Yes, the holiday aftermath sads are real

The children have ripped through the presents, leaving cardboard shreds and plastic packaging all over the house. The war-torn area under the tree has become yet another spot in the house that needs daily tending. Sweet potato pies are now sweet potato crumbs, though the tins remain – sad, shiny...

  • The perils of the overscheduled parent

    The perils of the overscheduled parent

    I hustled into the Merritt Athletic Club with my three children in tow, pleased that we were on time(ish) for the second birthday party and fourth kid-related event of the day. My plan was to drop off the twin boys and take my kindergartner with me to pick up beverages and snacks for the guests...

  • Maryland Zoo to cut admission prices as temperatures fall

    Maryland Zoo to cut admission prices as temperatures fall

    As temperatures drop this winter, so will ticket prices for the Maryland Zoo. Beginning Dec. 1 and continuing through Feb. 28, admission at the zoo will be $10 per person. That's compared to the usual price of $19 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and $15 for children 2 to 11. Children under...

  • Family in town for the holidays? Consider these Harford County outings

    Family in town for the holidays? Consider these Harford County outings

    December is a festive month all over Harford County, with family-friendly celebrations of the season on stage, in homes and at parks. From ballet to movies, this month is packed with performances that are seasonally spirited and family-friendly, including a rousing Celtic concert and dance performance...

  • Play Cafe in Hampden on the market

    Play Cafe in Hampden on the market

    The owners of Play Cafe in Hampden are searching for a buyer as one of the two partners prepares to move overseas. Kathy Schott and Ryan Sterner opened Play Cafe at 3400 Chestnut Ave. in 2015, catering to Baltimore parents and their young children with a kid-friendly menu and play space. Sterner...

  • Mothering, guilt and this-too-shall-pass

    Mothering, guilt and this-too-shall-pass

    It seems like 10,000 years ago, but really was only about four(ish), when I was sitting on the living room floor in pajamas, bouncing my baby daughter, who was crying, and attempting to read a book to my twin boys, who were whining and fighting over which one would get to sit on my free leg. Since...

  • Maryland summer camps make affordable family reunion venues in the off-season

    Maryland summer camps make affordable family reunion venues in the off-season

    You've no doubt seen them at one point or another: A large, extended family, all in matching T-shirts, takes over a hotel, resort or theme park for what looks like a fabulous — and expensive — reunion. But big families can reconnect without spending a month's salary to do it. Each spring and fall,...

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  • A taste of the chaos and fun of a big family

    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...

  • Q&A: Duo behind #IMomSoHard web series tackle motherhood with lots of laughs — and wine

    Q&A: Duo behind #IMomSoHard web series tackle motherhood with lots of laughs — and wine

    Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley are two moms with a message: It’s OK to be imperfect — as long as you have wine. The stars of the #IMomSoHard web series joke about everything from Spanx and hot “Game of Thrones” characters to postpartum depression in their videos — some of which have millions of...

  • Maryland fathers challenge convention with dad groups

    Maryland fathers challenge convention with dad groups

    As a black father of four, Matt Prestbury was fed up with the stereotypes. It was 2009, and the narratives around men like him painted pictures of absentee dads for whom expectations were low and praise was scarce. “There’s that myth that we are not around,” said the North Baltimore native and...

  • For parents, summer break is the best of times and the worst of times

    For parents, summer break is the best of times and the worst of times

    The pools are open, the temperatures have reached 90 degrees and my porch flowers are already half-dead from lack of watering. Evidently, summer is here! Even before piecing together those telltale clues, I could have told you the season it was based solely on the questions and complaints repeated...

  • 3 ways for Harford County families to enjoy the arts in July

    3 ways for Harford County families to enjoy the arts in July

    We’ll soon welcome the long, lazy days of July, when the excitement of summer vacation begins to wane and cries of “I’m bored!” start taking over. Fortunately, summer is full of visual, musical and cinematic pursuits to keep the whole family entertained, from concerts in the grass to movies that...

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