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Ex-etiquette: You're not in this alone

I'm divorced and my son lives a week with his mother and a week with me. He is in the 6th grade. He recently got in trouble at school for using a racial slur and insulted one of his best friends. Evidently, he saw a comedy routine on YouTube and thought to repeat it. I talked to the principal and his friend's mother and now he's grounded and without a phone. I'm trying to be a good parent. What's good ex-etiquette?

Family

Ask Mr. Dad: Playing the role

Dear Mr. Dad. My husband and I have two-year-old twins – a girl and a boy – and we both love spending time with them. But I've noticed that he and I have very different styles, in several ways. We do different activities with the kids. And I've also noticed that I do a better job of treating the kids the same, while he treats our son very differently than our daughter. What's the best way to play with a toddler? And isn't it better to play with the two kids in exactly the same way?

Family

Chris Erskine: Easter with exploding eggs, rogue Russians

When the kids were really young, we used to have the best Easters. I'd dress up like Jesus and they'd dress like little Roman soldiers and chase me around the yard. Insert your own symbolism if you like, but I caution you not to jump to conclusions. Many families have their special traditions.

Home & Garden

Want to clean your home without hurting the planet? Here's where to start

Personal hygiene and a clean home prevent the spread of germs, which is essential to our health, yet the majority of household cleaning products contain chemical ingredients with adverse health effects that also harm the environment. Some brands even contain cancer-causing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene. How's that for a doozy of a catch-22? Although it sounds like a pretty bleak situation, there are many organic household cleaning products and brands that help you scrub away the dirt without leaving an even bigger metaphorical mess behind.

Family

App review: Bethesda Pinball, inventive spin based on popular games is fun and addictive

Parents need to know that Bethesda Pinball is a trio of video game pinball machines that are inspired by the games "Doom," "The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim," and the ones in the "Fallout" series. While there's some dark imagery, there are no acts of violence, nor is there any inappropriate content. Each table is sold separately, and as a group, but players can also download the app for free and pick one table to play when connected to the internet. They can then use in-game currency to play rounds on the other two tables, with that currency either won by beating other players' scores, or by purchasing currency with real-world money. Players can also buy temporary boosts that will give them even more currency when they win. Read the app's privacy policy in the "Legal Resources" section of the game's "Options" menu or on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

Videos

We tried Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino (so you don't have to)

Tribune staffers were curious about the new Unicorn Frappuccino, which changes colors and flavors with a stir of the straw. Here are our thoughts on the limited-time Starbucks drink. It will be available through April 23, 2017.
Gabby Ferreira The Tribune
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We tried Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino (so you don't have to)

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Take a tour of a remodeled 1903 Paso Robles hilltop cottage

The story behind Firestone Walker Brewing Co. 2:09

The story behind Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Baby goats and wine at yoga class? We're not kidding 2:11

Baby goats and wine at yoga class? We're not kidding