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Parents @ Play: Travel accessories

When you're taking a family vacation, you need to be ready for anything. At the same time, you don't want to pack everything you own and the kitchen sink. Here are some of our travel must-haves.

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Last-minute ways to make money this summer

Finding a summer job this late in the school year can be extremely challenging and sometimes even impossible. If you're in need of some cash flow stuck seeing "we are no longer hiring" in every storefront, here are quick ways to get some money in your wallet over the summer.

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Ex-etiquette: Embarrassed by girlfriend's behavior

Q: My girlfriend and I were invited to a friend's Seder dinner for the Passover holiday, but the invitation fell through. My girlfriend has met my former wife several times and they appear to like each other, so she asked if we could go to her home for Passover dinner. I figured out a comfortable way to ask and she welcomed us.

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Ask Mr. Dad: Disneyland syndrome is for moms too

Dear Mr. Dad: I'm a divorced mom, and because of my past substance abuse issues, my ex-husband has primary physical custody of our children. I only get to see them on weekends and we miss each other terribly. I've been trying to make it up to them by filling every weekend with outings and activities. But I think I've made a mistake. More than anything, I want to just hang out with the kids, but every time I schedule some downtime, they complain that they're bored. What can I do?

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Social relationships may affect children's physical health, study says

As the parent of a preschooler, I often see my daughter facing social situations she doesn't know how to handle. Whether it's knowing who to play with at school when her best friend is absent, figuring out what to say when a classmate mocks her letter-tracing or confronting the kid on the playground who pushed her, my parenting approach has been to listen, offer suggestions - but ultimately let her handle her own interactions.

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How much sad stuff can my kid handle in movies?

How kids react to sad stuff can be very individual. But it also depends on their age, their temperament, and what's going on in their lives. In general, it's wise to be cautious with sad stuff for kids under 8. Until around age 8, kids can't distinguish between fact and fantasy, so they may process a made-up situation the way they would a "real" one. Your own reactions to sad stuff in movies will also affect your kids. If you start to feel emotional, tell your kid that the scene made you feel sad (it helps them learn to identify emotions). If your kids - or you - experience a strong emotional reaction, take it seriously. It may be "only a movie," but the feelings are real. Take a break, fast-forward through the sad stuff (our reviews usually alert you to red-flag moments), or come back to it later. Here are some more tips:

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Virtual summer camps, not as sedentary as they sound

OK, don't laugh. Virtual summer camps - where kids head to the computer instead of the pool or park - are a thing now. And before you say, "Over my dead body," these aren't the solitary, sedentary, screen-centered experiences you fear. Plenty of virtual summer camps offer kids the chance to make projects, investigate ideas, and explore the world. And many are free.

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App review: Choose an instrument and join the band in sweet music-maker

Parents need to know that Melody Jams is a toddler-friendly music-making game. There's no wrong way to play, and there are no sharing options so kids can tap and explore on their own. The free download includes one music scene - in a garage. Other scenes are available as in-app purchases. No personal information is requested, and only anonymous usage data is collected. Full details can be found in the privacy policy.

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