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BCPL launches monthly reading challenges for 2018

You know those photo challenges that periodically sweep through social media and require you to take and post a different picture every day? Here’s something much better: The Baltimore County Public Library is launching its #BWELLREAD program that includes monthly reading challenges. Think of it as a new year’s resolution …

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Let’s be frank about Santa

When is the right time to be real with your kids about Santa?  For the most part, I think they figure it out on their own.  But sometimes parents spill the beans in the heat of the moment, like my mother did. I don’t remember going to see Santa.  I …

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The Habit of Giving

This November is a great time to get your children into the act of giving. With so much death and destruction taking place in the world, it would be nice to stop and help someone else — and teach your children to be empathetic. I think it’s one of the …

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Anxiety in Children

We all feel anxious from time to time, especially when life throws us a curveball. But for many people, anxiety is more than a passing reaction to stress; it can start to affect daily functioning and health. Anxiety disorder is the most common mental health issue among Americans, and it …

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Affording a Dream Vacation

For years, my kids watched the commercials for Great Wolf Lodge, the indoor waterpark and resort. They saw kids smiling while careening down water slides, enjoying oodles of fun activities and the occasional drenching from the large water bucket. As the picture faded into the next advertisement, my kids would …

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Port Discovery’s Winter Break Schedule

Fend off cabin fever with this list of the activities happening at Port Discovery over the next week. The museum is closed on Dec. 24 and 25, but open the rest of the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Saturday, Dec. 23: Learn yoga or participate in …

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Purse Power

Philanthropy is important, and not just by save-the-world standards. It’s also big business in the United States — nearly $400 billion big. But while most big business is still male-dominated, it’s women who are changing the face of charitable giving. “You could make the argument that women are becoming the …

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Learning to Give Is a Gift for Our Kids

Do our kids really need all of those gifts? These days, it seems like the gifts that go on for, well, days and days. My 9-year-old niece gets so many gifts during Christmas that they cover the floor of an entire room. But I have been guilty of that kind …

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A Christmas Question

Christmas approaches, and I’m wrestling with a question to which I can find no clear and satisfying answer: What of Santa Claus? Our daughter is 2, and we suspect that she is now old enough to develop and enjoy a basic understanding of Santa (the full, supernatural implications may elude …

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youth sports during covid-19

During this pandemic, so many cherished routines have been sacrificed, and the loss of sports is one that really stings for lots of kids. Not only do sports provide a way to stay fit and have fun, but they are also sources of socialization and confidence. And, of course, they …

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Take a Winter Getaway to Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

Enjoy a memorable winter escape to Maryland’s Eastern Shore at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Spa and Marina.  The waterfront resort is offering the “Getaway Winter” promotion featuring 15% off room rates plus breakfast for two on stays between January 3 and April 3, 2021.  The offer can be accessed …

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Interviewing a Child Care Provider

You want to find the best child care option for your child while ensuring his or her health and safety. Choosing a provider is a major decision under normal circumstances; finding child care during a pandemic means parents have a host of additional matters to consider and evaluate. Whether you’re interviewing a private nanny, …

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Getaway This Fall at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort


Just in time for the fall season, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina is providing Baltimore residents with the “Getaway Fall” promotion. The special offer provides 15 percent off room rates plus breakfast for two each day. It is available when booked between now and November 30, …

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January 27, 2021

School's Out Wednesday Workshops
at Drama Learning Center in Columbia