Growing number of Howard County families adopting vegan diets

The idea of becoming vegan scared Sharon McRae. She’d been vegetarian for years and knew a dairy-free diet could be “very limiting.” But after two weeks of cutting milk and cheese, she felt better about her food choices than she ever had before. And after the Columbia mother of three did research...

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  • Baltimore author behind 'Scary Mommy' parenting website announces divorce

    Baltimore author behind 'Scary Mommy' parenting website announces divorce

    Jill Smokler, the bestselling Baltimore author behind the parenting website Scary Mommy, announced last week that she and her husband of 17 years, Jeff Smokler, are getting a divorce. Jeff Smokler had come to the realization that he was gay, Jill Smokler wrote in a Facebook post on March 4. “Without...

  • 50 places to take the kids in Howard County

    50 places to take the kids in Howard County

    The next time your children say they are bored, have a look around. Howard County is home to everything from a circus school to a motorcycle museum. In nice weather, farms and parks offer an excuse to get some fresh air. Here are 50 places to take the kids in 2017.

  • More joy, less scoring for preschoolers in sports

    More joy, less scoring for preschoolers in sports

    From the stands, the soccer match might have looked a bit odd. The coach was singing most of the directions and applauding players for being good listeners. But the goal wasn't scoring — it was learning the basics of the sport and thinking positively about themselves and others, and the 12 preschoolers...

  • National Aquarium offers free admission to kids who participate in book club

    National Aquarium offers free admission to kids who participate in book club

    The Read to Reef book club is returning to Baltimore in March, offering kids free National Aquarium admission as an incentive to read.  Throughout March, Baltimore children with an Enoch Pratt Free Library card can visit any Pratt branch to receive a special bookmark and a list of aquatic-centric...

  • Yes, our expectations do shape our children's behavior — profoundly

    Yes, our expectations do shape our children's behavior — profoundly

    One of the most exciting days of my life was when I discovered I could get "This American Life" — the public radio show that explores the nuances of humanity through interviews and storytelling — as a podcast on my smartphone. Since that glorious day, nearly every episode logged has taught, reminded...

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