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Development of a 4-year-old and ways to help with fears and nightmares.

When my son throws a fit, should I lock him in his room, or would that send a bad message?

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

 Play is a child’s work. As he plays, he has a chance to relive his experiences, ask questions about his world and, most of all, act out his dreams.

For parents and their young children, family mealtimes can be valued as opportunities for sharing each other’s ideas and company. 

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.

Help! My grandaughter constantly puts things behind and around her neck.

My 4-year-old grandson is acting out now that his baby sister is 3 weeks old. How can his parents address this problem? 


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.