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

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.

How can we help our 22-month-old granddaughter stop biting other children at day care?

What helps a child learn to cope with fears and nightmares?

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

Children of parents with a mental illness need to be reassured that none of that parent’s trouble nor the family’s pain is their fault.

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.