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At This House, Only the Kids in Good Costumes Get Good Candy

Should you reward those who obey the unwritten rules of Halloween — dress up, be a child, say "trick-or-treat" — with better sweets?

Sororities: Sisterhood, With More Than One Price Tag

Sorority life is expensive, and not all the costs are financial.

Why Teenagers Cut, and How to Help

In the mind of a teenager who self-injures, cutting helps regulate emotions, and strategies that might help most teens can backfire.

Pregnant? Working? A New Resource for Knowing Your Rights.

An easy-to-use, state-by-state resource for pregnancy and parenting laws.

One Boy, 17 Official Incident Reports and a Better Kind of Discipline

Everyone wants kids to be safe in school — even us parents of the "bad" kids. But punitive approaches have high costs: Instead of being helped, misbehaving kids are pushed out. Schools need to try something else.

What to Do When Your Daughter Gets Her Period, Too Young or Right On Time

If you're the parent of a girl, inevitably at some point, she will emerge from the bathroom or come home from school and inform you (not in these words) that her menstrual cycle has begun. Be ready.

How Col. Jeanette McMahon, Retired Military Widow, Does It

Right after my husband's death, we were all struggling. Now, with two of my sons out of high school and only one living at home, I can finally think about what to do next.

When the Diagnosis Is Rare, Parents May Know More Than Professionals

It’s fine for parents to have more expertise than the pediatrician. In fact, sometimes it’s necessary.

A Baby Born Exactly According to Plan, a Thousand Miles From Home

Chances are good that Omaha won't matter to my new daughter the way it does to me. But no matter what, it will always be a part of her life story.

Schools With No Playgrounds Teach Kids Not to Play

When we provide our children with no time or space to play, first graders play anyway. By third grade, in some places, they think they know better.

Weekly Quandary: Does the Introverted Preschooler Need ‘Work’?

Should a reader help her child "work" on taking pleasure in being with others as well as "exploring/playing by himself" or let him be?

‘Don’t Expect Dinner.’

On Monday of my third week back at work after our son was born, I came home and found my husband sipping a beer with a frown, a sauce-stained dish in front of him, and no dinner for me.

Turn Your Princess-Obsessed Toddler Into a Feminist in Eight Easy Steps

Imposing a Women's Studies Curriculum on your Disney Princess. Someday she'll thank you!

Eating Chinese Takeout and Dreaming of Brisket

Last week, dinner did not go as planned. But having the plan still helped.

Preparing a Child to Own a Mobile Phone — But Not Always Use It

Having a phone can create a compulsion to do something when doing nothing is so often the better choice.

Quandary: Books for Readers Whose Skills Lag Behind Their Age

Looking for books and strategies to help a behind-the-curve reader find books that interest her, and encourage her to read and improve.

There Are More Important Things Than Saving for College

There is no shame in having more kids than average. Or in working hard to support them without having money to fund individual college savings accounts, or telling them, “You are your ticket to college. Work hard.”

There’s Cancer In My Future. How Am I Supposed to Feel?

I know I have the BRCA 1 mutation, and I know I have a strong chance of developing ovarian or breast cancer. But I am 32 years old, and I don't know what to do with that knowledge.

Looking at Soccer’s Concussion Risk, and Asking It to Change

Talking to kids about personal safety is like talking about retirement planning. We can't expect them not to play the game to win—so if heading the ball puts kids in danger, then soccer has to change the rules.

Preparing to Lose My Mind After Giving Birth

Putting a plan in place does not guarantee that you will have a postpartum mood disorder, or that you won’t. It does guarantee you will know how to get help if you need it.

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