A taste of the chaos and fun of a big family

Have you ever watched the reality shows about big families? If you’ve seen any one of them, you’ve pretty much seen them all. There was “Raising Sextuplets,” and “Quints By Surprise,” “Kate Plus 8,” “The Willis Family,” and a relatively new one, “OutDaughtered,” about a Texas family raising the...

  • Three-year-old Fallston resident spends birthday with six Disney princesses

    Three-year-old Fallston resident spends birthday with six Disney princesses

    It’s not every day that you get to sing and dance with your favorite Disney princess in person (especially without visiting the Magic Kingdom), but one Fallston resident and her friends got to spend time with six right here in Maryland. Madelyn Mezzadra celebrated her third birthday Saturday with...

  • Confessions of a mom at a new low

    Confessions of a mom at a new low

    This week I left my child at home with a woman I don’t know. I am confessing here to what feels like a low, even for me, a mother who frequently pokes fun at her parenting “failures.” It’s difficult to discuss it, to invite in the inevitable judgment from other mothers who would never have done...

  • 3 things to do with the kids in Howard County in May

    3 things to do with the kids in Howard County in May

    As the school year winds down and the weather warms up, bond with your family during a lively round of golf, by watching a race or by exploring your creative side. 1. Catch a race With the Columbia Triathlon & Duathlon on May 21 and smaller races popping up all month long, the late-spring race...

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  • 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...

  • National Aquarium offers free admission to kids who participate in book club

    National Aquarium offers free admission to kids who participate in book club

    The Read to Reef book club is returning to Baltimore in March, offering kids free National Aquarium admission as an incentive to read.  Throughout March, Baltimore children with an Enoch Pratt Free Library card can visit any Pratt branch to receive a special bookmark and a list of aquatic-centric...

  • Yes, our expectations do shape our children's behavior — profoundly

    Yes, our expectations do shape our children's behavior — profoundly

    One of the most exciting days of my life was when I discovered I could get "This American Life" — the public radio show that explores the nuances of humanity through interviews and storytelling — as a podcast on my smartphone. Since that glorious day, nearly every episode logged has taught, reminded...

  • Top baby names of 2016 at GBMC

    Top baby names of 2016 at GBMC

    Greater Baltimore Medical Center has averaged more than 4,000 births during the past nine years, making it the busiest hospital in Baltimore for deliveries. In 2016, about 4,100 were delivered at GBMC. Here's a look at the most popular names for the new arrivals.

  • Baltimore sledding 101: Most popular hills, safety tips and more

    Baltimore sledding 101: Most popular hills, safety tips and more

    Last January, after a winter storm dumped nearly 30 inches of snow on the region, many Baltimoreans were given two great gifts: an extended break from school and work, and some serious sledding hills to explore. Lutherville resident Dan Taylor and his daughter Ryan, now 9, found their sledding...

  • Howard County Babysitters referral service connects families with caretakers

    Howard County Babysitters referral service connects families with caretakers

    When Stephanie Wilcome was looking to make a little extra money while in nursing school at Howard Community College, she thought that baby-sitting might be the perfect fit with her passion for children and her varying schedule. But Wilcome, 22, of Columbia, was having trouble finding jobs in the...

  • 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...

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