Features

What? Them Worry?
Helping Your Child Cope with Back-to-School Anxiety

By Eileen Kennedy-Moore

Although they might groan about the end of summer, for most children, the beginning of a new school year is an exciting time, full of possibilities. Each new school year brings new teachers, new classmates, and new experiences. Of course, all this newness also brings uncertainty, which means that almost every child will feel at least a tickle of back-to-school anxiety.

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Columns

B'More Healthy - August 2014
Don't Hesitate. Vaccinate.

By Joyce Heid

Glen Burnie mother Samantha Statkiewicz breastfeeds her 10-month-old son, Gage, and swaddles him in cloth diapers. Her 5-year-old son, Tristin, loves her homemade cooking and  rarely consumes processed foods or soda. Statkiewicz delivered both of her boys naturally, and the word natural certainly describes most of her lifestyle choices—with  one notable exception. She chose to have her children vaccinated against childhood diseases.

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Educational Exchange - August 2014
In Baltimore County, It's Back to School for Parents, Too

By Sandy Alexander

During the years that our children are mastering reading, math, and science, we parents have a lot to learn, too. With that in mind, the Baltimore County public school system has launched Parent University, a new resource designed to assist its parents with all the questions they might have as their children progress through their school-age years, from “How does my preschooler start learning math?” to “How do we navigate the college admissions process?”

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Family Matters - August 2014
Mark Her Words

By Molly Brown Koch

Meet psychologist Dr. Laura Markham, author of “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting” (Perigee Trade, 2012) and founding editor of the website AhaParenting.com, who lives with her family in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her consistently wise recommendations will open your eyes and heart to sound ways of parenting.

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Game On - August 2014
The Wide World of Sports Careers

By Patrick Gutierrez

As a kid, I used to daydream about hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the World Series. Today, as a dad, I occasionally find myself daydreaming about watching my two daughters score the winning goal for the U.S. women’s soccer team, sink the winning putt to win the U.S. Women's Open golf championship, or maybe even square off against each other on Centre Court at Wimbledon. I'll bet most of you who are sports fans can relate.

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Last But Not Least - August 2014
Use Your Words

By Lisa Robinson

Technology is turning our kids into computing toddlers, nonverbal beings, spies, and self-loving admirers. What is happening to us? Where did the spoken word go and the ability to communicate verbally? What happened to playing with blocks and puzzles on the floor?

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Let's Eat - August 2014
Add Some Punch to That Lunch!

By Kit Waskom Pollard

August is a glorious month in Maryland, filled with lazy days, juicy tomatoes, and sweet white corn. And, at the end of it all, the promise that the kids willsoonreturn to school.

The beginning of a new school year means a fresh start. New pencils, new books, new lunchboxand maybe even new habits, like what you put into that lunchbox.

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Your Special Child - August 2014
KEEN on Fitness and Fun

By Amy Landsman

It’s a happy scene in the gym at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute on a Sunday morning in mid-May, as kids ride scooters, explore a fort made from a parachute, toss bouncy balls, and shoot baskets. These kids have cerebral palsy, use wheelchairs, or are on the autism spectrum.

And this isn’t a therapy session. It’s just for fun.

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