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Sleep, sleep, dear sleep. How do I keep my boys (age 3 and 5) asleep at night?

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

 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.

The roots of bullying begin as early as ages 4 and 5, when children become aware of their differences and comment on them openly as they work to understand them.

How can we help restore and strengthen social networks that nourish parents? 

Given the explosion of ADHD and autism diagnoses, are our children at greater risk for mental and cognitive problems than previous generations? 

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.