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By Kay Wicker Flu prevention can be as simple as washing our hands. “The flu spreads through our hands. We cough and sneeze into our hands. We wipe our noses with our hands,” says Dr. Charles Schubin, a pediatrician at Mercy Hospital. “We teach our children to share, and they …

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B’More Healthy – January 2016

By Suzanne Pollak With winter comes sledding, snowmen, and—much less joyously—the inevitable runny nose and cough. But for the very youngest of our children, the typical cold symptoms can turn into more than just an inconvenience and are definitely nothing to play with. Almost all children have had a respiratory …

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Game On! – January 2016

By Patrick Gutierrez Rodney Johnson was some athlete. Johnson, whom I went to high school with 25 years ago in Southern California, was a classic three-sport star. Six-foot-two and blazing fast, he played football in the fall, once scoring five touchdowns to lead us to victory on homecoming night. In …

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You Have the Right to Refuse:

By Joanne Giza 26, 46, 14, 16. No, that series of numbers isn’t Joe Flacco barking out a play on third-and-long. It’s the number of hours third-graders spend taking standardized tests annually in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and Howard County, respectively. That’s a lot of hours—way too …

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Tech Talk – January 2016

By Sandra Gordon Handing our smartphones or iPads to our children can be a sanity saver on a long car ride or when we’re in line at the supermarket. But can letting them play Monkey Preschool Lunchbox or Temple Run—or even Skype with Grandma—be putting them in danger? Wireless devices …

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Your Special Child – January 2016

By Amy Landsman The door in a corridor at the Loyola Clinical Centers in Belvedere Square is blandly marked “storage.” Inside, however, stuffed from floor to ceiling, is a wonderland of toys: trucks, dollhouses, puzzles—even a mini basketball hoop. They’re all tools of the trade for Loyola University Maryland graduate …

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Last But Not Least – January 2016

By Lisa Robinson   In this new year, I challenge mothers everywhere to learn to say “yes” more often. We’ve already had enough difficulty saying “no.” No to the outrageous demands of our children. You know, 8-year-olds who want iPhones. Teenagers who want cars and lavish vacations. But, more often …

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Family Matters – January 2016

By Molly Brown Koch Hurrah! A new year, a new beginning, a new hope! Have you made resolutions to do better and be better this year? Did you resolve to break a bad habit and start a couple of good ones? Did you tell yourself you’ll be different this time—but …

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Things are not so Merry for Star Wars Fans

By Joyce Heid A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away stormtroopers were free to wear helmets, Jedi could wield their lightsabers and Wookiee could represent the rebellion holding their heads high. That may be okay in the world of George Lucas, but if you plan on attending …

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Playing it Safe

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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From Our Partners

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