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  • 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....

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  • 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...

  • 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...

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