Getting my daughter's ears pierced: The mall vs. tattoo parlor

Getting my daughter's ears pierced: The mall vs. tattoo parlor

My 8-year-old daughter had been begging for a few years to get her ears pierced and I recently decided to let her go ahead with it. It seemed important to her, she's pretty responsible, and -- as she has pointed out to me numerous times -- many of...

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ROAR for Autism is April 27

ROAR for Autism is April 27

Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual ROAR for Autism will be held on April 27 at Oregon Ridge Park. Particiapnts will raise funds for autism research by biking, running or walking. 

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$5 admission to Port Discovery on March 15

$5 admission to Port Discovery on March 15

Port Discovery is celebrating its 15th birthday on March 15 with discounted admission ($5 instead of the usual $13.95 per person ages 2 and up) and a variety of activities including Pop Up Science demonstrations, yoga, face painting, interactive...

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Infants' hearing could be damaged by sleep machines

Infants' hearing could be damaged by sleep machines

Study says some white-noise machines are so loud they could potentially harm babies' ears.

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Girls more body conscious, but just as messy as boys

Girls more body conscious, but just as messy as boys

As the mother of boys, I usually don’t get the chance to spend much time with tween or teen girls unless they have come to the house to visit my sons. But recently I chaperoned several eighth-grade girls on a weekend church retreat in Ocean...

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Kids + snow = cabin fever

Kids + snow = cabin fever

I really think it’s time my 12-year-old son took the white crayon from the window sill.

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Best family movies for hunkering down during the snow storm

Best family movies for hunkering down during the snow storm

Last night we were trying to come up with some good family-friendly movies to watch while hunkered down during the snow storm, and for the days afterward while we're mostly home.

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GBMC's top baby names for 2013 [Pictures]

GBMC's top baby names for 2013 [Pictures]

Of the 4,000 infants born in 2013 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, the Towson hospital identified these as the top names.

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$50 a week for allowance?

$50 a week for allowance?

There's been a big jump in the number of parents who are giving their children allowances bigger than $10 or $20 a week, according to numbers crunched for Reuters by Baltimore-based money managers T. Rowe Price, which are derived from its annual Parents, Kids & Money surveys.

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Mom auditions happening next month

Mom auditions happening next month

Well, not auditions to be a mom. (Would I get the part? Gawd knows.)

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How to talk to kids about the shooting at The Mall in Columbia

How to talk to kids about the shooting at The Mall in Columbia

When a tragedy strikes -- whether it's a shooting like the one at The Mall in Columbia, or one of the seemingly endless string of school shootings across the country -- it's often difficult to know how to discuss these incidents with your children. Tell them too much and you could add to their anxiety. Tell them too little and they may be confused and scared without the reassurance they need.

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Hope chests can be a death trap

Hope chests can be a death trap

A brother and sister died yesterday after apparently suffocating in a wooden chest in their home.

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Campus looms large for mom of teenager

Campus looms large for mom of teenager

In the next few weeks, I’ll be traveling with my older son on a couple final college visits before he makes the big decision on where he wants to go.

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Noontime New Year at Port Discovery [Pictures]

Noontime New Year at Port Discovery [Pictures]

The theme of Port Discovery's family-friendly New Year's Eve event was royal masquerade.

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Say Cheese! Because that's what we named you.

Say Cheese! Because that's what we named you.

Babycenter.com has released a list of unusual baby names for 2013, and included in the list are Cheese, Hurricane and Panda. It's based on information provided to the site by half a million (really sleep deprived?) parents. The full list is here.

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Girls on TV are always pretty on the outside

Girls on TV are always pretty on the outside

Spend a little time watching tween television shows and one thing quickly becomes apparent. The girl characters might be smart or ditzy, athletic or brainy, nice or mean, but above else, they are attractive.

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Troubled by toy guns

Troubled by toy guns

Mom worries toy gun could be mistaken for real weapon with horrible consequences.

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Help name the lion cubs at The Maryland Zoo

Help name the lion cubs at The Maryland Zoo

Here's a fun project for the kids: The two cute lion cubs at The Maryland Zoo are in need of names, and the zoo wants the public's input. The 9-week-old cubs, who lost their mother when she died from labor complications, are reported to be in good health.

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Using iPads as video recorder: Moratorium, please

Using iPads as video recorder: Moratorium, please

My daughter was in a play this past weekend. She'd worked really hard on her lines, and my husband I were very excited to see the production but were trying to act somewhat cool so as to not make her extra nervous.

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Does this body make me look fat?

Does this body make me look fat?

Emily Sandoz, Ph.D., author of "Living with Your Body and Other Things You Hate," will conduct a presentation at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday that organizers say "will provide truthful and powerful resources to help individuals along the path toward body acceptance." Sandoz is a clinical psychologist and behavior analyst who uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to treat clients.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER



Kristine Henry has been an editor in The Baltimore Sun's features department, handling coverage of food and families, since February 2013 and is the editor of the Maryland Family magazine. She was a business-news reporter at the Sun from 1998 until 2002 when she had her first child and took what she now refers to as a very extended maternity leave. Along the way she was the communications director of a local non-profit and did extensive freelance writing.

Kris grew up in Minneapolis and has a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Towson with her husband, son (11), daughter (8), and Yorkiepoo (28 dog years).