Female Trouble podcast: Shawna Potter, War on Women band (episode 5)

  • With elaborate treehouses on the rise, they're still a labor of love

    With elaborate treehouses on the rise, they're still a labor of love

    Lexi, Lucas and Devin Goodman wander up the two-tier staircase and through a trapdoor, revealing the inside of a child's dream room. The walls are painted white, their names in red, yellow and blue letters with several of their handprints to match. And in the middle of the room is the trunk of...

  • Baltimore preemie parents help one another through the stress of the NICU

    Baltimore preemie parents help one another through the stress of the NICU

    Shocked, worried, and physically and emotionally exhausted — this was not how Joi Turner expected to feel after the birth of her first child. Alex arrived at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore close to three months early. At just one pound, 14 ounces, his head fit inside Turner's palm. "When you go through...

  • When child labor is a good thing

    When child labor is a good thing

    I was checking out places to visit for a quick weekend trip with the kids, when I came across a pamphlet about Colonial Williamsburg. I got stuck on these paragraphs: Children as young as three had chores to [do] in Colonial Times. They would weed the garden, wash dishes, and feed the chickens....

Education News

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  • Andrew Smarick elected president of Maryland State Board of Education

    Andrew Smarick elected president of Maryland State Board of Education

    Andrew Smarick, a longtime education policy expert who has worked on the national and state level, was elected president of the Maryland State Board of Education Tuesday. Smarick, who was appointed as a member of the school board a year ago by Gov. Larry Hogan, works as a partner at Bellwether...

  • Hot weather cancels three summer school programs

    Hot weather cancels three summer school programs

    Problems with air conditioning systems shut down three Baltimore City Public Schools summer programs on Tuesday, the district said. Excel Academy, Forth Worthington Elementary and Harford Heights were closed due to problems with their cooling systems. Baltimore schools made the announcement on...

  • Kevin Plank donates $1 million to Baltimore's CollegeBound Foundation

    Kevin Plank donates $1 million to Baltimore's CollegeBound Foundation

    The CollegeBound Foundation, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that has helped thousands of Baltimore city graduates attend and complete college, has received its second seven-figure donation in three months.The latest donation is a $1 million gift from The Cupid Foundation, a charitable organization...

  • Mourners remember slain Roland Park resident Molly Macauley

    Mourners remember slain Roland Park resident Molly Macauley

    Even in high school, Molly K. Macauley stood out. It was her clever idea to build a giant pig for the Latin club's homecoming parade float, a former high school classmate recalled during Macauley's funeral service Saturday morning. Ed Senn described how Macauley and her other classmates at Falls...

  • Spending on prisons grows faster than spending on education

    Spending on prisons grows faster than spending on education

    Spending on prisons and jails in Maryland has grown twice as fast as spending on elementary and secondary education over three decades, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Education. Nationally, state and local spending increased three times as fast for prisons as for education....

More Maryland Family News

  • Support math skills the sneaky way — with books

    Support math skills the sneaky way — with books

    Everybody knows that reading with kids helps them become better readers. But what if the time you spend enjoying books with your kids also helped improve their math skills? Many grown-ups instinctively ask questions while reading picture books with little kids to keep them following along with...

  • Adult exercise trends become child's play at Baltimore-area fitness classes

    Adult exercise trends become child's play at Baltimore-area fitness classes

    While other kids played Minecraft and watched Nickelodeon, 13-year-old Travis Leatherwood, a Catonsville Middle School student, spent Saturday morning learning how to use the leg press and the elliptical machine. Five-year-old Taryn Clever was in another gym, smiling while doing sprints and burpees,...

  • If you take care of a mom, you take care of a child

    If you take care of a mom, you take care of a child

    It's possible you want to purchase a monogrammed rolling pin for the mom on your Mother's Day shopping list. It's possible. But if you're feeling the pull toward a more consequential gift this year, consider the campaign underway at The Miracle Foundation, a Texas-based nonprofit that raises money...

  • Malia Obama part of the growing wave of students taking a 'gap year'

    Malia Obama part of the growing wave of students taking a 'gap year'

    Malia Obama's decision to take a year off before attending Harvard University in the fall of 2017 reflects a growing trend among high-achieving teenagers to pursue other interests and get a respite from the academic grind that has come to define high school for many young Americans. But it will...

  • Learning that kids are not as fragile and vulnerable as we fear

    Learning that kids are not as fragile and vulnerable as we fear

    On a sunny day over spring break, a friend and I took our children to Double Rock Park in Parkville. We packed snacks, bubbles, balls and a blanket, and we intended to sit and gab while the five kids — ages 3, 4 and 5 — played on a sturdy play set and threw rocks into a little, muddy creek at the...

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