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    She almost lost her daughter to drowning. Here’s what this mom wants you to know

    She almost lost her daughter to drowning. Here’s what this mom wants  you to know

    It happened, as it does, quickly and silently, and with parents standing so near her. But this mom’s 2-year-old was found facedown in a hot tub. She survived, and her mom wants to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

    A stay-at-home mom’s duties need to be shared

    A stay-at-home mom’s duties need to be shared

    I stay at home with the kids. That doesn’t mean my husband shouldn’t help when he comes home from work.

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    Water safety tips for summer

    Water safety tips for summer

    As your kids head to the pool, beach and water park this summer, here are some important safety tips.

    First it was trophies. Now it’s driver’s licenses for everyone in Maryland.

    First it was trophies. Now it’s driver’s licenses for everyone in Maryland.

    ON PARENTING | The state isn’t testing for parallel parking in its driver’s exam anymore. Big mistake.

    What happens to our girls when we don’t talk about sex

    What happens to our girls when we don’t talk about sex

    Girls want their mothers to talk to them about sex -- they need that connection.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Tomorrowland’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Tomorrowland’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a sci-fi ad­ven­ture inspired by a Disneyland ride.

    Children on bikes aren’t welcome on my neighborhood roads. It doesn’t have to be that way.

    Children on bikes aren’t welcome on my neighborhood roads. It doesn’t have to be that way.

    A parent writes about making roads and sidewalks safer for kids.

    I freaked out when my 10-year-old told me she had a salad for lunch. Here’s why.

    I freaked out when my 10-year-old told me she had a salad for lunch. Here’s why.

    I was diagnosed with anorexia two years ago. I worry about the impact my restrictive eating had on my young daughters’ psyches.

    Behind the 7-year-old’s anger

    Behind the 7-year-old’s anger

    It’s probably frustration, and maybe ADD. Here are some good first steps.

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    Controversy and acclaim at Cannes

    Controversy and acclaim at Cannes

    On day six of the Cannes Film Festival, Pixar wowed with “Inside Out,” Calvin Klein hosted an event to celebrate women in film, and Cate Blanchett told of her frustration at her sexuality being linked to her roles.

    The kids complained about chores, so we gave them more

    The kids complained about chores, so we gave them more

    The chores my kids were doing were for them, as individuals. What about us, as a family?

    The potential payoff for kids of working mothers

    The potential payoff for kids of working mothers

    A Harvard researcher explains the benefits, particularly when it comes to children’s future careers.

    Top 10 parenting lessons I learned from David Letterman

    Top 10 parenting lessons I learned from David Letterman

    Letterman has taught me a thing or two about parenting. Here’s my Top 10 list.

    How to talk to your teen about depression, suicide

    How to talk to your teen about depression, suicide

    If parents and teens talk often about feelings, values and ideas then having a conversation about mental health is a natural extension.

    Why I don’t limit screen-time for my kids

    Why I don’t limit screen-time for my kids

    One mother says that screen time for her family is still time spent together.

    Atheist mom teaches kid how to pray, and other adventures in God

    Atheist mom teaches kid how to pray, and other adventures in God

    Being an atheist can be a lonely proposition. I’m a mom, a soccer mom at that. I sometimes feel rare, like a unicorn, or some heretical subspecies thereof.

    Key West with kids — some explanations and exceptions required

    Key West with kids  — some explanations and exceptions required

    A multigenerational group of vacationers finds attractions for youngsters amid adult-only activities.

    Rowing for Jesus, and other activities for a Parents’ Weekend abroad

    Rowing for Jesus, and other activities for a Parents’ Weekend abroad

    A college student’s year in Cambridge provides an opportunity for a roles-reversed family vacation

    On an international vacation, even unplugged teens find Turkish delights

    On an international vacation, even unplugged teens find Turkish delights

    In unfamiliar and beautiful new surroundings, a family gets to know one another in entirely different ways.

    A ski trip for 3, with 1 grown-up: Actually, yes, it can be fun

    Remembering simple joys. Working as a team. A vacation with only Mom offers surprise moments of intimacy.

    What other families can learn from this family’s year on the road

    What other families can learn from this family’s year on the road

    Jeff Schrum and his family took 10 months to travel the country in an Air Stream. In a nutshell: Go pack your bags

    Family Filmgoer on ‘Pitch Perfect 2’: Pushing the raunch line for PG-13

    Family Filmgoer on ‘Pitch Perfect 2’: Pushing the raunch line for PG-13

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a comedy sequel about a competitive a capella group.

    Is culture the reason my kids don’t listen to me?

    Is culture the reason my kids don’t listen to me?

    It is my culture that is pushing my kids to question... everything? I want them to be autonomous, I want them to question authority. I want them to do what I say.

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    Punishing parents who deviate from the government-enforced norm

    Punishing parents who deviate from the government-enforced norm

    “Free-range” parents deserve the right to bring up their children as they see fit.

    Top 10 albums that help your baby sleep (without destroying your hipster cred)

    You don’t have to listen to kiddie tunes even though you have a kid. Check these out.

    A stepmom-to-be considers her tightrope-walking skills

    A stepmom-to-be considers her tightrope-walking skills

    Advice on parenting in split-family situations.

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    How to teach your kids about sugar

    How to teach your kids about sugar

    If you want the message to sink in, you might have to go beyond “it’s bad for you.”

    My daughter’s night terrors are my nightmares

    My daughter’s night terrors are my nightmares

    Night terrors are a horrible thing, especially when you feel helpless. Because you are helpless.

    What else black moms know: How to parent beyond racial stereotypes

    What else black moms know: How to parent beyond racial stereotypes

    Here we go again with the Mommy Wars. But this time, instead of working vs. non-working moms, it’s black vs. white. Must we?

    Here’s the right way to treat a kid with autism (United Airlines, take note)

    Here’s the right way to treat a kid with autism (United Airlines, take note)

    United Airlines needs to take a lesson from our favorite restaurant in how to deal with children with autism.

    Grades matter in middle school. Should they matter at all?

    Grades matter in middle school. Should they matter at all?

    What do the numbers mean, after all? Does a low score mean my son is struggling or slacking off?

    Our (lack of) maternity leave policy is embarrassing and John Oliver nailed it

    Our (lack of) maternity leave policy is embarrassing and John Oliver nailed it

    The U.S. has no paid maternity leave. John Oliver nailed why that’s so wrong and, frankly, embarrassing.

    Why I still pack my 18-year-old’s lunches

    Why I still pack my 18-year-old’s lunches

    It may sound a bit crazy, but I still pack my 18-year-old’s lunch. Let me tell you why, and offer some of my kids’ favorite meals.

    Review

    My critics ‘were in some measure correct,’ Sally Mann admits in memoir

    My critics ‘were in some measure correct,’ Sally Mann admits in memoir

    In “Hold Still,” the controversial photographer defends her work as part of the larger tale of her life.

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    Lonnae O’Neal: A mother rocks out on love and Aerosmith

    Lonnae O’Neal: A mother rocks out on love and Aerosmith

    Sandwiched between her own mother and her three children, she finds her anthem.

    Making memories, the old fashioned way

    Making memories, the old fashioned way

    But the absent record of my youth has done more than make me a camera person. It’s made me a photo album throwback, someone who stores memories the way her grandparents did.

    How to teach our children the art of happiness

    How to teach our children the art of happiness

    We toilet train them and teach them self-care and manners, how to read, what to do in an emergency, how to cross the street safely. But can we teach them how to be happy?

    Stop judging poor moms. Bad policies hurt their kids — not bad parenting.

    Stop judging poor moms. Bad policies hurt their kids — not bad parenting.

    For middle-class parents, money covers our shortcomings.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Hot Pursuit,’ ‘Avengers’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Hot Pursuit,’ ‘Avengers’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a buddy film starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara.

    The end of the ‘dumb dad’ era

    The end of the ‘dumb dad’ era

    Advertisers and TV writers are just catching up to demographic trends.

    Once the baby comes, moms do more, dads do less around the house

    Once the baby comes, moms do more, dads do less around the house

    Once baby comes home, moms do more around the house, dads do less

    Locating my birth mother in the notes of a song

    Locating my birth mother in the notes of a song

    People ask if I want to find my birth mother. I think about this question when I imagine her DNA pulsing through my blood. We are connected, yet disconnected.

    How to be your daughter’s confidante

    How to be your daughter’s confidante

    Helping a “bossy” 7-year-old who’s feeling ostracized at school.

    I can’t stop thinking about my sons’ birth mothers

    I can’t stop thinking about my sons’ birth mothers

    The two women who gave birth to my sons are part of my story. There’s a bond, but one they don’t know about.

    I gave birth to my brother’s baby

    I gave birth to my brother’s baby

    I gave birth to a child who is biologically my nephew, but whose love and lopsided smile fulfill everything I could ever want in life.

    She wanted to return to an office after having a baby. She lasted 2 months.

    She wanted to return to an office after having a baby. She lasted 2 months.

    The rigid schedule and constant accounting of her time were unreasonable for one mother.

    My daughter’s sick day means my sick day

    My daughter’s sick day means my sick day

    I struggled through the morning, trying to work on a project due the next day. And then a strange thing happened. I started to feel grateful.

    Why these childless by choice writers have so much in common with me, a mom of two

    Why these childless by choice writers have so much in common with me, a mom of two

    As I dove into a new series of essays about choosing to be childless, I figured there was no way I could relate.

    Advice from kids’ authors: How do you get kids excited to read?

    Advice from kids’ authors: How do you get kids excited to read?

    Scholastic’s summer reading challenge can help kids avoid the summer reading slide. So might these tips from authors.

    My husband does the laundry, and he should

    My husband does the laundry, and he should

    My husband does his own laundry -- as it should be. Here’s why.

    Mothering a post-feminist boy

    Mothering a post-feminist boy

    I was raised by a feminist. Now I have a boy. He has to be told the same things I was.

    Want a confident 10-year-old? Start early

    Want a confident 10-year-old? Start early

    There’s a lot of talk about fostering independence in kids. But what about among toddlers and preschoolers?

    Greeting cards? Books? I don’t see a resemblance

    Greeting cards? Books? I don’t see a resemblance

    Years ago, I couldn’t find thank you cards with a family that looked like mine. Seven years later, my son can’t find book characters that look like him either.

    Baby formula made of raw milk? It’s happening

    Baby formula made of raw milk? It’s happening

    There are parents who are feeding babies homemade formula that includes raw milk.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, superheroes battle an evil robot in the Marvel sequel.

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    Baltimore mom, son open up about beating

    Baltimore mom, son open up about beating

    Toya Graham, the mother videotaped slapping her son and pulling him out of a riot this week, says it was very upsetting to see him there. The videotape of the confrontation has been viewed worldwide.

    Teaching myself, and my daughter, to self-soothe

    Teaching myself, and my daughter, to self-soothe

    How could I teach my daughter to self-soothe? Are crutches, like mine, such a bad thing?

    How to decide if in-laws are too close — or close enough for comfort

    How to decide if in-laws are too close —  or close enough for comfort

    An “Everbody Loves Raymond” nearness with an emphasis on love.

    12 tips for reading to your child’s class

    12 tips for reading to your child’s class

    It seems like a simple task: read to the class. It never is that easy. Here are some tips to make the most of it.

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    How to talk to your infant about ‘Star Wars’

    How to talk to your infant about ‘Star Wars’

    This dad loves “Star Wars,” so, you know, he has to explain his excitement about the new movie to his son. Who’s 6 months old.

    About that Baltimore mom …

    That angry Baltimore mom? I’m angry for her.

    In defense of water

    In defense of water

    Here’s why our bodies need plain, been-around-for-billions-of-years, unsweetened, unflavored water.

    Breaking the cycle of rage in families

    Breaking the cycle of rage in families

    My anger almost ruined my family. I want to simplify as much as I can here how I became a “softer” parent.

    What my twins taught me about gender stereotypes

    What my twins taught me about gender stereotypes

    And then, poof, somewhere around their first birthday, it was as if the gender fairy flitted into our house and waved her magic wand, dusting them both with stereotypes.

    The other side of infertility: I finally joined the elusive mommy club, but did I really belong?

    The other side of infertility: I finally joined the elusive mommy club, but did I really belong?

    Two years ago, the sight of activities I’m now a part of — stroller walks, park play dates, moms’ group meet-ups at Starbucks — would have sent me running for the hills.

    Life after concussions for one young athlete

    Life after concussions for one young athlete

    I was getting ready to bubble wrap this beautiful child and call it a day. Game over. Lesson learned. But that’s not what he was trying to teach me.

    How to teach students not to do everything they are told

    How to teach students not to do everything they are told

    ‘ No evidence supports the contention that most kids are coddled and consequently self-centered, let alone that this is true of more kids today than it was in decades past. (Adults have grumbled about young people in pretty much the same ways for -- well, approximately forever.) But assume for a moment that today’s grumblers were right. How would we raise and teach children if our priority was to make sure they weren’t self-centered? What might help them acquire the inclination to look beyond themselves?’

    Why I’m somewhere between Free Range and Helicopter

    Why I’m somewhere between Free Range and Helicopter

    I don’t want my kids to believe someone is out to get them. Nonetheless, I talk to them about stranger danger and weigh legitimate threats against my kids’ need to grow as independent beings.

    How about a Leave Your Job at Work Day instead?

    How about a Leave Your Job at Work Day instead?

    I don’t need my child to come to work with me, I need to leave my work at my job when I’m with him.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Age of Adaline,’ ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Age of Adaline,’ ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a romantic fantasy and an unfunny comedy sequel.

    The time I was accused of child abuse

    The time I was accused of child abuse

    A mother was wrongly accused of slapping her child. Here’s what happened next.

    Why I won’t be participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

    Why I won’t be participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

    I love the idea of Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day. I hate the idea of bringing mine.

    My son is a 12-year-old technology addict

    My son is a 12-year-old technology addict

    A plugged-in tween pitches a fit when his gadgets are taken away. Is he headed down a dangerous path?

    Have I disappeared since I became a mom?

    Have I disappeared since I became a mom?

    She became a mother and disappeared. Now, what she wouldn’t do for just a little attention.

    There is a right way to talk to your kids about money

    There is a right way to talk to your kids about money

    Start by teaching them that there are benefits in waiting for things.

    What we’re reading: ‘Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt’

    What we’re reading: ‘Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt’

    When he asked where worms go in the wintertime, I knew just what book to read to him.

    Businesses and breastfeeding

    Businesses and breastfeeding

    Businesses have a long way to go as far as understanding breastfeeding laws. Moms are using social media to make sure they understand.

    My life as the mom of twins (also titled: Stop telling me to be careful what you wish for!)

    My life as the mom of twins (also titled: Stop telling me to be careful what you wish for!)

    I stared in silence when the nurse announced I was pregnant with twins. She cheerfully added, “Be careful what you wish for!”

    Aviva Goldfarb crafts tools and tips for easy, healthy family meals

    Aviva Goldfarb crafts tools and tips for easy, healthy family meals

    Goldfarb’s long been spreading the joy of sharing homemade meals.

    How a puppy reminded us what it means to be a family

    How a puppy reminded us what it means to be a family

    We got a puppy who reminded us just what we’re all about.

    Why it’s not easy to be a dad in a mom’s world

    Why it’s not easy to be a dad in a mom’s world

    Though there’s a seismic shift underway, the world of parenting is still ruled by mothers. So upon introducing myself to a mom in a child-focused environment, I try to quickly and gracefully communicate three things.

    Please hush, little baby

    Please hush, little baby

    For parents, sleep is priceless. It gives us patience. Clarity. Focus. Functionality. For children, however, bedtime is something to avoid

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Monkey Kingdom’ and ‘Unfriended’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Monkey Kingdom’ and ‘Unfriended’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a Disneynature documentary about a troop of macaque monkeys.

    What happened when my 4-year-old told me she was fat

    What happened when my 4-year-old told me she was fat

    I was horrified that my off-handed comments about my own appearance had added up to a perfectly normal preschooler with a poor body image.

    Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon inspire moms to create a dance video of their own

    Three sisters share their take on the Evolution of the Mom Dance

    Why I took swimming lessons at age 41

    Why I took swimming lessons at age 41

    Mom, why don’t YOU have to learn anything new? Why is it always me? He had a point.

    Why I’m not worried about my late-blooming teen

    Why I’m not worried about my late-blooming teen

    My son may not be the kid with the 4.2 GPA or the crazy SAT scores, but he’s more than enough.

    Column

    Can a 5-year-old with a case of hero worship become his own man?

    Can a 5-year-old with a case of hero worship become his own man?

    Don’t worry. Sometime between the ages of 5 and 7 (and often much later), a child will begin to “grow into himself.”

    Column

    Managing our free-ranging fears

    Managing our free-ranging fears

    We walked home and watched our siblings. It was called childhood. And it prepared us for adulthood.

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    Parents of 'free-range' kids to sue Montgomery County

    Parents of 'free-range' kids to sue Montgomery County

    The lawyer for Danielle and Alexander Meitiv says the couple plans to take Montgomery County to court over an incident during which police picked up their children and held them without alerting the parents.

    Teaching a child about death

    Teaching a child about death

    Don’t be afraid, despite how uncomfortable the conversation can be.

    Video

    Police release 911 call reporting unaccompanied 'free-range' children

    Police release 911 call reporting unaccompanied 'free-range' children

    Montgomery County Police released the audio from the 911 call reporting Danielle and Alexander Meitiv's children, 10 and 6, walking down the street unaccompanied. Montgomery County police said that a call came in to check on the children’s welfare shortly before 5 p.m.

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    Police release 911 call reporting unaccompanied children

    Police release 911 call reporting unaccompanied children

    Montgomery County Police released the audio from the 911 call reporting Danielle and Alexander Meitiv's children, 10 and 6, walking down the street unaccompanied. Montgomery County police said that a call came in to check on the children’s welfare shortly before 5 p.m.

    At family camps, parents and kids test out camp life, together

    At family camps, parents and kids test out camp life, together

    Offered in a range of formats — as a camp’s sole program or as an add-on feature — and catering to various groups, family camps have surged in popularity.