Family

Family

Babies by the book

My wife, Elaina, loves babies. She loves to have them, to hold them, to nurse, and to stroll them. She knows everything there is to know about kids, it seems to me, including the best brands of strollers, baby wraps and baby and kid fashion, as well as a number of other topics about which I remain blissfully ignorant.

Books

Book review: 'Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,' exuberant bio celebrates art and creative freedom

Parents need to know that "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat" is a bio of Basquiat, who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of a Haitian dad and Puerto Rican mom. By his 20s he was an art star, hanging with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Madonna. He played hard and died young of a drug overdose, information that's dealt with in an Author's Note. The bio emphasizes the support Basquiat got from his mom, as well as the challenges he faced, including his mom's mental illness. The book's written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe ("In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers"), who understands the challenges. His own dad, John Steptoe, was an award-winning illustrator who died young, and his mom suffered from mental illness. Steptoe illustrates the book in his own vibrant style, incorporating trademark elements of Basquiat's art, and his empathy shines through.

Family

Game review: Run your own racing team in 'Motorsport Manager'

Parents need to know that "Motorsport Manager" is a strategic simulation game in which players have to manage aspects of a racing team. There's no sex, violence, or profanity, save for one use of the word "ass." While drivers occasionally talk about enjoying an alcoholic beverage, they're never shown drinking.

Family

Social Security: Retirement planning

It's 2017, and that means you might be one more year closer to retirement. Whether you're at your very first job or wrapping up a successful career, there are always new things to learn about when it comes to saving for the future. So why not make retirement planning part of your New Year's resolution!

Family

App review: StoryCorps makes capturing and sharing family stories a breeze

Parents need to know that the StoryCorps app is a platform for planning, conducting, and sharing oral history interviews that can be cataloged in the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is broadcast weekly on NPR and is available as a podcast. Through the app, listeners can hear featured stories that have been curated or listen to any stories created by other users and shared in a social media-style feed. The terms of use specify that users should be 18 or that those over 13 but under 18 have a parent's permission, but it's definitely possible for kids under 13 to operate the app successfully. Teens can create and record interviews but not share them publicly. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

Family

Game tips: Find all the basics you need to know about Nintendo Switch

Nintendo's latest home and portable console, the Nintendo Switch, has officially been announced during a special presentation from the company streaming live from Japan. The Nintendo Switch will mark the first home console release since the Wii U and it will feature both portable and console capabilities that mean you can start playing at home and take it on the go with you if you so choose. If you want to preorder the Switch or check which games are coming out for it on launch, you're in the right place.

Family

Proud of my dad for fighting brain tumor

My dad is my hero. He is 42 years old and is a brain tumor survivor. He was diagnosed in 2009 at age 35 with an oligodendroglioma. Twelve days later he had his first brain surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. Since then my dad has had two more craniotomies and radiation, and he is now on chemotherapy for the third time.

Videos

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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Gamecock commit Jamyest Williams highlights from 2016 season

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Freddy on Steakburgers at Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers

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Frank Martin updates P.J. Dozier