Self-Care Isn't Sel-Fish

Taking Time for Yourself When You Have a Child with Special Needs

By Amy Landsman

Occasionally, Nickell Richardson manages to squeeze in a little time for herself before rushing back home to care for her 3-year-old daughter, Taylor, who, along with a winning smile, has spina bifida, a birth condition that causes defects in the spinal cord and bones.

And while Richardson, who lives in Owings Mills, still dreams of having more “me time,” or maybe even sneaking in a getaway with her husband, Antwan, she generally focuses on taking things day by day [... whole story]


Family Matters - July 2015

Creating ‘Inner Space’

By Molly Brown Koch

In the course of a recent conversation with my friend Joy (a most fitting name for her), she brought up the idea that people need to create “inner space.” If you think about all the “stuff” that continually crowds our minds and hearts, you can readily see her point: why it’s vital to clear away all that stuff to make space within [... whole story]

Game On! - July 2015

Little League Coaches Are Truly in a League of Their Own

By Patrick Gutierrez

When Loch Raven resident Lester Davis signed up his twin boys for Hamilton Baseball a few months back, his hope was to give them an opportunity to learn a sport he himself knew absolutely nothing about. Then he got thrown a curveball [... whole story]

Last But Not Least - July 2015

Eyes on the Prize

By Lisa Robinson

In late April, during the first weekend of unrest and rioting over the death of Freddie Gray, I traveled to Princeton University with my family to see my 16-year-old daughter, Grace, honored as a recipient of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Awarded to 27 students from across the country this year, this annual prize is intended “to promote harmony, understanding, and respect among people of different races by identifying and recognizing high school age students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities [... whole story]

Your Special Child - July 2015

Minding Your Child’s Mental Health

By Amy Landsman

Mental and behavioral health issues among children, even very young children, are more common than you may assume. In fact, depending on which statistics you look at, as many as one in five children may suffer from some sort of mental health problem, says Kari Gorkos, director of youth and family programs at the Mental Health Association of Maryland [... whole story]