What it meant to be a parent in 2018: Our 10 most-read pieces of the year

By Mari Jane Williams for The Washington Post

It was a big year for news. The headlines came fast and furious, each one eclipsing the last. It was hard to keep up, and sometimes hard to remember what happened last week, much less in January. But amid that barrage of breaking news, you also carved out time to read about parenting, perhaps as an escape from the world at large. Maybe focusing on matters closer to home, or on a more hopeful future, was a way to preserve some sanity and optimism during turbulent times.

Some of the most-clicked-on pieces related to the headlines and explored how we’re raising kids in this world we live in. Others were solid, but simple advice on timeless topics, such as bullying and disciplining children. Whatever the reason, all of them resonated with readers.

Here are the 10 most read On Parenting stories from 2018.

Novelist and freelance writer May Cobb took her autistic son to a park near her Austin home. She was congratulating herself on having a fun— and meltdown-free — family outing. Then police approached her because another parent in the park saw her son’s unkempt hair and unusual clothing as possible signs of neglect. In the wake of other high-profile cases of child neglect, this piece launched a conversation about whether parents should report concerns like these to police. Where is the line between an altruistic concerned onlooker and a helicopter parent nanny state?

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to her third child in late April and made a public appearance outside the hospital, on her way home, just a few hours later. She looked flawless, thanks to a paid staff at the ready to fix her hair, choose her clothes and make sure everything was just so, to camouflage the physical ordeal she had just endured. Amy Joyce wrote about how that is not reality for most of us.

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