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These dwindling days of summer in the South have been sizzlers. As one of our daughters said, "It's been a good week - for putting your head in the freezer."

Few columns have inspired the outpouring of feedback like my recent column, "A clean break on messy room problem," in which, upon the advice of psychologist Wendy Mogel, I vowed to plant a (proverbial) white flag of surrender outside my daughter's bedroom.

In an era when just about everyone over the age of two has a room full of electronic devices, it can be hard for families to find ways to spend quality time together (meaning everyone is actually looking at everyone else). It's especially tough if the kids are careening toward adolescence. This week we review four really fun games for families with kids eight and up. No batteries, chargers, or Internet connection required.

In the least surprising news of the decade, government officials announced recently that it's expensive to raise a kid.

With the frenzy of fall fast approaching, let's consider the idea of down time. Of vacation, of time off and time out, of leisure, retreat and well-deserved break.

My boyfriend and I have been living together for two years. My son is 12 and his daughter is 6. His daughter wants my son to do things her way and gets very upset when he doesn't - but he's 12 and really doesn't want to listen to a bossy 6-year-old. My boyfriend complains that my son is causing his daughter to behave badly, and it's causing us huge problems. My son is threatening to go live with his father. I'm at a loss. What's good ex-etiquette?

With the frenzy of fall fast approaching, let's consider the idea of down time. Of vacation, of time off and time out, of leisure, retreat and well-deserved break.

I've got a bruise on my arm made by a woolly mammoth. It came running out of nowhere and stabbed me with its tusks.

Dear Mr. Dad: School is starting and my 11-year-old daughter is pretty stressed out. She's always excited about the new school year and she'd been talking all summer about how much she was looking forward to school, but all of a sudden, she's saying she doesn't want to go. What can I do to help her?

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