Family Almanac with Marguerite Kelly

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My son needs lots of attention. Where did we go wrong?
Marguerite Kelly advises how to parent a child who needs lots (and lots) of attention.
Son needs friends, social life and interests
(The Washington Post, April 16, 2014; 2:59 PM)
Marguerite Kelly: How to get a kid to do chores
(The Washington Post, April 9, 2014; 10:18 AM)
Should she stay on the team even if she is on the bench?
(The Washington Post, April 2, 2014; 11:40 AM)
Grandma is a racist
(The Washington Post, March 26, 2014; 12:33 PM)
Marguerite Kelly on how to get past grief
(The Washington Post, March 19, 2014; 3:53 PM)
When friends have an addition, don’t let become a source of division
(The Washington Post, March 12, 2014; 12:16 PM)
She discovered she was conceived so her dad could avoid war.
(The Washington Post, March 5, 2014; 12:26 PM)
After parents divorce, do kids need therapy?
(The Washington Post, February 26, 2014; 3:32 PM)
Tired of playing pretend with her daughter.
(The Washington Post, February 5, 2014; 5:00 PM)
Daughter is shying away from physical activity
(The Washington Post, January 22, 2014; 1:08 PM)
Pre-K or kindergarten for September’s child?
(The Washington Post, January 15, 2014; 11:37 AM)
Unruly teen means a mom should parent differently
(The Washington Post, January 8, 2014; 11:22 AM)
College bound daughter won’t give up her room.
(The Washington Post, January 6, 2014; 11:54 AM)
Four-year-old has discipline problems — and a new sister
(The Washington Post, December 18, 2013; 1:56 PM)
A wandering husband leaves mom with a schizophrenic son
(The Washington Post, December 11, 2013; 2:31 PM)
So many holidays at once: What to buy grandchildren
(The Washington Post, November 27, 2013; 10:58 AM)
Help! My son won’t go No. 2 in the potty.
(The Washington Post, November 20, 2013; 11:00 AM)
Staying in touch with her ex’s relatives
(The Washington Post, November 13, 2013; 1:45 PM)
How to help an angry sister post-divorce taking it out on her kids
(The Washington Post, November 6, 2013; 12:31 PM)
How to tell teens about family finances
(The Washington Post, October 30, 2013; 11:14 AM)
What to do about a shy adult son
(The Washington Post, October 24, 2013; 10:32 AM)
How to stop a child from watching too much TV
(The Washington Post, October 17, 2013; 1:29 PM)
Marguerite Kelly: What’s a mother to do with a young son who hits her?
(The Washington Post, October 9, 2013; 6:01 PM)
How to end a sibling rivalry
(The Washington Post, October 2, 2013; 4:04 PM)
Setting boundaries with pushy in-laws
(The Washington Post, September 25, 2013; 2:49 PM)
Helping a loved one who suffers from dementia
(The Washington Post, September 18, 2013; 10:50 AM)
Bridging the gap between a mother and an estranged daughter
(The Washington Post, September 11, 2013; 2:12 PM)
What is best for my son: pre-K or kindergarten?
(The Washington Post, September 4, 2013; 12:04 PM)
Are we really raising spoiled, work-averse kids?
(The Washington Post, August 28, 2013; 10:14 AM)
Family almanac: Napping needs
(The Washington Post, August 21, 2013; 9:49 AM)
My son the volcano
(The Washington Post, August 14, 2013; 12:12 PM)
Gift-giving advice for a generous grandparent
(The Washington Post, July 31, 2013; 10:06 AM)
Helping a teenager deal with grief
(The Washington Post, July 24, 2013; 10:27 AM)
How to potty train a reluctant 3-year-old
(The Washington Post, July 17, 2013; 9:20 AM)
What to do when a baby won’t eat baby food
(The Washington Post, July 10, 2013; 11:00 AM)
Letting a child play with neighborhood kids
(The Washington Post, July 3, 2013; 10:33 AM)
How to stop sibling fighting
(The Washington Post, June 19, 2013; 12:32 PM)
Family Almanac: A too-smart-by-half 8-year-old
(The Washington Post, May 22, 2013; 4:36 PM)
What’s keeping Baby up?
(The Washington Post, May 15, 2013; 2:57 PM)
Teen traces art and accepts praise
(The Washington Post, May 8, 2013; 10:33 AM)
The teen years
(The Washington Post, April 24, 2013; 9:33 AM)
What’s behind a tot’s tantrums in the company of certain adults
(The Washington Post, April 17, 2013; 10:34 AM)
When to let kids get online
(The Washington Post, April 10, 2013; 10:23 AM)
A teasing teacher angers a young child
(The Washington Post, April 3, 2013; 11:34 AM)
A child’s mind wanders
(The Washington Post, March 27, 2013; 10:33 AM)
Keeping a kid on track
(The Washington Post, March 20, 2013; 1:35 PM)
There are alternatives to adoption
(The Washington Post, March 13, 2013; 12:42 PM)
Setting limits on children’s use of electronics
(The Washington Post, February 27, 2013; 12:26 PM)
Strict parents, meddling grandparents
(The Washington Post, February 20, 2013; 11:54 AM)