December 2014

Highlighting our December issue is our annual list of Holiday Happenings, an over-abundance of activities and events to celebrate the season. Complementing it are articles by our columnists about the impact of technology on sports; the way universal home design has helped foster independence for a Cockeysville boy living with cognitive, physical, and visual challenges; a program at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital geared toward helping children achieve healthy weights; and the wide range of technical tools available for cellphones designed to help you keep your kids safe, healthy, and responsible while enjoying the privilege of having their own phone. Meantime, our in-house parenting guru, Molly Brown Koch, encourages you to learn from your parenting mistakes (and who among us hasn't made them?). And, finally, Last But Not Least columnist Lisa Robinson ends the issue with memories of striving to keep the holiday magic alive, as long as she could, for her daughters.
Here's hoping that the love, peace, and joy of the season settle on your family this month…and throughout the New Year!

Camp Bravo - Summer Fun Starts Here!

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Have Fun This Weekend!




The holidays are here! Celebrate with a day out with the family. Check our calendar for events this weekend and enjoy the Holiday Happenings all over town!

Holiday Happenings - 2014

Holiday Fun All Around!



It's the most wonderful time of the year! Regardless of which holidays you observe, we have events to help you celebrate. See our annual list of Holiday Happenings and have fun!

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.

Shopping for the Holidays?

You'll probably spend a lot of money for toys this holiday season. Here's how to make sure you get toys that the kids will love and enjoy for months (or years!) after they've been unwrapped. Read more!

Winter Break Camps 2014

The kids will be enjoying their winter break this month but if you have to work, that's a problem. Find a program that will keep them safe and entertained while you keep your employer happy. Take a look!

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 - Little Me Tea. Take a look!

Billionaire Babies

Win Prizes

Got a kid who's an entrepreneur with great ideas and business savvy beyond his or her years? Billionaire Babies is an international organization that's designed to empower children of all ages to realize their potential. Your child's great idea for a business could bring prize money and recognition. Read more about The Next Great American Billionaire Babies Contest.

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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Are You A Well-Behaved Parent?

Take These 7 Steps Towards Becoming a Better Mom or Dad




OK, we all have our moments. Parenting is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and no one is always perfect. But are you a well-behaved parent, in general? Click here to read 7 Steps to Becoming a Well-Behaved Parent.

The Dirty Secret about Allergies




Put down that dust cloth, call off the food police and read this article to help protect your child from developing allergies.

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.

10 Tips to Prevent Cyberbullying



This list was designed for teens but if your child is old enough to sit independently at a computer, you should be discussing these points to help keep him or her secure and free from cyberbullies. Click to read.

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