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    Expand who gets gifted services by looking for creativity

    Veteran researcher Joe Renzulli says we should ask teachers and parents which kids are gifted.

    10 ways to get kids outdoors

    10 ways to get kids outdoors

    Nature can inspire creativity, improve concentration and foster greater agility.

    We should be focusing on a baby’s nutrition to avoid childhood obesity

    We should be focusing on a baby’s nutrition to avoid childhood obesity

    The most critical time to get a child good nutrition is his or her first 1,000 days.

    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.

    Down syndrome facts and myths

    Down syndrome facts and myths

    When my daughter was born with Down syndrome 11 years ago, I was told by my doctor that she probably wouldn’t live until 3 years old. I’m writing to dispel myths during this, Down syndrome awareness month.

    I’m trying to prepare my toddler for a newly adopted sibling

    I’m trying to prepare my toddler for a newly adopted sibling

    The issues with trying to prepare a toddler for a newly adopted sibling

    Middle school librarian recommends Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

    Middle school librarian recommends Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

    Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, I would have been grateful for the perspective offered by Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Book of Life’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Book of Life’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, an animated ad­ven­ture that brings the dead to life.

    We’re drowning in plastic junk

    We’re drowning in plastic junk

    Her kids have too much little junk. What can we do to stop the piles of plastic?

    Commentary: How to inspire tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

    Commentary: How to inspire tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

    An expert offers several tips to parents hoping to foster their child’s entrepreneurial spirit.

    Food writers are lying to you

    Food writers are lying to you

    She’s a food writer and cookbook author. This is the truth about how her child eats.

    Video

    Three tips for better bedtimes | On Parenting

    Three tips for better bedtimes | On Parenting

    On Parenting columnist Meghan Leahy offers three easy tips for getting your child into bed with less fuss, and far less fighting.

    The toddler who won’t sleep in her own bed

    The toddler who won’t sleep in her own bed

    Actually, there are worse things than a good night’s sleep with a child who loves and needs you by your side.

    When a trusted adult breaks a community’s trust, how does anyone recover?

    When a trusted adult breaks a community’s trust, how does anyone recover?

    A local teacher is accused of sexual abuse. How will the community rally?

    I was married before. Do I tell my kids?

    I was married before. Do I tell my kids?

    I’m happily married with two children now. Will I ever tell them I was married before?

    ‘My husband calls them breast-feeding bullies’

    ‘My husband calls them breast-feeding bullies’

    Husbands want to help with round-the-clock feedings and relieved their wives were using formula.

    Lies? No, let’s call them parental self-deceptions

    Lies? No, let’s call them parental self-deceptions

    Trying to laugh her way through the tough times.

    Kids come to school sick because parents can’t stay home from work

    Kids come to school sick because parents can’t stay home from work

    Are we sending our children the wrong message when we go to work sick?

    The trouble with parenting the college applicant

    The trouble with parenting the college applicant

    Second installment of occasional series about a high school senior applying to college.

    No joke: I love my post-baby body

    No joke: I love my post-baby body

    It’s easy to laugh and poke fun at your body -- but how about we just stop?

    Why I don’t breast-feed, if you must ask (and you do)

    Why I don’t breast-feed, if you must ask (and you do)

    ESSAY | A new mother finds people judging her for not breast-feeding — but she has a very good reason.

    9 things I learned from my 36 parent-teacher conferences

    9 things I learned from my 36 parent-teacher conferences

    Here’s how to get the most out of parent teacher conferences, from a pro

    This mom is trying to learn math again

    This mom is trying to learn math again

    My kids get math. I never did. So can I learn it now? And why would I?

    Let me tell you something about Bob Dylan...

    Let me tell you something about Bob Dylan...

    They want nothing more than to listen to Kids Place Live. Again. But what about my music?

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Alexander and the Very Bad Day’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Alexander and the Very Bad Day’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, the movie adaptation of the classic Judith Viorst picture book.

    Nats lost, our superfan was crushed. But then...

    Nats lost, our superfan was crushed. But then...

    The Nats loss was pretty devastating, but our superfan showed us it’s not the end.

    Parents need to lean in and listen

    Parents need to lean in and listen

    Highlights for Children does an annual “State of the Kid” survey. This year, many kids said we parents are too distracted.

    Video

    Ebola leaves Liberian children orphaned

    Ebola leaves Liberian children orphaned

    UNICEF estimates at least 3,700 children in West Africa have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the outbreak began this summer. These three siblings in Monrovia struggle to get by together.

    Help! My teen son is driving me crazy

    Help! My teen son is driving me crazy

    Her 14-year-old doesn’t listen and Marguerite Kelly advises how to handle it.

    Why gifted education doesn’t make sense

    It means giving some of our brightest, not all, services that may not work any better than regular schooling.

    Alexander’s terrible, horrible day turned out not so bad after all

    Alexander’s terrible, horrible day turned out not so bad after all

    Alexander Viorst, now all grown up, sees the story he inspired his mother to write go from beloved children’s book to Hollywood.

    What kind of pet should you get? Take our quiz to find out.

    What kind of pet should you get? Take our quiz to find out.

    If you’re not sure if a gerbil or great dane is right for you or your family.

    Our son isn’t born yet, but we hope he’s ready for some baseball

    Our son isn’t born yet, but we hope he’s ready for some baseball

    He’s not born yet, but I hope he loves baseball and all the disappointment that goes with it

    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.

    Choosing the best pet for your family

    Choosing the best pet for your family

    The right pet, in the right home, can be one of the best experiences you can give your child.

    How dads are ruining black teens’ sexual health

    How dads are ruining black teens’ sexual health

    We have to take machismo out of “the talk.“

    Is your kid worried about Ebola? Here’s how to explain it

    Is your kid worried about Ebola? Here’s how to explain it

    Don’t panic, and don’t let your kids panic. Here are 5 ways to talk to them about Ebola

    We found romance in running

    We found romance in running

    My husband and I needed something to get out of our routine. So why not go running in Kenya?

    Child with autism? You can survive and thrive

    Child with autism? You can survive and thrive

    This author has a few tips to help parents of kids with autism get through the day.

    You really do love your dog like it’s a baby. Scientists say so.

    You really do love your dog like it’s a baby. Scientists say so.

    A new brain-scan study shows similarities between the responses that young children and pets evoke.

    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.

    Video

    Teen helps other kids after loss of parent

    Teen helps other kids after loss of parent

    Genevieve Liu lost her father on a Lake Michigan beach when he drowned. To work through her grief and help others, she started a website called SLAP'D -Surviving Life After a Parent Dies.

    Study suggests sexting is the new ‘first base’ for teens

    Study suggests sexting is the new ‘first base’ for teens

    Lots of kids are sexting, yes maybe even yours. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to freak out, yet.

    How to make a good argument, 9-year-old style

    How to make a good argument, 9-year-old style

    Her son wanted to wear athletic shorts to school, after she made a rule against it. What is a 9-year-old to do?

    Easily turn phone photos into books

    Easily turn phone photos into books

    We know: Your phone is full of photos. Here are easy ways to turn them into books.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Gone Girl’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Gone Girl’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best selling thriller.

    These 10 apps can help busy parents

    These 10 apps can help busy parents

    Need a nearby public restroom or a color-coded calendar to keep track? Technology to the rescue.

    Explaining Daddy’s addiction

    Explaining Daddy’s addiction

    Substance abuse was a factor in this tumultuous divorce, and the children know something’s going on.

    My preschooler is in love

    My preschooler is in love

    I grew up in a family that rarely said “I love you” and now my preschool child says he’s in love. He’s teaching me something.

    I’m thrilled my children love this book as much as I did

    I’m thrilled my children love this book as much as I did

    I loved Corduroy as a child growing up outside of New York City. Now it’s my kids’ turn.

    Review: ‘Eyes Wide Open,’ by Paul Fleischman

    Review: ‘Eyes Wide Open,’ by Paul Fleischman

    A guide to environmental issues is aimed at kids — but has lessons for all.

    Review: ‘The Witch’s Boy,’ by Kelly Barnhill

    Review: ‘The Witch’s Boy,’ by Kelly Barnhill

    In the spirit of Grimm’s tales, this is a suspenseful children’s novel about the world’s last magic.

    Picture book: ‘The Farmer and the Clown,’ by Marla Frazee

    Picture book: ‘The Farmer and the Clown,’ by Marla Frazee

    Few words are needed in a beautifully illustrated tale of unlikely comrades.

    The family budget: A love story

    The family budget: A love story

    How do we pay for things with a family of five and a stay-at-home mom? Very carefully.

    Gen X: Last of the low-tech childhoods — and first of the high-tech parents

    Gen X: Last of the low-tech childhoods  — and first of the high-tech parents

    ON PARENTING | We straddled a world with technology and without. That makes parenting daunting.

    Column

    Should parents say no to too much homework?

    It might be tough to do in high school, but elementary school is a good place to practice restraint.

    Morning sickness isn’t just for women. Expectant fathers really do get pregnancy symptoms.

    Morning sickness isn’t just for women. Expectant fathers really do get pregnancy symptoms.

    Science is starting to explain why men get “sympathy pregnancy.“

    Letting go starts with the application

    Letting go starts with the application

    Early decision applicants are up now. And for parents of those applicants, these next two months are a lot more than the just October and November on a calendar.

    Still no paid leave, but here’s a step

    Still no paid leave, but here’s a step

    The administration has kicked off an effort to get some people paid time off.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The Boxtrolls’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The Boxtrolls’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, an ingeniously cockeyed animated fable.

    We had our babies 14 months apart and here’s why

    We had our babies 14 months apart and here’s why

    She had her babies 14 months apart -- and lots more are doing the same.

    Don’t stay together for the kids

    Don’t stay together for the kids

    The day my parents split up, I wrote in my diary about how happy I was that it was over.

    My husband wants to involve his new girlfriend in the family

    My husband wants to involve his new girlfriend in the family

    Marguerite Kelly says a therapist and mediator could help the situation.

    Why we wrongly freak out over Advanced Placement

    Some students think an extra AP course can make or break college admissions. It can’t

    Column

    Stabilizing a generation unbound

    Stabilizing a generation unbound

    Long-acting birth control could curb pregnancies for young single women.

    ‘El Deafo,’ by Cece Bell, a graphic novel based on truth

    ‘El Deafo,’ by Cece Bell, a graphic novel based on truth

    A children’s book author tells the tale of her struggles with hearing loss through characters with bunny ears.

    She has the answer to “What do you do all day now that the kids are at school?“

    She has the answer to “What do you do all day now that the kids are at school?“

    The kids have gone to school. People have started to ask what I do all day. I have an answer.

    When a daughter goes to college

    When a daughter goes to college

    Her daughter is at her first year of college at the University of Virginia. It’s time for her to have her own adventure, but letting go, particularly in light of recent news, is nearly impossible.

    Why all the C-section grief?

    Why all the C-section grief?

    My friend cried on her son’s 1st birthday, remembering a birth that didn’t happen naturally. We all have to remember that C-sections save lives.

    What my kid thinks I look like

    What my kid thinks I look like

    My kid drew me and I look like this.

    Stop telling children to be fair. It makes them more selfish.

    Stop telling children to be fair. It makes them more selfish.

    Playing fair is a natural human behavior.

    What traits are the most important to parents?

    What traits are the most important to parents?

    Parents want kids to be hard working more than they do kind.

    I’m that mom. The one who doesn’t
    brag about her kid. Here’s why.

    I’m that mom. The one who doesn’t<br> brag about her kid. Here’s why.

    ON PARENTING | Sometimes mothers need prompting to open up about a child with atypical skills.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The Maze Runner’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘The Maze Runner’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, an adaptation of the young adult novel.

    What to say to the parent of a child with special needs? Here’s a start.

    What to say to the parent of a child with special needs? Here’s a start.

    If you’re at a loss for words, a question or compassionate smile is always better than misplaced sympathy.

    I want my child to be more competitive

    I want my child to be more competitive

    He wants his daughter to want to be sporty and competitive. She is resisting. What to do?

    Dear everyone who wants to give my wife advice...

    Dear everyone who wants to give my wife advice...

    Strangers -- STRANGERS! -- are telling my wife what to do while she’s pregnant. Come on, people.

    Letting kids fail is the way to show them how to live

    Letting kids fail is the way to show them how to live

    For a generation of parents who practically mainline parenting best practices, the concept of letting our children fail must seem like a cruel joke.

    Rosie Revere teaches lesson of not giving up

    Rosie Revere teaches lesson of not giving up

    “Rosie Revere, Engineer” is a book of whimsy that quietly teaches lessons of not giving up and not following “typical” gender roles.

    Peekaboo gone wrong: Toddler doesn’t like father’s shaved face one bit

    “We didn’t think it would scare her quite as bad as it did.“

    How to tell your children you have cancer

    How to tell your children you have cancer

    Terri Rupar has cancer, and a small child. She reported and found good ways to inform kids of different ages about what a parent is going through.

    Four things parents of kids with special needs wish you wouldn’t say

    Four things parents of kids with special needs wish you wouldn’t say

    We aren’t saints, and we aren’t feeling sorry for ourselves. We’re just parents.

    Column

    How to deal with nosy questions as a lesbian mom

    How to deal with nosy questions as a lesbian mom

    Advice for when questions about family get too personal.

    Discipline or abuse? Adrian Peterson and the switch

    Discipline or abuse? Adrian Peterson and the switch

    Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was arrested for violently hitting his small son with a switch. He says he was disciplining him.

    At least I look happy

    At least I look happy

    My kid’s perception of me. How do your kids draw you?

    How do we explain the inexplicable to our kids today?

    How do we explain the inexplicable to our kids today?

    Sept. 11, 2001 is still nearly impossible to fathom. How do we explain it to our children?

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Dolphin Tale 2’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Dolphin Tale 2’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a sequel about a dolphin with a prosthetic tail.

    My son wears nail polish

    My son wears nail polish

    Our son came out to us years ago. We may still be learning, but we’re always accepting.

    Column

    Letting us and our kids decide how much homework to do

    A new book full of useful research tells how to get homework done without going crazy.

    Still waiting to soar

    Still waiting to soar

    A 13-year-old who can’t keep pace with her sister and wets the bed.

    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.

    Night weaning, it’s just that easy

    Night weaning, it’s just that easy

    Night weaning is oh, so simple, no? Here’s how one mom did it. For reals.

    Your kid liked “The Fault in Our Stars?” Try “Paper Towns” next

    A school librarian recommends another book for young adults by the author of “The Fault in Our Stars.“

    Embracing autism means...

    Embracing autism means...

    For this mother, having a child with autism means embracing a lot of things.

    A wish for every girl and their body image

    A wish for every girl and their body image

    My boys are so un-self-conscious about their bodies -- if only it were that way for all of us.

    Children with married parents are better off — but marriage isn’t the reason why

    Children with married parents are better off — but marriage isn’t the reason why

    Most of what we think of as the “marriage effect” is actually driven by differences in parenting and income.

    5 questions to ask on back to school night

    5 questions to ask on back to school night

    The annual ritual is more than just a recruiting opportunity for the PTO or Girl Scouts, though. It’s a chance to find out what is really going on in your child’s classroom.

    How to tell if your one-year-old will have an unhappy marriage

    How to tell if your one-year-old will have an unhappy marriage

    Watch his or her attachment style.