Nine months ago I wrote an article with tips for being a room parent. I could never have guessed that I would end the year writing an addendum to that piece with ideas about how to celebrate the end...
This past month has been a particularly heavy month to watch news from around the world. The upheaval in Afghanistan has led to scores of displaced families becoming refugees. Many thousands have and will continue to settle in our...
The Wharf is one of the most exciting neighborhoods in DC. The countless new businesses, apartment buildings, and activities are drawing in tons of families with young children. And if there’s one thing these young families need, it’s quality...
Bright Horizons at Courthouse Station is opening in February 2019 in Arlington, VA! The center is conveniently located across from the Courthouse and just two blocks from the metro. A perfect location for easy drop-off and pick-up. Benefits of Bright...
The My School DC common lottery, aka the DC public and charter school lottery, closes March 1, 2021 for PK-3 — Grade 8. I knew about the DC school lottery before my twins were born. And when I say...
Once upon a time, my son had no idea how a TV or iPad worked. His days were filled with hands-on play, reading books, singing songs, freely exploring the world around him, and zero screen-based activities. Those were simpler times.  Now,...
Growing up with a math teacher as a mom, Saturday mornings were filled with playing with tangrams and building polyhedrons. I had no choice but to practice math just about every day. Even as an adult, I can't escape...
I've lived in the District for nearly two decades and when I was a childless singleton I saw DC's free Pre-K program (combined with charter schools) as a tool to keep middle-class families in the city. I can remember...
Ah, social media. Like so many adults, I have a total love-hate relationship with this aspect of technology. I acknowledge what an incredible time-suck it can be. The endless (and often mindless) scrolling can feel mind-numbing sometimes. It also...
The first years of elementary school are full of learning moments and changes. The transition from picture to chapter books is one of the most excited ones. The process is beautiful but can also be overwhelming as parents try...
In celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, here are 15 children's books centered on AANHPI characters and their experiences.  The AANHPI community is filled with rich heritage, culture, traditions, and unique contributions to American...
With back to school just around the corner, here are 9 tips and tricks to get organized as summer comes to an end. 1. Make a list of school supplies needed and shop ahead of time. Whether your school provides a...
The beginning of the school year means new backpacks, awkwardly posed pictures and so much paperwork. There are forms that need to be submitted, extra-curricular registration deadlines, and of course, opportunities to volunteer. As I prepare to volunteer for...
Back to school season is practically here and things look very different this year. According to many parenting Facebook groups, local listservs, and group text messages, parents are sharing concerns about two topics: What schools are doing for the...

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Halloween Happenings Guide 2022

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This Halloween Family-Friendly Events Guide is sponsored by BrightHorizons®. BrightHorizons® knows childhood is a treasured time and they believe it is their responsibility to provide...