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GeckoLife app can be social media starter for kids

GeckoLife is a social network for families or small groups with privacy features designed with kids’ safety in mind. Parents create their own account and, as part of the setup, have the opportunity to add kids (or can add them later). Parents then can receive notification of their kids’ activities on the network, including approving what they post and what they follow, depending on how the account is set up. Unlike other social networks, there’s no minimum age in the user agreement.

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Family Meals Matter: Bite into a healthy lifestyle

March is National Nutrition Month - a time when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages all Americans to examine their food choices. This year's theme is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle." While some people think that healthy eating means a restrictive diet and bland flavor profile, fans of this column know that healthy eating from all five food groups means a wide variety of foods, flavors and textures, even dessert!

Family

Lean In: Colleen Louw, technical program manager

Six years ago my husband and I packed our bags - my drum, an array of books and a handful of last minute keepsakes pressed into our hands at the airport - and left our hometown at Africa's southernmost toe. We began our lives as immigrants in the hard-driving Washington, D.C., metro area just outside the Beltway.

Family

Invisible Boyfriend app gives me an unreal idea

There's a new app to fool people into believing you're in a relationship. The Invisible Boyfriend app. You design your dream guy - give him a name, photo, interests and personality. And for $24.99 a month, you can feel the effects of a rewarding virtual partner with the app that sends you texts, voice mails and a handwritten note from the perfect person you created.

Family

Child Sense: Creating family keepsakes

Our children grow up so fast, one minute they are lying in your arms unable to even sit or roll; and the next they are contemplating which college they want to go to. By having a family tradition of keeping and recording the special moments you share together with your child, you create a wonderful collection of very precious memories as well as having a great bonding activity to enjoy in the now. Use your child's dominant sense to choose a suitable medium that will make it a fun experience for all.

Books

Book review: 'Finding Spring' is a charming, classic story about seasons

Parents need to know that "Finding Spring"is an artful, happy read about a bear namedMaurice whosemom leads him to their cozy den to hibernate, but the little bear cub wanders out in search of spring andencounters snow, as well as forest creaturespreparing for winter.He returns, and when he and his mamaawake and emerge, the spring has gloriously sprung. Author/IllustratorCarin Berger's"The Little Yellow Leaf"was named aNew York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2008."Finding Spring"is a charming,classic story to read and reread, perfect for a home library.

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