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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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Hermitage Club puts you in center of private ski resort

The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain is a premiere destination for any New England visitor or local. Southern Vermont is easily accessible, just two hours from Boston and four hours from New York City, and puts you right in the center of the East Coast's only private ski resort. Members enjoy year-round entertainment surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains.

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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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App review: Who Was? Adventure, fun quiz game teaches kids about presidents and other historical figures

Parents need to know that Who Was? Adventure is a quiz game based on the popular biographical "Who Was" book series and TV show for kids. New people are introduced with a historical timeline as the game progresses, but kids may find questions about people they aren't familiar with. While they may be able to make educated guesses as to the right answer, some kids might find this frustrating. The portraits of the characters are more like caricatures than real photos; this may make it difficult for kids to identify the right answers. There's room for multiple profiles, so several family members can enjoy their own game progress. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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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.

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Tinder and 7 other dating apps teens are using

When you ask a couple how they met, it's pretty common for them to answer, "On the internet." So, it's no surprise that online dating has trickled down to teens. And though most opt for Snapchat or Instagram to widen their social circles, some are curious enough to try one of the many messaging apps that promise to help them "make new friends." While these apps are designed more for casual communication than are the mainstream fee-based dating services such as Match and OkCupid, they make it super easy to text, video-chat, and share pics with strangers.

Five fun and frugal Valentine’s Day ideas

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