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

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

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, take a trip back to India with this sequel.

    Unspoken fantasies of moms of young kids

    Unspoken fantasies of moms of young kids

    Things only a parent would fantasize about.

    My child and me: Figuring out our new life together

    My child and me: Figuring out our new life together

    I expected questions about why Daddy’s body was now dust and bits of bone: I received a request to play hide-and-seek. But that’s exactly why this grief is such a bewildering, disorienting thing.

    On being away from home for the first time as a dad

    On being away from home for the first time as a dad

    A hotel room seems strangely quiet this dad, who is away from home for the first time since his son was born.

    Being like a girl — it’s a good thing

    The next #likeagirl commerical.

    The right response when your child doesn’t want to be ‘bossed around’

    The right response when your child doesn’t want to be ‘bossed around’

    A middle road can make the situation better for all.

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    On Parenting: Meghan Leahy take questions about parenting

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

    Morning links: Justice Department report finds systemic racial bias in Ferguson

    Plus: Public officials push back on forfeiture reform, Maryland CPS strikes back at “free range parenting,” verdicts in the “Kettle Falls Five” cases

    Do we wish we had the children we read about?

    You can’t swing a National Book Award these days without hitting an Important Literary Novel about a supernaturally gifted child. Why do we love them so?

    Would you call 911 on another parent?

    Would you call 911 on another parent?

    Stories are mounting of people calling the cops on parents who let their older kids attempt a bit of independence.

    Where boys are boys?

    Where boys are boys?

    My son and I were discussing Malala and her fight to go to school like boys do. Then I realized we didn’t need to look at Pakistan to learn about gender discrimination. All we needed to do was attend a hockey game.

    My toddler insists on kindness, and I’m learning

    My toddler insists on kindness, and I’m learning

    Some days I just want to yell and scream. My child is teaching me that’s not the right path.

    The teen years left a gulf between us

    The teen years left a gulf between us

    In my son’s teen years, I didn’t know how to stop my heart from breaking like glass each time he pushed me away.

    ‘Unsubstantiated’ child neglect finding for free-range parents

    ‘Unsubstantiated’ child neglect finding for free-range parents

    The Md. family is not sure what would happen if the children are seen out walking unsupervised.

    Why we need to help moms get back to (the right) work

    Why we need to help moms get back to (the right) work

    LinkedIn sent me a list of suggested jobs. As it turns out, I don’t much want to rejoin the paid workforce at the moment.

    Why dads really don’t complain much

    Why dads really don’t complain much

    Maybe dads don’t complain because they don’t actually want to

    Photo storage solutions — for real

    Photo storage solutions — for real

    How to keep those precious photos of your children from clogging up your smartphone.

    Yes, the internet can make your kids smarter, happier and kinder

    Yes, the internet can make your kids smarter, happier and kinder

    Here are five positive messages to assist in digital parenting.

    Seeking boredom on a 3,000 mile road trip

    Seeking boredom on a 3,000 mile road trip

    One mom banned screens on a trek from New York to Montana with her two children. She’s glad she did.

    Family Filmgoer: ‘McFarland USA’ is a little gem

    Family Filmgoer: ‘McFarland USA’ is a little gem

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: Also this week: “Focus” is fun, but not for under-17s.

    Why kids don’t need a bath every night

    Why kids don’t need a bath every night

    Germaphobes, pay attention: Overly clean living can actually hurt immune systems.

    Should your child be napping?

    Should your child be napping?

    Two things will tell you if napping is a wise choice in your house.

    Dealing with a 4-year-old’s behavior — without using time outs

    Dealing with a 4-year-old’s behavior — without using time outs

    A mother wonders how to get her son to be less aggressive with his siblings.

    Unschooling: What it means and how one family is using it with their kids

    Unschooling: What it means and how one family is using it with their kids

    There’s no sitting in class and no homework for the Hewitts, but there is hunting and tractor-riding.

    Why being civil is important for parents

    Why being civil is important for parents

    I want my kids to be able to see the good amidst the tough realities and help make the good stronger, but these are skills I’m still developing myself.

    Overcoming her fear of lice

    Overcoming her fear of lice

    Ack! Lice. Do we need to be so afraid?

    How to talk to your daughter about fat

    How to talk to your daughter about fat

    It’s become a bad word in our country, but we need to teach our girls that there are good kinds, too.

    What does it take to be a productive parent?

    What does it take to be a productive parent?

    I feel like I’ve been stuck in the cult of busy. I talk so much about how busy I am because I think that makes me feel relevant and important (to whom?). What really constitutes productivity?

    What to do when teens lie

    What to do when teens lie

    The question that remains for most parents is how to minimize or eliminate any lying and what to do when you find that your teen has not been honest.

    What happens when you shame your child

    What happens when you shame your child

    I lived in this world of cajoling a girl in a tutu, forcing her off the carpet and onto the hardwood floor. I’ve said the words that bite.

    Having everything, staples, tears and all

    Having everything, staples, tears and all

    Parenthood, ultimately, is a long lead up to letting our little ones go forth in the world without us.

    Why parents should stop making everything look perfect online

    Why parents should stop making everything look perfect online

    Do I believe in celebrating the beauty of childhood and parenting? Of course. But are we at risk of slipping into a cycle of lies by omission through our online personas? Perhaps.

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    In defense of dads | On Parenting

    In defense of dads | On Parenting

    Daddy blogger Mike Cruse is trying to shatter the stereotypes of the bumbling, uninvolved father.

    Why don’t dads complain about parenthood like moms do?

    Why don’t dads complain about parenthood like moms do?

    Men are increasingly less able to voice negative feelings about parenting, even ones that are entirely understandable.

    What I said when my daughter criticized her body

    What I said when my daughter criticized her body

    I’d been trying to put off the focus on what others (including me) think of their looks for as long as possible. I’d wanted to show my warm love and acceptance in other ways.

    Why schools are failing our boys

    Why schools are failing our boys

    Kids are told to sit still and be quiet. And that’s making them repress their best selves.

    Where are all the anti-vaxxers?

    Where are all the anti-vaxxers?

    Where are all these anti-vaxxers I keep hearing about? she asked her Facebook friends.

    Five lessons for parenting a teenager

    Five lessons for parenting a teenager

    Learning, and making some mistakes.

    How parents can learn to say yes again

    How parents can learn to say yes again

    A mother thinks she says no too often, but doesn’t remember how to say yes.

    Discussion

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

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

    The diary of a snow day, written by a toddler

    The diary of a snow day, written by a toddler

    A toddler tells the tale of her snow day.

    Wintertime blahs? We have more for your kids to do

    Wintertime blahs? We have more for your kids to do

    Need some new ideas to get you and your kids through winter? What about some indoor science experiments?

    Should we stop blogging about our kids?

    Should we stop blogging about our kids?

    Will my children be judged in any way because of their digital footprint, most of which in their young lives they had no say over?

    This is why I won’t write about my children anymore

    This is why I won’t write about my children anymore

    After publishing an essay last year about my teenage daughter’s driving accident, I have decided my kids can no longer be central players in my stories.

    My boyfriend secretly interviewed for jobs on another coast.

    My boyfriend secretly interviewed for jobs on another coast.

    Dr. Andrea advises a reader who’s questioning a partner’s commitment, and a parent who doesn’t want to talk kids.

    Here’s why it’s good to be an older mom

    Here’s why it’s good to be an older mom

    Reasons being an older mom is a good thing. Tiring, but good.

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    Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, urges support for kids' mental health

    Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, urges support for kids' mental health

    Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, spoke in a video on behalf of a British charity called Place2B, that advocates for supporting children's mental health.

    Why we need to do something about parental sleep deprivation

    Why we need to do something about parental sleep deprivation

    Practical help and support for exhausted parents would truly benefit our relationships, our children and ultimately our societies.

    When letting kids out of your sight becomes a crime

    When letting kids out of your sight becomes a crime

    Authorities threatened to take our children away after we allowed them to walk home alone from a park.

    Great YA biographies your kids (and face it: you) will like to read

    Great YA biographies your kids (and face it: you) will like to read

    The best biographies for young adults. (Hint: You’ll like them too.)

    How to talk to kids about their bodies and boundaries

    How to talk to kids about their bodies and boundaries

    How to talk to kids about consent at a young age

    The most important parenting lesson from Oscar nominee ‘Boyhood’

    The most important parenting lesson from Oscar nominee ‘Boyhood’

    It has nothing to do with the plot. It’s the editing that matters.

    Forever a first-time mom

    Forever a first-time mom

    Just as I watch my son stumble through difficult stages, so do I. The mother of an only child is forever a neophyte.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Kingsman,’ ‘Seventh Son’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Kingsman,’ ‘Seventh Son’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a spy thriller based on a comic book series.

    People assume boys will be jerks. It has to stop

    People assume boys will be jerks. It has to stop

    I fear for my sons. I fear for them having to grow up in a world that heralds their ability to get ahead, to be the boss, to “get” the girl. To score. I want them to view every girl they meet as a person and an equal, not a conquest.

    Date night: must we?

    Date night: must we?

    I fantasize about spending our date nights sitting in my car listening to an audio book. Or resting in a dark, silent room.

    Picky eater? Here’s how to get your child to choose healthier food.

    Picky eater? Here’s how to get your child to choose healthier food.

    Children need 10 to 14 exposures to a previously unliked vegetable before they’ll to choose to eat it.

    Help, my 10-year-old hates change

    Help, my 10-year-old hates change

    Her daughter cries at the thought of middle school. But is that such a bad thing?

    My kids are driving me crazy, so let’s add a few more kids

    My kids are driving me crazy, so let’s add a few more kids

    Save me from my kids, other kids.

    A breathtaking stunt, a great read for kids

    A breathtaking stunt, a great read for kids

    The true and wonderfully bizarre story of a French aerialist who, in 1974, spent 90 minutes walking, dancing, and even lying down on a wire that he strung across the two towers of the World Trade Center.

    Stillbirths: Why are they still happening?

    Stillbirths seem like something that wouldn’t happen in the 21st century. But, it turns out, they are far from infrequent.

    Lots of fun for the 14th with kids

    Lots of fun for the 14th with kids

    Lots of fun crafts to try this Valentine’s Day.

    There’s no one way to deal with autism

    There’s no one way to deal with autism

    Autism is as individual as the individual themselves. I used to be a support parent to newly diagnosed autism families in our county. The first thing I always said when talking about anything was “Here is what worked for us…“

    How to be a good stepmom

    How to be a good stepmom

    In trying to “learn” how to be a good stepmother, I learned there’s no one right way.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The SpongeBob Movie’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The SpongeBob Movie’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, the porous, yellow underwater hero returns to the big screen.

    Where I most want to be

    Where I most want to be

    In the flash of a diaper change, our new baby has become this person who’s just a part of our lives now, and, well, wow.

    My disabled son is perfect, and other things I’ve learned

    My disabled son is perfect, and other things I’ve learned

    In our terror surrounding Henry’s diagnosis, we forgot that our child was simply that: a child. My God, I thought. What had we been expecting — a monster?

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    Sleep advice you won't find in baby books | On Parenting

    Sleep advice you won't find in baby books | On Parenting

    If traditional methods for getting your baby to sleep don’t work and leave you feeling like a zombie, here are some tips. On Parenting contributor and new dad Bobby McMahon offers some creative solutions.

    Stay-at-home moms need annual leave, too

    Stay-at-home moms need annual leave, too

    The average American worker is entitled to 16 days of paid leave per year. If being a stay-at-home mom is tantamount to a full-time job, isn’t this a benefit we deserve, as well?

    When the kids gang up on the babysitter

    When the kids gang up on the babysitter

    Try to subtly point out what the children and sitter have in common.

    Making room for baby — when baby doesn’t have a room

    Making room for baby — when baby doesn’t have a room

    City-dwelling parents learn to make do with the square footage they have in small apartments, condos and rowhouses.

    No, you don’t need all that stuff for your baby

    No, you don’t need all that stuff for your baby

    New parents: Here’s a list of some of the things you can live without. We promise.

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

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

    I went to college with my daughter. Nothing has made us closer.

    I went to college with my daughter. Nothing has made us closer.

    Single parenting forced me to put off my education. By the time I got around to it, my daughter was in college too.

    Four ways to combat the winter blues in kids

    Four ways to combat the winter blues in kids

    From exercise to service projects to getting outside, here’s how to help your child stay sunny this winter.

    Stuck inside? Here are ways to keep kids busy.

    Stuck inside? Here are ways to keep kids busy.

    Here are some goods things to do with kids when the weather is too frightful to go outside.

    Vaccine deniers and the loss of community

    Vaccine deniers and the loss of community

    When we don’t vaccinate our children, or when we resor to calling the police to report kids walking or playing alone, we’re telling our neighbors that we’re not in this together.

    For us, ADHD drugs were the answer

    For us, ADHD drugs were the answer

    I used to think that kids who had trouble in school either lacked smarts or weren’t raised right. I had a lot to learn.

    Embracing even the difficult parenting moments

    Embracing even the difficult parenting moments

    Recently I decided to try to embrace all the moments with my children—even the difficult ones.

    The shocking Super Bowl ad that may be worth it

    The shocking Super Bowl ad that may be worth it

    Did you see that buzzkill of a Super Bowl ad, where the child-narrator was, well, dead?

    Why I don’t tell my girls they’re pretty

    Why I don’t tell my girls they’re pretty

    Our prevailing mantra in the face of society telling women they need to be thinner, better, and more perfect seems to be to start telling our girls how beautiful they are. I won’t do that.

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    When to question parenting styles

    When to question parenting styles

    Who decides what child neglect is?

    The Toddler Bowl halftime show. Could it get any better?

    The Toddler Bowl halftime show. Could it get any better?

    Though most of my passion for the Super Bowl revolves around multi-layer dips and critiques of commercials, I am amped for the Enfagrow Toddler Bowl. Here’s why.

    We’re parents first

    We’re parents first

    “No matter what our beliefs, we are parents first“

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    The cute version of the Super Bowl

    The cute version of the Super Bowl

    On Parenting contributor Nevin Martell’s son is participating in TLC’s first-ever “Toddler Bowl.”

    Sex ed, sixth grade, scary truths

    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?

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Strange Magic,’ ‘Black or White’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Strange Magic,’ ‘Black or White’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a high-concept animated musical and a family drama starring Kevin Costner.

    The best parenting mentors I found were on TV

    The best parenting mentors I found were on TV

    The show “Parenthood” is ending and my wife and I are Liz and I are left standing in our driveway, waving goodbye to some of the best mentors we have found for marriage and parenthood.

    Discussion

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

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

    Of my child’s birth -- and Shake Shack

    Of my child’s birth -- and Shake Shack

    Indira’s pregnancy diet was rich with healthy fare: fresh pomegranate juice, quinoa up the wazoo, chia seeds, red raspberry leaf tea. And so I found myself, an hour after our son was born, in line at Shake Shack.

    My son seems to lack empathy. Is that okay?

    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.

    I can’t fix my daughter’s nightmares with tricks, but I can be there

    I can’t fix my daughter’s nightmares with tricks, but I can be there

    They don’t need star charts and rewards. Somehow I always seem to forget the most powerful tool I have in my parenting arsenal: myself. My presence.

    Why do we tolerate the lifeless SAT and ACT?

    Why do we tolerate the lifeless SAT and ACT?

    Scholar Mark Bauerlein explores the exams’ sterility, a result of fairness rules that got out of control.

    Meeting fails to resolve Md. ‘free-range parenting’ inquiry

    Meeting fails to resolve Md. ‘free-range parenting’ inquiry

    Silver Spring couple who allowed their children to walk home alone could remain in limbo for weeks

    I didn’t mean to, but I breastfed my son well into toddlerhood

    I didn’t mean to, but I breastfed my son well into toddlerhood

    When things were at their darkest, this new mother found comfort in breastfeeding.

    10 (indoor) things to do with kids on snow days

    10 (indoor) things to do with kids on snow days

    10 ideas for a snow day