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Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Family Filmgoer’s best family films of 2012

Jane Horwitz runs down her list of the top family films of 2012.

By Jane Horwitz  |  07:05 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/02/2013

New Year’s resolution: Be a more neglectful parent

Less hovering could lead to a better relationship with your child in 2013.

By Tracy Grant  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Momspeak, Tracy Grant, parenting

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Take the kids tonight: Family-friendly New Year’s Eve activities

By On Parenting  |  02:10 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 12/28/2012

Things to do with the kids this weekend

The Going Out Guide offers its best bets for post-holiday activities for kids.

By On Parenting  |  11:21 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Going Out Guide

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Gallery: wrapping paper contest winners, finalists and adorable mentions

Take a look at the winner, finalists and adorable mentions from the annual holiday wrapping paper contest.

By On Parenting  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Take the kids this weekend: National Cathedral Children’s Christmas Pageant

Children can dress as shepherds, angels or animals and participate in the National Cathedral’s pageant.

By On Parenting  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Looking back at 2012 and saying goodbye

We take a look back at some of the year’s top stories, and a blogger says farewell.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/21/2012

Counting down the top parenting stories of the year

As we wrap up the year, let’s recap some of the most memorable stories of the past 12 months.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Sales of kids’ bulletproof backpacks soar

Body armor companies have seen sales jump by as much as 500% since Conn. school shooting.

By On Parenting  |  05:14 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Give a little gratitude this holiday season

Are your children grateful? And by ‘grateful’ I don’t mean ‘trained to say thank you for things.’

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Military day cares under investigation

The Department of Defense is investigating all its day care facilities worldwide.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:46 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childcare, Safety

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Parental denial a universal affliction

The Newtown massacre may have involved a large amount of denial from the shooter’s parents, but it turns out that many of us live in less extreme forms of delusion.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 12/18/2012

School safety at what cost?

As parents and school officials focus on improving school safety in the wake of the Newtown shooting, some experts are urging caution to not go overboard.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:36 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Are iPads a good teaching tool for toddlers?

From elsewhere in The Post: Experts are divided over whether smartphones and iPads are good for toddlers.

By On Parenting  |  11:05 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  electronic media

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Chickpeas for your little chickadees

Chickpeas are a healthful, versatile food that your kids will love.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  09:31 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Casey Seidenberg, kids and nutrition

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Newtown: A working parent’s tipping point

Could the mass murder at an elementary school make some of us consider making life changes?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  06:16 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Newtown shootings: Media coverage creates dangerous stereotypes of people with autism

Media points out there is no link between autism and violent behavior, but advocates worry that it is too late.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  04:26 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  autism spectrum disorders

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 12/17/2012

Newtown shootings: A story parents can’t control

With kids returning to school Monday, they will hear many facts and rumors about the Newtown massacre that we have been trying to shield them from.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:21 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 12/16/2012

‘I am Adam Lanza’s mother’

On parenting a violent son

By David Beard  |  10:52 AM ET, 12/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 12/15/2012

Newtown: Enough

The Newtown massacre triggers meaningful action, both personal and public.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:41 AM ET, 12/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 12/14/2012

School shooting: How parents can help their children cope

What should parents do this weekend to help their children cope with the Connecticut school shooting?

By Tracy Grant  |  04:45 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Connecticut school shooting

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/14/2012

Take the kids this weekend: Children’s Tea Party

The Textile Museum hosts a tea party with a Turkish twist on Saturday.

By On Parenting  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  going out guide

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012

Holiday advice for and from divorced parents

The holidays are a time to rejoice, but for moms and dads who are newly separated or divorced, it may feel like they have special challenge.

By Jennifer Kogan  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Telework: a perk with caveats

Employees rate teleworking options as a top benefit, but experienced home-based workers say it only works by following certain strategies.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:03 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-life balance

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Family Almanac: Girl wants to wear the same clothes every day

Marguerite Kelly gives advice on raising children of all ages.

By On Parenting  |  10:57 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Family Almanac

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Fact-checking parental ‘wisdom’

A Jeopardy champion turns his talents on time-worn, but rarely tested, parental advice

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Jenna Bush Hager: Sharing happy news loudly

Jenna Bush Hager’s couldn’t-be-more-public pregnancy announcement fits in with a trend of shouting pregnancy news from the rooftops

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:35 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pregnancy

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 12/12/2012

The comfort of Lincoln as imperfect father

The recent movie depicts the 16th president as a conflicted, inconsistent parent — just like the rest of us.

By Tracy Grant  |  12:37 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Momspeak, Tracy Grant, parenting

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012

What hath delaying childbirth wrought?

Delaying childbirth has come under a cloud lately, and a New Republic piece suggests we need to change course

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fertility

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 12/11/2012

FTC looking at new regulations for targeting children with ads on mobile technology

I don’t feel like my children, ages 8 and 6, need constant exposure to marketing.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  01:47 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  electronic media

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/11/2012

What drives the urge to spoil?

As the holidays bring out the spoiler in me, an expert in consumer psychology breaks down why parents overspend this time of year.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Shopping

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Every family is ‘abnormal’ in its own way

With gay marriage poised to be taken up by the Supreme Court, children of same-sex parents open up about their upbringing.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:39 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay parenting

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Telecommuting’s pitfalls

The new report suggests that telecommuting increases both work hours and homelife stress.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-life Balance

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Take the kids this weekend: Skippyjon Jones

A small kitten lives out his big dreams by posing as a fearless dog who sword fights.

By On Parenting  |  12:34 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/07/2012

From Local Living: Managing family holiday expectations

Experts suggest limiting the number of family activities to minimize stress during the holidays.

By On Parenting  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Parental overshares to hit the bookstore

The founder of a site that collects and publishes the most outrageous parental oversahres is coming out with a book this spring

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Electronic media, Books

Posted at 12:19 AM ET, 12/06/2012

The holidays with kids and an ex

An expert on co-parenting offers guidance on how to navigate the holidays when parents are no longer together

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:19 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marriage, Holidays

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 12/05/2012

The doubting parent’s guide to the holidays

For parents who are ambivalent about religion, the holidays can be a time of tough questions.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  05:06 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 12/05/2012

‘Expecting’ author’s top advice (hint: don’t blink)

The author of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” talks about the message she intended to send.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:43 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012

What to expect after 30 years?

The author of the seminal “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” is receiving an award from the Smithsonian and talks about how parenting has changed

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pregnancy, Books

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Sleep, the long and short of it

New research is revealing just how important sleep is for our brains.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:20 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teens

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/04/2012

Petula Dvorak on Marissa Mayer: Talking about motherhood is important

Hearing Marissa Mayer address her role as a mother is refreshing, writes columnist Petula Dvorak.

By On Parenting  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/04/2012

Fruitless negotiations aren’t just for politicians

While Washington remains deadlocked over the “fiscal cliff,” a parenting coach explains how to avoid standoffs at home.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Cauliflower is full of nutrients, just like its green cousins

They tell you white foods aren’t as good for you, but that does not include healthful cauliflower.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  05:59 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Casey Seidenberg, kids and nutrition

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Advice to a pregnant Kate

The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant. What’s your advice for a woman about to become a mother in front of the whole world?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:20 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/03/2012

Curbing holiday greed

Gift wish lists can grow more extravagant as kids get older. Here’s expert advice on combating greed.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Adults with autism tell Congress more funds needed for services

Ari Ne’eman and Michael John Carley talked passionately about the need for services for adults with autism.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  02:55 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  autism

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Take the kids this weekend: Santa fly-in

Rudolph can take the day off — Santa will arrive at the College Park Aviation Museum via aircraft.

By On Parenting  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  going out guide

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/30/2012

Taking antidepressants while pregnant: Local doctors and moms weigh in

Local doctors and mothers weigh in on the potential benefits of taking antidepressants while pregnant or postpartum.

By Jennifer Kogan  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jennifer Kogan

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Imagination Stage to present sensory-friendly performance of ‘Seussical’

The performance will be altered to make a trip to the theater more enjoyable for children with autism.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  04:42 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  autism

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Parents and Oprah agree: Kids should wait for marriage

A new survey reveals that young adults are more eager for marriage than their parents think they should be.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:58 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Giving kids a lesson in giving

An experiment with online charity reveals some hints about how children learn to be generous.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Marissa Mayer is back with an easy baby and no regrets

Yahoo CEO spoke about how easy her transition back to work has been.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  03:07 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/28/2012

Readers react to what skills schools should teach

Parents and teachers weigh in on whether schools or parents are responsible for teaching real-life skills.

By Tracy Grant  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Momspeak, Tracy Grant, parenting

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/28/2012

What a Facebook profile picture says about you

When I changed my Facebook profile image, I had no idea I was entering such a culturally touchy arena.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Electronic media, Books

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 11/27/2012

A new prenatal test for spotting genetic issues is less invasive, but it’s pricey

Alternative to amniocentesis is less invasive, but major insurers are divided over whether to cover it.

By On Parenting  |  04:30 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 11/27/2012

How young is too young for medical marijuana?

New laws legalizing medical marijuana have allowed access to the drug for sick children.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:23 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood development, drugs

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Publicly aired e-mail details dad’s ‘bitter’ disappointment in kids

A excoriating e-mail one British father sent to his grown children has set off a flurry of reaction in Britain.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Is virtual charity as instructive as real-life charity?

On the eve of Giving Tuesday, we ask, can kids learn about goodwill and charity by joining a parent in front of a computer screen?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:53 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2012

Should Santa bring an iPad?

Kids are asking and parents are debating if this is the year to buy the kids a tablet.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Electronic media, Holidays

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 11/23/2012

Take the kids this weekend: Plymouth Rock and Roll Thanksgiving with Rocknoceros

Burn off some post-Thanksgiving calories with your kids with Rocknoceros at Jammin’ Java.

By On Parenting  |  11:00 AM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Going Out Guide

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 11/22/2012

2012 Holiday Toys: KidsPost reviews the hot toys

KidsPost reviews the hottest toys of the holiday season.

By On Parenting  |  10:00 PM ET, 11/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  KidsPost,

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 11/21/2012

Embracing a different kind of diversity

An extended interview with the author addresses how a book on children living with extreme challenges became a blockbuster.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:49 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012

Gratitude for every child

A new book explores the challenging lives of children and how parents and children bridge great divides.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest | Tags:  Books

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 11/20/2012

New fears over teen online activity

A new survey shows that parents are worried about more than stranger danger when it comes to teen online activity.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:14 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teens, Electronic Media

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/20/2012

Do most families belong to one of these groups?

A new examination of American family culture concludes that families fall into one of four categories. Which one are you?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Fermented foods bubble with healthful benefits

Such foods aid in digestion and support the immune system.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  06:04 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Casey Seidenberg, kids and nutrition

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 11/19/2012

To do this weekend: Craft time with the kids

During the long holiday weekend, help your kids get creative with our craft and gift-wrap contests.

By On Parenting  |  03:55 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Sending a child on a city bus — yes or no?

A Rockville mother claims she was confronted by school officials after they learned that she allows her fifth-grader to ride the city bus to school.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:10 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Imagination Play comes to National Building Museum

The firm that launched a mission to redefine playgrounds shows there’s life after LEGOs.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  09:12 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Activities

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 11/16/2012

Take the kids this weekend: ‘Seussical’ and ‘Figg’

Two area family-friendly theater performances.

By On Parenting  |  01:00 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Going Out Guide

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/16/2012

How to let go of your teenager

Ken Ginsburg, a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, talks about fostering independence in teens.

By Jennifer Kogan  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Parent volunteers: How do you manage your time?

When I stumbled into being a co-leader of my daughter’s Daisy Girl Scout troop, I was humbled first, and then completely terrified. So I am here to ask for help.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  02:00 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Girl Scouts, organization

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/15/2012

Family Almanac’s Marguerite Kelly: the defiant toddler stage

Marguerite Kelly offers advice for dealing with an 18-month old who is acting out.

By On Parenting  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Family Almanac

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Tell us how you teach your children about gratitude

Is your child grateful? Or do you struggle to impress upon him how fortunate he is?

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  03:00 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/14/2012

Momspeak: Lamenting what schools don’t teach our kids

Skills needed to live in the real world often aren’t part of the curriculum.

By Tracy Grant  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Momspeak, Tracy Grant, parenting

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 11/13/2012

The organized parent: Displaying and saving artwork

Professional organizer Rachel Strisik offers suggestions for displaying and keeping your children’s artwork.

By Amy Joyce  |  03:00 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/13/2012

The organized parent: Paperwork practices

How do you organize all of the homework, worksheets with adorably bad spelling and crazy art projects that your children bring home?

By Amy Joyce  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/13/2012

Should parents reward good grades?

As I await my children’s first-quarter report cards, I’ve been thinking about how to praise or reward their efforts.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Take the kids this weekend: National Philharmonic at Strathmore

Children get in free to a performance of Prokofiev’s works.

By On Parenting  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Kids not as sweet as they may appear

A new study shows children at their stingiest, but also offers lessons for parents trying to instill generosity.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:03 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood development

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Sasha and Malia’s new term

The Obama victory presents a personal challenge to the first family

By Janice D'Arcy  |  09:00 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Parenting through the non-post-racial post-election

The election has triggered some ugly conversations about race and ethnicity. Parents can prod kids in a better direction.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:30 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Post-election: Lessons from kindergarten

Today, as parents nurse their electoral hangovers, we might do well to review the basics of good sportsmanship.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Voting with kids: Worth the hassle?

It takes extra preparation and patience to lug kids to the polls for a civics lesson. Is it worth it?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:43 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/06/2012

The Alex P. Keaton myth

Parents have tremendous influence over their child’s later political views, research suggests.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Pac-Man and the health maze

Using a video game to explain the concept of free radicals to kids.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  05:15 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Casey Seidenberg, nutrition

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 11/05/2012

A parental act that predicts if a child becomes a voter

Parents who vote when a child is in high school can change their child’s lifelong perspective on political engagement

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:36 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Tell us how you approach religious holidays

For an upcoming story in Local Living, we’re interested in talking to parents who are ambivalent to organized religion about how they celebrate religious holidays with their children.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/03/2012

Answering the question ‘why vote?’

Parents mull the answers to a question bound to be asked by kids as we head to the polls.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Take the kids this weekend: Mock election at Madame Tussauds

In addition to voting, there will be themed activities in the Presidents Gallery, which features all 44 presidents.

By On Parenting  |  03:00 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 11/02/2012

‘Single mom’ who leaves no tip goes viral

Increasingly, it seems, single moms are being used as the butt of jokes or, even worse, a scapegoat for societal ills.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  11:58 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/02/2012

ISO mom friends

Why is it that this search sometimes feels more like a quest, and what can we do about it?

By Jennifer Kogan  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Hurricane Sandy exposes faults of modern family preparedness

A New York family learned the hard way that natural disasters can blow through our modern ideas.

By Jacoba Urist  |  12:06 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events | Tags:  Safety

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Halloween’s over, but the junk food deluge isn’t

Nutritionists, children’s advocates turn their attention to the unregulated junk food in schools.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nutrition

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Family Almanac: When he loves her not

How to keep a 14-year-old’s first crush from consuming her.

By On Parenting  |  03:00 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Family Almanac, parenting, advice

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Talking to kids about elections — without bias

The lessons your kids learn this election season should be nonpartisan.

By Tracy Grant  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Momspeak

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/31/2012

Making sense of Hurricane Sandy

How to walk a child through the scenes of devastation left by Hurricane Sandy.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 10/30/2012

Popcorn, Heartland-style

Brewer’s yeast on popcorn is as healthful as it is scrumptious.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  10:38 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nutrition, wellness

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/30/2012

Realizing I’m the ‘nut job’ in the house

A parenting “challenge” defeated me and the author who posed it said that was the point.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 10/29/2012

When to stop trick-or-treating?

How old is too old to go begging for candy on Halloween? Who should decide?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  08:32 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays, Teenagers

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/29/2012

Frankenstorm worthy reads

The storm got you cooped up? Catch up on some recent interesting parenting pieces.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/29/2012

The Krim family horror defies our parenting self-deceptions

The killings of two young children, allegedly by their nanny, has exposed many parents to a hard truth about human nature and our ability to deceive ourselves.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/26/2012

One thing to do with kids this weekend: Air and Scare at Udvar-Hazy

Kids can check out science experiments and meet characters from "Star Wars" while trick-or-treating at the museum.

By On Parenting  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:53 AM ET, 10/26/2012

Rethinking dyslexia

A new film reexamines dyslexia and suggests the condition may be a blessing in a very good disguise.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  06:53 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Learning disabilities

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Jenny McCarthy to blog about parenting for Chicago Sun-Times

The comedian/model/actress turned autism activist will be doling out her wisdom about all things parenting on a regular basis.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  02:35 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  autism spectrum disorders

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/25/2012

The hero at the center of Ann Coulter’s ‘r’ mess

The Down syndrome man who penned an open letter to Ann Coulter over her use of the “r” word talks about why he wrote the letter that has gone viral and how she might learn from this uproar.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Polotics, Disabilities

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Ann Coulter gets a lesson on another “r” word: Respect

The conservative provocateur has been infuriating many parents recently by calling her opponents “retards.” Now, an eloquent Special Olympiad has responded with a awe-inspiring open letter.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:08 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Disability

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/24/2012

Halloween 2012: Year of the trick-and-track

Tracking devices are flooding the Halloween market, taking advantage of a holiday marketers say is a fright fest for parents.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 10/23/2012

Running head(cold) first into household conflict

As the sick season descends, a family therapist describes her hard-won knowledge of how to endure when a parent falters.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:38 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marriage, Health

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/23/2012

‘Slackers’ are voters, if you know where to look

Young adults are not necessarily a generation that has dead ended professionally and politically. A new report shows that they are politically aware and passionate, but not in the traditional ways of their parents.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Is it easier for a boy to mature early?

New research suggests boys, like girls, are entering puberty at earlier ages than in decades passed. How do the changes affect a child’s social realm and our parental responsibilities?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:26 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood development

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 10/22/2012

Almost half of children with autism wander, study says

Kennedy Krieger’s Interactive Autism Network, in a study published recently in Pediatrics, found that 49 percent of children with autism attempted to wander between the ages of 4 and 17.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  10:00 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  autism spectrum disorders

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/22/2012

Is duct tape the solution to nagging?

A new book suggests that parents go on a nagging fast, using duct tape on their mouths if necessary.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discipline

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 10/19/2012

One thing to do with the kids this weekend: Croydon Creep festival

The festival, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening, includes a guided twilight hike, magic show and crafts. Children may wear costumes to the festival.

By On Parenting  |  02:42 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Advice, and a community, for Jewish-Christian interfaith families

Group provides education about Christianity and Judaism, holidays, fellowship, community service and exploration of interfaith identity.

By Jennifer Kogan  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/19/2012

NCLD’s Sheldon Horowitz talks about updating IEPs in a new school year

Now that the dust has settled from the start of school, parents of special-ed students should revisit their child’s Individual Education Plan.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Lance Armstrong and cheating’s repercussions

Lance Armstrong’s resignation is a lessen for parents, kids in how cheating can poison good work.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:48 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  U.S. Weather | Tags:  Sports

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Does a parent’s education and income affect how a child’s brain develops?

Author of report on correlations between parent income and child brain development explains the significance.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Development, Science

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Candidates need binders full of unmarried parents

Tuesday’s presidential debate perpetuated the myth that unmarried parenting is equivalent to substandard parenting.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:11 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politicas, Single Parenting

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Stop bullying campaign asks kids to stand up for other kids

How peer pressure can be a good thing.

By Tracy Grant  |  11:41 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Childhood environment affects brain growth and function, new studies find

Important factors include parental income, education and stress levels, according to a group of studies.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sceince

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Talking politics, not trash, to kids

As the campaign heats up and debates get heated, parents have to walk a line between enthusiasm for candidates and joining in trash talk.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:45 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/16/2012

Scary spending on Halloween

Marketers celebrate the embrace of excess this Halloween.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/16/2012

10 foods a kid should learn how to cook

Many diseases can be prevented by good nutrition; for our kids’ sake, we should teach them to cook.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nutrition

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 10/15/2012

Making teen driving less risky

Risky teen driving habits are getting attention during National Teen Driver Safety Week.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:22 PM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teens

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/15/2012

Explaining God without belief

For a non-religious parent, explaining the concept of God and organized religion can be a struggle.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 10/12/2012

One thing to do with kids this weekend: RiverFest at St. Mary’s City

The free annual festival features tall ships, music and free admission to the museum at Historic St. Mary’s City.

By On Parenting  |  02:56 PM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Learning food’s value beyond nutrition

How schools and parents can help kids enjoy healthy foods by learning the “story” of fruits and vegetables.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:54 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Health

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Better school food = hungrier kids, happier nutritionists

New school food standards inspire grumbling among students, but experts and parents much happier.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Obesity

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 10/10/2012

Taking family dinners from daunting to desirable

Donna Reed, I’m not. I love to cook, and often make big dinners on the weekends that we all sit down and (theoretically) enjoy at a relaxed pace. But during the week, it’s a chore, plain and simple.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  01:06 PM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  family dinner

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/10/2012

RGIII’s concussion holds lesson for parents

The concussion suffered by Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III spotlights the persistent myths about dangerous concussions.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety, Sports

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Sandusky’s day of reckoning is ours, too

Child advocates try to direct the attention to child abuse before the Jerry Sandusky trial fades away.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:11 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Child Abuse

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 10/09/2012

Kids and dessert: How much is too much?

A few suggestions to allow children to enjoy dessert healthfully.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  10:58 AM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nutrition, kids and nutrition

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/09/2012

Taking another look an ‘unfit drunk’ mom

A new documentary re-examines the case of local mother who many dismissed as unfit and looks at the larger problem of alcoholism among women.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/08/2012

Parents take workplace flexibility by the horns

A new census report reveals a spike in work-from-home situations.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Work-life Balance

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 10/05/2012

One thing to do with kids this weekend: JumpOff! at National Harbor

The National Children's Museum will hold a block party to celebrate the time-honored recess tradition of jumping rope.

By On Parenting  |  11:42 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/05/2012

Brené Brown: Be the adult you want your children to be

Author of “Daring Greatly” encourages parents to model good behavior for their children.

By Jennifer Kogan  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/04/2012

How to handle homework: take two

An educator and author condemns a school culture that is trampling on the true goals of education.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 10/03/2012

Momspeak: In parenting, the ‘5 percent’ moments are what matter

About 95 percent of what we do as parents is a necessary grind; it’s the other 5 percent that really matters.

By Tracy Grant  |  03:00 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tracy Grant, advice, parenting

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 10/03/2012

Background TV: Children who can't tune it out get the most

Researchers were alarmed to find that the most vulnerable children are exposed to TV background noise for up to 6 hours a day.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:35 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Development, Scrren Time

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/03/2012

Calling on the candidates to debate real family issues

A new petition is asking tonight's presidential debate monitor to ask candidates to explain their position on family-friendly public policy

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Chores don’t lead to divorce, but they get us talking

A study suggests that chore-sharing couples are more likely to divorce. Smart couples know better.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:13 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marriage

Posted at 11:02 PM ET, 10/01/2012

Nats clinch: persistence, persistence, persistence

The Nationals’ division championship serves as the ideal teachable moment

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:02 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sports

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 10/01/2012

How to stop ‘trying to be perfect’

A clarion call by the president of Barnard College has jolted mothers.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:12 PM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-life Balance

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/01/2012

How to handle homework

An educator sets a parent straight on homework.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/28/2012

One thing to do with kids this weekend: Kaleidoscope for Kids Festival

Part of a larger, month-long celebration of arts across Alexandria, this weekend is set aside just for the youngest audience members.

By On Parenting  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012

An empty-nester looks at the rest of her life

The heck with the family’s protests, it’s an empty-nester’s turn to follow her dreams.

By On Parenting  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Have you visited your library lately?

What services do you use most at your local public library?

By On Parenting  |  03:00 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Let’s abolish ‘having it all’ elitism

The latest Christine Lagarde comments on ‘having it all’ push this conversation into the absurd

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-life balance

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/27/2012

J.K. Rowling’s adult affair

Potter creator’s leap into the adult market with ‘The Casual Vacancy’ creates a dilemma for parents.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 09/26/2012

More time or money? Recession changes the answer

Poll shows parents are worried about supporting their families and feel abandoned by the government.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:44 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childcare, Education, Politics

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012

Not all screen time is equal

A new idea is emerging among children’s advocates that we might be better off embracing screen time

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 09/25/2012

NYC schools give out ‘morning-after pills’

A new New York City effort to prevent teen pregnancy is pushing the boundaries on teens and contraceptives.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:27 PM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teens

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/25/2012

Childhood obesity becomes a military matter

Military leaders say the childhood obesity epidemic has severely damaged recruiting efforts

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood obesity

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 09/24/2012

Underweight child? Here’s how to put on a few healthy pounds

By Casey Seidenberg  |  06:03 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Casey Seidenberg, nutrition

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 09/24/2012

Explaining the baby panda death

Lying, and then telling the truth, to a child about what has happened to the baby panda.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:27 PM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/24/2012

Family Leave: Not a benefit, a protection

A new policy proposal reframes paid family leave as a necessary worker protection.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Work-Life Balance

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/21/2012

Parenting styles often colored by our own childhoods

We don’t operate in a vacuum, but instead adapt and respond to each other.

By Jennifer Kogan  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Parents take advantage of health-care extension

The new census report reveals that health insurance for young adults spiked last year after parents were able to extend coverage for them.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:40 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Healthcare, Politics

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/20/2012

The art of storytelling

An expert storyteller says making up stories for kids is as good as, or even better, than reading to them.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Momspeak: Who speaks for the single parent?

While politicians praise the nuclear family, in 2012 some of the brightest stars had moms who went it alone.

By Tracy Grant  |  03:00 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Momspeak

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 09/19/2012

Having trouble keeping up? Try slowing down.

“Take small steps. Walk around the neighborhood after dinner and talk and observe,” advises Susan Sachs Lipman.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:00 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  parenting

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/19/2012

Study shows almost half of children with autism victimized by bullies

The statistics confirm what many parents already knew: Children with autism spectrum disorders are particularly vulnerable to rejection from their peer group.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  autism spectrum disorders

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 09/18/2012

Helicopter stunt and abetting teenage drama

A teen’s excessive proposal triggers classmates’ awe, adult disgust

By Janice D'Arcy  |  10:23 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teenagers

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/18/2012

Best companies for working parents

Working Mother magazine releases its list of top companies for working parents.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-life balance

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Here’s how to solve the disgraceful Chicago school strike

As the Chicago Schools strike drags into another week, here’s one radical solution.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:16 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/17/2012

Good news on childhood obesity treatment

New findings suggest a new, inexpensive kind of counseling could make an impact in the childhood obesity epidemic

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Obesity

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 09/14/2012

Tell us about your family’s dinnertime routine

How do you handle family dinners on busy weeknights?

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  03:36 PM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 09/14/2012

One thing to do with kids this weekend: Alexandria Story Festival

Eric Wight, the creator of the Frankie Pickle series, is one of the authors participating in the annual Alexandria Story Festival this weekend.

By On Parenting  |  12:29 PM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Going Out Guide

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/14/2012

Too busy for the anniversary

September is the new June when it comes to weddings, but years after the big day, we realize that this time of year is too busy for romance.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marriage

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/13/2012

Libya attack reverberates among foreign service families

Sean Smith’s death in Benghazi reverberates in the foreign service community.

By Janice D'Arcy and This post has been updated to add new information  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Debate over AU professor should be about supporting working parents, not breast-feeding

Yes, you have sick leave, but missing work is not always an option. Day-care providers and schools often do not allow sick children. So we do the best we can.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  01:57 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  breast-feeding, work-life balance

Posted at 06:45 AM ET, 09/12/2012

How to be a happy parent

The author of the best-selling “The Happiness Project” is back with advice on how we can be happier parents

By Janice D'Arcy  |  06:45 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/11/2012

Petula Dvorak: Surprised by teens who order prostitutes as easily as pizza? You shouldn’t be.

COLUMN | Surprised by DeMatha athletes who hired hookers to come to their hotel? You shouldn’t be.

By On Parenting  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Petula Dvorak

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/11/2012

The 9-11 anniversary: helping a child through

An expert on grieving children offers guidance to parents on how to talk with children about the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  September 11 anniversary

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 09/10/2012

How to fix the September Shuffle?

Parents offer suggestions on how to untangle the public school enrollment mess in the District

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:10 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/10/2012

‘How Children Succeed’: Character, not IQ

Traits like grit, self-control and curiosity are far more important to a child’s success than strictly defined academic achievement.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Education

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 09/07/2012

One thing to do with kids this weekend: Adams Morgan Day Festival

Adams Morgan will hold its annual street festival from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

By On Parenting  |  05:00 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Family Almanac’s Marguerite Kelly: A gun-crazy 7-year-old worries his mom

A 7-year-old boy’s fascination with guns isn’t uncommon, but talk to him about the repercussions of violence and warfare.

By On Parenting  |  03:00 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  family almanac

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 09/07/2012

Tweens and teens still need their parents

By Jennifer Kogan  |  01:11 PM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Zucchini cakes, a healthy fried treat

Zucchini cakes are fried, but in heart-friendly oils so they’re good for kids.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  04:15 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 09/06/2012

The college parent: Learning to let go

An expert on letting go offers advice to parents of college freshman on how to keep their resolve on staying more distant from their budding adults

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:16 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  College

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Grandparents Day is coming, say again?

Timed to coincide with Grandparents Day, a new campaign seeks to prod families into talking about hearing loss and how it can damage intergenerational relationships.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Momspeak: Some videos aren’t meant to go viral

Two brothers’ reaction to a sad movie was caught on videotape, proving that teens aren’t the only ones behaving badly online. Parents are, too.

By Tracy Grant  |  02:00 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Momspeak, Tracy Grant

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 09/05/2012

‘Mom-in-chief’ moniker needs to be voted out

Michelle Obama’s blockbuster speech was marred by the use of the pandering phrase ‘mom-in-chief.”

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:54 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Autism’s effects extend to siblings

Autism can have large effects, good and bad, on the siblings of a disabled child.

By On Parenting  |  12:49 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  autism spectrum disorder; special needs

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/05/2012

Teen binge drinking: Are the culprits pressure and parents?

An investigation into teen binge drinking in Montgomery County in Bethesda Magazine raises questions about what — and who — is to blame.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teens

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Turning down a ‘good’ school in favor of family time

Is the price of a good school or desirable school district worth the extra work hours and sacrifice of family time?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:33 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-life Balance

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Obama’s comment on family speaks volumes

President Obama’s comment to CNN that his family trumps after-hours schmoozing reflects a major cultural shift on work-life balance attitudes

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Work-life Balance

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 08/31/2012

One thing to do with your kids this weekend: Two exhibits at the National Building Museum

Two exhibits closing soon

By On Parenting  |  02:53 PM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 08/31/2012

Family Almanac’s Marguerite Kelly: How to help an introverted 13-year-old boy

By On Parenting  |  11:31 AM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 08/30/2012

For same-sex parents, how ‘out’ to be at school?

The beginning of school is triggering questions for gay parents about whether to trailblaze or fit in, and gay activists are hoping parents be as “out” as they can.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:05 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/30/2012

‘Intactivists’ furious at new AAP circumcision policy

Circumcision opponents are raging against the new AAP policy supporting the procedure and their reaction threatens to overshadow the academy’s message

By Janice D'Arcy  |  10:00 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Babies, Ethics

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Ann Romney’s mother love: What about dads?

Ann Romney’s convention speech focused on mothers as parents. What did a new generation of involved dads think? Let’s just say she didn’t “connect.”

By Janice D'Arcy  |  03:03 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, RNClive

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Bullying and the boy who doesn’t like sports

A new book examines bullying through the prism of boys and sports

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bullying

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Why the conventions lie about parenting

The myth of presidential parenting will be on full display at the political conventions, furthering the lie that a solid education begins and ends with home discipline

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:11 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics;rnclive

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Circumcision, and why pediatricians are offering more support

A top official with the American Academy of Pediatrics explains why the pediatricians group decided to offer more support for the controversial procedure.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ethics, Babies

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Back to school jitters of a parental sort

Parents often have as much, if not more, back to school anxiety than their children. Why it’s more dangerous than the pint-sized version is explored below.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:48 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Pediatricians offer new support for circumcision

The American Academy of Pediatrics Monday came out with more support for infant circumcision, while trying to stay out of the larger cultural debate over the procedure.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:01 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Babaies, Politics