Poll: Do you think youth sports have become too intense?

Tell us why, and share your stories about over-the-top parents or coaches.

How to put the fun back in your child’s sports experience

How to put the fun back in your child’s sports experience

Sign your child up for a sport just so he can get some exercise and learn how to be a good teammate.

Help. My son needs endless attention and we can’t do it.

Help. My son needs endless attention and we can’t do it.

Marguerite Kelly advises how to parent a child who needs lots (and lots) of attention.

Column

Why Falls Church High is doing so well

The Fairfax County school has a rare designation as a demonstration school for college preparation.

Parents still spank their kids even when researchers are listening in

Parents still spank their kids even when researchers are listening in

Parents who spank their kids apparently aren’t bothered by the raging debate.

Babies and exercise: Some just do it

Babies and exercise: Some just do it

Some women come by exercising post-partum naturally. Others, like myself, have to work at it.

Should Captain Underpants be a challenged book? No way, says this mom

Captain Underpants on the most challenged list. We say poo to that.

Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Transcendence’

Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Transcendence’

Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, Johnny Depp’s latest, plus “Heaven Is for Real.”

Discussion

Parenting advice: Help for raising children of all ages

Family Almanac columnist Marguerite Kelly discussed the ups and downs of parenting, and tips for helping children through challenging times.

Column

The looming empty nest

Ordinary events remind writer that one stage of motherhood is coming to an end.

The 8-year-old introvert: What can a mom do?

The 8-year-old introvert: What can a mom do?

Her son has a hard time making friends, finding his interests, and living beyond the screen.

Video

Schools restrict jeggings, shaved heads

Schools restrict jeggings, shaved heads

Rules on what can be worn in schools are up for debate in some parts of the country. So far the courts have sided with schools in an era when safety is paramount.

Time to Listen to Your Mother

Time to Listen to Your Mother

Listen to Your Mother, where local writers read their work on stage, is back. Here is an essay about the protective parenting we all do from last year’s show.

Matt Lauer has some parenting advice for co-host Savannah Guthrie

Lauer’s got some practice with his three kids and offers Guthrie some tips.

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Matt Lauer's parenting advice for Savannah Guthrie

Matt Lauer's parenting advice for Savannah Guthrie

The "Today" show has been abuzz with Savannah Guthrie's recent wedding and baby news. Guthrie's co-host Matt Lauer has some advice for the mommy-to-be.

Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Rio 2’

Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Rio 2’

Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, the animated adventures of a pair of blue macaws continue.

Daycare costs more than college. Should it?

Daycare costs more than college in many places. But maybe it should.

Discussion

POSTPONED: Parenting advice: Help for raising children of all ages

Family Almanac columnist Marguerite Kelly discussed the ups and downs of parenting, and tips for helping children through challenging times.

How to get kids to help

How to get kids to help

One parent is tired of nagging her kids to do their chores. Marguerite Kelly offers some help.

Are extracurriculars crowding out study?

Our kids and parents may be too ambitious, or maybe it’s the colleges’ fault for pushing deep involvement.

Video

Royal baby travels in style

Royal baby travels in style

Prince George is stealing the show from his parents during the family’s trip to New Zealand.

When busy moms gotta run

When busy moms gotta run

How do people with hectic schedules keep themselves in shape? We asked parents for their secrets.

Thanks mom: Previous generations made it easy for us to work and parent

Thanks mom: Previous generations made it easy for us to work and parent

Today’s Pew study shows more moms staying home, yet Working Mother Magazine study shows Millennial working parents happier than other generations.

Video

Sick baby sucessfully rescued from boat

Sick baby sucessfully rescued from boat

Air National Guard rescued a family with an ill 1-year old from a sailboat off coast of Mexico.

Family defends taking infant to sea following rescue by Navy task force

Family defends taking infant to sea following rescue by Navy task force

The parents who required rescue from a U.S. Navy task force last week are taking heat for attempting to circumnavigate the globe with a baby on board.

Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Captain America’ and more

Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Captain America’ and more

Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, the Marvel superhero faces a familiar opponent.

Oh, for shame: Murphy missed two games to be a dad.

Oh, for shame: Murphy missed two games to be a dad.

Daniel Murphy missed the first two games of the almost 200 game season to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Some cavemen thought that was silly.

Column

Even kids know that guns are a public health issue

With surgeon general debate, adults run the risk of alienating those they are trying to protect

Should child stay on team even if she’s on the bench?

Should child stay on team even if she’s on the bench?

Marguerite Kelly: Your child shouldn’t quit just because you want her to play in every game.

Teen anxiety: How to recognize it, and what to do about it

Teen anxiety: How to recognize it, and what to do about it

How can a parent distinguish between run-of-the-mill teen angst and the real problems that can be masked by assumptions about what passes for normal?

Video

Oprah gives former stepmother 60 days to vacate

Oprah gives former stepmother 60 days to vacate

The $1.4 million home was once shared by the father of the iconic TV talk-show host and his ex-wife.

Understanding — and enforcing — limits on screen time

Understanding — and enforcing — limits on screen time

Ultimately, media are not inherently good or bad, but simply another facet of family life.

Parenting book round-up: Feeding babies and finding ‘Toddlertopia’

Parenting book round-up: Feeding babies and finding ‘Toddlertopia’

Our latest round-up of recent parenting books includes navigating the sometimes stormy toddler years, a guide to feeding your baby, and a humorous look at the vicious, judgmental comments on mommy blogs.

Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Ernest and Celestine’

Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Ernest and Celestine’

Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a charming animated film about a bear and a mouse.

U.S. autism estimate grows to 1 in 68 children

U.S. autism estimate grows to 1 in 68 children

One in 68 children has some form of the disorder.

Yep, I’d rather have my life than yours any day, Gwyneth.

Yep, I’d rather have my life than yours any day, Gwyneth.

Gwyneth Paltrow says she’d rather be an office worker than a busy Hollywood actress. I agree.

“What did you do today, honey?” Six tips to get information out of your kids.

“What did you do today, honey?” Six tips to get information out of your kids.

Don’t know what happened in your child’s class today? Here are tips to help you learn a few things.

Shielding kids from horrors

I want to spare my children from the confusion and anxiety that catastrophe sometimes creates.

Column

KIPP is helping its graduates get through college

KIPP is helping kids get through college, and more colleges are sponsoring KIPP students

Grandma is a bigot. Can we make this a teachable moment?

Grandma is a bigot. Can we make this a teachable moment?

Wife’s grandmother is a bigot. How do we make this a teachable moment?

Advice for parents of kids with Asperger’s: Don’t freak out.

Advice for parents of kids with Asperger’s: Don’t freak out.

South Riding mom teams with counselor to write guide to raising children with Asperger syndrome.

She’s ready to dump Barbie, I’m not.

She’s ready to dump Barbie, I’m not.

My tween is over her Barbies. I’m not ready to let those crazy gals go.

Review

No time for anything — yet doing everything

No time for anything — yet doing everything

‘Overwhelmed’ is Brigid Schulte’s liberating investigation into the plague of busyness that afflicts modern life

Family Filmgoer reviews

Family Filmgoer reviews

Movie reviews with kids in mind. This week: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ and “Divergent.”

Tips to get kids to help clean, and learn life lessons.

Tips to get kids to help clean, and learn life lessons.

Dread spring cleaning? Try getting your kids involved to teach them good lessons, and to get a cleaner house in the process.

Mother died, father remarried, and I’m lost

Mother died, father remarried, and I’m lost

Her mother died, her father remarried, and she can’t seem to move on, like he has.

Fun things to do with kids this weekend

What to do with kids March 20-23

Even the kids are over the snow at this point

Even the kids are over the snow at this point

There has been nary a mention of a sled or hot cocoa around these parts.

Apps may not teach kids their ABCs, but they can learn other things.

Apps may not teach kids their ABCs, but they can learn other things.

Some companies claim their apps help kids learn the fundamentals. Probably not, but they can teach other things. In moderation.