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    She let her son play in the rain. He never came back.

    She let her son play in the rain. He never came back.

    After Anna Whiston-Donaldson’s son died, she wrote a memoir about his death and her slow emergence from a cloud of shock and grief.

    Can we be mindful parents in the age of the smart phone?

    Can we be mindful parents in the age of the smart phone?

    From her first son to her third, this author discovered how to be more mindful. She challenges us to do the same.

    Her name is Matilda; hear her roar

    Her name is Matilda; hear her roar

    People tell me all the time that I am tough. I’m not anymore, but that’s not because of my cancer diagnosis. It’s because of my strong daughter.

    Column

    Why I let my children walk to the corner store

    Why I let my children walk to the corner store

    We’ve sanctioned criminalization of childhood independence by arresting parents who let kids play unguarded.

    Why you might not want to post your child’s back-to-school photos to Facebook

    Why you might not want to post your child’s back-to-school photos to Facebook

    Like all parenting decisions, this one’s personal. But there’s reason to be careful with what photos you post online.

    Discussion

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

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

    Transitioning a child with special needs from summer relaxation to school routines

    Transitioning a child with special needs from summer relaxation to school routines

    New supplies, new clothes, new teachers and sometimes a new school can be overwhelming. Here are ways to ease anxiety.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘If I Stay’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘If I Stay’ and more

    Watching movies with kids in mind: This week, a high school football film and a girl’s decision on life and death.

    Local Living’s 2014 back-to-school issue

    Local Living’s 2014 back-to-school issue

    Advice on organizing, parenting, nutrition, shopping and more.

    The verdict after the first week: Kindergarten is exhausting

    The verdict after the first week: Kindergarten is exhausting

    By the end of the first week of school, the excitement has worn off from the first day and the reality of the experience is hitting her. Hitting us all.

    I hate camping, and it’s not really because of the bugs

    I hate camping, and it’s not really because of the bugs

    Why do I hate camping? Because it reminds me of a weekend trip while we waited to hear if our son had autism.

    Back-to-school tips

    Back-to-school tips

    What parents can do to get their little scholars off to a good start.

    Parents keeping photos of their kids off Facebook is on today’s cover

    While most parents flood their Facebooks with photos of their children, some are resisting the trend and instead keeping their kids off social media entirely.

    School lunches get an upgrade

    School lunches get an upgrade

    The meals that launched a million jokes have gotten serious about nutriion.

    Five ways to help your middle-school student get organized

    Five ways to help your middle-school student get organized

    Experts offer suggestions to ease the transition to having lockers, multiple teachers and more responsibility.

    How to handle a tot with tantrums? Meghan Leahy advises.

    How to handle a tot with tantrums? Meghan Leahy advises.

    This almost-2-year-old is having heavy-duty tantrums. How can a parent cope? Meghan Leahy advises.

    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.