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Coping with Kids: New pacifiers helps soothe babies day and night

By Tribune-Review
Tommee Tippee’s Closer to Nature pacifiers help soothe babies day and night. At night, fumbling for the pacifier is eased with a glow-in-the-dark handle. With a nipple shaped more like a bottle nipple — and more like mom’s breast — …

Living with Children: Discipline policy fails for teacher

By John Rosemond
A first-grade teacher asks what she can do about a girl in her class who is undisciplined. After nearly two months of this teacher’s best efforts, the child’s behavior is no better. She is defiant, aggressive toward other kids and …

Feathers: To trim  or not?

By Marc Morrone
Q uestion: Our sun conure is now a year old. When we bought him as a baby, his wing feathers were trimmed so he would not fly. Now they have grown back and he is flying all over the house. …

Hax: Student wants to shift gears

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Hi, Carolyn: I’ve spent most of my life working toward a certain career. Now, in my senior year of college, with acceptance to my grad school of choice and employment for when I graduate, …

West Point grads hit the front lines of marriage in Sewickley

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Eight soldiers held sabers high above their heads to form an arch as two of their own passed underneath as a newly married bride and …

The Word Guy: Etymologist takes fresh look at ‘stalemate’

By Rob Kyff
Is “stalemate,” meaning “a deadlock,” related to “stale,” meaning “old, not fresh”? You might think so, because, as anyone who follows Congress knows, stalemates can get awfully stale after a while. In fact, “stalemate” is related not to “stale,” but …

Hax: Brother gives gifts to some, but not all, his nieces and nephews

By Carolyn Hax
Dear Carolyn: Since the holidays are approaching again: I have a brother who will give some nieces and nephews gifts in front of those he is trying to snub. The nieces and nephews are as young as 2 and up …

Arnold: How do you go about coloring your world?

By Linda Arnold
Ever notice how you feel around certain colors? For me, it’s turquoise and orange. I’m not sure why; I just feel better around these colors. So, it’s no surprise you’ll find them sprinkled throughout my closet, home and office! There …

Art Institute of Pittsburgh is offering ways to Getcreative

By Rachel Weaver
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has opened its classrooms to people looking to explore their creative sides. This quarter marked the debut of a pilot …

Paper trail: For some, print maps are still the only way to get around

By Rex Rutkoski
Don’t clean out that glove box just yet! There’s still a place for the old-school way of guiding us from point A to point B, …

Coping with kids: Halloween spy knows if you’ve been bad or good

By Tribune-Review
The latest version of “Elf on a Shelf” is a witch who watches over kids and performs a candy switch for a toy on Halloween …

Alle-Kiski Historical Society class looks at the unseen world around us

By Joyce Hanz
Ghosts, spirits, apparitions. October lends itself to all things spooky, unexplained and paranormal. Those interested in the supernatural and afterlife are invited to participate in a five-week class — After Death Communication & Ghost Hunting, hosted by Cheryl Alsippi — …

Tips: Exercise decorum in the gym

By The Washington Post
Spend enough time at the gym and you’re bound to develop some pet peeves. It’s a communal space, shared by people with idiosyncrasies that can drive others up a wall. Here are basic rules of gym etiquette to keep people …

Ex-etiquette: Son says Mom doesn’t want Dad’s girlfriend at his football games

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My ex and I broke up a year ago. Our son plays football, and my new girlfriend wants to watch his games. My son asked me not to bring her because his mom told him that she can’t …

Hax: Girlfriend says that making plans with her is low priority for beau

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: My boyfriend and I have been together for two years. We don’t live together. He and I have different visions of time together in a relationship: In previous serious relationships, I spent …

German dog sport of Treibball catches on

By The Associated Press
YOUNGSVILLE, N.C. — With shouts of “point” and “drive” from her handler, the 3-year-old German shepherd charges into the triangle of brightly colored rubber orbs, …

Mr. Dad: When kids throw out nutrition guidelines

By Armin Brott
D ear Mr. Dad: You wrote that parents shouldn’t try to force kids to eat their vegetables because it could backfire. I see the logic in having only healthy foods around the house and letting the kids decide how much …

The Word Guy: A zoo of zero-plural questions have no easy antlers

By Rob Kyff
Question: I drive a school bus, and this morning one of my seventh-graders said to me, “Monte, did you see those deers on the side of the road?” I explained to him that certain words, like “deer,” are both singular …

Wexford company Still Dreaming creates game that stresses history

By Rachel Weaver
A Pittsburgh-area company is giving children the right to have fun while learning about American history. Still Dreaming, a Wexford-based idea and business development company, …

Sailors valentines collection headed to auction in Mass.

By Alice T. Carter
Shell-work and folk-art collectors can bid on 60 pieces from Richard Mellon Scaife’s collection from his Nantucket Island home when they go to auction Oct. …