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What a mom really wants for her daughter

Someone I love dearly is in an abusive relationship. My heart breaks for her every time she recounts another violent episode, and so I can only imagine what her parents must feel — the mother and father who raised her, loved her and dreamed tremendous dreams for her. Having a child is a weight...

  • 100 years of national parks in books and apps for kids

    100 years of national parks in books and apps for kids

    Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president, was a politician, an explorer, a soldier and an author — a busy guy. But throughout a life that took him from New York City to the remote Amazon basin, his love of two things — the outdoors and his family — was always apparent. His frequent letters to his...

  • Howard County families share stories, advice from trips around the world

    Howard County families share stories, advice from trips around the world

    Three Howard County families have bragging rights to one spectacular accomplishment: They recently put their “normal lives” on hold to travel the world for a year, give or take a month or so. The Schlossnagles of Fulton, the Robinsons of Columbia and the Rivenbarks of Glenelg share the highlights...

  • 15 places to take the kids in Howard County

    15 places to take the kids in Howard County

    We all have our favorite spots — the places that the kids ask us to take them over and over again. And Howard County seems to have more than its share of beloved family venues, from the Enchanted Forest and petting zoo at Clark’s Elioak Farm to the screaming fun at Terrapin Adventures. But sometimes,...

  • Nonprofit Champions Against Cancer works to help kids of cancer patients

    Nonprofit Champions Against Cancer works to help kids of cancer patients

    The 17-foot fishing and pleasure boat on display at a memorial service for John L. Champion spoke volumes about the man, who was so well-loved that friends decided to launch a Howard County nonprofit in his name. The Highland resident’s prized Boston Whaler served as a testament to his ability...

  • Trump banished the baby, humiliated the mother

    Op-Ed: Trump banished the baby, humiliated the mother

    Editor's note: Since this piece was first published Aug. 3, the mother of the crying baby has said she was not in fact ejected from the facility, but was in the process of stepping outside with her child when Mr. Trump suggested she leave, which she understood to be a joke. "Don't worry about that...

  • The adventure doesn't have to stop: Here's how to travel with baby

    The adventure doesn't have to stop: Here's how to travel with baby

    When I was pregnant and living on a sailboat in the South Pacific, my friends back home told me to "get my kicks in" before our first baby arrived. It made me nervous. The thought of waiting a decade (or more?) to adventure over high peaks, open ocean and fast rivers made me more nauseated than...

Education News

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  • Baltimore County school board modifies heat closing policy

    Baltimore County school board modifies heat closing policy

    The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night to modify the policy that has required officials to close schools for extreme heat on two of the first five days of the school year. Schools that lack air conditioning now may remain open unless the heat index is forecast to reach 90 degrees...

  • Maryland announces teacher of the year finalists

    Maryland announces teacher of the year finalists

    The Maryland State Department of Education announced seven finalists for state Teacher of the Year on Tuesday morning. The finalists include Katrina Griffin, who teaches German at North County High School in Anne Arundel County, and Athanasia Kyriakakos, an art teacher at Mergenthaler Vocational...

  • Drug to treat parasites, liver disease shows promise for Zika

    Drug to treat parasites, liver disease shows promise for Zika

    As researchers around the world scramble to develop a vaccine to treat Zika, a group of Johns Hopkins scientists have found three existing drugs that show promise in treating the disease. A team from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine joined researchers from Florida State University...

  • Hogan, Franchot to make 'major announcement' on school starting date

    Hogan, Franchot to make 'major announcement' on school starting date

    The state's two most powerful and prominent advocates for pushing the first day of school to after Labor Day have scheduled a joint "major announcement" for Wednesday about the start date for Maryland's public schools. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot will be...

  • On first day of school in Baltimore, pomp and promise

    On first day of school in Baltimore, pomp and promise

    Baltimore schools CEO Sonja Santelises kicked off the new school year on Monday by having breakfast with students at John Eager Howard Elementary School, where children were welcomed back by school staff, political leaders and even African drummers. "I love the first day of school," Santelises said....

  • Howard school officials to meet with teachers union on payroll proposal

    Howard school officials to meet with teachers union on payroll proposal

    After a payroll difference Friday that left some Howard County public school teachers scrambling to make up for a shortfall in pay, Howard County Public Schools administrators plan to meet with the teacher's union Tuesday to discuss a proposal for an online payroll calculator. Paul Lemle, president...

  • Police activity delays opening of school at Patterson Mill Monday

    Police activity delays opening of school at Patterson Mill Monday

    Students attending Patterson Mill Middle and High School will report three hours late Monday due to police activity, according to Harford County Public Schools. A statement from the school system cited "a police involved situation in a nearby community." The statement continued: "As this is a police...

  • Baltimore County to close non air-conditioned schools Monday

    Baltimore County to close non air-conditioned schools Monday

    Baltimore County will close its non air-conditioned schools on Monday, the district said Sunday. After-school and evening activities at those schools will also be canceled. The county has a policy to close uncooled schools when the heat index is forecast to be above 90 degrees. Schools were also...

  • Baltimore prepares to welcome students back to school

    Baltimore prepares to welcome students back to school

    With 72 hours left before 84,000 Baltimore students poured into the city's schools for the start of the new school year today, all Keith Scroggins could think about was weeds creeping through cracks in sidewalks. "We just can't have that, it's just very unsightly," he said as he visited schools...

  • Howard County teachers struggle with unexpected smaller paychecks

    Howard County teachers struggle with unexpected smaller paychecks

    A change in the Howard County school year scheduling has translated into a drastic difference in many teachers' first paycheck, leading to financial strain only days before students go back to school. The change affects all 10-month employees who have elected for their pay to be stretched over...

More Maryland Family News

  • Ocean City senior week goes hand in hand with binge drinking

    Op-Ed: Ocean City senior week goes hand in hand with binge drinking

    It's senior week in Ocean City. This rite of passage, whereby newly minted high school graduates pile in cars and cross the Bay Bridge for their first true taste of independence, is considered by some students as significant to the high school experience as SAT prep courses and college visits....

  • 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....

  • With his 75th book, children's author Kevin O'Malley sees one more chance to connect

    With his 75th book, children's author Kevin O'Malley sees one more chance to connect

    When Kevin O'Malley was in the first grade, back in the 1960s, the children's books everyone seemed to be reading were "Dick and Jane" and "The Little Prince" — fare he thought so bland, he recalls, that he wondered whether they had been written specifically to drive him away. Then he happened...

  • Making sense of a mother's life -- and death

    Making sense of a mother's life -- and death

    I can pinpoint the place where my mother began to die: her tiny apartment in Oak Hill, a supported-living facility in Illinois. My 83-year-old mother was probably in her bathroom, decorated in vivid fuchsia, grass and plum. I can almost guess the square of beige tile she was standing on when she...

  • Get a $25 gift card when you spend $100 at aMuse Toys

    Get a $25 gift card when you spend $100 at aMuse Toys

    Receive a $25 gift card when you spend $100 at aMuse Toys. Simply shop at the chiildren's toy store now through Sunday and receive $25 for every $100 in pretaxed purchases. The gift card you receive can be used after May 16. The offer is valid at both aMuse Toys locations, at 1623 Thames St. in...

  • The name fits: A Mother's Day story

    The name fits: A Mother's Day story

    Can you take the child? When the county's Department of Social Services asks that question, it changes lives. Just ask Julie and Robert Foster. Fostering for the Fosters, who live in Shady Side, was first a way to be a resource for children in need. But in less than two years, the couple has adopted...

  • Most Popular Baby Names Of 2015

    Most Popular Baby Names Of 2015

    According to information released by the Social Security Administration, these are the most popular baby names in the United States in 2015.

  • 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...

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