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With great toys comes great fun - especially when you combine two childhood favorites: building and super heroes.

CHICAGO - Sunlight fills Kahmani Jefferson's bedroom, illuminating the stuffed animals hung above his bed and along the walls.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he never intended to hurt his 4-year-old son when he hit him with a tree branch. But experts in childhood development said the intent doesn't matter, striking a child is never appropriate.

What will you do with your one sweet life? Do you ever ask yourself that question?

Dear Mr. Dad: My baby just turned one and I went to pick him up a little early from his daycare to celebrate. When I got there, the kids were crawling around but the TV was on and tuned to some kind of reality show. I asked the sitter why, and she said "So what?" and told me that the TV is often on in the background and that it's no big deal. My gut says she's wrong. But before I fire her, I need something to back me up. What's so bad about TV?

My friend who is a nurse now cleans her own office. In a cost cutting move, the powers that be reduced housekeeping services throughout the hospital. Now, in addition to scrambling to see to patients and process vast amounts of paperwork, my friend or one of her co-workers now lug a vacuum to work once a week.

I'm not one to indulge in nostalgia, yet I'm intrigued by all those old pictures that keep popping up in my social media feeds. You know the ones - pre-digital photos that are stamp-dated by bouffant hairdos and bushy sideburns. Photos that, before they were uploaded and posted, tagged and shared, were stripped from a yellowing page of an ancient scrapbook.

Q: My 23-month-old son does well with potty training when we're at home. We use a "potty bell" and he goes every 90 minutes or so. When we're away from home, however, he seems clueless. He pees in his car seat about 5 minutes into a trip and simply will not use a potty anywhere but at our home or at my mother's (she watches him one day a week at her place). Would pull-ups be a bad thing to use when we leave the house?

My ex and I have been sharing our children's time equally ever since we broke up five years ago. We have a daughter, 14, and a son, 11. We have both remarried and both of us have a healthy relationship with our ex's new partner. However, my daughter has been very moody lately and just recently confided that she doesn't want to go back and forth every few days as we have always done. I have had two other children with whom she is very close, and she misses them when she's at her dad's. My son, however, wants to keep the schedule the same. Should we split up the kids? What's good ex-etiquette?

Closed eyes, wrinkled clothes, goofy smiles, no smiles - these are all flops familiar to school picture day, a day that should be every kid's time to shine.

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