Tuesday , December 10 2019


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Needle and Thread

Needle and Thread Mountains of paper piles sit crookedly on my kitchen table. Paper cutters, awls, bone folders and rulers are strewn about. Pages must be printed, covers cut to size and then paper folded and punched with holes. It takes weeks to make several dozen books this way. Every …

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Bookmarked: Here are our favorite books of 2019

Best of the Year: Here are a few of our favorite books of 2019 This is a hard list to create, but at the same time one we like to make. We love sharing great book recommendations, and these wonderful tales, all published in 2019, are perfect for gift giving …

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Can Medical Cannabis Help Kids with Seizures?

When Maryland licensed its first medical marijuana dispensaries in 2015, Trent and Tina Stroup believed the move might hold promise for their teenage daughter, Addie, who faces multiple medical challenges including epilepsy and autism. The Stroups heard through multiple advocacy groups and resources that medical marijuana could be a panacea …

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Last Word: What’s Bullying and What’s Not

When talking with friends and family, or even when scrolling through social media, I’ve been seeing the terms “bullying” and “mean girl/boy” used a lot more recently. Bullying happens when somebody with more power, or believed to have more power, repeatedly tries to cause harm or exclude someone. It’s aggressive …

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‘Thank You’ Making Gratitude a Daily Family Practice

Every Thanksgiving, before my family gorges on turkey with gravy and marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes, we go around the table and share something we’re thankful for. I would bet you have a similar family tradition. But are your responses as broad and generic as ours? Most of us say that we’re …

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Healthy Family: Head in the Game

An Athlete’s Mental Health is Also Important When it comes to youth and sports, intensity seems to be growing at an alarming rate. Rampant peer pressure, coach and parental pressure and self-imposed pressure, coupled with hectic schedules and little down time for rest and reflection, can create an environment of …

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Gift Guide!

Got a kid to buy for and no clue what to get? Steven Aarons is your guy. As owner of Barstons Child’s Play, which has stores in Chevy Chase, Arlington, McLean and Rockville, Aarons gets as excited as any child about toys. “We believe in a lot of open-ended play,” Aarons …

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Prioritizing Your Mental Health

As a mother and psychotherapist, I always hear that parents want their kids to be physically and psychologically healthy. However, the truth we neglect in this desire is that the psychological health of any child is interdependent on that of their caregivers. Thus, to desire healthy mental health in our …

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What About The Children?

‘Handle With Care’ helps schools help children You look out the window one evening and see first responders at your neighbor’s house. What’s going on? Your next thought: What about the children who live there? First responders are trained to work with children at the site of an incident, but …

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Use Your Phone Less in 2020

It’s that time of year when we all resolve to be better. Perhaps in 2020, you resolve to lose weight, quit smoking or be more kind. These are good resolutions. But I believe an important resolution you can make for 2020 is this: Use your phone less. Put down your …

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Mom Life: Lindsay Balent

Lives: New Market Family: Husband, Tom, and daughter, Laven, 5 Occupation: Co-Owner and Instructor, Maryland Allstars Tell us about your work and how you got into this field. I am the co-owner of Maryland Allstars, an athletic program based in Eldersburg. We offer many activities but specialize in all-star cheerleading. As a former …

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FC Fun: Holiday Calendar

Here’s a roundup of fun seasonal events happening in Frederick County over the next few weeks. December 1 ‘A Very Electric Christmas’ A young bird named Max and his family begin their journey south for the winter in this heart-warming tale. Lightwire Theater at Weinberg Center, 2 p.m. Tickets start …

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Expect the best from your child … and get it!

It’s the beginning of a new school year and most students look forward to joining their new class. A new school year means a new start with a new teacher, new classmates, and new opportunities. Here are some things to consider as you plan for the upcoming school year. Emphasize …

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Helping children of different ages sleep better

Sleep is vital to all creatures. It is a primary activity of the brain during early stages of development. Most children have spent more time asleep than awake by the age of two. One of the most important things you can do for your child is to make sure that …

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How to avoid the aches and pains from backpacks

Heading back to the classroom means school shopping for supplies, clothes, and more than likely, a new backpack. More than 79 million students in the United States carry school backpacks. Not only are our children carrying books and supplies, there has been a rise in recent years in carrying a …

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