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Parents @ Play: Straight from the heart

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Living with Children: Teen's electronics need parental control

Q: We would like to limit our 16-year-old son's video game and cellphone time. We think homework should come first and then free time. He wants to relax with his video game and phone after school which frequently results in homework not being done before he must attend a two-hour team practice at 7:00 pm. That means he's not done with homework until around midnight and struggles the next morning to get out of bed. What is a fair requirement concerning his electronics or an appropriate punishment if he cannot get up in the morning and be ready on time?

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Ask Mr. Dad: She ain't heavy, she's my sister

Dear Mr. Dad: This may seem like a very basic question, but what can I do to help my overweight 13-year-old twin daughters lose weight? It's not that they eat a lot of junk food - they actually eat pretty well. The problem is that they consume huge portions and then have seconds and thirds. I've talked to them about how many calories and how much fat are in each serving, but they don't seem to be paying any attention. Is there some other way I can get them to see what they're doing?

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