A decade or so ago, Facebook came online and forever changed the way users share personal information with friends and family members. Suddenly, the opportunity to reveal the “best of” one’s self and kin exploded, from once-a-year holiday cards to instantaneous image-sharing, 365 days a year. Now, every time Facebook …Read More »
Everyone has a favorite children’s book—and often, those are the stories that are passed on from generation to generation. And while there’s no denying the appeal of decades-old classics like “Goodnight Moon,” “Where the Wild Things Are” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” sometimes they can overshadow the huge crop of …Read More »
Remember the MTV reality TV series “My Super Sweet 16,” about parents throwing super-extravagant coming-of-age parties for their kids? The show was a hit. But, for the majority of viewers, it hardly represented reality. But you don’t need to go over the top and take a hit in the wallet …Read More »
Ah, birthday parties. Cherished milestone marker of another trip around the sun…and the near undoing of some parents. We’ve rounded up some common party pitfalls parents encounter and offer solutions to avoid them. 1. You don’t know where to throw it. Having a party away from home makes for …Read More »
As parents, we know how important it is to share with our kids the right messages about alcohol use. But too often, we falter. We stumble. We don’t get it right. Fortunately, experts like the staff at Maryland-based treatment facility Serenity Acres Treatment Center know how to approach these tough …Read More »
My dad had two rules in my house when it came to sports. The first rule: You start it, you finish it. The second rule was geared toward putting the responsibility on my brothers and me to decide which sports we wanted to play. He never asked, suggested or reminded …Read More »
By now, area families who’ve applied to independent, charter and select public schools have received acceptance (and, in some instances, rejection) letters for the 2017-2018 academic year, mulled over options and made their final decisions. It would seem the hard part is over. But for many, it’s just beginning. …Read More »
Obsessed with the Game In Baltimore and beyond, more kids are specializing in one sport at earlier ages—what are the pros and cons?
Originally published in Baltimore Style Magazine Some days I find myself praying to all that’s holy for rain—because rain is what gets my kid’s soccer practice cancelled, or that cross-country meet called off. On some of those rainy days my kids are relieved, too, because there’s a point in every …Read More »
City Living Rather than fleeing Baltimore City for suburbia to raise their children, many couples are staying put.
In 2001, California native Patrick Gutierrez and his wife, Sacha, moved to the Baltimore City neighborhood of Brewers Hill, where they lived happily for several years. But in 2010, with their family expanding to include two young daughters, their living quarters started feeling cramped. So they did what many other …Read More »
Every parent of a school-age child knows the “summer backslide,” “summer brain” and “sun-head.” How did Joey forget algebra in six weeks? Call it what you will, in academic research circles it is known as summer learning loss, “the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer.” According to the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Why …Read More »