September 2015

Back to School!

According to a report issued this year by T. Rowe Price, only about one in five kids ages 8 to 14 say they feel knowledgeable about credit and student loan debt and less than half say their parents are doing very or extremely well teaching them about money and finances. While the Maryland Board of Education requires personal finance to be included in school curricula starting at grade three, professional experts say they believe basic financial concepts may—and should—be taught in school and at home as early as kindergarten. Writer Kit Waskom Pollard looks at how we are—and aren't—teaching our kids these lessons in her September feature article, “Show Them the Money! Talking to Your Kids about Finances.”

It's back-to-school time! So, of course, we've got articles from all your other favorite local parenting columnists in our September issue, too, along with our calendar of area family-friendly events—all to help you and your family get this school year off on the right foot! (Or is it the left foot? We can never remember. Oh well, too late, the bus is here.)

Have a great year, everyone! Keep us posted on how it goes!

Newspaper, Magazine Publisher Acquires Baltimore’s Child

Mid-Atlantic Media, LLC, which publishes Baltimore Jewish Times, Baltimore Style Magazine, Smart Shopper and Washington Jewish Week, has expanded its media holdings with the acquisition of the Baltimore, Md.-based Baltimore’s Child, Inc.

A regional parenting publication in the Baltimore metro area, Baltimore’s Child was sold by Joanne Giza and Sharon Keech. Craig Burke is CEO of Mid-Atlantic Media. Included in the transaction was and

“After more than 32 years, it was time for us to retire,” said Giza. “Mid-Atlantic Media made for an excellent choice for us to pass the baton.”

“Having worked hard to become the No. 1 source for information and resources for parents raising their children in the metro area, we are happy to know that Baltimore’s Child will be in good hands,” added Keech.

As part of the acquisition, Mid-Atlantic Media has retained Baltimore’s Child employees. Terms of the deal were not released.

Mid-Atlantic Media, in addition to its publications, also operates a substantial custom media portfolio with offices in Owings Mills, Md., and Rockville, Md.

While emphasizing a “business as usual” approach for the near term, Burke stressed that the acquisition fit right in with Mid-Atlantic Media’s strategic plans.

“The parenting publication industry has proven to be an effective model in cities nationwide.  We’ve observed and heard about their successes for many years. Baltimore’s Child has gained a reputation as a resource for families. They also have a loyal advertiser base. When the opportunity with Baltimore’s Child presented itself to us, we saw the potential for it to be a great fit with our core stable of publications.

"We look forward to continuing the great work established by Joanne, Sharon and their staff,” continued Burke.

Regional Media Advisors acted as advisor to Baltimore’s Child.

2015 Virtual Camp Fair

Plan Your Child's Best Summer Here!

There's still a few weeks before school starts and there are many camps that keep going with summer fun up until the day school starts.
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.

Something to Think About Before School Begins

Make Some Plans for the New School Year

A new school year is a new beginning! Make this a great year by sitting down with your kids and discussing their vision of what the school year will be like for them, what goals they want to set for themselves, what their responsibilities will be and more. Read more.

To Post or Not to Post

Is it OK to post your child's photos on Facebook? One father has some concerns. What do you think? Take a look.

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.

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

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!

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.


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 get the picture. We’ll share our impressions and be adding new items to “Stuff” just about every week. New - Bunch O Balloons. Take a look!

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

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.