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Most kids growing up today have significantly less freedom than their parents did during childhood, according to a new Slate.com survey that asked 6,000 parents what sorts of activities they allow.

CHICAGO - From the porch of her suburban Lombard home, Audrey Albright watched a sedan roll to a stop as the driver peered at an unusual display in Albright's front yard: dozens of spray-painted Styrofoam tombstones and three banners decrying the toll of drug overdose deaths.

The days may be getting shorter and the nights a little cooler, but we're not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. Here are some great activities that can help your family make the most of every minute between now and the day school starts.

My ex and I have been divorced for 5 years. We share custody of our two kids, ages 10 and 11. The kids spend a week at my house and a week at his. We have co-parented really well together-until recently. He just got married and she's taking over. For example, I pick the kids up everyday after school, he comes to get them after work on his weeks. Now that they are married she picks them up from school on his weeks and I don't see them for a week! She's changing everything and is acting like their mother and it's really making me angry. This can't be good ex-etiquette!

I get a lot of odd requests. This was the first of its kind.

Wait! Didn't I just finish doing a switcheroo of all my passwords?

Our daughter-in-law just bought a new car seat for their oldest who is 5. The child will be safe and secure, which of course every parent and grandparent wants. But with a few more car seat purchases like this, the kid can kiss higher education goodbye.

I sat one afternoon recently in the back yard of this house where we've lived 17 years, content to just listen to the sounds of my children wafting through the open window.

Dear Mr. Dad: I can hardly believe that summer is almost over. It's been a tough year, financially for our family, and I've been putting off doing the back-to-school shopping for my three kids (14, 10, and 5). But at this point I don't really have a choice. Any tips on how to get it done efficiently and, hopefully, save a little money?

So I'm watching a preview for a new TV show called "Extreme Guide to Parenting." And it shows a mom spraying her children in the face with some sort of mist from a bottle. The children wince and cough. And I cannot even begin to guess what she is spraying them with � or why.

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