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Sunny Reads: 13 New Summer-Inspired Books for Kids

Sunny Reads: 13 New Summer-Inspired Books for Kids

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From lemonade stands to underwater adventures and beachside explorations, these newly-released children’s books will transport your kids into full-on summertime fun. 

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The Gift of Reading: 8 Children's Picture Books That Make Great Gifts

The Gift of Reading: 8 Children's Picture Books That Make Great Gifts

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It’s not always easy picking out a gift for someone, especially if that someone is your child’s friend. What current toys do they not already …

Who’s Taking Care of You? Respite for Families with Children Who Have Special Needs

Who’s Taking Care of You? Respite for Families with Children Who Have Special Needs

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On the surface, the Stroups appear to be a family of five. Tina and Trent Stroup have three kids: soon-to-be 15-year-old Addie, Oliver, 12, an…

A Fast, Family-Friendly Dinner

A Fast, Family-Friendly Dinner

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Use on-hand ingredients for a quick-fix meal

End in Sight: Tips for Fighting the Fourth-Quarter Blues

End in Sight: Tips for Fighting the Fourth-Quarter Blues

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The long-awaited fourth quarter of the school year is finally here, and summer is right around the corner. But before you can head to the beac…

How to Make Spring Cleaning a Family Affair

How to Make Spring Cleaning a Family Affair

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Kids and Booze: Teens Share Their Views on Underage Drinking

Kids and Booze: Teens Share Their Views on Underage Drinking

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Victoria Harvey is a Mid-Atlantic Media intern and a high school senior. As part of our series on teens and partying, we asked her to intervie…

'My Bed is a Boat ...' and Other Bedtime Rituals for Kids

'My Bed is a Boat ...' and Other Bedtime Rituals for Kids

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In the final verse of his poem, “My Bed is a Boat,” Robert Louis Stevenson writes, “All night across the dark we steer; But when the day retur…

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Hockey in This Lacrosse Town?

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Youth sports in the DMV have long been ruled by lacrosse and soccer. However, kids around the area have taken a shine to ice hockey, a sport t…

Get Moving! Local Ways to Stay Active As a Family Outdoors

Get Moving! Local Ways to Stay Active As a Family Outdoors

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Spring has arrived. Cold, wintry days are now replaced by sweetly chirping birds, tiny flower buds and extra daylight hours to enjoy it all. I…

12 Children’s Books that Spark Creativity

12 Children’s Books that Spark Creativity

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From teaching basic shapes and colors to learning about famous artists and self-expression, these children’s books will encourage your child t…

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5 Ways to Get Kids Excited About STEM Learning

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Hand, Foot and Mouth

Hand, Foot and Mouth

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Hand, foot and mouth disease is one of those illnesses that we’ve probably heard, but may not be sure what it really is. We just know we do NO…

Making Friends with Food: Allergies, Eating Disorders Make Food a Common Foe

Making Friends with Food: Allergies, Eating Disorders Make Food a Common Foe

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Food is essential for life. But what happens when you see food as the enemy?

Love Your Tree: Popular Poster Campaign Focuses on Body Image

Love Your Tree: Popular Poster Campaign Focuses on Body Image

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The catch phrase is clever: “Love Your Tree.” It’s the name of the annual poster campaign at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt…

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Treat family, friends and co-workers to something they will all love this Valentine’s Day by making easy and impressive cookies. Start with yo…

Lovable Reads: 10 New Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

Lovable Reads: 10 New Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

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Celebrate the holiday of love as a family by enjoying one of these heartfelt Valentine’s Day-themed books with your little ones!

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With recent reports showing a national trend in declining participation in high school football, this topic has once again jumped to the foref…

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Now that the season of indulging on holiday treats is over, many of us have made a resolution to shed a few pounds. While it’s a great persona…