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Parents @ Play: The art of science meets the science of art

Anyone who loves – or even just appreciates – science will tell you that there's something beautiful about it. At the same time, those who love – or even just appreciate – art, often admire the technique and scientific precision that can go into creating a masterpiece. This week we had a chance to experience several engaging products that blur the lines between art and science.

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Open arms, full house

Lexie is relaxing in her mama's lap when a nurse arrives and leads them to the second floor of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and eventually to Room 16.

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Ex-etiquette: Sharing a bed

Q: I'm wondering exactly how to handle this situation and I thought you might be able to help. My husband dies unexpectedly in a car accident three years ago. I have a daughter who is now 4. Since it's been just she and me, we often sleep together. It was a difficult transition for both of us when her daddy died. I've recently met someone I really like – which I thought would never happen, but it did. I'd like him to sleep over, but it's difficult to get my daughter out of my bed. What's good ex-etiquette?

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Accessing ‘Pooh’

My daughter, recently moved away for a job across the country, asked me to locate a specific book from the shelf in her still intact childhood bedroom and mail it to her.

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Lori Borgman: We do because we can

Our son sent a video of their 17-month-old daughter climbing on a stool in front of the bathroom vanity, hoisting her arms onto the countertop, holding her entire body weight up with her chubby legs dangling above the stepstool. She turned on the tap, leaned in and got a drink. Then, still holding her body weight with arms, she swung one leg into the sink and held her foot under the stream of running water.

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Living with Children: Potty training

"Potty training is a nightmare." So begins advice from Meghan Leahy, advice columnist for The Washington Post. More accurately, potty training has, of late, BECOME a nightmare, thanks to advice of the sort Ms. Leahy dishes. Her approach? Do nothing. The child will eventually use the potty on his own. That may be true, but what Leahy fails to add is "after the child's mother has had a nervous breakdown."

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Game review: ‘Octopath Traveler,’ excellent, challenging RPG will keep you playing for hours

Parents should know that "Octopath Traveler" is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) for the Nintendo Switch that's reminiscent of classic RPGs from the '80s and '90s. Players have the option to help people in need or ignore their pleas; the rewards of helping people out reinforce a moral ideal that assisting people is a positive virtue, although conflict resolution is handled only through combat. The visuals include small, pixelated characters that fight against enemies and interact with hundreds of characters in the game's virtual world. Fighting is a large part of gameplay and is handled in a turn-based fashion in which characters can use swords and cast magic spells like fireballs to destroy enemies. There's some blood, but it's not realistic, and the small, unrealistic visuals affect the impact of the violence. There's a bit of flirting in the dialogue between some characters, plus phrases like "damn it all to hell," and characters are seen drinking beer or mead in taverns.

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App review: Tankee: Simple game video viewer provides kid-safe content

Parents need to know that Tankee is an iOS app that allows kids to view video game-related videos that are safe for all ages. There's no sex, violence, or any other inappropriate content. While viewers can comment on videos, all of the comments are done with emojis, not words, so there's no risk of saying something offensive. Similarly, screen names are made by the app, not the viewer, avoiding raunchy names as well. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Book review: ‘The First Rule of Punk,’ superb spirited tale about a creative, proud Latina teen

Parents need to know that "The First Rule of Punk" is about a 12-year-old Latina who loves punk and bristles at pressure to act as a model senorita. Malu's story – the first book by librarian and zine-maker Celia C. Perez – is packed with samples of engagingly illustrated zines that explore her connections with her family, Mexico, feminism, and more. Malu is rebellious but respectful, by and large: She looks for opportunities to express herself within the lines established by her school and family (aside from a makeover done without her mother's knowledge). The power of creativity, the importance of speaking up against unfairness, and recognizing how your history informs your present are key themes.

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This is what your young school-age kid should know before going online

As soon as your kids begin to go online, it's important to explain your expectations of their behavior. By acting responsibly and respectfully, they will enjoy their time online and get the best of the internet while mostly avoiding things such as cyberbullying and inappropriate content. Here are some basics to share with your child:

Looking for a good day care? Here are 13 things to consider

Choosing a child care provider can be a tough decision for parents. American Academy of Pediatrics spokeswoman Dr. Deborah Mulligan gives advice on how to find a safe day care for your child.