Are you wondering how you can best support a breastfeeding mom? Breastfeeding doesn't always come easy and support is essential in the early days of forming a breastfeeding relationship. Each baby is so unique and a mom's prior experience...
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 me and read Goofus and...
It’s always a delicate balance - giving your kids enriching summer experiences to eliminate the dreaded “summer brain drain,” while also ensuring they’re having fun and staying active. It’s called summer vacation, after all! If you’ve been struggling to strike...
This is a guest post from Emily Lund, M.Ed., Head of Lower School at Barrie School. When I first entered a Montessori classroom, I kept asking the teacher, “Are you sure they are only three years old?” I observed these...
One of the most daunting tasks we face as parents is teaching our children how to make decisions. While some of the first decisions our kids make, like deciding what to wear to school, seem simple enough, the choices...
This is a guest article by Mariale Hardiman, EdD and Jacqueline Renfrow.  One mind, many ways of learning. How parents can help foster joyful learning in all children.  How often have we heard the saying: “Parents are their children’s first teacher?”...
Just before my son was born, I was teaching a group of inquisitive 3- and 4- year olds in an emergent curriculum classroom. Emergent curriculum means following the children’s interests in whatever topics of study they choose while we...
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The tale: "Breast is best" It was my last day of maternity leave with my youngest, Annabelle, a feisty 4 month old who hated car rides.  On my way to meet her dad for lunch at the mall, in typical Annabelle...
Have you ever seen a room with fifty trampolines?  When the manager at Flight Adventure Park in Springfield, Virginia asked this to my five year olds, their eyes lit up. With the temperatures soaring, we are constantly looking for fun...
My daughter has never been a big eater. When we introduced solids at 6 months, she had no interest. At our pediatrician’s recommendation, we didn’t push the solid food too hard, but continued trying for months with no progress...
Working is all I have ever known. I took my first job when I was 14 and have worked ever since! I worked until I was 38 weeks pregnant and returning to work was always my plan. Fast forward 2...
The physical environment I am in influences my psychological well being. I don’t think this is a profound statement. Of course, it affects everyone. Yet, I have so many friends who are parents who tell me they hate their...
Where to even begin? In the DMV area, we are now facing at least two weeks of homebound activities. All week long we have received notices of school closings. Initially, closings were for clean up, later for remote learning...
If you plan on feeding your new baby breast milk and don't plan to exclusively feed on the breasts, then you need to start thinking about breast pumps. Here are my experiences after nearly 7 months of pumping full-time.  Medela...

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December Family-Friendly Events Guide

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December is here, and with it comes a multitude of opportunities for family fun. In addition to the events compiled here, please check out...