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10 Mantras To Live By In 2020

Mantras to live by in 2020: Grow through everything you go through

Looking to make some positive changes in your life this year? Instead coming up with a list of New Year’s resolutions that will likely fail, why not pick some mantras to live by instead? If you’ve ever resolved to stop yelling at your kids or to finally lose the baby …

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Youth Sports and Mental Health

Mental Health Needs of Student Athletes on Washington FAMILY magazine

When it comes to youth and sports, intensity seems to be growing at an alarming rate. Rampant pressure coupled with hectic schedules and little down time for rest and reflection can create an environment of high stress. As such, the mental health needs of student athletes have become a real …

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“Peter Pan and Wendy” at Shakespeare Theatre Company

"Peter Pan and Wendy at DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company

“Peter Pan and Wendy,” a modern retelling of the classic J.M. Barrie play, has been racking up positive reviews since it opened earlier this month at Shakespeare Theatre Company. The Washington Post said it was a “wittily contemporary rendition of Neverland,” while DC Metro Theatre Arts described it as a …

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9 Best Children’s Books of 2019

best children's books of 2019

We asked our friends at the Baltimore County Public Library to pick the best children’s books of 2019. These wonderful tales, all published this year, are perfect for gift-giving and library-borrowing. BOARD/TODDLER “Baby Play” by Skye Silver A wide variety of babies, caregivers and families are featured dancing, laughing, splashing …

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Is Our Smartphone Addiction Making Us Depressed?

Smartphone addiction is making adults and adolescents depressed

It’s that time of year when we all resolve to be better. Perhaps in 2020, you’ll resolve to lose weight, quit smoking or be more kind. These are good resolutions. But I believe an important New Year’s resolution you can make is this: Look up! Put down your phone and …

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Family-Friendly Activities Around DC This Weekend (Dec. 26-29)

Family-friendly activities around DC, including a production of Squeakers and Mr. Gumdrop at Atlas Performing Arts Center

Our picks for family-friendly activities around DC this weekend include a fun assortment of children’s plays, end-of-the-season holiday performances, a pre-New Year’s Eve dance party and “Bomb Squad Science” for kids. Thursday, December 26 “The Velveteen Rabbit” Disappointed by her Christmas gift, a girl grows to love her toy Rabbit …

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Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Events Around DC

Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Events Around DC Include Noon Yards Eve

If your kids are excited to welcome 2020 but won’t be able to stay awake to watch the ball drop, don’t worry! The DC area offers a variety of daytime activities to ring in the New Year before bedtime, including dance parties, concerts, and a cruise down the Patapsco River. …

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SkySquad provides parents a helping hand at Dulles Airport

SkySquad wants to improve the airport experience for families traveling with young children

If you’ve ever wished for an extra set of hands at the airport, you’re in luck. SkySquad, a new concierge service, launched earlier this month at Dulles Airport to make it easier for families who have their hands full to navigate the airport. SkySquad assistants can help with ticketing, preparing …

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Local 6th Grader Flies in “Peter Pan and Wendy”

Chauncey Chestnut in Peter Pan and Wendy at the Shakespeare Theatre Company

Wendy Darling and her bothers. Peter Pan. The Lost Boys. In Shakespeare Theatre Company’s (STC) new production of Peter Pan and Wendy, the characters are mostly children, but the actors who portray them are mostly adults. The exception: Chauncey Chestnut, who plays the littlest Darling sibling, Michael Darling. Chauncey, a …

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