(istock / istock)

My son seems to lack empathy. Is that okay?

This 6-year-old is good at identifying his own emotions but doesn’t seem to notice anyone else’s.


    FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, entertainer and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony, at The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia. In an amended complaint filed Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mass., two women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual offenses decades ago joined a defamation lawsuit against Cosby. The lawsuit originally was filed in December 2014 by Tamara Green, who said Cosby drugged and assaulted her in the 1970s. The two new plaintiffs are Therese Serignese, who said he drugged and raped her in 1976, and Linda Traitz, who alleges he tried to drug her and then sexually groped her in 1970. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    The other talk — the one for daughters

    Beware the big bad wolves out there, mothers must firmly warn.


    MG-SUICIDE Denny Williams during a visit to Washington, D.C. outside of the White House in the early 1970's.

    A stranger e-mailed saying he planned to kill himself. What was I to do?

    An American expat in Japan
    e-mailed a handful of writers, many of them Washington Post reporters, a suicide note.


    WASHINGTON, DC- JANUARY 28, 2015:     Fennel Salad With Orange and Olives (Photo by Deb Lindsey for the Washington Post).

    The salad to brighten a winter meal

    Nourish: Fennel, citrus and salty olives provide welcome color and crunch to accompany a hearty dish.


People take part in a crossfit training in a gym in Paris on January 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAYBERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images

    The fitness trends that will rule in 2015

    We’re not about to say goodbye to CrossFit (sorry), but these may play a bigger role in your fitness routine.

    Weddings & Romance

    Date Lab daters Peter and Riley

    Date Lab: Two tall guys. Will they see eye to eye?

    They had a lot in common until a small hitch about a hobby.


    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 14:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots reacts after catching a touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

    Did the Patriots cheat? History doesn’t help them.

    Accusations about deflated balls call to mind the team’s breaking an NFL rule in 2007.


    Carolyn Hax: Absolving a reader of feelings of guilt

    An introvert shouldn’t suffer through large social events with friends out of a sense of obligation.

    Reliable Source

    Chuck Hagel keeps it real at Clarendon sports bar after farewell speech

    Former defense secretary seen chowing down with a group of friends and family at Mister Days


    NARAWNTAPU NATIONAL PARK, AUSTRALIA - Wombat, Narawntapu National Park. (Andrew Bain/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images)

    In Australia, warm up to the wombat

    The feisty marsupial gets a bad local rep, but its burrows are found in the best national parks and refuges.

    Travel coverage

    Home & Garden

    In seed starting, timing is everything. By late winter, the cold frame at Dumbarton Oaks’ greenhouse is full of transplants that were started in early February. Cool-season vegetables such as kale, broccoli and chard can be started now, but wait for tomato seeding.

    For the seed-loving gardener, spring starts now

    January is in fact the perfect time to start cool-season plants from seed.


    We must protect men from leggings at all costs

    They are fragile and delicate creatures.


    Sex ed, sixth grade, scary truths

    My 6th grader is about to learn about sex trafficking in school. How do you allow children to stay innocent when the world we live in requires their eyes to be wide open?