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    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

    Miscarriage isn’t contagious, so let’s talk

    Miscarriage isn’t contagious, so let’s talk

    She had a miscarriage, and discovered that perhaps the very antidote to drowning in the heartbreak of reproductive trauma is talking about it candidly and exorcising shame.

    Listen up: So much good kid’s music this year

    Listen up: So much good kid’s music this year

    This year’s kids music Grammy nominees for best album

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Paddington’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Paddington’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a gripping story about a Navy SEAL and “The Boy Next Door.”

    Are we teaching our kids to be less competitive?

    Are we teaching our kids to be less competitive?

    It’s not that my son’s not tough; he’s just not competitive. Is that a bad thing?

    Does this sound exciting to you? Then you, too, are probably a mom

    Does this sound exciting to you? Then you, too, are probably a mom

    What really gets a mom excited? Hint: It doesn’t have to do with bars or clubbing

    A mother’s guidance for a daughter leaving for Paris

    A mother’s guidance for a daughter leaving for Paris

    Her daughter left for Paris shortly after the terrorists there were killed. Sending her off wasn’t easy.

    I can’t with the sitter. I can with the hugs

    I can’t with the sitter. I can with the hugs

    Things I can and can’t do as a mom of a child who has autism (Can’t: just get a sitter. Can: listen to your funny kid stories)

    The middle child just needs some love

    The middle child just needs some love

    Her middle child is a prickly pear. How to fix this? Meghan Leahy advises.

    Thank God for ‘Gilmore Girls,’ and three other surprising things I learned as a new mom

    Thank God for ‘Gilmore Girls,’ and three other surprising things I learned as a new mom

    What to actually, expect when you’re expecting.

    It’s hard for my son to find books with characters who look like him

    I’m white. My wife is from Ghana. Our interracial son doesn’t often see characters in books who look like him, but here are a few.

    My daughter didn’t want to be like me. But she can’t help it

    My daughter didn’t want to be like me. But she can’t help it

    “I don’t want to be like you,” my daughter used to say. Standing side by side, looking in the mirror, she has my eyes and my smile. And she watches herself in the mirror with my expression. No, she doesn’t want to be like me, but can she help it?

    Column

    The precious — and anguished — moment before ‘The Talk’

    The precious — and anguished — moment before ‘The Talk’

    Many black parents tell their kids to adjust their behavior around police, but she is waiting for a better day.

    Neglect inquiry in Maryland shines spotlight on ‘free-range’ parenting

    Neglect inquiry in Maryland shines spotlight on ‘free-range’ parenting

    An agency is investigating after parents allowed their kids, ages 6 and 10, to walk home from a park.

    The potentially significant flaw in how schools are serving lunch to kids

    The potentially significant flaw in how schools are serving lunch to kids

    There’s a surprisingly simple way to get kids to eat more fruits and veggies, but most schools aren’t doing it.

    How my empty compliments aren’t helping my daughter

    How my empty compliments aren’t helping my daughter

    How one mom is hoping to change her parenting this year: No more empty compliments and praise

    Why I let my kids engage in “risky” behavior

    Why I let my kids engage in “risky” behavior

    My three boys tend to elicit a lot of attention at the playground with their rough and risky play. They play hard, take risks, and they can handle it.

    Video

    ‘Free-range’ parenting, explained

    ‘Free-range’ parenting, explained

    This Md. couple let their children, 10 and 6, walk home alone from a park a mile away from their house.

    My 5-year-old uses a walker. That’s even more reason to show her the world.

    My 5-year-old uses a walker. That’s even more reason to show her the world.

    In the 400-year-old Canadian city, advance planning and location scouting equal a (mostly) smooth trip.

    Family Filmgoer reviews “Paddington” and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews “Paddington” and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, the beloved children’s books come to life in a charming adaptation.

    Our family, made our way

    Our family, made our way

    She is my daughter. I gave birth to her. I nurse her. But she doesn’t have any of my genes.

    Dad travels, mom hunkers down

    Dad travels, mom hunkers down

    When her husband travels, they live and wait.

    Column

    Some parental supervision required

    Some parental supervision required

    Poor CPS: They can’t win in the case of the free-range kids.

    What the new birth data tell us about America’s future

    What the new birth data tell us about America’s future

    The CDC report shows rates of multiple births reached an all-time high in 2013.

    They let their kids walk home from a park. Now they say they face investigation.

    They let their kids walk home from a park. Now they say they face investigation.

    The Montgomery County parents say they saw it as a moment of independence for their kids, ages 10 and 6, but that authorities viewed it much differently.

    I was looking for a scientific, fact-based answer to prevent teen suicide. It wasn’t there

    I was looking for a scientific, fact-based answer to prevent teen suicide. It wasn’t there

    I want to believe that risk of suicide is something that can be modeled, a problem for which experts can devise a formula to tell me whether my children are at risk. But some things can’t and shouldn’t be quantified.

    One mother’s journey to her son

    One mother’s journey to her son

    Jackie Spinner has chronicled some of the steps she’s made to adopt her second son. Here, she meets him, and so do we.

    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.

    My teens won’t help with chores

    My teens won’t help with chores

    Two teens don’t help much. Are they still good kids?

    Sleep through the night? What’s that?

    Sleep through the night? What’s that?

    Tips to help your child sleep, from a mom and sleep coach.

    Today’s parents are much too hard on themselves

    Today’s parents are much too hard on themselves

    You’re doing great, don’t worry!

    My dream car seat is a hackathon away

    My dream car seat is a hackathon away

    I had to ask myself, “Is the problem with the parents or with the car seat design?”

    Do you let them quit or encourage them to stay?

    Do you let them quit or encourage them to stay?

    Do you let them quit or make them stay? Or is there a little middle ground that works for everyone?

    No pants? No sweat

    No pants? No sweat

    It’s 28 degrees outside, which means my boys will be wearing shorts.

    Video

    Video shows handgun in toddler's mouth

    Video shows handgun in toddler's mouth

    An Indiana couple is charged with child neglect after cell phone video obtained by authorities shows a one-year-old baby playing with a gun and the pair telling her to put it in her mouth.

    How to raise successful children

    How to raise successful children

    Is it done by being strict or having an interesting life? Parents lucky enough to know discuss how they did it.

    Column

    One upside to the divorce I didn’t want

    One upside to the divorce I didn’t want

    I found the freedom to parent my way, without all the mom-imposed rules.

    Identity crisis

    Identity crisis

    An adoptee’s lifelong struggle to claim a world of her own

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The Interview’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The Interview’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, the notorious film starring James Franco and Seth Rogen.

    Make those kid photos even better

    Make those kid photos even better

    We are all photographers now, thanks to smartphones. Here are good apps to help make those pictures even better.

    10 ways to cure kid cabin fever

    10 ways to cure kid cabin fever

    The long winter is still ahead. Here are 10 indoor activities to help you get through.

    Parents, let’s resolve to declutter, eat better and live better in 2015

    Parents, let’s resolve to declutter, eat better and live better in 2015

    Get your parenting house in order. Tips for staying organized, planning meals and keeping the peace throughout the year.

    Video

    Family dinnertime: It can happen

    Family dinnertime: It can happen

    “Six O’Clock Scramble” author Aviva Goldfarb has some tips on finding time to eat dinner as a family.

    My teen daughter hates me

    My teen daughter hates me

    I decided that being left behind doesn’t have to be forever as it happened between my mother and me. Being left behind can just be another leg of the motherhood journey.

    Laurie Berkner, tell us about you

    Laurie Berkner, tell us about you

    Laurie Berkner is huge in kid music. Here’s what she has to say about that, being a mom herself and what families need from musicians

    What to do when your child is a perfectionist

    What to do when your child is a perfectionist

    When your son or daughter gives up when the going gets tough, here is how to handle it.

    I passed the breast cancer gene on to my daughter

    I passed the breast cancer gene on to my daughter

    I tested positive for the BRCA gene, and then, so did my daughter. To anticipate your children in distress and be unable to help is my definition of despair.

    He’s one cool papa. Until he’s not

    He’s one cool papa. Until he’s not

    This dad is a superhero when walking his kid to school. On the way home, empty stroller in hand, he is a weirdo.

    Why I returned the Kindle my daughter got for Christmas

    Why I returned the Kindle my daughter got for Christmas

    We were faced with the prospect of our kindergartner owning a tablet, on which she could play games, practice reading, or surf the Internet. Here is our list of reasons we returned the gift.

    A new baby? Make it work

    A new baby? Make it work

    Parenting, after all, is kind of like the ultimate reality show. It’s about assessing your challenges and transforming them into something manageable. I didn’t need to make things perfect; I just needed to make it work.

    Oh, you already had that princess castle? Well use it this time

    Oh, you already had that princess castle? Well use it this time

    We couldn’t afford too much this year, so we regifted. Would the girls notice?

    Best family films of 2014

    Best family films of 2014

    Family Filmgoer names her favorite films of the year, from “Annie” to “X-Men.”

    How to ring in the new year with kids

    How to ring in the new year with kids

    It’s not just about adults and champagne. Here are 6 ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids

    How to handle a hot-tempered 4-year-old

    How to handle a hot-tempered 4-year-old

    Advice for a mom whose son shows aggression toward his younger brother.

    8 ways I plan to change my parenting in 2015

    8 ways I plan to change my parenting in 2015

    Her daughter isn’t yet 6, but already rules the roost. Here are eight things this mom is going to do in the new year to rein things in.

    10 family food resolutions for the new year

    10 family food resolutions for the new year

    It’s a good time to revisit food habits, explain good nutrition to your kids and start making better choices.

    After losing the love of his life, life and love endure

    After losing the love of his life, life and love endure

    One man’s year of mourning after the death of his wife of 30 years.

    Believing in Santa Claus could help your kids develop a cure for cancer

    Believing in Santa Claus could help your kids develop a cure for cancer

    Imagining the impossible beings exercise children’s reasoning skills.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Selma’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Selma’ and more

    Movies reviews with kids in mind. This week, “Into the Woods” and a drama about Martin Luther King Jr.

    A recipe for taking better kid photos

    A recipe for taking better kid photos

    We’ve all become photographers of sorts. Here are 10 good tips to help you take amazing photos of your kids

    Cinder Edna: She wears loafers instead of glass slippers and catches a bus to the ball

    Cinder Edna: She wears loafers instead of glass slippers and catches a bus to the ball

    Edna is the anti-Disney princess, with a lot of wit, charm and moxie.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Annie’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Annie’ and more

    This week, a modern update of the musical, plus the last chapters of “Night at the Museum” and “The Hobbit.”

    ‘Kadian Journal’: A father’s story of losing his son, 14

    ‘Kadian Journal’: A father’s story of losing his son, 14

    How do you mourn a life, and all its beautiful promise, cut so short?

    Video

    Tips for traveling with kids

    Tips for traveling with kids

    On Parenting columnist Anjali Varma offers some survival strategies for holiday travel with the kids.

    The Nutcracker is so much more than a tradition

    The Nutcracker is so much more than a tradition

    What all those Nutcracker practices and performances mean to us

    Stop the play dates, stop the “teaching,” and no more time outs

    Stop the play dates, stop the “teaching,” and no more time outs

    Stop time outs. Let your young child play. No more play dates. (Advice from Meghan Leahy)

    School turnaround fairy tales

    Federal efforts to spend billions of dollars on changing existing schools won’t work. Try a fresh start.

    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.

    Finding the best babysitter for them, and us

    Finding the best babysitter for them, and us

    Trying to use the right recipe for finding a good babysitter

    Not on Facebook? Then I don’t know how to keep up with you.

    Not on Facebook? Then I don’t know how to keep up with you.

    I’ve embraced social media and now feel like I can’t keep up with friends who haven’t.

    He doesn’t believe in Santa. Here’s hoping he won’t tell your kids

    He doesn’t believe in Santa. Here’s hoping he won’t tell your kids

    For those of us who have kids who don’t believe, this time of year gets very tricky

    When a child’s doctor moves on

    When a child’s doctor moves on

    When a doctor becomes like a part of the family

    Dear Santa, do I have a list for you

    Dear Santa, do I have a list for you

    Oh do I have a list for Santa this year.

    Hey, we have jelly doughnuts!

    Hey, we have jelly doughnuts!

    It’s the battle of the holiday season: Here are eight reasons Chanukah is cooler than Christmas

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The Imitation Game’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The Imitation Game’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a drama about World War II codebreakers, plus “Exodus.”

    A handful of wonderful books for kids

    A handful of wonderful books for kids

    Here are a few good (and beautiful) reads for kids this holiday season.

    A handful of wonderful books for kids

    A handful of wonderful books for kids

    Here are a few good (and beautiful) reads for kids this holiday season.

    This lack of sleep thing? Yeah, it’s bad

    This lack of sleep thing? Yeah, it’s bad

    For those who don’t know or don’t remember, knowing you won’t sleep and actually not sleeping is the difference between watching a boxing match and getting punched in the face.

    This lack of sleep thing? Yeah, it’s bad

    This lack of sleep thing? Yeah, it’s bad

    For those who don’t know or don’t remember, knowing you won’t sleep and actually not sleeping is the difference between watching a boxing match and getting punched in the face.

    Video

    How new dads can help new moms | On Parenting

    How new dads can help new moms | On Parenting

    New dad Bobby McMahon has some advice on how men can help out moms who are home on maternity leave. The first tip you can do before you even get home from work.

    Tiger mom? Not me

    Tiger mom? Not me

    Elephant mom, dolphin mom and, of course, tiger mom. These animals didn’t apply to my ways of motherhood, so I thought of another one.

    Tiger mom? Not me

    Tiger mom? Not me

    Elephant mom, dolphin mom and, of course, tiger mom. These animals didn’t apply to my ways of motherhood, so I thought of another one.

    Teaching kids generosity is an important part of the season

    Teaching kids generosity is an important part of the season

    Teaching children the idea of generosity is a necessity. Here’s proof.

    Video

    Does Santa make us selfish?

    Does Santa make us selfish?

    Watch what happens when Santa talks to kids about Christmas in terms of giving, instead of receiving.

    Tips for how to handle a jealous big sister

    Tips for how to handle a jealous big sister

    Advice for a mom whose older daughter is having tantrums now that baby has arrived.

    Dear world: stop telling my daughter to be pretty, thin and to love the color pink

    Dear world: stop telling my daughter to be pretty, thin and to love the color pink

    It’s not only important to feel like an equal when you’re a grown up. How my daughter sees her place in the world right now is pretty important, too.

    Answering the “So, how’s your kid” question at holiday parties

    Answering the “So, how’s your kid” question at holiday parties

    After a few polite conversational volleys, then comes the question. The one that all parents who have a “Challenge Child” dislike having to answer.

    Answering the “So, how’s your kid” question at holiday parties

    Answering the “So, how’s your kid” question at holiday parties

    After a few polite conversational volleys, then comes the question. The one that all parents who have a “Challenge Child” dislike having to answer.

    Stop telling moms they are ah-maaz-ing

    Stop telling moms they are ah-maaz-ing

    There is a countervailing tendency to glorify the role of Mommy, which, in a roundabout way, expects mothers to be “all in” and doesn’t help anyone.

    My kids have no interest in my native language

    My kids have no interest in my native language

    Many parents would love for their children to speak two languages. I am trying to teach them my native language, but they aren’t interested.