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Parents @ Play: A sneak peak into 2019 toy trends

Well, it's February, so you know what that means. Parents@Play headed out to the New York Toy Fair to check out all the newest toys and games. Some of this year's trends are continuations of last year's, albeit somewhat updated. For example, dinosaurs, "mermaid" sequins (the kind that flip from one color to another), llamas, unicorns, glitter everything, narwhals, and coding games and toys are everywhere. As are blind bags, DIY and make it yourself kits, toys that require or interact extensively with apps, and poop. Yes, all sorts of poop in all sorts of ways. And the winner for combining trends goes to.... Glitter poop that uses an app. Wow.

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Ex-etiquette: Father texts daughter too much

Q: I have been divorced for 8 years and we have a 15 year old daughter. My daughter is supposed to see her father every other weekend, but she is very busy with volleyball and Leadership and has no free time. Her father is the bus driver on the bus she uses to get to school – he texts her during the ride, texts her after school, texts her before his weekend to check in to see if she would like to visit. My daughter is a polite child and so she talks to him, but it's just too much. How do you handle when a parent texts their child too much? What's good ex-etiquette?

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Lori Borgman: We said, –I do,– – they said we didn’t

I have to provide an official copy of our marriage certificate to the Indiana BMV to get the security clearance driver's license. After waiting seven months on the state of Missouri, where we were married, the envelope finally came-with a letter saying they have no record of us ever being married.

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Living with Children: Common parenting mistakes

A journalist recently asked me for the single biggest mistake being made by today's parents. I was tempted to say, "Having children," but stopped myself because even if I'd followed up with "Just kidding!" my bon mot would have gone into print. Oh my gosh! It just did!

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Game review: ‘Apex Legends,’ fantastic free-to-play battle royale shooter is already a blockbuster

Parents need to know that "Apex Legends" is a free-to-play battle royale first-person shooter available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. Teams of up to three compete in matches with up to sixty players to be the last team standing. Gameplay's easy to pick up for first-person shooter fans and has a heavy focus on teamwork and communication. Violence is persistent with some blood shown onscreen, but it isn't overly graphic and there's no onscreen gore. While there's no profanity in the game's dialogue, online play could still open players up to offensive language in party chat. And while the game is free-to-play, there are microtransactions available which allow players to unlock cosmetic items and characters immediately with real-world money, as opposed to over time through gameplay. This game is also part of the "Titanfall" universe, which is a popular shooter franchise.

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This passionate Minnesotan is on the frontlines to keep kids out of court

With little fanfare at the end of 2018, Congress reauthorized a major juvenile justice bill for the first time since 2002. You can bet Sarah Davis didn't miss the moment. As associate director for Minneapolis' Legal Rights Center (LRC), Davis says the worst place for at-risk youth is in our court system. Instead, she champions a focus on brain science, collaborations between families and schools, and allowing youth to take ownership of their actions through restorative practices that also keep our communities safer. Passionate and determined to effect change since she served as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, Davis attended law school in Boston, then worked as a public defender before joining LRC in 2012.

Five fun and frugal Valentine’s Day ideas

Looking for something frugal to do this Valentine's Day? Here are five suggestions.