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Multitasking has been glorified while new stresses on working parents sap more energy. Yet the most important jobs – like child raising – can’t be done without our full attention.

Is it okay for a mother to take a bath with her child?  And when is a child too old for this?  

An otherwise healthy baby cannot settle into a normal sleep routine.

Friends offer opportunities for a child to try out different aspects of her developing personality: her likes, dislikes and ways of relating.

Don’t be afraid to set limits on how much he can handle the new baby. Limits will be reassuring for him as his feelings about her come to the surface.

Do you have any tips to help my 9-month-old take more interest in solid foods without a struggle?

Families under stress today need the rituals of mealtimes more than ever to bring them together. 

We are deeply honored that the National Association for the Education of Young Children is bringing “Families Today” to its website. This column, formerly syndicated by the New York Times, appeared every week in newspapers and magazines around the country and abroad for more than 20 years.