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Fun family-friendly ways to share the eclipse

On Aug. 21, families in the United States can view a solar eclipse – either total or partial – in most of the country. This event is a chance for you to explore the science of eclipses, astronomy, and physics. Don't miss the opportunity to see it! Folks in the United States won't get another look until 2024.

Family

Meet the high school dropout who started an education company

As a high school student in McKinney, Gautam (pronounced like Goth-am) Bhargava, now 20 years old, found himself dissatisfied and unmotivated at school. When he turned age 18, he dropped out of school to start an education startup. The company, Peeyr, provides tutoring to students across subject areas and grade levels, from elementary school to college. Its tutors are high school and college students.

Family

Ex-etiquette: Play nice, even when ex is holding dogs as ransom

Q. I always laughed when people shared their animals after a breakup. It seemed so silly to me to share a dog, but here I am three months after my breakup with my longtime girlfriend and I miss my dogs. She kept them because I didn't immediately have a place to stay, but now I do and I'd like to adjust our agreement. She won't hear of it and says, "Suffer! You left, the dogs stay with me. You come back, you can see the dogs." She's holding my dogs for ransom! What's good ex-etiquette?

Family

Chris Erskine: Where the past is present

We are just off the plane when things start to get complicated. At the rental counter I'm dizzy as a two-headed calf, trying to solve the chronic riddle of whether we will return our car with the tank empty or full, which involves a lot of instant calculus regarding local gas prices.

Family

Living with Children: Take away pot-smoking son's car

Q: A few months after he got his driver's license, we found a bag of marijuana in our 16-year-old son's car. He swore it wasn't his and that he didn't know whose it was and that he's never used pot, but then he failed to pass a drug test. Now he admits that he's smoked pot, but he says he only tried it once and didn't like it. He still maintains that the pot we found in the glove box of his car belonged to someone else, but he still maintains that he doesn't know who. We think he's lying to us, but we don't know what to do. Pot is legal in our state now, which only contributes to our dilemma. Can you help us out?

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: 4 ways be a role model in challenging times

Dear Mr. Dad: Everyone says that as parents, we're supposed to be good role models for our kids. That sounds like a great idea, but why do so many parents (and other people) behave in such awful ways? The phrase "good role model" seems easy enough to understand, but maybe it's not. In your view, what, exactly is a "good role model" supposed to do?

Travel

Safari West a free-range zoo family adventure

A dazzling herd of zebra thunder across the valley, their stripes shimmering in the blazing sun. A rowdy gang of Cape buffalo hold court on a hilltop and a fuzzy baby giraffe wobbles near its mother. Cheetahs warily prowl nearby, eyeing each other.

Family

Game review: 'Batman: The Enemy Within,' exceptional dark knight adventure is epic, violent

Parents need to know that "Batman: The Enemy Within – The Telltale Series" is an original episodic adventure game starring DC Comics' iconic hero. The game uses a combination of point-and-click controls with timed decisions and onscreen prompts (via quick time events). "The Enemy Within" is particularly graphic for a "Batman" game, showing brutal and bloody scenes of violence throughout the story. Some characters are also shown drinking and smoking onscreen. Players make decisions to shape Batman's overall behavior, while also interacting with a cast that runs the gamut of moral spectrum. There's also some flirtation and sexual innuendo, but nothing overtly shown.

Videos

Preparation is key for allergy season

Springtime brings sunshine and warm breezes – but also misery for millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. Lily Pien, M.D., explains how being prepared can put you on the road to relief.
Cleveland Clinic
Preparation is key for allergy season 1:26

Preparation is key for allergy season

Making chicken rice in the old days 2:17

Making chicken rice in the old days

How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy 2:42

How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy

Thanksgiving dinner table: food and gratitude 2:00

Thanksgiving dinner table: food and gratitude