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    This news makes me so, so heartbroken. Apparently "selfie" is 2013's word of the year, according to the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary, beating out "twerk," the runner-up, "schmeat," and "bitcoin." Yes, this year, the words vying for this oh so coveted title were "selfie" and "twerk." How much more terrifying can it get?

    "It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet," Oxford Dictionaries said on its blog. "If it is good enough for the Obamas or the pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year."

    As a self-proclaimed word nerd, this truly hurts the inner workings of my soul. I can't think of an exercise in vanity and egomania more annoying or frustrating than the selfie. OED claims the use of the selfie has risen 17,000 percent in frequency over the past 12 months. One cursory glance through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever, and you can see how this is most definitely the case.

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    Doctors in Finland are prescribing video games as an alternative to drugs like Ritalin for patients -- including countless children -- who have been diagnosed with ADHD. The concept, backed by research, involves doctors first analyzing a person's brain, discovering with parts are too active or not active enough, and then creating games for them that stimulate that part of the brain. The idea is if you spend time each day training the brain to think the right way, you can get the brain to think that way more often. 

    It's an out-of-the-box idea that seems too simple to be true -- but comes at a time when we desperately need it. 

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    It's not a stretch to say that nearly every parent under the age of 60 has a Facebook page or engages in some sort of social media. But what if the administrators at your child's school are monitoring your social media messages? And what if they found something they didn't like and then banned you from your child's school, even if you haven't actually broken a law? It happened to one Georgia mom and there was nothing she could do about it. During this week's Moms Matter Google Hangout, we discuss whether this principal overstepped her bounds or if it's necessary to be hypervigilant in these violent and dangerous times. Check it out.

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    Oy vey. As an iPhone addict, I usually roll my eyes when I hear someone complaining about how too many people are missing out on life by keeping their eyes glued to their screens. But in one case, a life may have been saved had a few people been paying attention to their surroundings instead of playing Candy Crush.

    On a crowded commuter train in San Francisco last month, a man was caught on a surveillance camera waving a gun around several times, before randomly shooting and killing a university student.

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    The following is a post from our sponsor, GoGo SqueeZ.

    Between homework, activities, and chores around the house, kids have plenty to do in the afternoon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t carve out a little time for them to have fun and decompress when they get home. So, help them find ways to recharge. At GoGo squeeZ, we’re all about good, old-school, awesome playtime. Here’s our top 10 list of songs that make us want to get up and dance. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you and your family to do the same.

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    Oh man, this is such a classic, you guys. Wait until you get a load of this video of a little boy's reaction to the iOS 7 update from Apple, because he pretty much sums up how most people are feeling about it.

    Honestly, people are buzzing so much about how different iOS 7 is that I'm actually terrified to make the switch. And based on how this precious kid took the news, I'm thinking maybe I should hold off for a bit longer.

    Get ready to HOWL.

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    We were sitting outside a restaurant enjoying a mother/daughter meal when my 8-year-old pointed to a girl at another table with her eyes wide. Perched on a bench was a girl about my daughter's age, a cellphone in a pink jeweled case in her hands. I didn't even let her start a sentence before I dropped my bomb, "You're not getting one."

    She looked at me, a little wounded. It turns out she was just going to comment on how rude the girl was for using her cellphone at the table. Pheww! My kid has manners!

    But she's still not getting her own cellphone. Not for a loooooong time.

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    Right around the time I started having kids, portable DVD players for the backseat of your car became a big thing. A lot of minivans and SUVs even had screens installed right in the vehicles themselves! That’s fine for other people, I thought sanctimoniously to myself, but my kids are going to learn to entertain themselves.

    This morning, I caved. My elementary-aged daughters watched the pilot episode of Gummy Bears on the way to school, and they loved it. In between fighting traffic and reminiscing about my own childhood (because hi, it was Gummy Bears, and I had forgotten all about Gummy Berry Juice), I thought about one of my favorite quotes: You can’t change the wind, but you can adjust your sails.

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    A mom in Detroit found herself in some hot water after completely blowing her stack inside a cell phone store, and unfortunately for her, the embarrassing meltdown was all caught on tape. 

    The mom in question, identified only as Stephanie, was so angry because she claims the store sold her son a damaged phone. She tried to return it in the original box accompanied by the receipt two weeks later but was told the return-by date had passed and there was nothing the store could do. That's when she not-so-quietly lost her mind.

    We've all gotten frustrated when dealing with customer service, but I think it's fair to say most of us have managed to keep our pants on.

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    Remember this?You know what makes me feel old? Seeing "USB drive" on the back to school supplies list for my elementary school student. Back in my day (after I walked uphill two miles to school), the only electronics we ever needed were those bulky graphing calculators with so many buttons I never did learn what they all do.

    But the times they are a changing. Kids these days need more than pencils and erasers when they head back to school -- they need high tech gear. Over at The Prowl, we've been rounding up some of the coolest, "high-techiest" back to school gear out there. Here's a few of our favorites ...

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