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    Let your middle schooler be risky

    Let your middle schooler be risky

    You may think middle schoolers need more protection from the “bad” stuff. In fact, they need to be allowed to take some risks.

    Back to school, with a food reboot

    Back to school, with a food reboot

    As school approaches, it’s time to get back into healthful eating habits.

    A quiz to help you decide whether to be a SAHM, WOHM or WAHM

    A quiz to help you decide whether to be a SAHM, WOHM or WAHM

    Should you be a working mom? Inside or outside the home? Stay at home mom? A clinical psychologist shows us the answers. (Hint: There isn’t one.)

    Texas mom created an app that can force kids to return her calls

    Texas mom created an app that can force kids to return her calls

    “Ignore No More” app gives parents the ability to control their kids’ phones if they believe kids are ignoring their calls or messages.

    I’m getting chemo, and trying to learn to accept help

    I’m getting chemo, and trying to learn to accept help

    It’s not so easy to take up offers of meals and assistance from friends and neighbors.

    My kids are Redskins fans. But I won’t let them wear the sportswear.

    My kids are Redskins fans. But I won’t let them wear the sportswear.

    When your child’s favorite team becomes a political statement, it’s time to pack away the T-shirts and hats.

    Dads, not moms, benefit from flexible work

    A study finds that people rated men who ask to work either flexible hours in the office or to work from home twice a week as much more committed to their work, more competent, more worthy of promotion and more likeable than equally qualified women who asked for the same flexibility.

    When a son goes to college, what happens to the brothers?

    When a son goes to college, what happens to the brothers?

    What happens when one child goes to college and leaves the sibling behind? Will their relationship ever be the same?

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The Giver’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The Giver’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, Lois Lowry’s award-winning novel finally hits the big screen.

    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.

    The first day of kindergarten: I’m okay, you’re okay

    The first day of kindergarten: I’m okay, you’re okay

    What happened on the first day of kindergarten? A few tears from mom and child, and she misses Barbie.

    He delivered his daughter on the bathroom floor

    He delivered his daughter on the bathroom floor

    He delivered his own daughter on the bathroom floor 25 years ago. Here’s where they are today.

    The best 10 minutes in all of parenthood

    The best 10 minutes in all of parenthood

    Reinvigorating the routine with a little undivided attention.

    Discussion

    On Parenting: Meghan Leahy and Amy Joyce took questions about parenting

    Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach with Positively Parenting, will join Amy Joyce to talk about parenting children of all ages.

    The best photo books for your pictures

    The best photo books for your pictures

    Are you also drowning in (virtual) photos of your kids? Here’s a detailed list of the best photo books out there, designed to get pictures off your computer and into your living room.

    There is no such thing as maternity leave in the United States

    There is no such thing as maternity leave in the United States

    Maternity leave doesn’t really exist in the United States. Not only is that unfair, it’s inhumane.

    I’m a mother with mental illness

    I’m a mother with mental illness

    I am a mother with mental illness -- one who is raising a beautiful, caring son.

    Think you’re raising kind kids? This might show you otherwise

    Think you’re raising kind kids? This might show you otherwise

    Are you teaching your kids to be kind? This might make you realize the truth.

    The best advice we ever received: The one thing you must do for your young student

    The best advice we ever received: The one thing you must do for your young student

    What’s the one thing you can do to help your young child become a confident student?

    Should you talk to your kids about their weight? (Hint: Probably not)

    Should you talk to your kids about their weight? (Hint: Probably not)

    Say you have a child who seems a little overweight. What do you do to ensure they are healthy, without creating “issues“?

    I still haven’t saved anything for my kids’ college education

    I still haven’t saved anything for my kids’ college education

    Is saving for a child’s college education a good idea? This author hasn’t saved a thing, and is hoping that’s okay.

    My daughter taught me what it means to win

    My daughter taught me what it means to win

    My family is competitive -- everyone wants to win. But my daughter taught me how to win the most.

    The heartache of the first day

    The heartache of the first day

    She’s about to head off to kindergarten, and I’m about to fall apart.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, an action ad­ven­ture starring crime-fighting reptiles.

    Of joy and chemo: accepting a little help from our friends

    Of joy and chemo: accepting a little help from our friends

    She’s a mom with cancer. What can she do to get better? Take the one piece of advice everyone is giving...

    TV listings: Thursday, August 7, 2014

    TV listings: Thursday, August 7, 2014

    Bravo’s ‘Extreme Guide to Parenting’ debuts and Morgan Spurlock is back on TV with ‘7 Deadly Sins.’

    Your phone is ruining your family

    Your phone is ruining your family

    Think your kids don’t notice how much time you spend checking e-mail and social media? Think again.

    Top three complaints our new parenting advice columnist hears – and how to fix them

    Top three complaints our new parenting advice columnist hears – and how to fix them

    A parenting coach, and our new parenting advice columnist, answers the three questions she hears most often.

    Tips to deal with time in the NICU

    Tips to deal with time in the NICU

    A stay in a NICU is exhausting both emotionally and physically. Here are tips on how to make the most of it.

    Finding new work for the placenta after its main labor

    Finding new work for the placenta after its main labor

    Proponents say consuming the organ can fight post-partum depression, help milk supply and boost energy.

    Kid-friendly ways to incorporate herbs into meals

    Kid-friendly ways to incorporate herbs into meals

    Fresh herbs, such as basil, chives and more, have high amounts of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.

    Another baby dies in a hot car

    Another baby dies in a hot car

    Another baby has died in a hot car. Time for an invention to stop this?

    We left the burbs to travel for a year.

    We left the burbs to travel for a year.

    He and his wife and two kids dropped their suburban life, got in an Airstream trailer, and will travel for a year. Here’s the second installment

    I fed my newborns formula to keep them alive. Still, I felt guilty about it.

    I fed my newborns formula to keep them alive. Still, I  felt guilty about it.

    Why we’re obsessed with shaming women who don’t breastfeed.

    What we’re reading: The feminist princess book

    What we’re reading: The feminist princess book

    My daughter is all about princesses. They kinda make me sick. And then we found this book.

    At what point can I take my kid to a museum?

    At what point can I take my kid to a museum?

    At what age should kids start going to museums, and how can you turn it into a good experience? An expert weighs in.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind. This week, a Marvel action flick with a gun-toting raccoon.

    Parenting by Seinfeld and other advice

    Parenting by Seinfeld and other advice

    Think you’re alone in your parent/kid battles? Think again. And read this sage advice.

    Column

    Why low-income students lied about attending college

    Everyone assumed that if students paid their deposits they would show up in the fall. The truth was a shock.

    Discussion

    On Parenting: Meghan Leahy and Amy Joyce took questions about parenting

    Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach with Positively Parenting, will join Amy Joyce to talk about parenting children of all ages.

    Advice for parents of children just diagnosed with autism, from those who’ve been there.

    Advice for parents of children just diagnosed with autism, from those who’ve been there.

    Getting that diagnosis can be overwhelming. Building a network of other parents of kids with autism, and adults on the spectrum, can help you navigate the road ahead.

    Column

    How to get the baby to sleep longer

    How to get the baby to sleep longer

    Marguerite Kelly advises this parent how to help an infant sleep longer.

    Tips for great dinner conversations with your kids

    Tips for great dinner conversations with your kids

    Ideas for stimulating dinnertime conversations with your kids.

    How to choose a backpack

    How to choose a backpack

    The new school year is just around the corner, and one thing that most students need is a good backpack.

    Of guns and parenting

    Of guns and parenting

    We never introduced our son to guns, but they are a big part of his play. How do I parent that?

    I’m a mom, and I’m fighting cancer

    I’m a mom, and I’m fighting cancer

    It could be worse. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is curable. But can I handle what’s ahead?

    People keep leaving children in hot cars. This teen thinks her invention can help.

    People keep leaving children in hot cars. This teen thinks her invention can help.

    She’s been developing a hot car alarm since eighth grade. Now, she’s ready to build a prototype.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Lucy’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Lucy’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, the new Scarlett Johansson thriller and Woody Allen’s latest.

    Sisters, now mothers, finding each other again

    Sisters, now mothers, finding each other again

    Two sisters apart by distance and years find a new connection when they become mothers.

    Your messy house? Let’s see it

    Your messy house? Let’s see it

    Many of you have now read Clint Edwards’ essay about how he learned a messy house is an okay thing. Now it’s your turn: #mymessyhouse