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Ask Mr. Dad: Putting together a co-parenting plan

Dear Mr. Dad: My husband and I are getting divorced. Unfortunately, we're so angry at each other that we can no longer even be in the same room together. Fortunately, despite our anger, we still understand how important each of us is to our children – and how important our children are to each of us. Do you think we'll be able to come up with a parenting plan that works for everyone? And if so, how do we do that?

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Ex-etiquette: Understanding shared custody

My husband and I share custody of his two young daughters. I also have kids from my prior relationship – one is in middle school and the other in high school. My husband's daughters see their mother every other weekend, so she doesn't have much influence on them, but each time they come home, they are terrible. It takes me days to straighten them out. What's good ex-etiquette?

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Living with Children: To spank, or, not to – here we go again

Four sentences into her Wall Street Journal article on recent research into spanking ("Spanking for Misbehavior? It Causes More!" December 17, 2017), the author, Susan Pinker, makes two grievous errors: first, she says that children under 7 cannot master their emotions; second, she says a fair amount of misbehavior on the part of a young child distinguishes him from a robot.

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Game review: 'Shooty Fruity,' super fun virtual reality shooter is a blast for kids

Parents need to know that "Shooty Fruity" is a downloadable virtual reality first person shooter. In it, you blast fruit that are attacking you while working at a supermarket. Its humorous premise and cartoon graphics make it very unrealistic, but parents should know it does require using multiple weapons to explode this fruit. Parents should be aware, too, that virtual reality equipment makers don't recommend VR experiences for kids under 12 due to the potential impact the technology may have on younger players' physiological development.

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