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Ask Mr. Dad: Quit complaining about your nagging wife – she may be saving your life

Dear Mr. Dad: I've read a few of your articles where you talked about how fighting isn't always a bad thing in couples. But what about nagging? My wife and I have a pretty peaceful marriage, except when it comes to my health. I have diabetes and she's constantly riding me to eat this and not that, get more exercise, check my glucose levels, and on and on. I know she's doing it because she cares about me, but I'm a grown man and can take care of myself. I've asked her to stop, but she just keeps right on going. I'm not sure how much more of this I can take. Should we get counseling?

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Chris Erskine: Flailing my arms in a graceful setting

I do that "dad thing" where I insist my son let me finish out the Dave Brubeck song during carpool, instead of immediately tuning the radio to the drivel and crud he prefers. Nothing against drivel and crud, of course, or the breathless idiocy of the very talented Ariana Grande.

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Lori Borgman: Why we’re not leading the marriage conference

Our youngest daughter and her husband received an invitation to a marriage conference, one of those weekend gatherings where someone talks about improving communication-like finding a sweet way for him to tell her that she has morning breath and how she can gently let him know that if he cracks his knuckles one more time she may go ballistic.

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Ex-etiquette: Partner has some ‘splaining’ to do

Q: I've been dating someone for about three months that I met on an online dating site. He lives about 100 miles away. It seems like he's only available every other weekend – and when I asked him why he told me he shares custody with his ex, and he has his kids every Wednesday to Friday and every other weekend. I was shocked because he never mentioned it until I asked, which seems very weird to me. It made me wonder what else he's hiding. What do you think? What's good ex-etiquette?

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Social Security: Medicare: Rules for those with higher income

If you have higher income, the law requires an upward adjustment to your monthly Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums. But, if your income has gone down, you may use form SSA-44 to request a reduction in your Medicare income-related monthly adjustment amount.

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App review: Reading Eggs – Learn to Read: Comprehensive program covers reading fundamentals and much more

Parents need to know that Reading Eggs – Learn to Read is a massive, subscription-based program designed to lead kids through the learning-to-read journey from pre-literacy to middle school. There's also a smaller, side set of math activities that focuses on concepts for preschool and elementary school-age kids. Reading activities span a wide range of books, videos and songs, and interactive games. The continuing reader section includes a game center where kids can choose to be matched against other registered kids in playing reading games. Parents can view progress reports and print paper worksheets that accompany the various lessons. The developers are British, so spelling and pronunciation reflect British rather than American English. The app is free to download but requires a subscription at $9.99/month per child and $4.99/month for each additional child; a 30-day free trial lets you try it out before purchasing. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared.

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Game review: ‘One Piece: World Seeker,’ teens can live the pirate life in exceptional open world adventure

Parents need to know that "One Piece: World Seeker" is an open world action/adventure game available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. Set in the universe of the "One Piece" manga/anime series, players take on the role of Luffy and explore a new land, seeking out treasure, finding the rest of the crew, and helping out the people of the island. Combat's constant in the game, with players using melee attacks and special abilities to fight enemies armed with a variety of weapons and skills. Despite the violence, there's no blood or gore, with defeated enemies simply being knocked out and vanishing. There are a few suggestive lines, and some of the female characters are presented in a sexualized manner. Some characters are also seen smoking cigars or cigarettes.

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What is AirDrop and why are kids using it?

You may wonder why certain social media such as Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok get so popular with kids and teens practically overnight. It's because kids want to be where their friends are. But what if your kid wants to share something with someone they're not friends with online, like their assigned lab partner, kids at their cafeteria table, or teammates after practice? In that case, they can use AirDrop. Though most kids use AirDrop perfectly safely, it has the potential for misuse that parents should keep an eye out for. This guide offers answers to parents' most-often-asked questions about AirDrop.

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Chelsea Clinton puts a spin on storytime at laundromat’s new learning space

The 24-hour Wash Time laundromat at Fullerton and Cicero, sprawled next to a Family Dollar store in a plaza in Belmont-Cragin, was buzzing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, the aisles jammed with people in business clothes, awaiting a visit from Chelsea Clinton, who would be cutting the ribbon on a new literacy space sponsored, in part, by the Clinton Foundation. Though signs taped to the front doors announced the laundromat was closed for the morning, a few people still manned the machines as event attendees jostled and talked. Laundry, as everyone who's ever been down to their last clean shirt knows, must go on.

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Confused by parental controls? Here’s what you need to know.

Even if you've talked to your kids about screen-time limits and responsible online behavior, it's still really tough to manage what they do when you're not there (and even when you are). Parental controls can support you in your efforts to keep your kids' internet experiences safe, fun, and productive. They work best when used openly and honestly in partnership with your kids – not as a stealth spying method.

Top baby names of 2017

The parenting website BabyCenter released its list of most popular baby names for 2017. Many of the top names from 2016 have returned to the list. See if your baby's (or future baby's) name cracked the top 5.