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  • Post-summer, pre-fall limbo is a real pain

    Post-summer, pre-fall limbo is a real pain

    The school bus stops at the corner across from our house, and wordlessly, the neighborhood children board. There's a coolness to the night; sometimes the early mornings, too. Our lawn is dotted with leaves. Signs of early fall used to thrill me: a porch sporting a pumpkin. Trees transforming into...

  • What a mom really wants for her daughter

    What a mom really wants for her daughter

    Someone I love dearly is in an abusive relationship. My heart breaks for her every time she recounts another violent episode, and so I can only imagine what her parents must feel — the mother and father who raised her, loved her and dreamed tremendous dreams for her. Having a child is a weight...

  • Pediatricians can help identify suicidal teens

    Pediatricians can help identify suicidal teens

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated guidelines advising pediatricians how to identify and help teenagers at risk for suicide. The group wants pediatricians to screen patients for suicidal thoughts and risk factors for suicide, such as bullying. Dr. Kim Cass, chair of pediatrics...

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  • Teaching kids about sex — and respectful sexual behavior

    Teaching kids about sex — and respectful sexual behavior

    The trial of Brock Turner, the Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, and the subsequent furor over his six-month sentence, ignited new discussions about sexual violence and what we can do to prevent it. Because his victim is far from alone: One in five girls can...

  • More resources needed for school kids with dyslexia, expert says

    More resources needed for school kids with dyslexia, expert says

    Dyslexia is not an uncommon problem among the nation's school children, though many kids are not getting the help they need to succeed, said E. Mark Mahone, a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Proper assessments and treatment can help and can prevent secondary mental...

  • Finding a young audience for bedtime podcasts in Columbia

    Finding a young audience for bedtime podcasts in Columbia

    Every couple of weeks or so when her husband can get her two young sons out of her Columbia home, Rhea Pechter sits cross-legged on her bed reading children's stories into a microphone. "Remember, there are no pictures. You have to imagine the pictures in your mind," she narrates. "You can imagine...

  • Feeling for Orlando families — and how they showed love in the smallest ways

    Feeling for Orlando families — and how they showed love in the smallest ways

    I wanted to write about the ire directed at parents when bad things happen involving their children. I considered writing about all the reasons my husband and I struggled with our decision about where to send our three children to school. I thought I might write a note to my friends who just had...

  • Ocean City senior week goes hand in hand with binge drinking

    Op-Ed: Ocean City senior week goes hand in hand with binge drinking

    It's senior week in Ocean City. This rite of passage, whereby newly minted high school graduates pile in cars and cross the Bay Bridge for their first true taste of independence, is considered by some students as significant to the high school experience as SAT prep courses and college visits....

  • With elaborate treehouses on the rise, they're still a labor of love

    With elaborate treehouses on the rise, they're still a labor of love

    Lexi, Lucas and Devin Goodman wander up the two-tier staircase and through a trapdoor, revealing the inside of a child's dream room. The walls are painted white, their names in red, yellow and blue letters with several of their handprints to match. And in the middle of the room is the trunk of...

  • Baltimore preemie parents help one another through the stress of the NICU

    Baltimore preemie parents help one another through the stress of the NICU

    Shocked, worried, and physically and emotionally exhausted — this was not how Joi Turner expected to feel after the birth of her first child. Alex arrived at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore close to three months early. At just one pound, 14 ounces, his head fit inside Turner's palm. "When you go through...

  • When child labor is a good thing

    When child labor is a good thing

    I was checking out places to visit for a quick weekend trip with the kids, when I came across a pamphlet about Colonial Williamsburg. I got stuck on these paragraphs: Children as young as three had chores to [do] in Colonial Times. They would weed the garden, wash dishes, and feed the chickens....

  • With his 75th book, children's author Kevin O'Malley sees one more chance to connect

    With his 75th book, children's author Kevin O'Malley sees one more chance to connect

    When Kevin O'Malley was in the first grade, back in the 1960s, the children's books everyone seemed to be reading were "Dick and Jane" and "The Little Prince" — fare he thought so bland, he recalls, that he wondered whether they had been written specifically to drive him away. Then he happened...

  • Making sense of a mother's life -- and death

    Making sense of a mother's life -- and death

    I can pinpoint the place where my mother began to die: her tiny apartment in Oak Hill, a supported-living facility in Illinois. My 83-year-old mother was probably in her bathroom, decorated in vivid fuchsia, grass and plum. I can almost guess the square of beige tile she was standing on when she...

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