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Ex-etiquette: A picture is worth a thousand words

Q: My ex-husband's new girlfriend has told our daughters that she is going to have a portrait taken of her with the girls as a Christmas present for their dad. They have only been seeing each other for three months! I felt myself fuming as my daughter announced that she was going shopping this week for matching outfits for the picture. I did not say anything to my daughter (who seemed rather excited) but I feel it's way too soon for things like this. We've co-parented well over the years. What's good ex-etiquette?

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Living with Children: Are you suffering from Egalitarian Parenting Syndrome?

Some of the sources that inform today's parenting do not come immediately to mind when one thinks of raising children. Take Karl Marx (1818 � 1883), for example. Along with his buddy Friedrich Engels, Marx articulated the fundamental principles of communism. He proposed that capitalism was an economic and social system that exploited and oppressed labor and kept the "masses" in a perpetual state of subjugation and misery.

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Lori Borgman: When the ants go marching in

I was suspicious the first time I saw them. But I slapped on a happy face and agreed to give them a chance. Still, I wondered if they wouldn't overextend their stay - or worse - go where they weren't wanted. You never know about ants.

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Ask Mr. Dad: The fertility game

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I are having trouble conceiving. After putting us through months of testing, the fertility doctor we're seeing says that the problem is on my end. I'm devastated. I just assumed that women were the ones who had fertility problems, and I feel like a complete failure, as if I'm not a man anymore. What can I do? Are there vitamins or supplements I can take or behaviors I can do (or stop doing)?

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How to turn off the TV without causing a meltdown

Helping kids regulate their own media use is an ongoing process, and along the way you're likely to experience some struggles when it's time to turn off the TV or any other digital device. When it's time to transition from TV watching to another activity, using prerecorded shows comes in handy. On traditional broadcast TV, one show flows into another, but when you use the DVR, a DVD, or even a streaming-video service, your kid can turn off the TV when the show is over.

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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
Famous quadruplets turn 16 0:57

Famous quadruplets turn 16

Highlights: Chapin defeats North Myrtle Beach 1:46

Highlights: Chapin defeats North Myrtle Beach

Ridge View coach Perry Parks proud of team after loss 1:12

Ridge View coach Perry Parks proud of team after loss

Postgame reaction from Dutch Fork's win over White Knoll 2:25

Postgame reaction from Dutch Fork's win over White Knoll