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Sleepovers a thing of the past? It’s a trust issue, parents say.

CHICAGO — Janixa De Jesus has four children ranging from 1 to 17 years old, and none of them has ever been on a sleepover.They haven’t even been on a play date.“I wouldn’t trust someone else with the most valuable thing I have in my life,” said De Jesus, a fitness and nutrition coach ...

12 stories about hurricanes and other disasters caused by weather

In the wake of the destruction waged by Hurricane Harvey on Southeast Texas, and as we remember the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans on the storm’s 12th anniversary, these books, movies, and TV shows can provide talking points, historical perspective, and lessons in ...

App review: YouTube TV, easy to record live TV, weak parental controls

Parents need to know that YouTube TV is a free app that must be attached to a paid monthly subscription service in order to work. It gives access to lots of network TV and YouTube Red originals, but isn’t a portal to YouTube itself. A range of network and cable stations are available for a ...

Carolyn Hax: Handling friends’ pressure to split restaurant meals

<em>Dear Carolyn:</em><em>We Americans are used to large restaurant portions. Often when dining out with friends, someone suggests an entree she wants to split, and since I suspect my friends all know I’d rather die than offend, I’m often feeling ...

How to get kids to look away from their screens and take pleasure in books

In the summer, there were lots of excuses: Camp, the pool, the beach, lazy days when it didn't seem so bad if your kids were still in their pajamas and maybe watching a little TV or noodling around on an iPad. It was vacation, right? They'd read when school started. Wouldn't pressuring them ...

7 summer activities you can still do even though it is almost fall

If you are like me, you were a little taken aback by how quickly summer came and went.It seems as if summer vacation started with me wearing my pajamas through the fast food drive-thru for lunch every day, then I sported solar eclipse glasses for approximately seven minutes, and then summer ...

Book helps kids make homemade goods

What do we like more than homemade goodies? When kids can make ’em themselves! The new book “Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!” by Deanna F. Cook ($19, Storey Publishing) helps them do just that with cute ideas and step-by-step how-tos perfect for any aspiring chef. One ...

‘Captain Underpants’ author creates another tale about Dog Man

Who fights crime and chews chairs? Dog Man, the heroic hound in Dav (pronounced "Dave") Pilkey's new graphic novel, "Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties."Dog Man is half pup and half police officer, said Pilkey, who came up with the brave-but-wacky character when he was in second grade. Back then, ...