Family

Family

App review: Street Music Academy, crash, tap, and boom out beats with everyday objects

Parents need to know that Street Music Academy - the rhythm in everything! uses the images and sounds related to everyday objects - hubcaps, bottles, wrenches, etc. - to create musical sequences. The game challenges players to reproduce the rhythms they hear on the app by tapping corresponding colored dots in time. Created for kids ages 9 to 11, there are three levels of play (easy, normal, and hard) that move kids into more complex rhythms. Kids can unlock a final concert at the end. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

Family

Living with Children: 5 fundamental child-rearing principles

Q: You seem to blame all of America's parenting woes on mental health professionals and imply that if parents still raised kids as did people in the 1950s and before, they wouldn't be having the problems they're having today. But times have changed, John. Is it realistic to think that children can still be raised like their grandparents were raised?

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Teens and the summer job; a perfect match

Dear Mr. Dad: I want to get a job this summer but my parents are refusing to give me permission. They say I'm too young, but I disagree. I'm turning 15 a week before school ends and some of my friends have had summer jobs for a few years. I'm jealous that they have their own money to spend and don't have to ask their parents for it, which I hate doing. What can I do to convince my parents to let me get a job?

Family

Ex-etiquette: Investigate and report odd behavior

Q: My ex and I have shared our kids equally for five years. They are 10 and 12, and come home with such off the wall stories I'm thinking it's time to take action. They tell me their mom wakes them up in the middle of the night because she is being told they are possessed by the demons. She wants to pray together at 2 in the morning when the kids have school the next day. The kids say it's getting worse and they don't want to go back to her home. There's a court order and when I've tried to keep them she calls the police and they force me to send the kids back to her. What's good ex-etiquette?

Family

Game review: 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' has positive messages amid mature content

Parents need to know that "Mass Effect: Andromeda" is a sci-fi role-playing game with mature themes involving sex, drugs, alcohol, and profanity, as well as a good deal of bloody violence where the player's character wields a variety of guns, both traditional and fantastical. It stars a hero (or heroine) faced with many difficult situations and decisions that rarely have black and white answers. The choices made by the player inform a complex, multi-linear narrative that explores a broad range of themes to do with politics and betrayal, family and friendship, courage and responsibility.

Family

Head off to summer camp with these kid-approved essentials

Summer is right around the corner, which means children all over will soon be preparing to head off to summer camp. To help parents get a head start on their packing list, we've rounded-up a few of our favorite camp essentials to make sure your child has the best summer ever.

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
Famous quadruplets turn 16 0:57

Famous quadruplets turn 16

Rico Dowdle sets sights on healthier, more productive 2017 1:34

Rico Dowdle sets sights on healthier, more productive 2017

Secret 'Bachelorette' filming spot for date 1 block from downtown Bluffton 1:01

Secret 'Bachelorette' filming spot for date 1 block from downtown Bluffton

Frank Martin, USC 'enjoying every single minute of this ride' 2:02

Frank Martin, USC 'enjoying every single minute of this ride'