John Rosemond: BISS is as close to bliss as it gets

One of the more powerful parenting memes to emerge from the parenting revolution of the late ’60s and early ’70s was “Children deserve reasons.” To a large degree, that was a reaction to the previous parental policy of answering “Why? and “Why not?” with “Because I said so.”


6 Apps that will help you keep track of your kid online

As kids become more independent, we want to foster their sense of responsibility and give them room to prove themselves. But it can be difficult to navigate this natural separation, especially when kids are doing who-knows-what on their devices. There are constant questions: Where are they? Who's contacting them? What are they doing online? Since tweens and teens are often tight-lipped about their lives, it can be tricky to get clear answers.


App review: Chameleon Run, super fun and challenging platformer, winning pick for kids

Parents need to know that Chameleon Run is a combination of a platformer, the game show Wipe Out, and the app Color Switch. Players control a little robot-like block figure as it moves along an obstacle course of colored, beam-style platforms, jumping and changing the figure's color to match where it will land. It's not for all kids since the pace is so fast and finishing levels can be really tricky. There are no ads and no in-app purchases, but there's also no parent gate on the More Games tab and kids can use the "face cam" to record themselves playing and presumably share the video, though that feature wasn't working during the review period. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.


Host a 'Capes for Kids!' party

Something magical happens when a child puts on a superhero cape. As soon as it's tied on, he has a new source of power and nothing can stop him. That's why this summer, FamilyFun is teaming up with Access Hollywood's Kit Hoover and two venerable volunteer organizations, Enchanted Makeovers and GenerationOn, to encourage families like yours to make and donate capes to kids who enter homeless shelters.


Game review: Simple, addictive puzzler is a fantastic pick for kids

Parents need to know that "BoxBoxBoy!" is a downloadable single-player puzzle game for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is a sequel to the 2015 surprise 3DS hit, "BoxBoy!" Players control an animated box through a variety of hazard-filled stages, trying to get safely from Point A to Point B. The game is designed as an all-ages game, and has no issues with language, sexual content, or other offensive content. The game is easy to pick up and play, with difficulty coming from thinking up solutions to progress through the increasingly complex stages.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: 'Ice Age: Collision Course,' fine (but not-so-fresh) fifth installment fetches some laughs

Parents need to know that "Ice Age: Collision Course" is the fifth installment in the popular prehistoric-themed "Ice Age" franchise. It's not necessary for viewers to have seen all of the former films to understand the plot line, but it does help. The violence/peril is less intense than in previous installments but does feature serious natural catastrophes - like a fiery asteroid headed for Earth (and destructive meteors) - as well as egg-stealing birds bent on destruction. You can also expect a little bit of insult language ("turd," "stupid"), as well as mildly suggestive comments about "parts retracting" and hotness. The coupled-off characters also embrace or kiss very briefly. As always, the messages revolve around teamwork and the unconditional love/acceptance of the right "herd."


The demands of a bridesmaid-to-be

Hello, darling! You and Tom are engaged – how wonderful! I always knew you two were meant to be. It was so obvious when he gave you that birthday certificate for “hot lovin’ redeemable at any time.” That just screams romantic and economical.


Parents @ Play: Fun without an agenda

Looking for some good, old-fashioned toys to play with that don't claim to build STEM skills, expand your brain, or anything else? If so, you'll want to check out these new items that offer, gasp, nothing but fun. And that's just fine.


Young, black and living with discrimination

At the start of each school year, many teachers have a tradition of going around the classroom asking students about their summer experiences. Tony Wright, a rising freshman at Hampton University, remembers one year when one of his teachers also asking students about the books they'd read.


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.
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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

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Icy conditions make for sledding fun for Raleigh children