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Game tips: 'Fire Emblem Heroes': shards, crystals, and where to get them

"Fire Emblem Heroes" may simplify the strategy formula down to a mobile-friendly format, but it still features some mechanics that aren't explained as well as they could be or made terribly clear. If you're hoping to strengthen your hero-filled army, then you'll want to know all about shards and crystals. Here's what you need to know.

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Parents @ Play: Animals, animals everywhere

We're gearing up for Toy Fair, where we'll be spending four days up to our ears in toys and games. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll fill you in on what's new and exciting for 2017. But one thing we can guarantee right now: regardless of whatever else is trending, animals will never go out of style. Here are some of our current faves.

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Ask Mr. Dad: Divorced dads and babies: Are overnight visits okay?

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I are getting divorced, and while things are generally amicable, we're having some major disagreements about whether it's okay for our two young children, ages 3 and 1, to sleep over at my house. We both want what's best for our kids, but my wife says that because the kids are so young, they shouldn't be separated from their mother, and that doing so would interfere with the mother-child relationship. I say that not letting them spend as much time with me as they do with their mother would interfere with the father-child relationship, which would be just as bad, and could end up causing more problems than it solves. Who's right?

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Ex-etiquette: Mom's insecurity is keeping daughter from stepmom

Q: My husband's ex will not allow their 2-year-old child to meet me because, she says, the child is too young. She thinks it will confuse the child and she will not know who her mother is. According to their court order, my husband is supposed to have equal custody, but since I moved in and we got married, his ex will only let him see their daughter for the day, and she is not allowed to come to our home if I am there. What's good ex-etiquette?

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The power of tea

When your child is under the weather, a cup of tea might be just the ticket to relief. "Not only is it comforting, it can also help keep children hydrated and may break up mucus," says Hilary McClafferty, M.D., past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Integrative Medicine. It's easy: Just steep a tea bag in a mug of hot water for ten minutes, doctor it up with some kid-friendly flavors, then sip away symptoms. Try these varieties:

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7 ways to tell if an app is a good choice for your preschooler

When you want to buy a book for your kid, you might get a recommendation, flip through it, or look up the author online. Choosing an app is a lot trickier: Sure, you can watch a demo video and read iTunes reviews, but there's no way to get the full experience until you've already paid for and downloaded it.

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Family Meals Matter: Healthy recipes help celebrate American Heart Month

With Valentine's Day right in the middle of the month, February is already associated with hearts and loved ones. Perhaps it's no surprise that the American Heart Association also uses this month to draw attention to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. The great news is that heart disease can be managed and prevented with healthy dietary patterns and regular physical activity.

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Game review: 'Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World': Fun, family-friendly platformer features Yoshi the yarn dinosaur

Parents need to know that "Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World" is essentially a port of Yoshi's Woolly World, a side-scrolling platformer game that was originally released for Wii U. It features a cartoonish dinosaur made of yarn who adventures through crafty, textile worlds. Virtually everything in the game - including the characters - is made of yarn. The textile theme lessens the already mild cartoon violence, which sees Yoshi swallowing some enemies and turning them into balls of yarn to be thrown at other enemies. It's an easy game with simple controls, and the "Mellow" mode gives Yoshi the ability to fly, making it possible for kids to bypass harder platforming areas by simply flying over them.

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Famous quadruplets turn 16

Sisters Anna, Emily, Grace and Mary Claire Mathias are similar in that they’re all sassy, giggly and sharp, which is in contrast to how they initially gained notoriety. The Lexington girls make up a set of identical quadruplets, one of only about 70 sets in the world and even rarer in the fact that they were conceived naturally. The rising high school juniors turned 16 in February and have the wonders and woes of their late teen years to look forward to, from driving to figuring out career pathways and college.
Matt Walsh mwalsh@thestate.com
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Famous quadruplets turn 16

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Chad Holbrook recaps series with UNC Greensboro

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Irmo's R.J. Gunn hits game-winner against West Florence

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