetic facial difference. Auggie meets both cruel bullies and good friends as he attends school for the first time; his supportive family is always there for him – even when he tries to push them away. The movie has clear positive messages about choosing kindness, appreciating everyone for who they are (rather than what they look like), and true friendship; empathy and perseverance are also strong themes. There's some fighting among tweens/young teens and sad moments involving a loss. Language includes name-calling and insult words like "shut up," "jerk," "freak," and "deformed," as well as an "oh my God" or two. Teens kiss, and adults flirt/exchange mild innuendo. A teen character finishes her mom's abandoned glass of wine after her mom, who's going through a difficult divorce, falls asleep/passes out.

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: Try dainty, tasty violas in your garden

I first discovered the durability of violas while working at Roger's Gardens, creating colorscapes for the rich and famous. We used these little progenitors of the pansy often while planting fall and winter annual color. Unlike the fancy hybrids, these are old ones, quite enchanting because they've changed little. They are the species known and grown for millennia in the Old World.

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