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Party Like It’s 2021

After a year of car parades and Zoom parties, kids are looking forward to the return of in-person birthday celebrations with family and friends. If your party-planning skills are a little rusty, don’t panic. We’re sharing tips and ideas to make your child’s big day fun for everyone. One of …

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Show Your Appreciation for Teachers

The 2020-2021 school year will be long remembered — without nostalgia. Whether your child’s school was held online or followed a hybrid schedule, education was tough for parents, students and teachers alike. Early childhood educators were asked to teach kids they’d never met in person. Kindergarten teachers had to capture …

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A Rested Mom Is a Fulfilled Mom

Meghan Mattingly is up again. On most nights, one or both of her boys wakes up several times. “They both were out of cribs really, really early,” she says. And it keeps getting worse, “because they started just jumping out.” Mattingly has to deal with her own sleep issues, too. …

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Pretty in Pink (and White)

The week surrounding Mother’s Day is easily the busiest for Maryland florists such as Lord Baltimore Florist and Tracy Callahan, owner of Bethesda Florist in Bethesda, Maryland. He says that business booms because the holiday connects with anyone. “Everyone has a mom,” Callahan says. Mother’s Day is the most popular …

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Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

By Jeremy Smoot, CPT, GPTS Spring sports are in full swing, providing ample opportunities for children to improve physical fitness and learn the value of teamwork while having fun. However, because young athletes are still growing, they are at a greater risk for injury than adults. The good news is …

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Distinctions, Not Differences: Autism Acceptance Month

April is traditionally dedicated to the subject of autism. In the past, the phrase “Autism Awareness Month” was used in connection with this month, but Tom Flis, behavioral services manager at Sheppard Pratt, says that a current movement is aimed at focusing on autism acceptance. Learn more about the significance …

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Sideline Sportsmanship

Brad Boarman has worn many hats—and skates—in ice hockey: player, coach, official and parent. His dad founded an ice hockey club in 1973. In 1975, 3-year-old Brad was already playing. As a teenager, he joined high-performance programs. After college, Boarman began coaching and became an official. He’s now in his …

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How Do I Teach My Children to Clean Their Room?

A child’s bedroom is a place for privacy and self-expression. You’re likely not keen about your children expressing themselves with bedroom floors covered in miniature racecars or clothes every night. What’s a parent to do? Set your kids up for success early. Teach your children to clean their rooms and …

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