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Introducing (gasp!) the World's Worst Mother

Hi, we haven't met. I'm the World's Worst Mother. You can just call me WWM, for short. And you are? Never mind. Don't tell me. I won't remember anyway. I can't remember anything these days, despite a paper calendar, a kitchen wall calendar, a Google calendar, Outlook reminders and many, many Post-it...

  • Ellicott City's Eric Energy makes science exciting for children

    Ellicott City's Eric Energy makes science exciting for children

    Creating fog clouds, bubbling potions and laser light shows are some of Eric Krupkin’s favorite hobbies. With the right chemicals, a white lab coat and a simple flick of the wrist, Krupkin, 42, uses these skills to transform from an Ellicott City husband and father of two into Eric Energy, a science...

  • How to feel bad about work and parenting? Do both from home

    How to feel bad about work and parenting? Do both from home

    I have no photos from this week's snow day. No shots of happy, over-bundled children frolicking in blinding white snow, or sitting around the kitchen table in wet socks, sipping hot chocolate. This year, when the winter's only real snowfall worth mentioning happened, two out of three of my children...

  • 3 kid-friendly April activities in Howard County

    3 kid-friendly April activities in Howard County

    Spring kicks off in earnest during April, which is reason enough to go outside and enjoy the weather. There are plenty of family-friendly opportunities to make the most of the outdoors this month, from fun farm events to a festival celebrating the earth and the people of Ellicott City. 1. HEAD...

  • Baltimore author behind 'Scary Mommy' parenting website announces divorce

    Baltimore author behind 'Scary Mommy' parenting website announces divorce

    Jill Smokler, the bestselling Baltimore author behind the parenting website Scary Mommy, announced last week that she and her husband of 17 years, Jeff Smokler, are getting a divorce. Jeff Smokler had come to the realization that he was gay, Jill Smokler wrote in a Facebook post on March 4. “Without...

  • 50 places to take the kids in Howard County

    50 places to take the kids in Howard County

    The next time your children say they are bored, have a look around. Howard County is home to everything from a circus school to a motorcycle museum. In nice weather, farms and parks offer an excuse to get some fresh air. Here are 50 places to take the kids in 2017.

  • More joy, less scoring for preschoolers in sports

    More joy, less scoring for preschoolers in sports

    From the stands, the soccer match might have looked a bit odd. The coach was singing most of the directions and applauding players for being good listeners. But the goal wasn't scoring — it was learning the basics of the sport and thinking positively about themselves and others, and the 12 preschoolers...

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  • Helping kids out of their 'entitlement cloak'

    Helping kids out of their 'entitlement cloak'

    A friend came to our house when our boys were toddlers and stood in my living room crying. Her father had died suddenly, and she was bereft. While I hugged her and cried too, the boys were sitting mesmerized by this uncommon show of adult emotion, when one tapped me on the leg and whispered, "Our...

  • Ellicott City mom teaches kids about the fun in healthy cooking

    Ellicott City mom teaches kids about the fun in healthy cooking

    Kimberly Young is, as she puts it, “not a size 6.” The Ellicott City resident may not fit the stereotypical image of a healthy eating guru, but that she is. Young is a trained culinary nutritionist who founded the nonprofit Love My Body and later her company Healthy Little Cooks to encourage healthful...

  • 3 kid-friendly activities in Howard County in January

    3 kid-friendly activities in Howard County in January

    Every year, health and wellness goals top Marylanders’ lists of New Year’s resolutions. But sticking to those resolutions, especially if you have kids, is notoriously tough. Thanks to a handful of engaging, family-oriented programs, Howard County families have a fighting chance at achieving those...

  • In an era of specialty sports, a growing consensus encourages well-rounded young athletes

    In an era of specialty sports, a growing consensus encourages well-rounded young athletes

    As the father of three sports-loving children and president of the Elkridge Youth Organization, which operates a wide variety of sports programs, Chris Jakubek knows a thing or two about young people and sports. One of the things he knows is that it’s better for a young person not to play the same...

  • When the 4-year-old starts questioning Santa Claus

    When the 4-year-old starts questioning Santa Claus

    I can remember the moment it happened, though I can't remember exactly how old I was. Maybe 8 or 9. The letter from Santa sat on the table, perched next to the crumb-covered plate where Pillsbury Slice-and-Bake cookies had been the night before. I could hear his booming, cheerful voice in my head,...

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