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  • State workers eligible soon for new parental paid leave

    State workers eligible soon for new parental paid leave

    Maryland state employees will enjoy a new benefit starting Monday: 60 days of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The General Assembly passed the legislation in its 2018 session to grant the benefit and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan publicized it Tuesday in a news release in which...

  • Why I'll talk to my sons about sexual assault

    Why I'll talk to my sons about sexual assault

    Last week, Facebook reminded me that I wrote my inaugural parenting column for this newspaper four years ago this month. My first essay, with the headline “Ray Rice, my sons — and my daughter,” came pouring out of my mother-of-three heart after the shocking video of domestic abuse at the hands...

  • Motherhood changed me — and my brain

    Motherhood changed me — and my brain

    Motherhood changes you. This is a refrain pregnant women or new mothers will hear quite often. Sometimes the statement — usually coming from another, more experienced mother — is even bigger: Motherhood, they’ll say, changes everything. For me, the warnings came so often, they became like background...

  • The littlest jousters: Kids take the reins of Maryland's state sport

    The littlest jousters: Kids take the reins of Maryland's state sport

    Sitting on the roots of a shade tree, Delaney Hawks squints and fans away a cloud of gnats. Around her, other kids joke to pass the time. But the 8-year-old’s face grows serious as she watches older jousters kick up dust on the track. In a matter of minutes, it will be time for her to saddle up....

  • If parents went to summer camp

    If parents went to summer camp

    Summer has arrived! After 14 months of winter and three days of spring, the temperatures have hit blistering, and the humidity is hanging over us like a mushroom cloud. It also means that I am spending an inordinate amount of time desperately searching for summer camps to fill all the weeks my...

  • In effort to 'normalize' breastfeeding, an oasis at the train station

    In effort to 'normalize' breastfeeding, an oasis at the train station

    Amid the activity and noise of Penn Station is a new oasis of sorts, an enclosed pod decorated with sky imagery, where women can nurse infants and pump milk. It’s equipped with benches, a fold-down table and electrical outlets to enable a practice that doctors promote as beneficial to the health...

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  • Yes, the holiday aftermath sads are real

    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...

  • 3 healthy activities for Howard County families

    3 healthy activities for Howard County families

    It’s New Year’s resolution season, and this year local organizations are offering plenty of ways to help you reach your health and wellness goals as a family. Julija Sajauskas has fond memories of growing up, playing sports with her parents. “Having the memories of being able to get a little competitive...

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

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

    With the holidays upon us, Howard County is full of festive fun this month. From learning about African history for Kwanzaa, to celebrations that light up the night, there’s plenty to do as a family. December is known as the magical month of the famed Symphony of Lights holiday display, but families...

  • 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...

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