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App review: Survivalcraft, suspenseful sandbox adventure has iffy content in community mode

Parents need to know that Survivalcraft is extremely similar to Minecraft but might be scarier for some. This game includes lightning fires that destroy creations, man-eating sharks and killer whales, and animals being struck and killed by weapons. Kids can play in single-player mode - which means they see only their own creations - or they can get content from other players in the Community Content area, in which content isn't filtered and totally dependent on what the user chooses to build and write. If a player sees inappropriate content made by other players, it can be reported. Read the app's privacy policy to learn about the types of information collected and shared.

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Game review: Excellent art software teaches kids how to draw Disney characters

Parents need to know that "Disney Art Academy" - a joint effort between Disney and Nintendo - encourages kids to draw their favorite Disney and Pixar characters, or draw whatever they like in Free Paint mode. There aren't protagonists in the game, but players are tasked with drawing characters in a loose story mode. There isn't any inappropriate content parents needs to worry about, but players will be exposed to multiple characters that have vast merchandising.

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Ask Mr. Dad: Dueling with doulas

Dear Mr. Dad: Our baby is due in a few months and all of my wife's friends are recommending that we hire a doula as a birth companion. What are doulas and what do they do? More important, will a doula try to take over? My baby is being born and I want to be there for the birth.

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Living with Children: 'Puzzled Grandma' has right to be

"Puzzled Grandma in the South" recently wrote to "Dear Abby" asking "Why is there so much angst today over raising children, especially in young mothers?" Grandma has observed that moms of her generation (baby boomers) did not agonize over raising kids, and neither did her mother or grandmother. She also rightly points out that today's moms seem to lean a lot on expert advice, which she thinks is "a bunch of nonsense." Ironically, I agree.

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Ex-etiquette: Develop an exit plan for Nanny

Q: My fiance has a very high-powered job with a work schedule that requires a lot of overtime. His children have had the same nanny since they were babies. She currently works in my fiance's home when he has the kids - a week with dad and a week with mom. I also have two children, and have always been a stay at home mom. I would like to continue to stay home with the kids after I move in, but that means there will be no need for a nanny - and that presents a problem. I get along well with my fiance's ex and his children and the last thing I want to do is upset everyone. Are we making the right decision to let the nanny go? What's good ex-etiquette?

Home & Garden

Home Fix: Dark streaks on roof shingles

Q: Lately I've noticed dark streaks on my roof shingles as well as other roofs in the neighborhood. The roof is about 12 years old and is in good condition. Can you tell me what the streaks are and if they will damage the roof?

Health Care

Speaker to talk about plant-based diet

The Palmetto Plant Eaters club, a PlantPure Nation pod group that meets monthly, will be hosting Dr. Eric Bunge as its guest speaker at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton.

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: Datura gives arid elegance

As the last hint of spring cool vanishes, white trumpets begin to stud the roads and dry washes of the West. They are large and amazingly fragile upon a dark-mounded plant quite common in this brutal climate. A nightshade of world renowned, wild datura is popping up in drought-stricken gardens of the West, flowering like a gift from nature. Formerly maligned as weeds, the great white trumpets are welcome elegance in a rugged dry garden.

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Plumber: Dramatic colors for new kitchen

Q: Hi Ed, thanks for having a plumbing advice column since it's always helpful to have a second opinion. We are remodeling our kitchen and our designer has suggested that we install a cast-iron kitchen sink with a very deep/dark color. While I have been excited to see some color samples, I am a little cautious. Can you please give me some Ed info on installing kitchen sinks with very dark colors?

Home & Garden

Style at Home: Light it up! Brilliant lighting makes a room

I get pretty wired when I talk about lighting, because lamps and light fixtures are key statement makers in a room, critical components of a well-designed interior space. Today's designers are pushing the boundaries, tapping into their reservoirs of 100-watt creativity to fashion lighting that truly makes a space brilliant.

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Educational sites offer activities, videos, quizzes

For elementary school-age kids who are diving into a variety of topics and practicing new skills, websites are a great place for them to find engaging worlds where the learning often comes with a light touch and lots of fun. And unlike apps, which often focus on one skill or subject, websites can offer a wider selection of games and activities in a one-stop shop. Many websites are also at least free to try - if not totally free - which makes them a good bet for kids and parents. Check out our selections to find the right fit for your kid's interests and age.

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