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Back to school: Know the warning signs of bullying

For many children, the start of a new school year can be very stressful, especially if they’ve been victims of bullying in the past. Mayo Clinic Children’s Center psychologist Dr. Bridget Biggs says parents and caregivers should know the warning signs. “If your child is reluctant to go to school, stressed after spending time online or avoids social situations, he or she may be being bullied.” Dr. Biggs points out that the consequences of bullying can be serious. Victims are at increased risk of depression, anxiety, sleep problems, self-harm, poor grades and, in rare cases, suicide.

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Garden products for fall plant ideas outside and inside

Autumn approaches, and whether you’re a serious gardener or the putz-around-the-yard-on-weekends variety, it’s nice to be able to extend the growing season into fall and beyond through new products. And for those who simply want to get this summer behind them and move on, there are tools to facilitate the process.

SoulCycle founders are peddling fun in the gym

The gig: Julie Rice, 45, and Elizabeth Cutler, 48, are co-founders of SoulCycle, a chain of indoor cycling gyms that has pioneered a new generation of pay-per-class luxury studios where the exercise is only part of an experience (think candles and stylish gym wear). The company has 46 locations and employs 1,500 people. SoulCycle’s combination of fitness and fun — crammed into 45-minute classes — has gained a devoted following around the country. SoulCycle filed to go public in July. In securities filings, the company reported net income of $26.5 million last year, up 42 percent from $18.6 million in 2013. Revenue shot up nearly 50 percent to $112 million in 2014.

Living with Children: Over-indulged 5-year-old needs ‘Vitamin N’

A father tells me that he tries to give his son, age five and an only child, everything he wants because he wants his son to be happy. But he’s not. He’s petulant, moody, often sullen and is having problems getting along with other children. Furthermore, he doesn’t seem to appreciate anything his parents do for him. He’s very demanding but not at all thankful for the riches that have been bestowed on him. Oh, and one more thing: he generally ignores his parents when they speak to him.

Dishes that bring out the best in tomatoes

A chef friend once told me that his favorite food is a perfect, ripe tomato. It’s hard to argue with that. A tomato has it all: a startling amount of flavor packed into a drop-dead gorgeous package. Soft, but not too soft. Firm, but not too firm. Just juicy enough. And when cooked, it goes great with spaghetti. For that matter, you don’t have to cook tomatoes for them to go great with spaghetti.

Pack to school: What do professional chefs pack for their kids?

Restaurant chefs are like every other parent when it comes to wanting to give their children specially prepared, tasty and healthy school-box lunches. But they have an advantage because of their professional background and access to a variety of foods, and can almost pull off anything when it comes to pleasing their child’s palate.