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Cutting Costs For our Little Competitors

Cutting Costs For our Little Competitors: Sports are expensive. Over the course of their childhoods, my two kids participated in soccer, ice hockey, snowboarding, baseball and cheerleading. My youngest is a real jock who currently takes two gym classes (living his dream) and has a weekend job coaching. And he’s …

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Mom Life: Amanda Rodriguez

Meet Amanda Rodriguez, Digital content producer, social media consultant and author, “50 Things to Do in Baby’s First Year.” Lives: Frederick Family: Spouse, Paul; and children, Tony, 18; Will, 15; and Alex, 12 Five things you can’t live without? My phone, my Kindle, my air fryer, my puppies and my …

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New Motherhood

New Motherhood: After 35 Our writer discovers a helpful book from Maryland authors About 11 years ago, after having had two great kids, resulting from smooth-sailing pregnancies at ages 29 and 31, my husband and I realized we wanted a third child. Pregnancy at age 37 actually came easily again …

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When Your Child Wants To Wear The Same Clothes Every Day

My 9-year-old daughter usually gets dressed for school about 10 minutes before we have to leave the house. Sometimes she leaves herself even less time to get ready. Luckily, getting dressed requires little effort on her part. My daughter has a few favorites she’ll wear once or twice a week, …

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Pregnant in a Pandemic

Pregnant in a Pandemic: Courtney Levin and her husband, Andy, are the proud parents of an 11-year-old son, whom they assumed would be their only child. Doctors had told them, in fact, that they could not have more children. Imagine their surprise when they learned they would have a baby …

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Home Office

The new normal began March 16. Maryland’s public schools were closed, and many companies, as well as state offices, sent their workers home to telecommute. For the average parent, his or her office space may be the dining-room table, real estate that has to be shared with a third-grader working …

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Dialed In: When should your child get a phone?

Dialed In Last year, my son’s fourth-grade class went to Annapolis in late May as a part of a school field trip. On the permission form, the teachers said the students would be allowed to bring phones if they wanted to take photos of the sites. As a chaperone, I …

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A Letter to College Seniors

Your phone beeps and it’s 7 a.m. Sit up, stretch, and mentally prepare yourself for the jam-packed day ahead of you. Reach for your book and skim over the reading that you fell asleep on last night. Text your friends and tell them you booked the Airbnb for senior week. …

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