Researchers have found what many personal testimonies will confirm: Most shy children, even the most painfully shy of them, are not shy adults.

Kid's take on movies: 'The Map of Tiny Perfect Things'

Kid's take on movies: 'The Map of Tiny Perfect Things'

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a fun film with amazing stunts, a heartwarming teenage love story, a time loop and even a really cool 4D cube drawing.

February is a happy month. Abundantly full of celebratory observations, there’s something for everyone, such as the anniversary of this column (12 years), Super Bowl S…

Question: In a recent column, you described our 5-year-old daughter. She is in bed at 6:30 in the evening but usually wakes up during the night and wants to talk to us…

Living with Children

Food and behavior

A headache does not mean one has a brain tumor, but some brain tumors do cause headaches.

Making children happy became a parenting goal in the early 1970s. The paradox, as everyone with a modicum of commonsense knows, is that the more effort parents put int…

We are in a new year destined to be marred by stress. The external stressors from COVID-19 have glommed onto 2021.

“Mom, the dog has paint all over her butt!” my teen daughter texted me, followed by a series of emoji that I interpreted as “I’m really sorry, please don’t be mad, I l…

This year, 2021, marks the 45th year I’ve been writing this column. I’ve been told it is the longest-running syndicated column written continuously by one author. That…

Question: I teach 3- and 4-year-olds in a child care center in Australia. I always have a few difficult children in any group, and the book in which you describe Alpha…

Living with Children

Beware of the protocol

Test, diagnose, medicate — that’s The Protocol to diagnose ADHD. 

If you haven’t heard by now, there’s a new Disney film that’s sure to become a favorite holiday classic — it’s the magical movie called Godmothered.

Question: Our 14-year-old daughter desperately wants to begin wearing makeup, which all — and I mean all — of her classmates are allowed to do.

“Are you afraid of your child/children?” I query folks who testify to children who frequently engage in flagrant antisocial behavior — tantrums, brazen disrespect and …

Nearly every time I talk to an adoptive parent, I become saddened, disgusted, angry or each in turn. It recently happened again.

Parents have enough happening — juggling work, serving as teachers for their children in virtual school and staying safe in a pandemic — to raise their stress to unpre…

Question: We sent our daughter a recent article of yours hoping it might cause her to rethink her approach to raising our grandson. It was not well-received and she is…

One of my favorite places to run is a greenbelt off the Santa Fe Rail Trail near my house. To me, it looks like the grassland in the African Serengeti that I have only…

It’s funny, sort of, the things some parents want to believe. An example concerns children who’ve developed full-blown “eating disorders” by age 3.

Making the switch from in-person classrooms to virtual education is challenging for students, teachers and parents. Here are some ideas to create the greatest success …

Question: My husband and I are not on the same page when it comes to our just-turned 4-year-old son. He thinks our son’s behavior is a phase that he will outgrow. To m…

I’ve been interviewing women lately who are feeling an unbearable burden but are bearing it. They are, after all, mothers. But they are mothers in an unprecedented tim…

Loyal, brave, true, honorable and devoted all describe aspects of Disney’s new remake of the animated 1998 movie Mulan.

Question: My 13-year-old son’s grades and overall respect for me and other adults — teachers, in particular — began going downhill last year (eighth grade), even befor…

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