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Teen hangouts at home offer privacy for kids, piece of mind for parents

By Kellie B. Gormly
Lynn Cisneros’ Chalfant house has become the happening headquarters for her teenage son’s circle of friends, who flock to the home a few times a …

Coping with Kids: All work and no play? Naaaaah

By Tribune-Review
With school in session and bags of homework, these activities will keep smiles on children’s faces during breaks from the grind: View Master: (Fisher Price) The new View Masters — celebrating 75 years — are pretty much the same as …

Study: Dads get more love  from bosses when seeking flextime

By Heidi Stevens
First, the good news: Men who ask for flexible work arrangements to care for their children are considered “very likely” to have their requests granted, according to a new study. As a bonus, these family-minded men are thought of as …

Groups get an early start on Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Pamela Murphy
Breast Cancer Awareness Month doesn’t officially start until Oct. 1, but some groups are getting an early start at raising money and promoting education about …

Ex-etiquette: Put child first before rekindling romance with her dad

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: I am the mother of a 5-year-old daughter. I married her father at a young age, and we divorced three years later. It has been two more years, and over the past few months, my old feelings for …

A trip down on the farm provides a chance to relax, learn

By Rachel Weaver
Dale Tudor loves the life of a farmer, when every work day is a half day. He just has to choose which 12 hours he …

Taking too many quizzes? There’s a quiz for that

By Rachel Weaver
What city should you really live in? What Disney character most relates to you? What type of pizza best defines you? There’s a quiz for …

Babypalooza in Monroeville offers all things baby

By Candy Williams
A one-stop shop for “prenatal to preschool” baby products and services might sound tempting to busy moms and dads. But that’s only part of the …

Living with Children: Late nights, not school start time, problem for teens

By Tribune-Review
It’s a fact that a good night’s sleep is essential to optimal performance, no matter the task. It is also a fact that America’s teens, generally speaking, don’t get enough sleep. Ergo, American teens, as a group, underperform in school. …

Ex-etiquette: Fiance lets ex-wife move in

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My fiance and his ex-wife of 26 years have a very close relationship. They say they love each other but aren’t in love with one another. They lived separate for the past year, and she recently moved with …

How to avoid tech-support scams

By Mct Information Services
The phone rings. The voice on the other line informs you that your PC is infected with a virus that, fortunately for you, the caller’s well-known company can eliminate. Hmm, you think, that’s odd, because our family uses only Macs. …

Branching out: Home furnishing retailer West Elm opens store in Bakery Square

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Whether your home needs an entire new living space or just a few new pillows, you’ll likely find options among the furniture and accessories at …

The Word Guy: The Briticisms are coming!

By Rob Kyff
Do you wish the phrase “go missing” would go missing? Do you cringe whenever someone says “spot on” or refers to a redhead as a “ginger”? No worries, love. You’ve been “Limey-ed”: covered with the smarmy goo of British expressions, …

Hax: Aunt worries that nephew who likes ‘girl’ stuff might be picked on in school

By Carolyn Hax
D ear Carolyn: My nephew is starting kindergarten. He is a fantastic little boy who likes “boy” things like cars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but he really likes many “girl” things like Doc McStuffins, Minnie Mouse and My Little …

Dear Prudence: I don’t want my dying sister’s toddler

By Emily Yoffe
D ear Prudence: I’m a 56-year-old single professional woman in Manhattan who is childless by choice. I have a great job, travel a week or two a month, primarily to Europe, and love taking advantage of all the cultural opportunities …

Love locks tokens fall prey to renovations on Pittsburgh bridges

By Rachel Weaver
While the love many couples share might be eternal, a token symbolizing it is doomed. Hundreds of locks linked around panels of city bridges will …

Coping with Kids: Gear up and get powered

By Tribune-Review
These items are designed to help you get the most use out of your electronic gadgets. DualTek Extreme Shock Case for Samsung Galaxy S5: (PureGear) The new DualTek case fits like a glove, doesn’t get in the way of taking …

Living with Children: Older rules might be worth a new try

By John Rosemond
As the old parenting point of view fell out of fashion beginning in the late 1960s, the vernacular that accompanied it all but completely disappeared. Today’s parents don’t say to their children the sorts of things parents said to children …

Shadyside’s A Fair in the Park arts-and-crafts fest marks ‘benchmark year’

By Deborah Weisberg
An annual celebration of the arts and one last hurrah of summer is set for Sept. 5 through 7, when A Fair in the Park …

Dogs get blues when youngsters go back to school

By The Associated Press
Young people aren’t the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front …