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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

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