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Seeking: kids' books with black, female protagonists

An 11-year-old girl from New Jersey named Marley Dias received national media attention this month for her drive to collect 1,000 books featuring protagonists who are black girls. "I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs," Marley explained in an article on PhillyVoice.com. The sixth-grade...

  • Parents should monitor student athletes prescribed opioids for injuries

    Parents should monitor student athletes prescribed opioids for injuries

    Students who play sports are more likely to be prescribed an opioid painkiller than those who don't play sports because of the chance of injury during a game or practice. That can lead to abuse of the addictive medication. Parents should monitor the prescriptions and even request doctors use other...

  • Parents again: Local grandparents raising their children's children

    Parents again: Local grandparents raising their children's children

    Seven years ago, Debby Blush and her longtime partner, Clark Cooper, had the lives most couples in their mid-50s dream of: the heavy lifting of child-rearing over, they were free to come and go as they pleased – visiting clubs when they wanted, taking short getaways and enjoying each other’s company....

  • In school, snow days aren't free days

    In school, snow days aren't free days

    As nearly every public school student and parent knows by now, snow days aren't really free days. They must be paid back in the classroom in June, just when everyone is ready to be finished with books and spending time anywhere but behind a desk. So the four or five days many students just spent...

  • Barbie now curvy, tall and petite

    Barbie now curvy, tall and petite

    At 57, Barbie is getting a major makeover. The iconic plastic doll, whose small waist and long legs have been criticized for creating unrealistic expectations for girls, will soon be sold with three new bodies — curvy, tall and petite. Barbie will also be more diverse, coming in seven skin tones,...

  • Things to do with the kids when you're snowed in

    Things to do with the kids when you're snowed in

    With this weekend's historic blizzard keeping many school districts closed, parents are likely finding themselves cooped up inside with some restless young ones. Here are some ideas to keep them warm and happy — and keep you sane. 

  • Snow-day delivery: No shortage of 'blizzard babies' at AAMC

    Snow-day delivery: No shortage of 'blizzard babies' at AAMC

    Tori Mason wasn't interested in making a "big fuss" about going into labor; she just wanted to get to the hospital quick and easy. But because of a weekend blizzard that brought record-setting snowfall to Annapolis, she had to ride to the hospital in a firetruck. She made it, though. Mason's daughter,...

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  • Howard County teachers reimagine gym class

    Howard County teachers reimagine gym class

    Next month, it’s time for bobsledding at Trinity School in Ellicott City. And cross-country skiing and speedskating and curling. They’re not what you might expect to find in a school gym, but physical education teacher Frank John created a three-week “Winter Olympics”-themed unit that engages students...

  • Grammy-nominated musician Steve Forbert uses Columbia girl's drawing in latest album

    Grammy-nominated musician Steve Forbert uses Columbia girl's drawing in latest album

    Almost every Saturday morning for the past eight years, Dennis Smith and his daughter, Erin, have traveled from their Columbia home to Frank’s Diner in Jessup for their weekly father-daughter breakfast. Dennis orders a bacon and cheese omelet with home fries and coffee, and Erin, 10, a fifth-grade...

  • Time to let 2015 go

    Time to let 2015 go

    A first draft of my Christmas letter: Dear friends, Yesterday, the kids and I almost got kicked out of a garden store because my boys decided to sword fight with the broken stems of poinsettias I planned to buy. How did the stems get broken, you ask? Well, apparently, asking 5-year-olds to help...

  • Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gives birth to twin girls after big announcement

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gives birth to twin girls after big announcement

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has followed a major business announcement with some big personal news. She gave birth to twin girls Thursday, the day after unveiling plans to hatch a new company to control Yahoo's Internet business. This is the second time that the 40-year-old Mayer has given birth since...

  • Millions of teens use new app to post anonymously -- most parents have no idea

    Millions of teens use new app to post anonymously -- most parents have no idea

    Millions of teenagers in high schools nationwide are using a smartphone app to anonymously share their deepest anxieties, secret crushes, vulgar assessments of their classmates and even violent threats, all without adults being able to look in. The After School app has exploded in popularity this...

  • Maryland parents hunt for elusive FluMist as season gets going

    Maryland parents hunt for elusive FluMist as season gets going

    After a battery of calls to hunt down a dose of FluMist, Kimberly Gregoire-Cope finally identified a storefront clinic in Baltimore that carried the nasal spray version of the influenza vaccine. "I said, 'You have FluMist? Are you sure?'" she quizzed the receptionist at the Passport Health in South...

  • Toymakers are tracking more data about kids -- leaving them exposed to hackers

    Toymakers are tracking more data about kids -- leaving them exposed to hackers

    As toys go high-tech, hackers are zeroing in on a particularly vulnerable target — children. VTech, a Hong Kong-based company that sells baby monitors and digital learning toys such as children's tablets, announced over the weekend that the data for five million "customer accounts and related kids...

  • Workouts with baby: Austrian mom brings KangaTraining to Maryland

    Workouts with baby: Austrian mom brings KangaTraining to Maryland

    As the first notes of the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” pulse through the stereo, the women in Columbia’s Avalon Gym hold their own babies, marching in unison as a warm-up for their exercise class. Babies aren’t typically welcome in an exercise environment, particularly during the workouts themselves....

  • This family and friends plan needs work

    This family and friends plan needs work

    Before I got married, I had a full life. I had a great job as a journalist (at this paper). I had amazing friends, a lively social life, a growing sense of faith and time to read, a chance to travel some, go to a movie with my dad, have brunch with friends. After marriage, my solo time was shortened,...

  • Gathering multiple generations for reunions takes planning, patience

    Gathering multiple generations for reunions takes planning, patience

    Families often pass down stories from one generation to the next, about who they are and where they've been. For the Peaks-Staunton clan, a love story that dates back decades watered the roots of their family tree. "Three Staunton brothers in Dillwyn, Va., married three Peaks sisters — they were...

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