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Parents @ Play: Unplugged play

Whether you're searching for something to do as a family, or something that will keep the kids busy, it's often hard to find activities or games that don't have screens, need batteries, or have to be plugged in. Fortunately, there are still plenty of non-screen, non-electronic options out there.

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Chris Erskine: This Father's Day, let's just play ball

Mother's Day is sort of astral, all violins and choirs, fancy brunches and armfuls of flowers. That's OK, because mothers are God's greatest work. Sunsets, mountain lakes and Willie Mays are right up there. But to see where God got it pixel perfect, just look at your average mama – a masterpiece in yoga pants and a sweater she probably bought on sale.

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As Father's Day approaches, a vintage Old Spice bottle sheds new light on my departed dad

Old Spice, the de facto scent profile of American dadness, turns 80 this year, which makes it, well, old. This doesn't come as too much of a surprise since the men's grooming brand, with its memorable nautical-themed advertising campaigns, buoy-shaped fragrance bottles and assorted soaps-on-a-rope (shapes over the years included a compass rose and a scrimshaw-decorated whale tooth), always seemed to register at least a generation older than its target demographic.

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Living with Children: Should 15-year-old daughter get private time with 20-year-old boyfriend? NO!

Q: Our 15-year-old daughter has told us she's in love with a 20-year-old guy who is in the Army and intending to make the Army his career. We've met him, and he is extremely respectful and well-mannered, and has told us he's in love with her. We've made it clear to both of them that for the time being at least, they may meet in our home, when we are home, and nowhere else. He is fine with that, he says, and seems sincere. Our daughter, however, is not fine with that. She wants the freedom to see him whenever and wherever. She says we don't trust her, which is only half-true. Even though he says he doesn't want physical intimacy until he's married, we know from personal experience how easy it is for young people to get carried away. Her emotionality over this (along with the fact that we actually like him) is causing us to think that perhaps we should allow some meetings away from our home. What are your thoughts?

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Social Security: Social Security supports people battling cancer

In 2018, more than 1 million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. On June 3, 2018, we observe National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social Security encourages getting checkups to provide early detection, raise awareness through education, and recognize the survivors who have gone through this battle or are still living with the disease.

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App review: PlantSnap Plant Identification is a terrific tool that helps kids identify flowers and plants

Parents need to know that PlantSnap Plant Identification helps identify plants or flowers using a single photo. The developers say the app is part of an effort to "catalog and recognize every plant species on the planet." After a user takes a photo of the plant or flower that they want to identify, the app generates the common names of potential options, and the likely percentage match of each. Users can accept or deny the app's suggestions. It also lists plants' species names and global locations. Users can save all of their snapshots in a self-made catalog. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Game review: 'Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido' is fun, fast, over-the-top puzzler

Parents need to know that "Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido" is an action/puzzle game available for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS game systems. Players set out on a quest to save their land from oppression through the mastery of the lost art of "Sushido." Players battle by throwing stacks of empty sushi plates at their opponents, using various magic powers to boost their abilities. The game has a simple premise, but the controls can take quite a bit of time to get used to, especially when using a controller as opposed to a touchscreen. The game does feature some scenes of mild, cartoonish violence over the course of the story, with some characters shown visibly hurt, but never showing any blood or graphic injury.

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Everything you need to know about Snapchat

If you have tweens or teens, you know about Snapchat. And if you can't figure out how it works, you're probably over 25. One of the most popular social media apps out there, Snapchat gives kids and teens what they really want: a simple way to share everyday moments while simultaneously making them look awesome. And unlike Facebook and Twitter, which record and broadcast everything you do, Snapchat uses messages that are meant to disappear (learn more about how they actually don't). Like so many social media apps, Snapchat is a mixed bag, so it's a good idea to understand how it works, how your kids use it and how much time they spend on it so you can make sure their experiences are positive.