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  • 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,...

  • 5 parenting milestones that will change. your. life.

    5 parenting milestones that will change. your. life.

    At 13 months, my baby boy got his first tooth, a full three months after his wombmate's tiny teeth first emerged. I remember cheering and celebrating, as if he had just won the Pulitzer. "Finally, a tooth!" I thought, so relieved to see enamel poking through his gums. "Thank God my child won't...

  • Snow survival guide

    Snow survival guide

    From staying safe in a big storm to staying sane cooped up with restless kids on a snow day, here's some coverage to help you navigate the winter weather. 

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  • 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...

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