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    Forget the nuggets: Some chefs want to stop catering to young diners

    Forget the nuggets: Some chefs want to stop catering to young diners

    If healthful eating proponents have their way, fried-food-heavy kids' menus would be a thing of the past.

    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.

    Is someone mean to your child? Here’s how to fix it

    Is someone mean to your child? Here’s how to fix it

    When parents rush to solve problems by trying to fix other people’s behavior, they set their kids up for a long, frustrating, painful battle.

    Video

    Taylor Swift on her love of reading

    Taylor Swift on her love of reading

    Taylor Swift took a break Tuesday from promoting her new album to speak with public school kids in New York about reading, writing and creativity.

    My 6-year-old son is clingy and we don’t know what to do

    My 6-year-old son is clingy and we don’t know what to do

    Four ways to deal with a clingy 6-year-old.

    Yes, you have autism. Yes, you’re still grounded

    Yes, you have autism. Yes, you’re still grounded

    All kids need to be held accountable for their behaviors. These behaviors can sometimes be explained by a child’s diagnosis, but if these kids learn that their diagnosis will get them out of trouble, think of the trouble they may willingly cause.

    The hidden economics behind strict parenting

    The hidden economics behind strict parenting

    The rise of pushy parents could be less of a cultural phenomenon than a mere economic externality.

    Finding out I was having a boy caused mini-panic

    Finding out I was having a boy caused mini-panic

    I feel that clothing plays a tremendous part in his safety, since appearance is a large part of those descriptions of mistaken identity.

    Father of 8 explains why he hasn’t saved for his kids’ college education

    Father of 8 explains why he hasn’t saved for his kids’ college education

    David T. Fagan says too many children with college degrees end up on their parents’ couch. That’s why he’s teaching his 8 kids to start working early.

    The debate on spanking children is over. It’s just wrong.

    You may have turned out fine, but that doesn’t justify hitting children.

    Boo! How to keep the scary at bay on Halloween

    Boo! How to keep the scary at bay on Halloween

    How do you ease kids into this season, help them enjoy the spookiness, but not be too spooked?

    Video

    Making Halloween less scary | On Parenting

    Making Halloween less scary | On Parenting

    Halloween can sometimes be a little too spooky for some of our youngest trick-or-treaters. Here are some tips on how to make the holiday a little less scary, but still fun.

    Talk to your teens and tell them why they are awesome

    Talk to your teens and tell them why they are awesome

    Three things you can do to help kids not give in to peer pressure

    Body by baby

    Body by baby

    Despite all the pre-birth advice, not one person told me that motherhood would be the greatest physical challenge I’d ever been presented with.

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Birdman’ and more

    Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Birdman’ and more

    Movie reviews with kids in mind: This week, Michael Keaton plays a washed-up actor making a comeback.

    F-bombs for feminism: Who’s the victim here?

    Just because both feminism and little girls swearing about feminism contain both girls and feminism does not make them comparable on any deep level.

    Let teens trick-or-treat

    Let teens trick-or-treat

    I feel for the teenaged would-be trick-or-treaters. By this point, most of them have given up on the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, and Halloween is one of the last vestiges of childhood magic they’ve got left.

    How to road-school like a boss

    How to road-school like a boss

    He and his family dropped everything to travel in an Airstream trailer for a year. Here’s how the kids learn.

    The Dark by Lemony Snicket -- a perfect read right now

    The Dark by Lemony Snicket -- a perfect read right now

    The Dark is a perfect read for little ones this Halloween season.

    Looking for some parenting guidance?

    Looking for some parenting guidance?

    Meghan Leahy advised many parents today. Here are some highlights.

    When co-sleeping leads to commotion

    When co-sleeping leads to commotion

    FAMILY ALMANAC | Two boys, 4 and 9, enjoy co-sleeping, but it can cause commotion.

    Don’t be a tiger mom -- be like a dolphin and nudge

    Don’t be a tiger mom -- be like a dolphin and nudge

    Forget being a tiger mom, try being a dolphin instead.

    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.

    Bringing parents to the workplace

    Bringing parents to the workplace

    Several companies are starting to embrace employees’ parents as a corporate asset.

    No, I don’t want to buy your wrapping paper

    No, I don’t want to buy your wrapping paper

    I have an idea that I feel certain would have our PTA rolling in more dough than they’ve ever raised with this third-party stuff.

    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.

    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.