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Mt. Lebanon couple’s website helps shoppers find that perfect gift

By Rachel Weaver
Everyone’s been there. It’s the last minute. The stores are mayhem. The choices are overwhelming. Suddenly, that display of gift cards near the checkout starts ...

Greensburg rabbi’s dreidel collection tops 600

By Deborah Weisberg
When she bought her first dreidel decades ago, Rabbi Sara Perman — then a high-school student — had no idea it would spin into the ...

Coping with Kids: Pillowcase fit for a little princess

By Tribune-Review
The Hair Fairy, a new line of customized satin pillowcases for girls age 3 and older, takes the tangle out of morning hair. More mature princesses have known about the benefits of sleeping on satin pillowcases for years. Satin maintains ...

Auction Watch: Leechburg auction house ends 2014 with rare coins, banknotes

By John Altdorfer
With the height of the holiday season upon us, auction selections come up short in the weeks ahead, with just one event at Smith’s Antique ...

It’s time for moms to stop holding kids’ hands

By John Rosemond
Q uestion: My buddy’s wife walks their 11-year-old into the classroom each day. Then she takes out his assignments and helps him get ready. We’re talking about a very capable kid who has no “issues” at all. My ...

Ex-etiquette: Dad say no to Mom taking kids to grandpa’s

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My ex and I share equal custody of our twin 6-year-old boys. They are close to my father, with whom I recently had a falling out over a business deal. I’m so angry I don’t want the kids ...

Don’t drive yourself crazy with holiday parking

By Chicago Tribune
Sick of the holidays yet? Well, at least, you’ve got your shopping finished, right? Ho-ho-ho. Yes, it’s time to head for the mall, where your first challenge is parking. Some advice from the experts — Roy Nielsen, the security traffic captain at ...

Hax: A breakup shakes up reader’s holidays

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: A few days ago, I had this nagging feeling that something was up with my boyfriend of two years. I asked him, and he said he had been wanting to break ...

Monthly gathering lets Western Pa.’s reptile lovers bond

By Ed Phillips
When Joanne George’s children wanted reptiles for pets, one word came to her mind: “Ew.” Much has changed since that first impression for George, who ...

Lots of ways to gift your Pittsburgh love over holidays

By Joe Wos
Yinzers love their city, and their gifts reflect that. But Dad already has the holy trinity of sports ties (Pirates, Penguins, Steelers), and Mom has ...

Book program connects kids with Jewish values

By Rex Rutkoski
Mail call has taken on a new level of excitement for many Jewish children in the Pittsburgh area. That’s because their parents have enrolled them in ...

The Word Guy: We might get obsessive about double possessive

By Rob Kyff
Question: Which is correct: “He’s a friend of Bill” or “He’s a friend of Bill’s”? — Joe Summers,  Lawrenceville, N.J. If Hillary Clinton runs for president, this could become a common question. Strict grammarians condemn “a friend of Bill’s” as ...

Hax: Couple needs to make decisions as a team

By Carolyn Hax
Dear Carolyn: My husband, kids and I split Thanksgiving and Christmas between the two sides of our families. This year, Christmas is with his family. My family lives many states away, and holidays involve people coming from all ...

Warning: Scooters, other toys may be hazardous to kids

By The Los Angeles Times
Toy-related injuries involving American children have jumped about 40 percent since 1990, according to a new analysis of hospital data. In 1990, infants, toddlers, children and teens were being injured at a rate of 18.9 per 10,000. By 2011, that rate ...

Rise in toddlers wearing glasses due to improvements in vision screening

By Kellie B. Gormly
Little Matteo’s right eye was turning inward and getting stuck, and the condition was worsening every day. His parents — Hilary and Matt Meurer of the ...

Pittsburgh hosting Chabad Women’s Convention Retreat that emphasizes faith, friendship

By Rachel Weaver
For years, Chanie Rosenblum hoped her hometown would again host an annual event aimed at uniting women through faith and friendship. When a call came ...

Coping with Kids: Chips off the old blocks

By Tribune-Review
One of our absolute favorite categories of toys is building systems. They’re a great family activity, they appeal to kids of all ages, and they’re wonderful for developing hand-eye coordination, thinking and other skills. Here are three we know you’ll ...

Living with Children: There are the rules for being good parent

By John Rosemond
Despite the conclusion one might reach after reading the latest issue of any popular parenting magazine, the job of parent is actually quite simple; so simple that I can describe the entire ball of wax in about 15 column inches. ...

Latest fashion in faux jewelry: Metallic tattoos

By The Orange County Register
From across the room, they appear to be gold and silver bracelets that fit snugly on a wrist or necklaces that rest against the collarbone. But, up close, you realize you’re looking at optical illusions: The jewelry is actually a ...

How to take a great family photo

By The Washington Post
So, if you haven’t been organized enough to tick the holiday family photo off your to-do list, these tips will help you get a photo that is picture-perfect. Set the stage. Have a plan before you drag everyone into the ...