The baby formula crisis

For months, parents have been scrambling to feed their children amid a nationwide baby formula shortage. Today, why the supply is so short, and how parents are coping.

By Maggie Penman,  Alexis Diao,  Reena Flores,  Jordan-Marie Smith,  Rennie Svirnovskiy,  Ariel Plotnick,  Emma Talkoff,  Sabby Robinson and Sean CarterMay 12, 2022

The baby formula shortage is the latest blow to parents

In a country with little support for caregivers, parents now can’t find food for their babies.

By Amy JoyceMay 12, 2022

Dad and daughter have a fraught relationship. What can Mom do?

The only thing you have control over is your relationship with your daughter. Keep that as your North Star.

By Meghan LeahyMay 11, 2022

How to discipline in the heat of a moment

If we want children to grow up to be kind, emotionally intelligent adults, our parent-child interactions in these situations matter. So how do you know what to do in the heat of the moment?

By Deborah Farmer KrisMay 10, 2022

How parents pass body issues on to their kids — and how they can stop

Many parents are trying to foster healthier ideas about food and weight than the ones they grew up with.

By Connie ChangMay 9, 2022

Rise in perinatal and postpartum depression needs to be tackled

Tailored responses could alleviate maternal mental health issues that the pandemic exacerbated, says one health-care practitioner.

By Jennifer WadsworthMay 8, 2022

What it’s like to have a baby in the states most likely to ban abortion

Many of the states that are the most likely to ban abortion have the highest rates of uninsured women and the highest rates of maternal deaths.

By Amy Joyce and Lauren TierneyMay 6, 2022

Music is a language my teen daughter and I can both speak

I was afraid to have a teenage girl in my house because I was a teenage girl, and I was mouthy, rebellious, and sneaky.

By Maggie SmithMay 5, 2022

Should I make my teens with mental health issues do chores?

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 JoyceMay 4, 2022

Worried about your kids’ screen time? Check your own first.

Screen time for kids may not be the only problem. Check your own phone use to make sure screens aren't getting in the way of parenting.

By Jennie YabroffApril 28, 2022

Can a first-grader deliberately mislead you?

What is a developmentally appropriate understanding of a 7-year-old’s mind as they approach the age of reason?

By Meghan LeahyApril 27, 2022

What parents need to know about the hidden body image issues in boys

Despite the popular image of eating disorders and body shame as a unique threat to girls, experts and clinicians who work with children are sounding alarms about boys, who they say are probably underdiagnosed.

By Amy JoyceApril 26, 2022

‘Everywhere Babies,’ a picture book celebrating infants, on list of banning targets in Florida

The author and illustrator of the classic board book "Everywhere Babies" speak with The Post about being on a banned-book list in Walton County, Fla.

By Caitlin GibsonApril 22, 2022

Daughter keeps trying and quitting activities. Meghan Leahy advises.

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 JoyceApril 20, 2022

Should I let my gay daughter have a sleepover with a same-sex friend?

She and her best friend might be more than friends (she’s implied such when I’ve gently asked), so I don’t know how to handle a sleepover.

By Meghan LeahyApril 20, 2022

Can first-graders manage their own morning routines?

Getting the first-grader out the door in the morning feels impossible. How can I get them to move it along?

By Meghan LeahyApril 13, 2022

Family stories aren’t fairy tales — but kids still need to hear them

Telling family stories creates a sense of continuity and resilience, and it builds a framework to understand painful experiences and celebrate joyful ones.

By Anna NordbergApril 12, 2022

Pregnancy becomes a more vulnerable time with climate change

Wildfires, natural disasters, rising heat because of climate change can lead to poor health outcomes for pregnant people and babies.

By Katherine KamApril 11, 2022

Parents face a bewildering range of food advice. These tips can help.

Fold in new foods, provide food diversity and try to eat together. These and other suggestions could make introducing solid foods an exciting season of growth, experimentation and fun, experts say.

By Kate Harrison BelzApril 10, 2022

Sleep training could benefit some babies — and their parents

Sleep training “might take a while, but it’s a short-term consequence for a long-term gain,” says one expert.

By Erin Chan DingApril 9, 2022