Family Almanac with Marguerite Kelly

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Her teenage son doesn’t listen. Has her discipline grown up along with him?
Her 14-year-old doesn’t listen and Marguerite Kelly advises how to handle it.
Husband has left and wants to involve new girlfriend in family
(The Washington Post, September 24, 2014; 1:38 PM)
A 13-year-old diabetic who struggles in school and wets the bed
(The Washington Post, September 10, 2014; 2:04 PM)
Mom should offer forgiveness, and save some for herself
(The Washington Post, August 27, 2014; 1:19 PM)
A parent’s undivided attention, priceless.
(The Washington Post, August 13, 2014; 1:08 PM)
How to get a baby to sleep more?
(The Washington Post, July 29, 2014; 6:21 PM)
What to do about bored kids this summer
(The Washington Post, July 23, 2014; 2:58 PM)
She has a bad relationship with her son’s girlfriend, but it’s time to eat crow
(The Washington Post, July 16, 2014; 2:24 PM)
For a child being bullied, new school may offer fresh start
(The Washington Post, July 9, 2014; 12:49 PM)
Advice for a bathroom dawdler’s parents
(The Washington Post, July 2, 2014; 2:20 PM)
Parenting a teenager takes letting go
(The Washington Post, June 25, 2014; 11:07 AM)
My 6-year-old is melting down
(The Washington Post, June 18, 2014; 1:25 PM)
A dog with separation anxiety
(The Washington Post, June 11, 2014; 12:50 PM)
Adoptive mother worried about daughter and biological family
(The Washington Post, June 4, 2014; 4:38 PM)
What to do for a child with night terrors
(The Washington Post, May 28, 2014; 2:31 PM)
The essence of sensory processing disorder
(The Washington Post, May 21, 2014; 10:40 AM)
Tell your little 800-pound gorilla where to sleep
(The Washington Post, May 14, 2014; 1:49 PM)
How to handle a moody tween
(The Washington Post, May 7, 2014; 10:48 AM)
Son is afraid to get a haircut
(The Washington Post, April 30, 2014; 11:34 AM)
My son needs lots of attention. Where did we go wrong?
(The Washington Post, April 23, 2014; 10:36 AM)
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)