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Spooked by Sweets?

It’s inevitable if you’re a parent: Costco-sized bags of candy sitting in your house well before Halloween, taunting your kids every time they pass by. A fun-size Snickers here, some Swedish fish there … What’s the harm? We want our kids to have magical childhoods, and holiday traditions, including eating …

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Attention Please

At first, I was skeptical. Could prescribed medication really help children diagnosed with ADHD? I became convinced the answer is yes after several years of working as a counselor. I witnessed children dramatically improve their functioning in school and social situations after taking medication. The case of John* is an …

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Parent You Should Know: Jo Kosmides Edwards

In the children’s picture book “Kalamata’s Kitchen” (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2021), a nervous Kalamata finds the courage to start a new school after food-filled imaginary adventure with her alligator pal, Al Dente. The magical story, written by Sarah Thomas, comes to life with colorful, expressive illustrations by …

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Dealing with Halloween Fears

For some children, Halloween is a time to overindulge in candy, take on a new identity for a day and witness spooky decorations transforming houses into macabre homes. However, the holiday can be an anxiety-inducing time for others. Ghosts, spiders, blood, the dark, scary costumes, goblins and clowns are some …

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Editor’s Picks for October 2021

Make-A-Fort Kit Open up and unpack 18 sturdy cardboard panels, 10 braces, 80 connectors and a handy carrying case. What happens next is totally up to the imagination of each child. How about a maze, mansion or igloo? $77, ages 4+ KidiZoom Smartwatch DX3 Kids will love the dual cameras …

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Choosing a Private School

If you’re thinking about enrolling your child in a private school, you may be overwhelmed by all of the options — not only the sheer number of schools to choose from, but also several different learning models and educational philosophies across the country that these schools employ. Three of the …

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Kid- and Family-Friendly Washington, D.C. Pizza Parlors

Pizza is a no-brainer when it comes to kids, but it takes a big heart (and a good set of ear plugs) to bring the family to a sensory-overload pizzeria-fun-center geared specifically toward the younger set—especially when the pizza is sure to disappoint. Luckily, the Washington, D.C. region has some …

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