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Our Heroes: A Celebration of Single Moms in Frederick County

While many of us look up to athletes, movie stars and singers, we should also be placing single moms as heroes alongside those individuals. They carry the entire mental and physical load of parenting, which can be daunting and difficult but also rewarding. Frederick’s Child reached out to two community leaders who are also single mothers in Frederick County — …

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Parent You Should Know: Laurie Carmody

Laurie Carmody became familiar with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through her sister-in-law, who has autism—and a love for teddy bears. That led the picture book author and mother of two from Monrovia to put her talents to use and write a book that could help children with undiagnosed autism feel seen and heard. When her protagonist, Corey—a boy with undiagnosed …

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‘Raising a Little Hell’ at Camp Paul Newman: Local camps encourage kids with serious illnesses or disabilities to experience life to the fullest through inclusive camps

Camper Victoria Saunders loves swimming at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in the summer. It’s not an activity she usually gets to do. Living with sickle cell disease, 12-year-old Victoria can’t jump into a cold pool or lake, lest the sudden temperature change triggers a pain crisis. At Hole in the Wall Gang, the pools are heated, meaning …

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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 aloud to them—even as an infant. Research has shown that …

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