Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Homework

By Margaret W. Carruthers

It’s 8 a.m., time to leave for school. But my 9-year-old daughter isn't ready; she's hunched over the  desk in our living room, writing. “I thought you said you finished your homework last night!” I shout.

“I did finish it!” she yells back.

Tell me a good comeback to that one.

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B'More Healthy - September 2014
Does My Child Need Ear Tubes?

By Joyce Heid

Vanessa Debolt's youngest daughter, Samantha, had her first ear infection when she was 4 months old. Half a year later, she'd had four or five more. Based on the frequency of her infections and the fluid present in her middle ears, Samantha’s pediatrician referred her to an otolaryngologist (known colloquially as an ENT), who recommended tympanostomy tubes.

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Educational Exchange - September 2014
Librarians Helping Teachers? What a Crate Idea!

By Sandy Alexander

For all the teachers in Baltimore County who go to the public library after school hours to help them prepare for future lessons—searching the catalog, tracking down books, requesting materials—the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) is introducing a new system.

“They come in, pick up a crate, and go,” says Melissa Gotsch, manager of the BCPL Catonsville branch.

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Family Matters - September 2014
A Parent and Teacher Wish List for a Great School Year

By Molly Brown Koch

A number of years ago, the folks at the Fund for Educational Excellence invited me to present a workshop for front office staffs in Baltimore City public schools. The objective of the workshop was to teach them how to create a calm and welcoming atmosphere for parents.

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Focus on Fathers - September 2014
Dads Behaving 'Dadly'

By Elizabeth Bastos

Move over, “momoirs.” Here come the “dadoirs.”

“Dads Behaving Dadly: 67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood,” edited by Hogan Hilling and Al Watts and published by Motivational Press in June, is a collection of short, poignant vignettes from modern fathers across the country. These dads are working manfully at being “dadly”—courageous, honest, and present in the lives of their children.

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Last But Not Least - September 2014
Backpacking to School

By Lisa Robinson

I am convinced that our children are shouldering way too much—too much in those backpacks that are weighing them down.

My daughter Grace sometimes asks me to take her backpack downstairs in the morning as she's getting ready for school. Even though I lift weights and consider myself very strong, that bag is too much for me. I swear it weighs 80 pounds. I can barely lift it to put it over my shoulder.

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Your Special Child - September 2014
Appsolutely Apt Apps

By Amy Landsman

During the mobile app boom of recent years, one of the major educational trends has been the development of apps designed to educate, motivate, and manage the behavior of kids with special needs. From simple alphabet tools to sophisticated time management programs, there are literally thousands of apps out there that could be beneficial to your child.

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A Woman's Place - September 2014
Why I Lift Weights

By Karla Peddicord

Why do I strength train? The short answer is because it makes me feel good about myself.

I had tried a lot of exercise classes and videos, and they all left me feeling bad about myself. Bad because I couldn't change the basic shape of my body to look like that of an underfed teenager. Bad because I couldn't seem to get back to my pre-pregnancy self. Bad because I couldn't achieve those ridiculous goalsand bad because I even had them in the first place!

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