Katherine lived on four different continents before settling in Washington, D.C., to raise her family. She works at a global think tank during the day and raises twin boys the rest of the time. When she isn't working on a spreadsheet for work, she loves walking in the forest with her family, which invariably involves stomping in puddles and climbing on logs. Though she is less of a world traveler these days, she continues to seek out adventures, from exploring D.C.'s museums and playgrounds to taking road trips to national parks. When it's time to unwind, she can be found snuggling with her husband on the couch. Likes: adventures, sleeping past 7 a.m., being surrounded by forests, the sound of her boys laughing, and locally made ice cream. Dislikes: whining, the patriarchy, and people who judge parents.

Two day trips for fossil-finding in the DC area

If you have budding scientists, or just dinosaur-loving kiddos, the Washington DC area is a great place to be! Of course, you can visit the museums like the free Museum of Natural History in...

DC’s Best-Kept Secrets for Airplane-Loving Kiddos (and Parents)

Sure, the Air and Space Museum is one of DC’s most popular sites for tourists and locals alike. Its downtown location—and its sister site in Virginia—are wonderful places to see and even touch airplanes...
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“Stranger Danger” Doesn’t Work. Here’s What Works to Keep Kids Safe

My kids were only toddlers when I read the news: A teacher at a local school had been convicted of sexually abusing students as young as 7 years old. I was horrified. This was...
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Here’s what your wife actually wants for Mother’s Day

You're a new dad. You’ve been scouring the internet. You've been asking your colleagues. Now that you’re a parent, what do you get your wife for Mother’s Day? Here’s the answer: your share of...
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3 Meal Services That are Healthier (& Cheaper) Than Take Out

I used to like to cook. Then I tried to raise two humans, while schools closed due to a pandemic and I still worked a full-time job. Frankly, I’m over cooking. Or rather, I...
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Ultimate Guide to Skiing With Kids in the DC Area

Our snowy weather probably got you thinking about skiing. Maybe you grew up skiing. Maybe you didn't but want to learn. Maybe you want your kids to learn. Either way, here is the ultimate family...
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Beating the Morning Routine with a DIY Clock for Kids

Back to school, back to the morning routine We were excited to send the kids back to school for first grade! Bitter-sweet as the start of school can be, we were ready for them to...

Where to Get Your Kids’ Flu Shot (Fast)

For the past few years I've shared a list of places that make getting fall flu shots for kids as easy as pumpkin pie. Who are we kidding? Baking a pie is a lot...

The truth about hosting an Airbnb when you have young kids

It may seem like becoming a parent would make it more difficult to open your home to strangers, but this may be the very best time to do it. Do you have a spare bedroom...

Magazine Subscriptions to Get Little Kids Reading & Learning at Home

When I was a kid, I loved going to the dentist. I loved the stack of Highlights magazines in the waiting room. There was a cozy corner where my older sister would sit with...

Halloween Isn’t Cancelled: How to Trick-or-Treat From 6 Feet

Halloween is the perfect kids’ holiday. It has: dress up, parent-sanctioned staying-up-late, candy, arts and crafts, and a chance to see parents joining in the creativity. So as the pandemic drags on and October...

Reconnecting With Nature and Art While Home With Kids

It’s spring! Even though life feels upside down because of coronavirus, or perhaps especially because life feels upside down, it can be helpful to pause and enjoy the beauty of spring, no matter how...
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Mud Helps Kids Learn: Here’s How to Do it in a Tiny DC Backyard

Let’s get dirty, really dirty! It turns out, mud-play is great for kids! In 2007, researchers at the University of Bristol found evidence in favor of mud. The bacteria in dirt, they discovered, is...

All I Really Need to Know … My Kids Are Learning in Pre-Kindergarten

Watching my two 4-year-old boys, I see big emotions playing out in grand display daily. I recently carried a floppy child kicking and screaming all the way to the car because I refused to...