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As a child grows out of babyhood, a family’s goal is for her to feed herself independently and to enjoy eating the right kind of foods to help her grow.

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

A child’s behavior is both genetic and learned from modeling on parents. 

A middle child starts out as the youngest sibling, and was the oldest child’s “baby.” Suddenly, another baby comes along. Everyone is ecstatic, except him.

At 12 months, a baby may have started walking, or is preparing to. This means greater independence and opportunities for daring new exploration.

As siblings learn to get along, they'll have to deal with their differences in temperament.

A baby's first angry outburst can come as shock to new parents. No longer so cute, nor so sweet and innocent, an angry baby is signaling a new way in which he is becoming a person.

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.