Children this age are on their way to maturity, but they are still often hijacked by big emotions, the need to move their bodies and the need to play. This is not wrong or problematic; it’s typical.

To nurture life has always been an act of faith, or defiance.

I take comfort in her words, that each of these parts of our lives — working, mothering — can each be a respite from the other. That she was successful because she was a mother, not in spite of it.

Introducing my 3-year-old to mindfulness was a complete failure. A year later and drowning in pandemic stress, I decided to find out where I'd gone wrong.

  • Steph Fairyington
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Parents are stressed to the max and there’s no end in sight. But there are ways to try to rein it in.

  • Judy Mandell
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Being given options can empower a child — but only if the choices are developmentally appropriate. For a 2-year-old frozen by indecision, they are not.

With so much of what we consider normal on indefinite hiatus, the allure of Fortnite is hard to ignore.

  • Michelle Hainer
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I tell patients they deserve to grieve without guilt. But it’s hard to practice what I preach.

  • Rebekah Diamond
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Our children’s pain often hurts us more than our own. The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a panoply of circumstances about which we might feel sad and scared, not just for ourselves, but also for our children.

  • Sara Petersen
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She had to accept that her daughter lacks a girlhood and her boy lacks a future manhood.

  • M. Boone Mattia
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Experts in ergonomics and children’s health prioritize two conditions for healthy learning: frequent movement throughout the day and a screen at eye level.

  • Amanda Long
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A ninth-grade boy accustomed to playing soccer in his pre-pandemic days needs to move his body whenever possible. And it may be worth a bribe.

Students are getting a prolonged peek into the living rooms — and lives — of their classmates. And some parents aren't thrilled about it.

  • Holly Burns
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It’s a scenario infectious-disease experts dread: flu arriving amid the coronavirus. But the mask-wearing and social distancing could also limit influenza.

I’m trying to carve out space for joy and pleasure however and whenever I can.

  • Maggie Smith
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The independent pop-up bookstore, founded a year ago, sells only children’s literature in which Black children are the main characters.

  • Cynthia R. Greenlee
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Amid much uncertainty, parents of small kids weigh benefits, risks and needs.

Drop your need to make sure that your child learns certain concepts or that you get to every Zoom call for his school. Instead, figure out how you want this fall to feel for your family, and find a routine that brings you that feeling.

Whether the topic is potty training or pandemics, the power of literature for kids is the same: Stories, when told well, become filters through which children can better understand the big, wide world.

  • Debra Kamin
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My son thankfully now tests negative for the virus. But its impact is a lasting one.

  • Mary Pflum Peterson
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