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Moving pictures

posted: 02/03/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Though you won't see most of these films nominated in the Best Picture category at the Oscars, we think these movies -- featuring animal adventures, space survival, superheroes and speaking up -- are the best of 2015 for kids, teens and families. They entertained us, made us think and gave us plenty to talk about. At the same time, they offered up worthwhile messages, positive role models and beautiful images that linger long after the credits roll.

Parenting: 'Huge' tantrum just part of normal toddlerhood

posted: 02/03/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Q Our 3-year-old son is very sweet, loving and generally well-behaved. Occasionally, however, he breaks into a huge tantrum during which he becomes uncontrollable. The word "possessed" comes to mind. He will suddenly snap from being sweet to being a demon and then back to being sweet and loving again. These tantrums don't occur very often, but when they do, they are frightening. We try to be consistent with our discipline but are at a complete loss where this is concerned. I've heard that young children can be bipolar. Is that a possibility? In any case, can you shed some light on this for us?

Creature Feature

posted: 02/03/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

I've had cats all of my life. I recently got a one-half Ragdoll and one-half Persian. She was close to 8 weeks old when I got her. She, of course, is fabulous. I also have a Ragamuffin, Muffie, who is 11/2 years old. She is perfect. Problem: I can't get my new kitty, Skittles, to use the litter box. I've talked to vets, done research on the Internet, etc. She will go on newspaper; therefore, I believe she was never litter-box trained and the sellers may have just used newspapers. I've tried getting her own litter box, tried placing her in Muffie's litter box, no luck. Any suggestions?

Money Manners

posted: 02/03/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: A friend recently bought me a coffee drink at Starbucks, which was very nice of her. But I noticed she didn't leave a tip for the barista. Under the circumstances, would it have been OK for me to put something in the tip jar myself? I wound up doing nothing, but I felt bad about it.

Ex-Etiquette

posted: 02/03/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Q My ex and I live in a small town and we used to ride motorcycles on the weekends with a group of his friends and their wives. I love to ride and have my own bike. These people are now my best friends and now that my ex and I have broken up I have no one to ride with. It's really gotten me down. Recently a couple of the guys invited me to go on a weekend Harley Run with them -- not with my ex. I'm really excited, but I'm wondering if this is good ex-etiquette.

Remote possibility

posted: 01/27/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

It's almost 8 p.m. on a Sunday as you pour a glass of wine and settle into the couch to watch The Good Wife. It's your weekly ritual.

90-year-old becomes a sage on Reddit.com

posted: 01/27/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

He slides the foam headphones over his drooping ears and fixes his pale blue eyes at the computer. Reddit.com is pulled up on the screen. The site is "one of the social media tools that is in vogue with young people," he explains.

Creature Feature

posted: 01/27/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

This may seem like a stupid question, but I want to know if my dog needs to wear a sweater in the winter. Bella is a medium-size dog with short hair. I've seen her shiver when I take her outside when the temperature really drops and I don't want her to be cold. I always thought clothes on a dog were silly but am changing my opinion.

Parenting: Parenting disagreements destroy families, friendships

posted: 01/27/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

A journalist asks, "Why do today's parents seem to be having so many more parenting difficulties than did parents of previous generations?"

Money Manners

posted: 01/27/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My brother has been divorced for more than 30 years. His ex-wife has been living with him platonically for most of that time, but according to him I'm the beneficiary on his bank accounts. The problem is, he has never updated his will and trust following his divorce, meaning our now-deceased parents remain listed as his executors and beneficiaries. Also, it's possible his ex's name remains on the house they bought when they were married (they still live in it). Shouldn't he be seeing a lawyer and updating his affairs? I've tried broaching the subject with him, but he seems uninterested.

Ex-Etiquette

posted: 01/27/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Q My ex and I have been co-parenting our kids for the last three years. About a year ago she married a guy I really like and that has made things easier, believe it or not. Recently they both asked me to coffee, told me my ex was pregnant, and asked me to be their child's godfather. Sounds a little weird to me. What's good ex-etiquette?

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