July 2015

A Very Special Issue!

Many parents feel pressured to meet their child’s every need; for parents of children who have serious medical or behavioral issues, it’s not unusual for that pressure valve to be cranked up even higher. Loving family and friends often urge these parents to take time for themselves, but they usually have so much on their plates, they feel like they can’t—or they simply don’t. Taking that time to nurture themselves and each other, however, is crucial not only to these parents’ own well-being but to that of their child as well, local professionals and other experts emphasize, as Amy Landsman reports in her July feature article, “Self-Care Isn’t Self-Ish: Taking Time for Yourself When You Have a Child with Special Needs.” We’ve got tips on how to do it, too.

Our July issue has articles from all your other favorite local parenting columnists, also, of course, along with our monthly calendar of family-friendly events happening in the area. Here’s hoping your family’s summer lights up the sky this month and all season long!

Happy 4th!

Parades, Music, Fireworks and Fun!

Happy Birthday USA! Wherever you live, you'll have lots of opportunity to celebrate with family, friends and neighbors. We've got a list of some of the best parties in town. Check it out!

Trellis Services

For Your Special Child

Trellis specializes in serving individuals from 18 months to 21 years who exhibit developmental language , communication, social or behavioral delays. Our mission is to enhance the lives of children with autism by using the most progressive education and behavioral methodologies to provide individualized, child and family centered treatment.

Play Safe!

Infographic Guide to Safe Playgrounds



Planning to build a play area in your yard or wondering if the playground you take the kids to is safe? Download this infographic that can guide you in building your own play space or evaluating the safety of the ones your family visits. The infographic comes courtesy of Pish Posh Baby and RubberMulch.com.

More Talk - Less Tech!

Don't Let Technology Invade Quality Time with Your Kids

School's out and that means lots of unstructured time for kids. If your child's first instinct is to turn to a screen when boredom hits, you may find that healthy parent-child communication goes by the wayside. Take a look at this info graphic from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for ways to foster quality talk time.

2015 Virtual Camp Fair

Plan Your Child's Best Summer Here!

Looking for a summer camp or summer enrichment program for your child? You came to the right place!
Check our Resources/Links for Camps and Summer Programs and then look for programs in our Camps and Summer Programs Directories near where you live or work:


Anne Arundel County
Baltimore City
Baltimore County
Carroll County
Cecil County
Harford County
Howard County
Residential Camps
Camps for Children with Special Needs
Other Counties

Great Get-A-Way

Getting Away From the Kids - Acting like Kids!



The combination of a trip to Universal Studios Orlando and a Royal Caribbean Cruise make a perfect getaway for girlfriends. Leave the kids behind and play! Read more.

Popular Baby Names





“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Shakespeare may have been right but that doesn't keep parents from agonizing over what name to choose for their little ones. See the top baby names for 2014.

Spotlight on Camps!

Read All About Some of the Finest Camps for 2015




Choosing a camp for the summer? You'll find brief articles about some of the finest programs in the area in Spotlight on Camps 2015. Find it as an insert in our April issue or click to read online!

Talking to Your Children about Current Events and Keeping Them Safe

Are you and your kids discussing the events that are happening in Baltimore City? The Family Tree, Maryland's leading non-profit organization dedicated to improving our community by providing families with proven solutions to prevent child abuse and neglect, has some advice on talking with kids about unsettling and complex problems. Get the article.

Stuff!

Product Reviews and New Stuff



We get all kinds of stuff sent to Baltimore’s Child, stuff for children, stuff for parents, stuff for parents to use with their children, stuff to watch, stuff to read, stuff we thought we would never use...you get the picture. We’ll share our impressions and be adding new items to “Stuff” just about every week. New - Mini H20 Rugged Bluetooth Speaker. Take a look!

Sports and Eye Safety

Protect Your Child's Eyes

Spring means lots of kids are busy with sports leagues or just having fun playing on their own. Eye injuries are very common sports injuries, despite the fact that it is easy to protect a child's eyes. Read some tips on how it's done!

Get Outside with Baby!

New Parents Can Exercise - and Bring Baby Along



Beautiful spring days may have you itching to get outside and move. Baby carriers and backpacks allow parents to get out and include the baby in their activities. But keeping everyone safe is important so read these tips from a chiropractor before heading out for that spring walk with your infant.

A Special Edition 2014-2015

Available Now!

Click to Read A Special Edition 2014-2015 online

A Special Edition 2014-15 is a compilation of articles and resources for parents in the Baltimore metro area who are raising children with special needs. Coordinated and produced by Baltimore's Child, this year's A Special Edition includes articles covering topics of general interest, from getting a diagnosis, to being a successful advocate in IEP team meetings, to finding support among peers, to managing stress. It also provides detailed listings of resources including recreation and fun programs, camps, schools, and local support groups, along with information relating to specific disabilities.

In addition, Baltimore's Child invited local services and organizations that work with children with special needs and their families to participate in a special advertising opportunity allowing them to tell their stories in their own words in A Special Edition. We’ve noted A Special Advertising Section at the top of each of those pages. The services provided by these programs and practitioners act as a directory in and of themselves.

We hope you find the information in A Special Edition 2014-15 helpful. Please direct feedback and comments to Joanne@BaltimoresChild.com.


CLICK HERE to READ A Special Edition 2014-2015 online

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Spotlight on Education 2014-2015



Baltimore's Child invited area schools, preschools and arts programs to tell us about their unique programs, philosophies and methodology. Click here to find a great educational experience for your child.