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For parents and their young children, family mealtimes can be valued as opportunities for sharing each other’s ideas and company. Meals are times for children to experience their own autonomy while being together as a family.

Will my 3-year-old daughter have orthodontic problems in the future from still using a pacifier?

Understanding the relationship and dynamic between siblings.

Attention to a habit pattern is more likely to set it as a problem than to eradicate it. 

Helping siblings of different ages with their role in the family.

 How do you raise a child to have a strong sense of self-esteem?

How can we keep our 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter in bed?

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.