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President Obama greets guests, including fathers and their children who participate in the Becoming a Man (BAM) program at Chicago's Hyde Park Academy on Friday, June 14, 2013, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, where the president hosted a Father's Day luncheon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Most men aspire to be dads, poll finds

- Associated Press

A recent Associated Press-WE tv poll found more than eight in 10 men said they have always wanted to be fathers or think they would like to be one someday.

**FILE** Franco Ciammachilli (right) of Washington waves a rainbow flag, a symbol of gay pride, behind supporters of traditional marriage outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington as the justices began hearing two days of arguments in cases involving gay marriage on March 26, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

New York City seeking LGBT foster parents

- The Washington Times

New York City is launching a major campaign to recruit gay and lesbian foster parents and find more welcoming homes for children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, The Wall Street Journal first reported Sunday.

Students hold their position during a yoga class at Capri Elementary School in Encinitas, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Nation's kids need to get more physical: report

- Associated Press

The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core subject.

Present in spirit: A daughter's Mother's Day reflections on an eternal bond

Mother's Day, for me, while still poignant and bittersweet, is a powerful reminder of the fact that our moms don't ever really leave us — even after they've left us. They stick around and watch us grow, and they smile from somewhere (happy in heaven, I'm sure) when we bring more children into the world.

HICKS: Parents must find time away from children

- The Washington Times

We all know that having children is both indescribably satisfying but also extremely stressful. Little children are physically exhausting, big children are emotionally draining, and children of all ages are demanding and expensive. Consider this: Whatever is in the best interests of your marriage is also in the best interest of your children.

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Cardinal Wuerl delivers Easter message of Pope Francis

- The Washington Times

A standing-room-only crowd joined Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, in celebrating Easter Mass, where he explained how Pope Francis had the honor of leading the 2,000-year-old tradition for 1.2 billion Catholics around the world.

James Franco stars in "Oz the Great and Powerful"

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” does not even begin to compare with the timeless majesty of its 1939 predecessor, Victor Fleming’s “The Wizard of Oz,” which still ranks as one of the great big-screen fantasies. The good news is that Mr. Raimi’s movie doesn’t really try — and, indeed, often seems charmingly aware of its own relative shortcomings.

Nancy Jensen looks on as her son Joe, 2, gets a special treat of a little TV time on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at their home in Seattle. Ms. Jensen was a participant in a new University of Washington study on the effects of television viewing on children. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Study: Better TV might improve children's behavior

- Associated Press

Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.

HICKS: Media waste no time to display ignorance

Monday's announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will resign the papacy at the end of this month because of his increasingly frail health has revealed what we practicing Catholics in America have long understood: Our faith remains a mystery.

The Federal Trade Commission has accused Robert Titzer of false and deceptive advertising for promoting his 
"Your Baby Can Read" program in ads and product packaging as a tool to teach infants as young as 9 months to read. (AP Photo/Federal Trade Commission)

FTC: 'Your Baby Can Read' ads deceptive

- Associated Press

Many babies at 9 months old are just starting to stand up. Some take their first steps. But reading? At 9 months? Really? The Federal Trade Commission doesn't think so.