March 2015

Jump In!

Kindergarten today is very different from when most of us were in school. It’s no longer optional and no longer treated as a transition year to first grade. Modern kindergarten is real school.

Some parents—particularly those with a child born close to the cutoff date for enrollment—think their children will be better prepared to succeed and will perform better academically over the long term if they start kindergarten a year late. How do you decide if your child might benefit from taking an extra year to grow and mature—and if it’s even a good idea in the first place?

Margaret Carruthers helps you think it through in this month's issue with her feature article, “Is Academic Redshirting a Good Idea?” We've got articles from all your favorite local parenting columnists in our March issue, too, of course. So jump on in!

Spring Break Camps 2015

Have Fun While School is Out!



After a long, cold winter, there are finally signs of spring – and Spring Break. If you can't take the time off work or if you want to keep the kids busy while school is out, here are some of the programs they can enjoy while school's are closed. Read more.

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

Camp Bravo - Summer Fun Starts Here!

For more information visit www.CampBravo.com.

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.

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 - Kabrita Goat Milk Yogurt and Fruit. Take a look!

National Poison Prevention Week

Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services took on the Bell Biv DeVoe classic, "Poison" in order to remind parents that poisons can be found all over the home and how to best prevent emergency situations. More about poison prevention: http://www.poisonprevention.org. For poison emergencies dial 9-1-1. Maryland Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222

A Mom's Take on Reading




Reading is the cornerstone of our children's education but how can we compete with all gadgets and gizmos our children have and make reading fun? A mother offers her advice. Read more.

Autism, Motherhood, First Rejections




The mother of an autistic preschooler tells a heartbreaking story about her son's first friendship and the innocent rejection that follows. How can a mother prepare a child for to venture out into the world without her? Read more.

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Perfect for Reading Issues of Baltimore's Child!

Did you get that tablet or smart phone you were hoping for? Lucky you! Now you can read each and every issue of Baltimore’s Child online and search through our back issues as well! Download the Baltimore’s Child app from your App Store. It’s free!

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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Tips for Disciplining Preschoolers

Are you spoiling your young child? Are you being too hard on him? Finding the sweet spot between being too harsh and too permissive is one of the trickiest tasks parents face. Here are some suggestions to help.

ER or Urgent Care?




When your child is sick, your first impulse may be to run the the emergency room. But an Urgent Care center may be the better choice. How do you know which is best? Take this advice from a Johns Hopkins Pediatrician.

Everything Your Need to Know About Social Media...

...You Learned in Kindergarten.

Say what??? Social media may not have even existed when you were in Kindergarten! But knowing some basic common sense rules about how to behave can help you teach your children how to handle social media. Maybe we could ALL use a brush-up. See the rules here.