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  • 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...

  • Families ditch traditional homes, make road trips a way of life

    Families ditch traditional homes, make road trips a way of life

    After serving four years in the Army, Michael Trotter Jr. wanted to explore the America he and his counterparts fought for. "I remember saying to myself in Kuwait, if I made it home, I'm definitely going to travel," said Trotter, 34. "What is it about America that several of my battle buddies gave...

  • 100 years of national parks in books and apps for kids

    100 years of national parks in books and apps for kids

    Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president, was a politician, an explorer, a soldier and an author — a busy guy. But throughout a life that took him from New York City to the remote Amazon basin, his love of two things — the outdoors and his family — was always apparent. His frequent letters to his...

  • Howard County families share stories, advice from trips around the world

    Howard County families share stories, advice from trips around the world

    Three Howard County families have bragging rights to one spectacular accomplishment: They recently put their “normal lives” on hold to travel the world for a year, give or take a month or so. The Schlossnagles of Fulton, the Robinsons of Columbia and the Rivenbarks of Glenelg share the highlights...

  • 15 places to take the kids in Howard County

    15 places to take the kids in Howard County

    We all have our favorite spots — the places that the kids ask us to take them over and over again. And Howard County seems to have more than its share of beloved family venues, from the Enchanted Forest and petting zoo at Clark’s Elioak Farm to the screaming fun at Terrapin Adventures. But sometimes,...

  • Nonprofit Champions Against Cancer works to help kids of cancer patients

    Nonprofit Champions Against Cancer works to help kids of cancer patients

    The 17-foot fishing and pleasure boat on display at a memorial service for John L. Champion spoke volumes about the man, who was so well-loved that friends decided to launch a Howard County nonprofit in his name. The Highland resident’s prized Boston Whaler served as a testament to his ability...

  • Trump banished the baby, humiliated the mother

    Op-Ed: Trump banished the baby, humiliated the mother

    Editor's note: Since this piece was first published Aug. 3, the mother of the crying baby has said she was not in fact ejected from the facility, but was in the process of stepping outside with her child when Mr. Trump suggested she leave, which she understood to be a joke. "Don't worry about that...

  • Struggling with the bigotry my children may face in today's America

    Struggling with the bigotry my children may face in today's America

    On weekend mornings, they come crawling on to our bed — my side always — on all fours like lion cubs, padding across the comforter. They peer at me, looking for signs of wakefulness. I pretend to be asleep, but somehow I know who is who. Through the slits under my eyelids, I can make out a gap where...

  • 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...

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