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Parents @ Play: The last gasp of summer

But summer definitely isn't over yet, which means that if they hunker down and finish up their homework, there are still plenty of well-lit hours in the day to play outside before bedtime. Here are some of our late-summer outdoor favorites.

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Living with Children: Step-parenting rules of engagement

Q: In a recent column, you advise that stepparents have complete disciplinary authority over all children who live in or visit the home, but do you feel the same policy should apply when the stepparent joins the family when the kids are teenagers instead of younger children?

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Ex-etiquette: Set clear boundaries for relationship with ex

Q: My ex has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and he's fine when he takes his meds, but when he doesn't, he's extremely unpredictable and he scares me a little. That's the reason we broke up - I never knew what to expect. Lately he's been contacting me again with a lot of "remember whens" and I sort of feel like he's stalking me. I don't want to go back to him, but I'm afraid to tell him. What's good ex-etiquette?

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Lori Borgman: Give kids a break and start school later

There was a time you could tell when school was starting by the school supply aisles at the big box stores. They looked like the aftermath of a tornado - shell-shocked parents, binders strewn across floors, backpacks upended, and pencils driven straight through the display of crayons and markers. But now the school supply shelves are neat. There is no whirlwind rush for supplies, because there is no single "back-to-school" date.

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Ask Mr. Dad: Stepping into a blended family

Dear Mr. Dad: I'm divorced and have three children from that marriage. I'm engaged to a great guy and we're very happy. The one trouble area is that he never seems quite comfortable around my kids (he doesn't have any of his own) and often tells me that he doesn't feel like he truly belongs. How can I help him feel like a real member of the family?

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John Rosemond: Smart car is a not-so-smart idea for teen drivers

Greg Fulton thinks his teenage daughter, who’s already hit three solid objects with her car – thankfully, no humans or other moving vehicles included – would do better with a car that comes equipped with blind-spot/lane-change alert (notifies driver when another vehicle is approaching on either side), lane assist (gently guides car, if it begins to drift, back into proper lane), backup camera display, backup alerts, pedestrian sensor, automatic braking, and a radio that won’t come on unless everyone is buckled in. Said auto also has a computer program that monitors a teen driver’s performance, and can be activated without a teen’s knowledge.

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Apps to help kids get ready for kindergarten

There is no shortage of apps geared for pre-K kids heading into their first year of school. The trick is finding high-quality educational programs that help build important literacy, math, and concentration skills and using them with your kid to model engaged thinking and lifelong learning.

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Crossfit trainer is 9 months pregnant and still lifting 205 pounds

Emily Breeze Ross Watson, a CrossFit trainer, boot-camp instructor and competitor, is 40 weeks pregnant and continues her workout.
Robert Lahser / The Charlotte Observer
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Crossfit trainer is 9 months pregnant and still lifting 205 pounds

White House says Zika is worse than previously thought 2:09

White House says Zika is worse than previously thought

Bei Bei the baby panda climbs a tree 1:20

Bei Bei the baby panda climbs a tree

Icy conditions make for sledding fun for Raleigh children 1:01

Icy conditions make for sledding fun for Raleigh children