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

    Join us at 11 a.m. to talk all things parenting.

    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.

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    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.”

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    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.

    Discussion

    On Parenting: Meghan Leahy takes questions about parenting

    Join us at 11 a.m. to talk all things parenting.

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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.

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    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.

    Is your child a reluctant reader/writer? Take them to a show.

    Is your child a reluctant reader/writer? Take them to a show.

    Is your daughter one smart cookie but not much of a reader? Or maybe you know a boy who can’t put down his book but envelopes himself in a dark cloud of misery when someone mentions writing about that book. Here’s something that may help: introduce them to a literary rock star. Take them to a children’s book signing.

    My income barely pays for daycare, but I won’t stop working

    My income barely pays for daycare, but I won’t stop working

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to give up working altogether and be a full-time stay-at-home mom?

    Being the little brother of a big brother with autism

    Being the little brother of a big brother with autism

    Brotherly support is still strong, but may look different when your older sibling has autism.

    A mom using her body

    A mom using her body

    Playing soccer with my son brings joy, and shame.

    Listen to Your Mother 2015: Get off my field!

    Listen to Your Mother 2015: Get off my field!

    Listen to Your Mother is a series of shows nationwide where writers share their essays about parenthood. On stage.

    When does racism begin?

    When does racism begin?

    Years ago, I made a fast friend in the daughter of our maid. Our mothers wouldn’t let us have a sleep over. That harsh lesson taught me about racism at a very young age.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The Longest Ride,’ ‘Furious 7’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The Longest Ride,’ ‘Furious 7’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel.

    Why I always accept invitations to ‘Mom Wine Nights’

    Why I always accept invitations to  ‘Mom Wine Nights’

    Everyone stops posturing and judging long enough to get real

    10 ways to help your child be a good conversationalist

    10 ways to help your child be a good conversationalist

    The basics, such as not interrupting and saying “please” and “thank you,” lay the foundation upon which we add the softer skills that turn a bore into someone with whom conversing is a pleasure.

    What to do when parenting styles don’t align

    What to do when parenting styles don’t align

    A dad travels for work and then caves in to a 6-year-old when he’s home. Meghan Leahy advises.

    What it means to be a sister

    What it means to be a sister

    Relationships between sisters are not only usually the strongest in families, they’re also the most enduring and life changing.

    The love-hate relationship with my breast pump

    The love-hate relationship with my breast pump

    The freedom a breast pump provides also comes with more than a few issues.

    Evidence? We don’t need no stinkin’ evidence!

    Never mind what the studies show.

    How pregnancy and birth overseas is so different than in the U.S.

    How pregnancy and birth overseas is so different than in the U.S.

    I live in the Netherlands. The fact that I managed to negotiate delivering my baby in a birthing center rather than on the occasionally-Swiffered floor of my live/workspace already felt like major victory.

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    Obama: 'I need prayer'

    Obama: 'I need prayer'

    Speaking at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, President Obama said that with his daughters looking into college, he starts "tearing up," and needs prayers to help him. He also mused on "the glorious resurrection of our savior."

    I had a home birth and I’m not brave or stupid

    I had a home birth and I’m not brave or stupid

    My hospital birth was, in short, a nightmare. Here’s why I decided to do a home-birth the second time around.

    Breast milk purchased online isn’t always 100 percent breast milk

    Breast milk purchased online isn’t always 100 percent breast milk

    A study finds that 10% of milk in marketplaces contains cow’s milk and can cause problems for infants.

    About that parental anxiety….

    About that parental anxiety….

    News of the recent plane crash brought up my parental anxiety.

    How young is too young to talk about underage drinking?

    How young is too young to talk about underage drinking?

    Think 8 years old is too young to start talking about the dangers of underage drinking? Don’t.

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    Researchers: Surprising babies helps them learn more

    Researchers: Surprising babies helps them learn more

    Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say an infant learns better from an object when it acts in a way that is out of the ordinary, defying innate expectations.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Furious 7,’ ‘Home,’ ‘Get Hard’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Furious 7,’ ‘Home,’ ‘Get Hard’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a super-sized sequel featuring impossible stunts.

    Getting over our fears — for our kids’ sakes

    Getting over our fears — for our kids’ sakes

    I was terrified of animals, but decided to get over it for my kids’ sakes.

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    Vin Diesel recalls mourning Paul Walker

    Vin Diesel recalls mourning Paul Walker

    Vin Diesel’s hand and footprints were added to the famed cement collection Wednesday at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre. After the ceremony Diesel discussed how the birth of his daughter helped him heal after the loss of his co-star Paul Walker.

    Should family dinner trump extracurriculars?

    Should family dinner trump extracurriculars?

    Making family dinners a priority isn’t always easy. At times over the years we said no to teams or activities that would keep our kids out for the dinner hour too often.

    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.

    Does parent time matter for kids? Your questions answered

    Does parent time matter for kids? Your questions answered

    Reader questions poured in about a new study that found it’s how, not how much time parents spend with kids that matters. The authors of the study take on their critics

    Helping a hormonal tween

    Helping a hormonal tween

    A mother tries to keep an even keel.

    Is the mean mommy voice better than yelling?

    Is the mean mommy voice better than yelling?

    The mean mommy voice could just be yelling in disguise.

    The question I always asked before
    I let my kid go on any play date

    The question I always asked before <br> I let my kid go on any play date

    “Do you keep guns in your house?” led to the most illuminating of answers.

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    Proof that working mothers need to stop beating themselves up

    Proof that working mothers need to stop beating themselves up

    COLUMN | We have, at long last, scientific proof that more of mom isn’t necessarily better.

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    3 myths about spending time with your kids

    3 myths about spending time with your kids

    Do parents spend enough time with their kids? That was the question The Post's Brigid Schulte posed in her story about a groundbreaking new study, which found it’s how you spend your time, not how much, that has the biggest impact on kids.

    I may be a single mom, but I’m not doing it alone

    I may be a single mom, but I’m not doing it alone

    My son’s terrible twos are nothing compared to my terrible teens. Thanks, mom.

    Introducing kids to gardening

    Introducing kids to gardening

    Ways to get your kids into the garden, and why you should

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    A visit that makes a difference

    A visit that makes a difference

    Home-visiting programs make for healthier, school-ready kids. Let’s keep them going.

    They eat them because they love them

    They eat them because they love them

    “I’ll eat you up, I love you so.”

    Letting our children go and learning to be okay with that

    Letting our children go and learning to be okay with that

    Too often we stifle healthy growth and independence under the guise of keeping our children safe. I want my kids to have the confidence to explore the world. But what if I was wrong?

    What We’re Reading: The Iridescence of Birds: A book about Henri Matisse

    What We’re Reading: The Iridescence of Birds: A book about Henri Matisse

    A lovely read that is about much more than Henri Matisse -- it’s about childhood and inspiring greatness

    When one child’s rules are different than the others

    When one child’s rules are different than the others

    Having three kids with similar needs is tough. When one has different needs, it’s nearly impossible.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Home,’ ‘Insurgent’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Home,’ ‘Insurgent’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a delightful animated feature about an alien invasion of Earth.

    How my time in the NICU taught me to be a mom

    How my time in the NICU taught me to be a mom

    The time she spent in the NICU taught her how to be a mother.

    Ashton Kutcher just wants to change his kid’s diaper, man

    Ashton Kutcher just wants to change his kid’s diaper, man

    The newish father has launched a campaign to pressure retailers into adding changing stations in their men’s rooms.

    Finding the right help at the right time

    Finding the right help at the right time

    Parenting: you need help from the beginning. As with all of life, it’s a matter of finding the right help.

    Her husband is emotionally abusing her son. Now what?

    Her husband is emotionally abusing her son. Now what?

    In this situation, a mother must defend her child, or regret her inaction in the years to come.

    Am I too sensitive about adoption?

    Am I too sensitive about adoption?

    Am I too sensitive about my adopted sons? There’s a difference between sensitivity and calling someone out when they say something they shouldn’t.

    Why curiosity is important for parents, too

    Why curiosity is important for parents, too

    Curiosity is an underrated quality in parenting, I think. Here’s how to have fun and why that’s important.

    Performance evaluation. By your toddler

    Performance evaluation. By your toddler

    Hi, Mom. I have a few things to tell you about your recent performance. Come see me.

    How to travel with kids

    How to travel with kids

    In three months, my husband and I traveled with a toddler and infant from Washington to Indonesia, Indonesia to California, California to Texas, Texas to California, and then back to Indonesia. Here’s how we survived.

    The dreaded science fair project

    The dreaded science fair project

    It’s science fair time for many. Which means it’s also time to ask how much is too much parental involvement?

    How to feed your family by cooking once every 6 weeks

    How to feed your family by cooking once every 6 weeks

    Who has time to cook a family meal? My block does, now that we created a soup collective. Here’s how we do it.

    What happens when the youngest child becomes the middle child

    What happens when the youngest child becomes the middle child

    Her once youngest son is finding his way as being the middle child now.

    I’m a dad. So why do people call me ‘Mrs.’?

    I’m a dad. So why do people call me ‘Mrs.’?

    Dads can lean in, too.

    For parents with a newly diagnosed child with Down syndrome

    For parents with a newly diagnosed child with Down syndrome

    All children come with challenges. However, in the absence of a diagnosis, parents don’t start their child rearing journey with lists of potential problems.

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    Don’t be ‘that’ sports parent

    Don’t be ‘that’ sports parent

    Here’s some advice for parents who want to be supportive without becoming viral sensations.

    Five suggestions for babyproofing your job interview

    Five suggestions for babyproofing your job interview

    Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I’d switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home, taking care of her.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Insurgent’ and ‘Cinderella’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Insurgent’ and ‘Cinderella’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, the second installment of the Veronica Roth sci-fi series.

    I’m grocery shopping all wrong

    I’m grocery shopping all wrong

    We all do it, but maybe, like this author, you’re also grocery shopping all wrong

    Our children are real, and so are their donors

    Our children are real, and so are their donors

    While singular in their disdain, Dolce and Gabbana express an unease that many of us, gay and straight, have around third-party reproduction. Is it ethical to pay a donor or a surrogate? Should a donor be able to remain forever anonymous?

    Give a little girl some space to learn

    Give a little girl some space to learn

    A mother wonders whether to worry about her 4-year-old’s anger when she can’t do something correctly.

    Discussion

    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.

    When your child speaks a language you don’t

    When your child speaks a language you don’t

    The transition to daycare feels even more acute because it takes place in another language: Noa is entering a world I literally cannot understand.

    How to help kids love to read

    How to help kids love to read

    Parents can do a lot to cultivate lifelong readers. Here’s how one writer-mom does it.

    My boyfriend’s daughter is smoking pot. Do I tell him?

    My boyfriend’s daughter is smoking pot. Do I tell him?

    Dr. Andrea weighs in: Should you tell on your boyfriend’s weed-loving kid? And what’s a serious enough problem for marriage counseling?

    What’s wrong with “Amazon Family?” Dads take on “Amazon Mom”

    What’s wrong with “Amazon Family?” Dads take on “Amazon Mom”

    A discount program for the parents of toddlers is called “Amazon Family” in other parts of the world, but “Amazon Mom” in the United States. Some active Dads are seeking to change that

    WWJD? Asking for a friend

    WWJD? Asking for a friend

    I’m not sure where I stand on God and religion, so what do I teach my son?

    Will the rise of ‘over-sharenting’ mean the end of privacy for our children?

    Will the rise of ‘over-sharenting’ mean the end of privacy for our children?

    Parents find an outlet through social media, but that might ultimately pose safety risks for minors.

    If you’re not my baby, I don’t want to hear your opinions on breastfeeding

    If you’re not my baby, I don’t want to hear your opinions on breastfeeding

    We live in an age when people feel like they can weigh in on my parenting choices. It’s the worst.

    Answering kids’ questions about LGBT

    Answering kids’ questions about LGBT

    8 ways to talk to kids about LGBT issues

    Don’t bash parents for using Uber

    Don’t bash parents for using Uber

    Don’t bash harried families for turning to Uber and the On Demand economy to solve the logistical nightmare of rigid work schedules designed for the 1950s, kid activities and traffic. How about bringing the workplace into the 21st century?

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Run All Night’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Run All Night’

    Kids 5 and older will happily lose themselves in Disney’s new live-action take on the classic fairy tale.

    Discussion

    On Parenting: Teaching kids about money

    Parenting and youth development expert Deborah Gilboa will answer questions and offer advice on teaching kids about money.

    Why watching TV can actually be good for toddlers

    Why watching TV can actually be good for toddlers

    New research shows that after watching an educational children’s television program, toddlers can learn to count to five and read a simple map.

    Trying to be a good post-divorce mom

    Trying to be a good post-divorce mom

    One role I was always proud of was being a mother. Fast-forward to a few months post-divorce, and it’s an entirely different picture.

    7 ways to nip narcissism in the bud

    7 ways to nip narcissism in the bud

    Here are ways to make sure your kid doesn’t end up being a narcissist, even if you raise them with self-esteem.

    Why I post pictures of my children breastfeeding

    Why I post pictures of my children breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding—like so many aspects of parenting—is wondrous and fleeting.

    How to help your child get to sleep

    How to help your child get to sleep

    You cannot talk a young child into feeling safe, but helping them feel secure will get them to bed.

    The day I broke my baby

    The day I broke my baby

    As I sat holding my son in the hospital waiting for scans to confirm what I feared most — that he had a skull fracture — I was told repeatedly by nurses and doctors that they see this all the time.

    When should you start teaching your kids about money? Now.

    When should you start teaching your kids about money? Now.

    Expert advice on when and how to talk to your children about spending, saving and donating.

    My daughter stood up to a bully

    My daughter stood up to a bully

    My normally shy daughter finally stood up to her tormenter and found the strength in a pen.

    Are you raising a bully?

    Are you raising a bully?

    Some of your actions may be causing your child to be a bully

    I was a competitive swimmer, and I want my 6-year-old son to get serious at the pool.

    I was a competitive swimmer, and I want my 6-year-old son to get serious at the pool.

    Dr. Andrea advises parents who want their kid to be a swim star, and a boyfriend who’s afraid his girlfriend isn’t smart enough for him.

    My iPhone addiction was making me a terrible mom

    My iPhone addiction was making me a terrible mom

    She realized she had become addicted to her iPhone and it was hurting her family. Here’s what she learned when she put it down for a week.

    Grit: The key ingredient to your kids’ success

    Grit: The key ingredient to your kids’ success

    We’ve made our kids too soft, and have to teach them the value of having grit if we want them to succeed.