Obviously, how parents use time away from school is important in a child's development. At home, parents must be continuously emphasizing the importance of learning to their child's future and the value of it. This means asking children what they are doing in school, examining their work, extending the topics being discussed in school and serving as a continuing teacher, although in a different format. Parents have long been advised to expose children to reading materials and to read with them, or to them. But, many parents don't know the importance of conversing with their children; talking, interacting, including children in problem-solving and discussions about day-to-day decisions made in the family. Outside of the home, parents also have the responsibility to provide their children with time to explore hobbies, sports and other talents and interests. How fortunate we are that, in Maryland, parents have access to world class libraries and museums.