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Quandary Update: Yes to the Dog, Not Yet to the Baby

"Without some of the comments, I'm not sure we'd have Buddy now, and he's brought us so much happiness."

‘Just a Stepmother’ Sending a Son to College Without Tears

Being happy as my stepson leaves us for college isn’t a sign of a lack of connection or love. It's a sign of pride.

The Mechanics of Homework

Right now, homework is feeling like an instrument of torture designed to destroy my relationship with my children. But we go through this every September. It will get better.

The End of a Week of Cooking, and a Weekend Plan

After a week of cooking, Friday is a night off before weekend meals and planning for next week.

When the Problem is Priorities, Don’t Blame Cooking

Family dinner isn't, and shouldn't be, something to get through. It's not a way station on the way to some goal. It is the goal, no matter what's on the table — and it ought to be within everyone's reach.

Thursday Dinner, Faster Than Delivery

Salad Pizza: If you've got a ball of whole-wheat pizza dough, you can get dinner on the table faster than you could get it delivered.

A Slower-Paced, but Still Easy, Wednesday Meal

Last night's Sausage with Spinach and Bean Mash was easy and "therapeutic." Tonight, pouring sauce on chicken.

Those ‘Mysterious Deadly Virus’ Headlines? Don’t Panic. Do Watch That Cold, and Wash Your Hands.

Strains of enterovirus circulate every year. This year, the number of children affected is high, but the symptoms themselves (fever and coughing) are consistent with the way this virus has behaved in the past.

A Simple ‘Dump-It’ Meal for a Busy Tuesday

A dinner designed for a parent with more on his or her mind than “I wonder if rice wine vinegar or tarragon vinegar would be better here.”

Making New Friends: In Praise of Name Tags

One of the most exhausting things about being new to a situation is having to learn everyone’s name. That’s why I love name tags.

A Fast, Simple Dinner for a Monday Night

A detailed plan for getting dinner on the table tonight.

Weekly Quandary: Changes to a High School Schedule

If your student is unhappy, do you encourage the child to advocate for a different schedule, regardless of the official word on allowable changes?

Game Plan for a Week of Family Dinners

Sunday dinner is burrito bowls, but Sunday is also shopping and preparation day for making things easier the rest of the week.

‘Every Night It’s As If We’ve Never Had to Make Dinner Before.’

Two working parents. Two busy kids. One family that arrives home every evening, starved. Jenny Rosenstrach takes a recipe for chaos and coaches all of us in the planning and preparation needed to turn it into a pleasant nightly meal...

‘Pretesting’ and Other New Ideas to Help Kids Learn

New research in learning offers new techniques for students: Play teacher. Take a break. Walk around. Get some sleep.

Teaching Children Empathy

Empathy isn't just taking another perspective. Con men can do that. In order to be empathetic, children need to know how to value, respect and understand another person’s points of view, even when they don’t agree.

Nine Things to Hate About Packing School Lunches (and How to Fix Them)

I choose to pack lunches for my children — but I also choose to make it easier to do.

Weekly Quandary: Should You Push a Child to Play a Sport?

Have you pushed a child into a sport or onto a team, and was it a success? Or are there other ways of making friends and staying active?

Creating a Homework Habit

The real point of homework doesn't lie in the completion of the homework. It lies in learning how to sit yourself down and get it done.

Homework and Consequences

I didn’t have to ground him. I just had to carry out our deal. Incomplete homework preparation, no author visit.

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