Advice

A 14-year-old’s behavior makes a parent feel like giving up

How can I deal with him nicely and neutrally, while still enforcing boundaries and rules?

By Meghan LeahySeptember 28, 2022

Pregnancy during Hurricane Sandy linked to kids’ psychiatric disorders, study says

The new study carries sobering implications for a world shaped by climate change.

By Caitlin GibsonSeptember 27, 2022

Birthday parties are back — and some parents are relieved to scale down

Kids’ birthday parties are back, and so is the party planning stress. Some parents are spending big, while others choose smaller celebrations.

By Caitlin GibsonSeptember 23, 2022
Advice

What to do, and not do, when your child won’t go to school

School refusal is a complicated problem, and it is becoming more common.

By Elizabeth ChangSeptember 22, 2022

What to do when a sister gives unsolicited parenting advice

Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach, author, mother of three, takes your questions about the all encompassing job we call parenting.

By Meghan Leahy and Amy JoyceSeptember 21, 2022
Advice

A painful past clouds how this parent sees their young child’s behavior

Our 8-year-old "gaslights" his brother, "rigs" games in his favor and shows extreme overconfidence. He reminds me of my abusive older brother.

By Meghan LeahySeptember 21, 2022

Taking care of kids makes “balancing” harder - especially for moms

When it comes to parents — people who told us they are the primary caregivers for a child under the age of 18 — gender makes a difference.

By Jennifer Gerson and Jasmine MithaniSeptember 15, 2022
Advice

The enduring mystery of kids and ‘growing pains’

A recent paper in the journal Pediatrics finds researchers don't agree on what growing pains are.

By Elizabeth ChangSeptember 15, 2022
Advice

My 5-year-old says scary things when he’s upset. Should we be worried?

When this 5-year-old gets upset, he often uses language like, “Nobody loves me,” or, “I should just kill myself.” How concerned should his parents be?

By Meghan LeahySeptember 14, 2022
Advice

Should kids eat what you serve or only what they want? Neither.

There are ways to honor individual tastes without making separate meals for everyone.

By Elizabeth ChangSeptember 13, 2022
Advice

What parents can do when schools ban books

A new "library materials policy" adopted by the school board may not be called a book ban, but this mother and writer talked to experts about what parents can do.

By Kristen Mei ChaseSeptember 9, 2022

Our child likes pretend violence. Should we be concerned?

Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach, author, mother of three, takes your questions about the all encompassing job we call parenting.

By Meghan Leahy and Amy JoyceSeptember 7, 2022
Advice

How do I help my daughter deal with her first big breakup?

My daughter is experiencing her first big breakup. How do I know when the grief is normal and when it isn't?

By Meghan LeahySeptember 7, 2022

Should schools ban cell phones? Parents are torn.

Some parents think phones are too distracting. Others want their kids to be reachable in an emergency.

By Caitlin GibsonSeptember 1, 2022
Advice

My daughter is neglecting her children. What can I do?

Her daughter is neglecting her grandchildren. Is there anything she can do?

By Meghan LeahyAugust 31, 2022
Advice

What parents are getting wrong about teens and sexting

Here’s what parents need to know about sexting and how to approach their teens about it.

By Elizabeth ChangAugust 29, 2022

More kids are swallowing batteries. Here’s how to keep your children safe.

Swallowed button batteries can lead to serious illness and death.

By Elizabeth ChangAugust 29, 2022
Perspective

I’m a food writer. This is how I manage to feed a picky kid.

Here's how one food writer mom manages to keep her sanity (most of the time) and cook for her family.

By Becky KrystalAugust 25, 2022

How do we answer our daughter's questions about death?

Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach, author, mother of three, takes your questions about the all encompassing job we call parenting.

By Meghan Leahy and Amy JoyceAugust 24, 2022
Advice

My teen told me a troubling secret about her boyfriend. What do I do?

I can't betray her trust and tell his parents. I keep encouraging her to tell him to talk to his mom. Should I do anything else?

By Meghan LeahyAugust 24, 2022