Game update: 'Mobius Final Fantasy' gets Lightning in new 'Final Fantasy XIII' collaboration

"Mobius Final Fantasy" is about to get an extra dose of JRPG goodness: developer Square Enix has announced a new collaboration between the mobile title and "Final Fantasy XIII" that will see the latter game's protagonist Lightning making a special in-game appearance as an all-new Ultimate Hero. The collaboration coincides with the one-year anniversary of "Mobius Final Fantasy," and players can check out a trailer for the new collaboration, here


Parents @ Play: Get outa here!

Okay, so the days are getting a little shorter, but that doesn't mean the end of entertaining, outdoor play. With these great new toys, you and your kids can have open-air fun 'til the sun goes down – and long after.


App review: Leela Kids, terrific, free repertoire of kid-friendly podcasts

Parents need to know that Leela Kids – Best Audio Content for 3-15 Yr. Olds, is a podcast-aggregating app for kids. This free app organizes kid-centric science podcasts, such as Wow in the World (by NPR), brains on!, and StarTalk Radio; music podcasts, including Ear Snacks and Classics for Kids; children's stories, such as Stories Podcast; relaxation audio stories; and more. Apps are organized by categories and age groups (3-5, 5-8, 8-12, and 12-15). Kids and parents can rate and share any podcast episode. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.


Ex-etiquette: Abusive ex unnerves her

Q: I am dating a new guy after 10 years of being with an abusive ex. By abusive, I mean he broke my jaw when I refused to make him dinner. He's very angry I've moved on (he cheated), so when I see him out and about, I cling to my boyfriend for dear life. Yesterday we were at the mall and there was my ex in the parking lot. He sees us together, I move in close for protection, and he speeds off. I don't know how to handle this. His expression scared me. Should I call him? What's good ex-etiquette?


Living with Children: As a kid, I was 'no big deal'

I am a member of the last generation of American children who were no big deal. No one made a big deal over me, ever. Not my mother, my father, or anyone else. For my parents, raising me properly was a big deal, but I was not. It may come as a shock and surprise to some readers, but the process and the person are two different things.

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Ask Mr. Dad: When to wean

Dear Mr. Dad: My baby is 4 months old and my wife has been breastfeeding her since day one. She thinks it's about time for the baby to start eating real food. What are the best foods to feed her and how do we start?


Moms Gear: Portable USB ultrasonic oil diffuser freshens air anywhere

Parents know how important scent can be; it can freshen a room or create a calming environment. Take that fresh scent on the go with NOW Solutions' Portable USB Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser. It conveniently plugs into the USB port of a laptop or even into an automobile USB port to provide a refreshing scent in any space.


5 valuable life skills and experiences that tech might be eroding (and what to do about it)

You started with the best intentions. Your kid needed a laptop for homework. Your tween needed a phone to text you after school. You wanted a Fitbit to lose a few extra pounds. But now, you look around and devices are plugged into every nook and cranny in your home. Everyone's staring, tapping, tracking. While you're grateful for things like Google Maps and Netflix that make your life easier and more fun, something feels off.


Game review: 'Destiny 2,' violent first-person online shooter promotes social play

Parents need to know that "Destiny 2" is a sci-fi first-person online shooter in which players engage in nearly nonstop combat that sees them killing countless aggressive aliens using a variety of futuristic guns and explosives. Battles are frenetic and intense, but there's no gore and the violence is directed at aliens (except in competitive multiplayer modes, where humans fight humans). Defeated enemies sometimes emit black blood before disappearing while humans bleed a small amount of red blood when injured. The player's customizable character is clearly on the side of good, fighting a grave menace to save the solar system, but it's also obvious that he or she takes pleasure from combat and shows no remorse over killing hundreds or even thousands of sentient aliens. Play is designed to promote positive social and cooperative experiences, with players able to join up with friends or strangers in most modes. Parents should also note that players can purchase certain items within the game using real-world currency.


Kitchen skills: Get kids chopping (safely)!

Learning how to cook is not only a lot of fun, it also has lifelong benefits. That's why we've teamed up with the education cooking experts at Raddish Kids to bring you a new series on kitchen skills for little chefs. First up: How to teach your kids to chop! Yes, with a real knife.


Book review: 'Say Zoop!' a joyfully noisy book for toddlers

Parents need to know that Herve Tullet ("Press Here") gives fresh life to his playful, brightly colored dots in "Say Zoop!," a highly interactive book that encourages readers to experiment with sound as they explore color, rhythm, patterns, emotions, and more. Invitations to press, shake, whisper, roar, and sing erase the boundary between books and games. It's tremendously fun to enjoy together, but far too energetic for bedtime! Simple prompts guide readers through the book, leaving plenty of room for grown-ups and children to extend the experience with their own ideas.


TV review: Marvel's 'Inhumans,' sci-fi superhero series has compelling characters and thoughtful metaphors

Parents need to know that Marvel's "Inhumans" is a series about otherworldly superheroes with super powers and their challenges. As is common on superhero dramas, battles are frequent, and can be bloody. Characters are killed onscreen; we see blood but no gore. Battles may be hand-to-hand combat, sometimes augmented with super strength or other powers, or gun battles. Language is limited to mild and infrequent oaths – "hell" – and alcohol to the occasional drinking of a beer or cocktail by adults. Two characters have sex, but all we see are their entwined feet, moving in rhythm, and hear moaning. Women and people of color have strong roles in this series, and while it's middling Marvel fare, teen superhero fans may want to check it out.