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Most popular baby names of 2018

The parenting website BabyCenter released its list of top baby names for 2018 based on responses of more than 742,000 parents. Many names from 2017 returned to the list. See if your baby's (or future baby's) name cracked the top 5.

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Ask Mr. Dad: Joint custody – even for toddlers – is the best option

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I are getting divorced. She has filed for sole custody of our two children, ages 2 and 4. I've always been a very involved dad and my wife knows how important my kids are to me. I asked why she's asking for sole custody and she says that her lawyers told her that it's better for young children to be with their mothers and that spending overnights with fathers can cause all sorts of mental health and behavioral problems. If that's truly what's best for my children, I'm willing to go along with her having full custody, but my gut tells me that she and her lawyer are wrong. Can you help?

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Ex-etiquette: Is it legal to keeps kids from being with dad?

Q: My wife and I broke up recently. She moved out, took the kids with her and has kept them away for two months. I had to move in with my parents but there's plenty of room for the kids. I can't imagine not seeing them on Christmas, even for a couple of hours. Is this legal? What's good ex-etiquette?

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Living with Children: Standing firm on childrearing practices of the ’50s

A Wisconsin pediatrician wants his newspaper to eject my column, giving as one of his complaints that I hew "to the idea that the world of the 1950s was the be-all and end-all of parenting/childrearing, and that if we were to return to that era with the good-old practices of our grandparents, our children would reap the benefits." The good doctor then claims that my traditionalist point of view is not supported by evidence. As "evidence" that his assessment of me is correct, he refers to Huffington Post review of one of my books in which the reviewer claims that I do not believe child and teen suicide, gender-identity issues, or drug abuse existed in the 1950s, all of which is news to me.

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App review: Silly Street Learn & Play, terrific app builds character onscreen and off

Parents need to know that Silly Street Learn & Play is an educational app based on a physical game that aims to build character through play. Kids can play solo or with up to 6 players and either read the directions or turn on the sound for narration. The free game includes six card packs that target empathy, curiosity, adaptability, and other character skills through entertaining tasks. The prompts on the cards encourage kids to express themselves and explore their creative side through jokes, movement, storytelling, and song. It's up to the players to input whether or not they successfully complete the task on each card or when playing with others, who should receive points after completing a contest card. A scoreboard keeps track of each player's progress. If parents want more information or to buy more cards, they can visit the parent portal which offers information about character development and allows them to purchase additional digital card packs or the physical Silly Street board game. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

Ho ho, oh no: Santa slammed through table at Bills-Lions tailgate

A Detroit Lions fan was thrown into the Christmas spirit at a New Era Field tailgate party in New Orchard, New York, on Sunday, December 16, by dressing as Santa Claus before being body slammed onto a table.