Earlier this year, I heard news that the limit for dependent care FSA (flexible spending account) would increase from $5,000 to $10,500. If you, like me, work for the Federal government, this benefit is available until June 30th.  Also...
By the end of summer, parents are dreaming about that first day of school. Summer is long enough to forget about one not-so-fun part of school life: School Lunches. My oldest son started school last year. I was excited...
If you have school-aged children you have probably heard everything there is to know about bullying and prevention, especially during the month of October. The campaign was funded in 2006 and ever since then, schools dedicate an entire month...

Joy’s Screen Time Limits

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I just wrote a post about having the confidence to just say no to more and more screen time for our little ones. And how freeing, calming, and joyful it is to watch your children delve into a variety of...
Looking to keep your little one busy this summer? Check out this list of super fun, toddler-friendly activities in and around DC that will put a smile on everyone's face! Involve your child by taking a photo of your little...
Code Ninjas is getting ready to open its doors in Germantown, MD Code Ninjas Germantown is a mom-owned kids computer coding (programming) learning center. At Code Ninjas they turn a student's natural inclination to play electronic games into a unique learning...
Five years ago I became a mom for the first time. Like most parents, I had compiled a list of advice on breastfeeding. From classes at the Breastfeeding Center, to lotions and tips on how to produce more milk....
Summer Learning for Infants  At Vivvi In-home Childcare, our goal is to create wonderful first memories for our young learners as they grow and develop from infants to young children. With a little ingenuity and planning, this summer can be transformed...
This is a guest article from Jacqueline Renfrow.  To the private schools—all of them—that rejected my 9-year-old ASD son. I assumed I had many years before I’d need to worry about the college application process, as my kids are barely wrapping...
Thoughts of a first-time mom As a first-time mom, there is always anxiety that creeps in. The constant paranoia: am I doing enough? Is this right? Will my kid need therapy later? Several of these insecurities started during my pregnancy. My...
Launched in January 2021, Munchkin Mailbox is here to make it easy for parents to apply to daycare and preschool! The company offers a seamless online platform where parents can find childcare listings in their area and apply to...
Quick and healthy 5 ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Balls. Loaded with oats, peanut butter, and chia seeds these Energy balls make the perfect healthy protein-packed breakfast or snack.  If you have a toddler at home you have probably wondered more...
The hunt for the perfect preschool often feels like one of the most important decisions for new parents. I remember searching for my oldest, weighing the things that meant most to our family - teaching philosophy, sense of community,...
And you may ask yourself, well How did I get here?  Living in a shotgun shack   Or your mother's basement!  Last summer, we were living with our two kids in Texas. After an interview in July, my husband was offered a job here...

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Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun

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Summer is here, and we've got you covered! Here's your resource for all things summer fun with children in the DC area. Click on the...