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Got a kid to buy for and no clue what to get? Steven Aarons is your guy. As owner of Barstons Child’s Play, which has stores in Chevy Chase, Arlington, McLean and Rockville, Aarons gets as excited as any child about toys. “We believe in a lot of open-ended play,” Aarons …

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Prioritizing Your Mental Health

As a mother and psychotherapist, I always hear that parents want their kids to be physically and psychologically healthy. However, the truth we neglect in this desire is that the psychological health of any child is interdependent on that of their caregivers. Thus, to desire healthy mental health in our …

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What About The Children?

‘Handle With Care’ helps schools help children You look out the window one evening and see first responders at your neighbor’s house. What’s going on? Your next thought: What about the children who live there? First responders are trained to work with children at the site of an incident, but …

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Use Your Phone Less in 2020

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

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Mom Life: Lindsay Balent

Lives: New Market Family: Husband, Tom, and daughter, Laven, 5 Occupation: Co-Owner and Instructor, Maryland Allstars Tell us about your work and how you got into this field. I am the co-owner of Maryland Allstars, an athletic program based in Eldersburg. We offer many activities but specialize in all-star cheerleading. As a former …

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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Some of the most dramatic brain development occurs during the first three years of a child’s life. During this critical time children are acquiring their ability to think, speak, learn, and reason. According to the US Department of Education, the best way to nurture these young minds is to read …

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