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John Rosemond: Overindulged 5-year-old needs ‘vitamin N’

A father tells me that he tries to give his son, age 5 and an only child, everything he wants because he wants his son to be happy. But he’s not. He’s petulant, moody, often sullen and is having problems getting along with other children. Furthermore, he doesn’t seem to appreciate anything his parents do for him. He’s very demanding but not at all thankful for the riches that have been bestowed on him. Oh, and one more thing: he generally ignores his parents when they speak to him.

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App review: Mature teens will enjoy popular sim game

Parents need to know that Fallout Shelter is a spin-off of the Fallout video game series, which is rated M for mature and not recommended for kids due to gory violence. This simulation app is tamer, but it does contain some cartoon-like violence including some death and lots of weapons. There's also implied sex: Dwellers work specific jobs in the underground vault, and if a male and female dweller are alone in the living space for a few minutes, flirting ensues and the female gets pregnant. During the act, the dwellers are hidden behind a bedroom wall, and kids will only see several smiley faces before the couple emerges, one with a big belly. It's integral to the game because that's one of the ways to increase the population. One of the rooms that can be built when play advances is a lounge or bar, so there is some drinking, and there are references early in play to wanting a beer. The app does contain in-app purchases to buy lunch boxes filled with special cards but is totally playable without them.

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Game review: Treasure trove of classics spans decades in 'Rare Replay'

Parents need to know that "Rare Replay" is a collection of 30 games spanning 30 years of a development studio. The age-appropriateness of these games vary wildly. There are some family-friendly arcade and racing games, but there are also first- and third-person shooters, and fighting games. Players can kill enemies with guns and other weapons, and there's blood and some gore (in one game). While it appears to be a cute cartoon character, one game called "Conker's Bad Fur Day" contains strong violence, sexual references, profanity, and alcohol consumption.

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Skyler: Musings on an overly photographed life

I didn't take a photo of my daughter this morning before I dropped her off to begin seventh grade. It wasn't really a conscious decision. We had to leave pretty early, and I spilled a smoothie on the corner of my husband's keyboard, which set us back a bit, and we were both generally worried about making it to school on time. Also, it seems indecent to take a photo before 7 a.m. somehow. So, no photo.

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