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12 Children’s Books About Race and Diversity

Books are a great way to initiate conversations about racism with your kids and teens The police killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests have inspired a much-needed national dialogue about race and diversity. But if you’re not sure how to initiate conversations about anti-black racism, police violence and …

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DIY: Clay Handprint in Frame

Everything may feel different and uncertain right now, but one thing hasn’t changed: Parents still want to preserve memories of their little ones. A clay handprint in a frame is an easy keepsake to make for a belated Mother’s Day gift, an early Father’s Day present or to mark any …

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The Advantages of Distance Learning

For some children with disabilities, there’s an upside to virtual school In my house, the sudden advent of distance learning has, of course, been the same shocking pivot as for everyone else I know. I talk to other moms who are fighting to get their kids to start their lessons …

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My Quaran’TEEN’ Diary

March 13 is a day that will forever go down in infamy. OK, maybe I am being a bit dramatic. But the girl who left school on that strange Friday thought she was embarking on what teenagers had dubbed “coronacation.” The previous day state officials announced their decision to close …

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Make a Butterfly Sensory Bin This Weekend

This hands-on learning activity for little ones is fluttering fun Activities that stimulate a child’s senses are important for the development of important skills, such as motor skills, social skills and even language, math and science skills. And this Butterfly Sensory Bin stimulates lots of senses—perfect for little hands and …

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New Motherhood

New Motherhood: After 35 Our writer discovers a helpful book from Maryland authors About 11 years ago, after having had two great kids, resulting from smooth-sailing pregnancies at ages 29 and 31, my husband and I realized we wanted a third child. Pregnancy at age 37 actually came easily again …

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When Your Child Wants To Wear The Same Clothes Every Day

My 9-year-old daughter usually gets dressed for school about 10 minutes before we have to leave the house. Sometimes she leaves herself even less time to get ready. Luckily, getting dressed requires little effort on her part. My daughter has a few favorites she’ll wear once or twice a week, …

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Home Office

The new normal began March 16. Maryland’s public schools were closed, and many companies, as well as state offices, sent their workers home to telecommute. For the average parent, his or her office space may be the dining-room table, real estate that has to be shared with a third-grader working …

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Dialed In: When should your child get a phone?

Dialed In Last year, my son’s fourth-grade class went to Annapolis in late May as a part of a school field trip. On the permission form, the teachers said the students would be allowed to bring phones if they wanted to take photos of the sites. As a chaperone, I …

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