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How to Create a Kids’ Thanksgiving Table

Mimi Markopoulos Kids' Thanksgiving Table DIY 2021

  Every year, we have the honor of hosting Thanksgiving in our home. There is something special about getting together with your family to feast on delicious homecooked food, watch some football and enjoy everyone’s company. We normally host around 30 plus people, so we never have a traditional seated …

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Parents Respond to COVID-19 Vaccine for 5- to 11-year-old Kids

Cheerful multiracial male elementary students hugging in front of colorful lockers while wearing protective face mask during COVID-19 pandemic

  Two days after Kate Hurwitz’s oldest son turned 12, he was vaccinated against COVID-19. And she said upon approval of the vaccine for younger age groups, she’d be rushing to get her 10-year-old and 6-year-old children vaccinated, too. “It is important that kids can be kids, and vaccines are …

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Early Learning Child Care Trends in 2021

Child reading book

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the right care from birth through childhood optimizes an individual’s health and overall success in life. Is it any wonder that child care can be daunting for parents to navigate? We asked several experts to help explain the nuances and …

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Give Thanks with Books About Gratitude

The Pros and Cons of Language Immersion Programs

Start off the holiday season on a grateful note with these books about giving thanks and giving back. Discover stories that point out everyone we can thank in our lives and explore the nuances behind the history of the first Thanksgiving.     Picture Books “Thank You, Neighbor!” by Ruth …

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Editor’s Picks: Here’s What We’re Loving for Kids This Month

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The picks below are presented by Elena Epstein, director of the National Parenting Product Awards. For more product reviews, visit     Discovery #MINDBLOWN Career Play Doctor Kit This 32-piece deluxe playset features an anatomy model, blood-pressure monitor, clipboard, working kid’s stethoscope, eye chart and more. $32.50, ages 6+, …

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Discover 7 Family Volunteer Opportunities in the DMV

Why children should be volunteering

  Volunteering as a family is an extraordinary way to give back to your community while spending quality time together. Many people in our communities are in need of support, and the Washington, D.C. metro region hosts many organizations that provide assistance with everything from food and baby diapers to …

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Mimi Markopoulos

Mimi Markoupolis

  By day, Mimi Markopoulos works as a realtor throughout Washington, D.C. and Maryland, but her passion is spending time at home with her family doing crafts, sharing recipes and other lifestyle tips. “You know how some people like to meditate or do yoga? Me … I like to craft …

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Autism: Sensory Issues & Therapy Solutions

Children play educational games with a sensory bin in kindergarten

  Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can often exhibit sensory issues such as hyper- or hypo-sensitivity to various stimuli. As many as 70% to 96% of those diagnosed with autism can display signs of sensory dysfunction. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association added sensory sensitivity to a list …

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