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    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.

    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.

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    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.

    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.

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    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.

    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.

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    Why men can’t have equal marriages

    Why men can’t have equal marriages

    Most males want to be egalitarians, but life gets in the way.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Antarctica’ and ‘Wild’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Antarctica’ and ‘Wild’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a documentary about researchers in Antarctica.

    I thought being color blind was a good thing

    I thought being color blind was a good thing

    I thought that it was enough that I could pretend that we were all the same, ignoring the differences in society through my rose-colored glasses.

    My identity as a worker and mother gives me palpitations

    My identity as a worker and mother gives me palpitations

    I used to think that work — real work — involved leaving the house for hours each day. But after becoming a mother, my identity blurred.

    My daughter is aware of Ferguson and I am struggling to explain

    My daughter is aware of Ferguson and I am struggling to explain

    My daughter asked the question: “Why are police officers so bad?” This isn’t the first time she’s asked this. She’s asked variations of this question dozens of times this past year. And every time she’s asked, I’ve struggled.

    Unnoticed differences in big, small school cliques

    New research at Stanford shows the smaller school groups are less focused on personal traits

    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.

    Read on, little people

    Read on, little people

    Kids have a lot to say about the books they want to read.

    What I hope my kids get out of a year on the road with us

    What I hope my kids get out of a year on the road with us

    Five months into the journey, I realize that the courage to take a risk and do something epic really didn’t hinge on those big worries. All we needed was to muster the courage to feel uncomfortable for while.

    How to make a tricky staircase safe for children

    How to make a tricky staircase safe for children

    An expert offers advice on stairs that have a railing on one side wall, and on the other side, nothing.

    The treasure I found in my later-in-life mom’s group

    The treasure I found in my later-in-life mom’s group

    I dropped out of the mom’s group when my son was a baby, but found my tribe later, and I’m so glad.

    Yes, Clara, there is a Santa Claus -- for as long as you want

    Yes, Clara, there is a Santa Claus -- for as long as you want

    When you have a number of small children in the house, it can feel like you have all the time in the world for make-believe and magic. But as it turns out, that time is painfully limited.

    “Mama, why can’t girls play baseball?“

    “Mama, why can’t girls play baseball?“

    I didn’t want him to know that there is a thing called sexism, and that life can be hard for women in ways that it isn’t for men.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Penguins of Madagascar’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Penguins of Madagascar’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a funny animated film that will delight kids and teens.

    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.

    I don’t miss my freshman the way I thought I would

    I don’t miss my freshman the way I thought I would

    Everything we’ve done in his entire life has been leading up to this moment. And I am satisfied, confident that I did at least one thing right. He was ready to go.

    How and when to set boundaries for children

    How and when to set boundaries for children

    Boundary setting can be clear and easy. Here are some ground rules to consider.

    I’m adopting and that’s about all I know

    I’m adopting and that’s about all I know

    I don’t have a due date. I don’t know if my baby will be 10 pounds or 20 pounds. I have no answer when people ask me when I am going to Morocco, from where I am hoping to adopt again.

    How to help kids become volunteers

    How to help kids become volunteers

    Here was a perfect opportunity for my daughter and myself to spend time together doing something meaningful, where she could make a difference.

    Discussion

    On Parenting: It's time for the holidays. Amy Joyce takes questions about prepping kids for the season

    Amy Joyce will talk about parenting children of all ages.

    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.

    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.

    “It’s a big deal to me and I don’t know why!“

    “It’s a big deal to me and I don’t know why!“

    It’s a treacherous world in which we all live. A world defined by the intense anxiety of a child who doesn’t understand what anxiety even means.

    Apps that will ease the holiday stress

    Apps that will ease the holiday stress

    This holiday season give yourself a break. Check out these apps which assist in everything from developing your party menu to finding the best deal on the hot new toy.

    How I stopped my anxiety so my kids would be free

    How I stopped my anxiety so my kids would be free

    I cannot remember a time as a child when I thought of the world as a safe or friendly place. I didn’t want my children to have that same anxiety.

    Parents, you’re not doing your children any favors by being ‘cool’

    Parents, you’re not doing your children any favors by being ‘cool’

    Pressure to appear relevant leads to kids who overly strive for social acceptance.

    Traveling while pregnant? A few tips to get you through

    Traveling while pregnant? A few tips to get you through

    Seeing (and feeling) the physical difference got me thinking: What other aspects of my pre-pregnancy life will need adjustment? Specifically, what sort of adjustments will I need to make for things like traveling in an airplane?

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Mockingjay — Part 1’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Mockingjay — Part 1’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, the latest in the “Hunger Games” franchise, and more.

    Unapologetically Christmas crazy, for good reason

    Unapologetically Christmas crazy, for good reason

    Although I have not yet put up my holiday decorations, inside, there is a Christmas lunatic just waiting to get out. And there’s a good reason for it.

    How to take the perfect holiday-card photo

    How to take the perfect holiday-card photo

    The right clothes, the best lighting and the trick to getting a relaxed, natural smile from every member of the family.

    A few final thoughts from Marguerite Kelly

    A few final thoughts from Marguerite Kelly

    The parenting columnist offers her best advice after 35 years of writing.

    Tips for creating memorable holiday cards

    Tips for creating memorable holiday cards

    Here are five card-ordering tips, plus a list of favorite online sources for high-end-design season’s greetings.

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    How a tough teacher from Bolivia changed our schools

    The Washington area was one of the first to accept the ideas of math instructor Jaime Escalante.

    Blessing’s Bead: A good read for tweens, teens and yes, adults

    Blessing’s Bead: A good read for tweens, teens and yes, adults

    The absence of objectionable language and the sensitive treatment of adolescent situations make the book wholly appropriate for readers from upper elementary grades through high school. It’s also a delightful read for adults.

    The cushy life of a college kid

    The cushy life of a college kid

    What’s that about a kid roughing it when he gets to college? No so, if you have a concierge nearby

    When that college freshman comes home with bad grades

    When that college freshman comes home with bad grades

    Many parents are shocked when their first-time freshman who earned high scores in high school comes home with less than refrigerator-worthy marks.

    The importance of adopting siblings

    The importance of adopting siblings

    “The single largest factor that keeps families from acting on adoption was the fear of failing a child who has been failed by many adults already.” But what parent is perfect?

    Letting the college applicant find his own path

    Letting the college applicant find his own path

    I can’t say for sure what college should teach its students. But I do know one thing about the mad sprint to get in: parents like me need to slam on the brakes, and get a grip on our own anxiety.

    Hanna Andersson’s new bedding for kids

    Hanna Andersson’s new bedding for kids

    Your toddler’s sheets can now match his striped jammies.

    When to speak up, when to stay quiet

    When to speak up, when to stay quiet

    Anytime my oldest child watches adults behave in ways that might earn them a visit to the principal’s office, she asks me a lot of questions, which lead to my own.

    There’s a great way to figure out child custody. Most divorce courts don’t use it.

    There’s a great way to figure out child custody. Most divorce courts don’t use it.

    Laws that mandate equal parenting time are not always in children’s best interest.

    Volunteer at the DC Diaper Bank with kids

    Volunteer at the DC Diaper Bank with kids

    Corinne Canon is the founder of the DC Diaper Bank, a service that has provided millions of diapers to needy families in recent years. You and your kids can get involved.

    Good reads for kids: The Day the Crayons Quit

    Good reads for kids: The Day the Crayons Quit

    In The Day the Crayons Quit, you get a hilarious glimpse into the very opinionated minds of one child’s crayons through the letters they write, sharing their complaints and requests.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a sequel about a pair of idiots, plus “Beyond the Lights.”

    Girl toy? Boy toy? No, just a toy

    Girl toy? Boy toy? No, just a toy

    How could I create a hybrid masculinity for my son in a world that often asks if you want a “boy toy” or a “girl toy.” It ends up I need not have worried.

    Creating a neighborhood from S’mores

    Creating a neighborhood from S’mores

    I think about how good are at building communities that transcend where we live. But there’s something about sharing time with people who share our space. Something that makes our houses feel more like home.

    In a friendship triangle, how to help the odd girl out

    In a friendship triangle, how to help the odd girl out

    Helping your child stay on a path of thoughtfulness and empathy when one friend is left out of the group.

    Tips to get your kids through the holidays

    Tips to get your kids through the holidays

    From table manners to instilling a sense of gratitude, expert advice on surviving the season with children.

    How to encourage kids to ‘give back’

    How to encourage kids to ‘give back’

    Use dinnertime to talk with children about charitable giving, paying it forward and appreciating others.

    What a boy needs

    Having three little boys running around the house has been a dream -- noisy, hilarious, heartwarming, and more fun than I ever could have imagined. It has also been trying at times.

    10 ways to get rid of the plastic junk

    10 ways to get rid of the plastic junk

    I’m not the only one buried in junky toy clutter that the kids don’t even appreciate. What do we do about it?

    Glow stick explodes on teen, we watch

    Jack microwaved a glow stick after dad said not to. What does this say about teens/parenting/us?

    When your college student wants to quit

    When your college student wants to quit

    What matters is organizing a response that falls somewhere between booking a flight and reminding our college kids of how they’ve coped with transition in the past.

    The 10 friends every mom needs

    The 10 friends every mom needs

    A support network should offer a variety of personalities, for a mom and for her kids.

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    Parents have friends, too

    Parents have friends, too

    On Parenting columnist Samantha Rodman shares simple ways to make new friends as a parent.

    I’m a mom of three and in favor of legalization

    I’m a mom of three and in favor of legalization

    I don’t actually want my children trying drugs. I don’t want their judgment to be impaired, or their perception of social situations clouded in an already tumultuous phase of life. But kids experiment regardless of parental edict because that is how they learn.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Big Hero 6’

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Big Hero 6’

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a trippy sci-fi ad­ven­ture and an animated film about a robot.

    Our “perfect family” shares custody

    Our “perfect family” shares custody

    In 11 years of sharing custody, I have never gotten used to his absence. And yet, I probably would not have changed my decision to have such an equal sharing of my son. This is my family. My perfect family.

    Adoption stories are all different, but there is some good advice out there for all of us

    Adoption stories are all different, but there is some good advice out there for all of us

    Everyone’s adoption story is different. Here is a book that offers up advice for many of those differences.

    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.

    Please, stop giving my kids a “snack” all the time

    Please, stop giving my kids a “snack” all the time

    Dear everyone who interacts with my children anywhere at all: Please stop feeding my kids sugar.

    I’m a dad and I’m uneasy about my neighbor growing pot

    I’m a dad and I’m uneasy about my neighbor growing pot

    My 4-year-old found my neighbor’s grow license, and it didn’t sit right with me.

    My kids made up their own minds about my transgender BFF

    My kids made up their own minds about my transgender BFF

    “Wait—your best friend in school was a boy?” my daughter asked. Actually, no. When we were in school, Chris had been a girl.

    The year of trying to become less distracted

    The year of trying to become less distracted

    I was seeking distractions in a very human quest to evade tricky feelings through enough apps and clicks.

    Homework isn’t my business

    Homework isn’t my business

    Starting in kindergarten, it is my children’s job, not mine, to remember their lunches and library books for school, to know what the school rules are and to follow them, and, yes, to do their own homework.

    Advice I would give myself if I could go back

    Advice I would give myself if I could go back

    Dear Self: I’m here to tell you you’re going to be fine. Not perfect — never perfect.

    I’m afraid that applying my liberal beliefs is ruining my parenting

    I’m afraid that applying my liberal beliefs is ruining my parenting

    It turns out that what isn’t fair is asking 6-year-olds to think and behave like adults.

    Explaining midterms to the kids

    Explaining midterms to the kids

    Let voting be a family affair, and use it to teach your children about making the world a better place.

    Why we’re saying no to extra-curriculars

    Why we’re saying no to extra-curriculars

    The hours after school and before dinner are completely theirs. And that is something which we are not yet ready to compromise.

    I told my daughter I was divorced

    I told my daughter I was divorced

    I took a moment, swallowed a big gulp of nerves and said, “Did you know that Mommy was married before? That I got a divorce?”

    Sticky notes remind me ... of how much I haven’t done

    In an effort to counterbalance my increasingly poor memory, I started using sticky notes for everything. Now, I am reminded of all the things I didn’t accomplish.

    Scallops for toddlers? Some chefs say ‘bye-bye’ to the kids’ menu.

    Scallops for toddlers? Some chefs say ‘bye-bye’ to the kids’ menu.

    At certain restaurants, chefs are now offering young diners grilled polenta over ratatouille and spaghetti squash instead of the usual chicken fingers and french fries.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Nightcrawler’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Nightcrawler’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, a Jake Gyllenhaal thriller, plus an animated Japanese fable.

    Fun things to do before trick-or-treating

    Fun things to do before trick-or-treating

    What to do with that seemingly endless time after school but before trick-or-treating?

    Parents are happier near the birth of their first and second child. Third child? Not so much.

    Parents are happier near the birth of their first and second child. Third child? Not so much.

    It isn’t so much that parents are unhappy about having their third child. It’s that they simply don’t get the big happiness boosts they experienced with their first two children, according to London School of Economics researchers.

    The payoff for strict parenting

    The payoff for strict parenting

    Also, why marriage still matters.