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Ask Mr. Dad: Meditation isn't what you think

Dear Mr. Dad: A few years ago, you wrote about the benefits of meditation for children. I honestly thought you were joking. But a counselor at my son's school just recommended it, saying it could help my son's severe anxiety. When I asked how to do it, he handed me a copy of your article! For the benefits of other readers, would you please review the benefits and how-to?

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Ex-etiquette: Something's not right

Q: My boyfriend and I have been living together for two years. He has two children, ages 3 and 4 1/2 His ex will not allow the kids to come to our home. He must see them at her house. He's there all the time, morning and night, and sometimes he stays the night when she's out of town on business. I hate it (I've never even seen her) and I think it's crazy. My boyfriend sees nothing wrong with it. What do you think? What's good ex-etiquette?

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Living with Children: Teen tantrums require a one-two 'punch' of authority

Q: When our daughter, an only child, turned thirteen and entered the 8th grade, it was like a switch was flipped. Almost overnight, she went from being a sweet, respectful and obedient child who had never given us any serious problems to being petulant, sassy, and often belligerent. She wants nothing to do with us anymore and makes that perfectly clear in often very hurtful ways. She stays in her room, on her smartphone, most of the time, often refusing to even eat dinner with us. We tried taking her phone away, but she threw such an out-of-control tantrum – shrieking, throwing and breaking things, even – that we became concerned gave it back to her. Her grades are beginning to suffer as well. We just don't know what to do. Should we perhaps put her in counseling with someone?

Home & Garden

Beyond Craigslist: 3 easy ways to sell your stuff online

Over the years, tastes change, life stages progress and styles evolve. And if you're anything like me, you buy new stuff every time one of those things happen, accumulating oodles of old furnishings and decor that clutter your basement (or the aisles of Goodwill if you did the noble thing and donated to charity).

Home & Garden

Style at Home: The cottage next door: A peek at Nancy's living room

Every one needs a few Happy Places. Spots where they can go to escape from it all and refill their hearts. One of my friend Nancy's happy places is her cozy cottage, with its snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug rooms that look out over a placid little lake. Lucky me: Nancy's cottage just happens to be three doors down from mine. Which makes me mighty happy, too.

Home & Garden

Interior designers always notice these bedroom decorating mistakes

We know it right away when walking into a great hotel room: Everything is perfectly proportioned, the bed is meticulously made and the lighting casts a soft glow on attractive and functional furniture. The rug has the ideal softness under bare feet, and the artwork is eye-catching but not overpowering. Hoteliers craft their guest rooms so effortlessly, so why can it feel so hard to replicate the same look at home?

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Game review: 'Shadow of the Colossus,' gorgeous, haunting adventure gets new life on PS4

Parents need to know that "Shadow of the Colossus" is a remastered version of an adventure game originally released in 2005. The game focuses on a young warrior trying to defeat 16 gigantic monsters with a bow and arrow and a sword. Finding and correctly targeting the weak points of the monsters sprays black blood from its wounds. A character also winds up getting impaled by a sword and shot through the leg with an arrow. Players may find themselves frustrated by the controls, which can be a bit stiff, especially compared to other modern adventure games. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found in the game.

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App review: Cash Show – Win Real Cash!: Popular trivia game awards players real cash via PayPal

Parents need to know that Cash Show is a free-to-play trivia game where players can win real cash. Players share in a prize pool with all other winners, and winnings are transferred to an online PayPal account. Players must use phone numbers to register and are encouraged to earn bonus codes by connecting their Cash Show accounts to Facebook and by inviting friends to download the app. Players must be 17 or older to receive cash winnings and must provide their identity, address, and birth date to do so. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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