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Ex-etiquette: Making plans together crucial for 6-year-old's sleeping habits

Q. My child's father and I broke up about a year and a half ago and it has been very traumatic for our son, age 6 – so much so that he asks to sleep in my bed every night. His father says he's just fine at his house and sleeps in his own bed, but at my house he cries and gets very stressed out before bed. Now he's telling me he doesn't want to go to his dad's. What's good ex-etiquette?

Family

Living with Children: Stay the course when giving out discipline

Q: Our 18-year-old daughter is a month away from high school graduation and she is failing nearly every class! About six months ago, she took up with a group of young adults who are less than desirable, to say the least. Some of them are dropouts. I suspect drugs and alcohol. The more we tried to prevent her from running with this lowly bunch, the more rebellious she became. Finally, in desperation, we took her car and her smartphone away and told her she can't have them back until she possesses a high school diploma. If she fails to graduate, she can go to summer school or get a G.E.D. from our community college. She says she's not even going to go to school at all until we give her the car and phone back. And she adamantly refuses counseling. Help!

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Playing dolls with your daughter will help her, and you

Dear Mr. Dad: A few years ago, I read an article you wrote about why dads should play with their daughters. My husband is a pretty traditional guy and has a real problem playing with our four-year old the way she wants to play – meaning tea parties and dolls – not the way he does – meaning sports and superheroes. How can I encourage him to get over himself and do what's best for her?

Travel

A guide to Paris for repeat visitors

"Where are the fan dancers?" I wondered aloud as I descended into a cave-like nightclub-cum-cabaret on the Left Bank. My friends and I sat down across from one another at a long table that spanned the rock-walled room. It was after midnight, and save for one other tipsy group, we had the place to ourselves.

Family

How one metro Detroit couple survived 70 years of marriage

Sophia George, 88, and always the life of the party, was even more radiant than usual in a midnight blue gown with metallic gold and silver accents, her eyes sparkling as she hugged her guests and welcomed them in; later that night she would lead a conga line through the banquet hall.

Videos

Preparation Is Key For Allergy Season in Merced County

Springtime brings sunshine and warm breezes – but also misery for millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. Lily Pien, M.D., explains how being prepared can put you on the road to relief. Credit: Cleveland Clinic
Preparation Is Key For Allergy Season in Merced County 1:26

Preparation Is Key For Allergy Season in Merced County

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Best Buy manager responds to negative, trolling comments on viral WiiU gift video

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Kid surprised with WiiU as an early Christmas gift from Best Buy employees

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School stories, a new Sun-Star column from Sara Sandrik