Helping kids engage in independent play also provides parents a much-needed break

How to Help Your Kids Engage in Independent Play

As director of an after-school program for elementary school students in Northern Virginia for three years, it was my job to keep 60 kids...
Have fun at home this weekend with a spice-smelling test, part of Kalamata's Kitchen exploration passport

Weekend FAMILY Fun at Home (April 24-26)

You probably knew that this past Wednesday was Earth Day, but did you know it's also National Park Week? While it would be more...
Special Edition District Notepad by Appointed Supports Local Families in Need During Coronavirus

Special Edition “District Notepad” Supports Efforts to Feed Families in Need During COVID-19

When schools closed back in March, Suann Song noticed that her 13-year-old son was struggling without structure in his day. So the founder and...
Washington FAMILY magazine Weekend FAMILY fun ideas include a virtual trip to Brickworld

Weekend FAMILY Fun (April 17-19)

After one month of social distancing, it's getting harder and harder to distinguish between weekdays and weekends. One way we've found to differentiate the...
Considering puppy adoption during coronavirus? Here's what you need to know about bringing home a "pandemic puppy"

One Way to Make Quarantine Life More Fun? Bring Home a New Puppy!

If your family’s got puppy fever, you’re not alone! Animal shelters have been reporting an increase in puppy adoptions since the start of the...
Weekend FAMILY Fun: Chalk Your Walk and more things do at home during social distancing

Weekend FAMILY Fun (April 10-12)

This weekend should've be filled with family gatherings and festive meals, religious celebrations and Easter egg hunts. We're feeling the sting of being separated...
DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies Official Recipe

DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

One of the many disappointments of the coronavirus pandemic is that families have had to cancel their travel plans. Parents and kids are feeling...
What distance learning during coronavirus is like for a teacher | Washington FAMILY magazine

Distance Learning During Coronavirus

The old joke is that no one goes into teaching for the money. In fact, becoming a teacher 13 years ago meant leaving a...
The kids will be all right being homeschooled and quarantined | Washington FAMILY

Don’t Worry, The Kids Will Be All Right

The shift started last week—the third week our children were home from school, in our care and minus the daily markings of their lives:...
At-Home Learning Initiative from local public TV stations in the D.C. area

Local Public TV Stations Offer Free Educational Resources

As the world grapples with the spread of COVID-19, moms, dads and caregivers everywhere are adding "at-home learning" to their list of daily responsibilities....