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Sun, 2014-02-23 07:40
Eleven years ago, when we learned about our then-unborn son's critical heart defects, we chose to fight for him. I've never regretted that choice, but it's a choice that came at a price measured in time, blood and treasure.
Fri, 2014-02-21 10:01
After my first pregnancy ended in miscarriage, I spent my second following every superstition in hopes of avoiding a repeat of my misfortune.
Thu, 2014-02-20 13:11
Jonathan Martin blames "soft" schools and "white private school conditioning" for part of his trouble in dealing with N.F.L. bullying. Those are loaded terms to parents and educators.
Thu, 2014-02-20 09:34
At 9, my son may be young to hear about suicide, or maybe he should see the kind of grief that suicide brings with it. It’s a theoretical argument, because we didn’t feel we had any real choice but to tell him.
Wed, 2014-02-19 13:17
For three afternoons a week in sixth grade, I was "Zit Face." But no one says a word to my son about his acne, and it doesn't bother him at all.
Wed, 2014-02-19 08:06
In six weeks, we were able to make changes to the habits of one 4-year-old "picky eater" that made mealtimes much more pleasant for his family.
Tue, 2014-02-18 21:01
Experts concerned about the over-diagnosis of A.D.H.D. too often attack parents in their zeal for change.
Tue, 2014-02-18 09:16
In classroom after classroom on our school tour, I saw the same thing: no desks. Can a collaborative, gentle education really turn out a child as determined to succeed as I was?
Mon, 2014-02-17 14:57
Magnet schools are growing as part of an effort to save public schools, but critics fear they will drain neighborhood schools of motivated students and increase segregation.
Sun, 2014-02-16 07:13
She's a 125-pound nervous, incontinent beast with a carpet-destroying digestive system, but I can't bring myself to find her another home.
Sat, 2014-02-15 21:41
I live in Milwaukee. They just raised the minimum wage here, but I don't have a job. There's not many options out there.
Fri, 2014-02-14 19:43
I work the night shift. It's a good job, except they pay us so little. It would be easier except right now, it takes me about two hours on buses to drop my kids off and get to work.
Fri, 2014-02-14 13:50
Now that I'm a mother — a single mother, a dating mother — I have come to believe, tentatively though it be, that the capacity for devotion to a child is a measure of the capacity for devotion to an adult.
Thu, 2014-02-13 16:25
Why spend Valentine's Day Eve helping children with their classroom valentines when there's a good book at hand?
Thu, 2014-02-13 12:39
Scholastic News published an article telling children that video games are good for your brain. Should it have given equal time to the more parent-friendly messages on that topic?
Thu, 2014-02-13 08:34
Taking away recess as a punishment for behavior problems or academic lapses won't help, and might hurt.
Wed, 2014-02-12 12:14
Michael Sam's father offers an excellent example of how not to respond to a child's surprising news — and a good opportunity to reflect on how you'd like to react.
Wed, 2014-02-12 10:29
With twins showing a new willingness to eat new foods, the parents of an avowed "picky eater" try a vegetable experiment.
Tue, 2014-02-11 14:37
My working-class mother never schmoozed admissions staffs or wrote essays about my precociousness in turning books the right way up. I never thought I would. But if my daughter is going to go to preschool in Manhattan, I'll have to learn.
Tue, 2014-02-11 09:54
Marijuana as candy doesn't just change how people use it. It changes how parents need to talk about it, and how we need to ask that new laws be designed to balance legal use with protecting those who shouldn't use it at all.