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My Turn: Thank Goodness It’s Fall!

A pumpkin spice latte. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone says fall. I picture myself at 20 years old, walking across the quad of my college campus, enjoying the smell in the air that can only be described as crisp. The thought of fall makes me …

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20 Books About Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so we asked our friends at the District of Columbia Public Library for inspiring reads about standing up to bullies. Picture Books ‘Chrysanthemum’ By Kevin Henkes Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it. …

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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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